PRIVATE TREK: KILIMANJARO UMBWE ROUTE 6 DAYS + 2 NIGHT HOTEL STAY
PRIVATE ROUTE HIGHLIGHT
This Umbwe route itinerary is a private trek, which means it allows you to tailor your trip according to your personal needs of arrival and departure dates. Also, you are the one deciding how many of you will trek the mountain – you can be alone or with your partner or just a group of few friends. Trek start on anydate you choose.
How to pick your date?
Go ahead with a booking procedure. Click “BOOK NOW” and pick your favourite dates at “Cart” page area and choose how many people are hiking with you and proceed to “checkout” after updating cart! It is that simple to make it private trek.
UMBWE ROUTE SUMMARY
Umbwe route is steep, tough, and is suitable for a fit individual used to walking in mountain areas. Because of the route’s steepness, it is seldom used, and trekking poles are useful on the steep, slippery slopes in the rainforest.
All your equipment and supplies are carried by porters and a cook prepares all your meals. Unlike the Marangu Route where you sleep in huts, on the Umbwe you sleep in tents (tents are included), and the porters will pitch your tent for you. Meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside. You can add an extra day to your itinerary to explore or relax along the route (best taken at the Barranco Camp).
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Difficult
Group Size Small Group
Umbwe is the most spectacular and direct way to reach Uhuru Peak. You pass through strange landscapes as you climb through five climate zones ranging from rainforest to the summit’s glaciers. The route follows a forested ridge to the moorlands, then traverses below the southern icefields to reach the Machame Route, which you follow to the summit.
Day 1: Arrive to Moshi
Day 2: Moshi to Umbwe gate to Bivouac camp
Day 3: Bivouac camp to Barranco camp
Day 4: Barranco camp to Lava Tower to Arrow Glaciers camp
Day 5: Arrow Glaciers to Crater
Day 6: Crater to summit to Mweka camp
Day 7: Mweka camp to Mweka gate
Day 8: International departures or proceed to safari
Price discount based on group quantity. UMBWE ROUTE - PRIVATE TREK
|Number of people||Price per person in US$|
|2 to 4||1,650|
|5 to 7||1,600|
|8 to 10||1,550|
- Three meals a day
- All camping accommodation on the mountain
- Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro airport (JRO)
- Transfers from and to Hotel and Mount Kili gates
- Rescues for each client while on the mountain
- Government entry fee of 18% VAT
- Wages and allowances for guides and porters
- Accommodation on arrival date
- Air evacuation cover if trip booked 1 month in advance
- Personal items (laundry, clothing, snacks, etc.)
- Trip cancellation insurance (offered as an option)
- International airfare and meals during travel
- Snacks during trek
- Beverages outside of designated meals
Our Kilimanjaro adventure starts the Moment you land at Kilimanjaro international Airport, You will be met by our staff at the airport and transferred to our partner lodge in Moshi in the peaceful surrounds of our comfortable pre and post trek accommodation in Honey Badger, Ameg lodge or Park View Inn. Guide will perform a gear check for you after dinner so that next morning you will be ready for your tour start.
Umbwe Gate (1800m) – Umbwe Cave (3000m)
Time: 7 hrs
Distance: 9 km
The climb starts from Umbwe Gate, where the path follows a ridge between two deep valleys up through the dense montane forest. The camp is perched between huge trees and thick undergrowth. There is no water available at this campsite, so we must carry from the gate all the water needed for drinking, food preparation and cleaning.
Umbwe Cave Camp (3000m) – Barranco Camp (3950m)
Time: 6 hrs
Distance: 7.5 km
The path gets steeper on this section, as you get out of the forest along the Umbwe ridge the route descends slightly to the Barranco camp situated in the valley. In this camp you will meet with other trekkers from Machame route and Lemosho route. Therefore the population will be bigger.
Barranco Camp (3950m) – Karanga Camp (3963m)
Time: 6 hrs
Distance: 6 km
Habitat: Moorland/Semi desert
Our day starts by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley. From here we have a steep climb up from Karanga valley to our night’s camp at Karanga camp, set at 3963m. For those feeling strong we will go for a mid-afternoon acclimatization trek up to around 4200m before descending back to camp for the night.
Karanga Camp (3963m) to Barafu Camp (4650m)
Time: 3 hrs
Distance: 3 km
Habitat: Stone scree
We start a day by descending into the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical, but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley, which is our last stop for fresh water before the summit. Scree now forms the terrain as we walk through arid and desolate land towards Barafu camp.
Summit Attempt Crater (5700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m)
Time: 7 hrs to UHURU, 8 hrs to Mweka Camp
Distance: 7 km to UHURU, 22 km descend to Mweka
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit, moorland
We start off at around midnight, and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Mweka Camp for a long well-earned rest.
Mweka Camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m)
Time: 4 hrs
Distance: 9 km
Habitat: Rain forest
A gentle trek takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower then celebrate with cold drinks. Overnight at your arranged Hotel.
International departure or proceed to safari
This day might be used to beginning your safari or fly to Zanzibar or fly back home. Our vehicle will be ready to take you to the airport at your time.
All Kilimanjaro routes except Marangu route, all hikers sleep in the tents. Campsites have basic sanitary facilities including a washroom and a toilet with a reasonable hygienic standard. You will be provided with tents designed for high and cold altitude. We also have Zero degree F. sleeping bags for hire. Let us know if you will need it as soon as you remember.
Our partner accommodation service providers in Moshi Tanzania are Honey Badger, Park View Inn and Ameg lodge while in Arusha is Vijiji center. You will be booked to one of these hotel while you are in Tanzania.
- Food on the trail is rich in carbohydrates and protein since you’ll be burning calories like a champ. Breakfast may include crepes/pancakes, toast, eggs, sausage/bacon, fruit, tea, hot cocoa, and coffee. Lunch may include fried chicken, puff pastry with either spinach or meat/carrots/peas, candy/biscuit, a banana, and hard-boiled eggs. Dinner may include soup, pasta or rice, chicken, beef or fish, avocado/green pepper salad, and fruit.
- Oreta Adventures is able to accommodate most allergies and dietary preferences. Please email your food preference to firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com We recommend any vegan travelers bring extra protein bars.
The highest elevation you will reach on your trek is 19,341ft. Trekking at high altitudes can become a concern above 10,000 ft. Some travelers choose to use prescriptions such as Diamox to treat altitude sickness. We recommend talking to your doctor about the use of any prescription medicine. We always advise hiking at your own pace, drinking plenty of water, and the importance of self-care on the trail.
Regardless of the size of your expedition, we recommend budgeting around $250 – $350 for the trekking portion of your expedition. If you’re also doing the camping safari, we recommend budgeting around $50 – $100.
There will be time on the final day of the mountain when you descend from Horombo Hut back down to the entrance gates to tip your staff. We suggest tipping the cooks and porters before arriving back to the entrance gates because there can be a lot of distractions (souvenir vendors, etc.) once you complete the trek. You can then individually tip your guides either on the last day or once you descend down to the entrance gates.
You can tip in Tanzania Shillings (TZS) or US Dollars but for simplicity-sake, we suggest tipping in USD. Be sure to bring small bills.
If you want to know the number of crew, Ask one of your guides! They are happy to provide you with information on the total number of porters and cooks.
Most porters do not assist on the final summit but depending on the group size and pace, a few porters may join to help. It is common to tip these porters an additional ~$20 total from the group when tipping them.
Due to the high altitude and length of daily travel, you will carry a daypack and a porter will carry your duffle bag up to 10 Kgs. Your daypack should contain any clothes needed for that day and any personal belongings like your camera or passport.
We generally cap our group departure dates at around 10, though some may be slightly larger depending on the expedition. We guarantee all group departure dates whether there are 1 or 10 travelers signed up. We recommend asking our team how many people are in your group when you sign up for a departure date. Keep in mind, travelers may join or cancel at the last minute! If you are the only one in your group, we are happy to work with you on changing your travel dates if no deposits have been made.
Daily mileage can range from 5-13 miles and 5-16 trekking hours per day. This expedition requires excellent physical fitness. Treks include longer days, greater elevation gain, and more challenging terrain at higher altitude. Participants should expect high levels of physical exertion at times. We always recommend that travelers break in their hiking boots before the expedition. Taking training hikes that mimic the mileage and amount of time you will be trekking in Tanzania is highly recommended.
Yes! you will be staying at the same hotel before and after your trek in Moshi. Leaving an extra bag at either hotel during your trek is free of charge.
- Talk to your physician and follow recommended CDC guidelines for Tanzania.
- Some travelers choose to use prescriptions such as Diamox to treat altitude sickness. We recommend talking to your doctor about the use of any prescription medicine.
- Yellow Fever Vaccination Cards are required for some travelers depending on their travel itinerary. The government of Tanzania requires proof of yellow fever vaccination upon arrival if you are traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever (this does not include the US). If you’re traveling from any of the countries listed in this link, a yellow fever vaccine is required.
- Question on vaccines? Call your local Travel Medicine Clinic or Yellow Fever Vaccination Clinic
Safe drinking water will be provided to you along the trail. When in Moshi or Arusha, be sure to only drink bottled water and do not use tap water to brush your teeth.
We always ask that you stay safe on the trail by drinking plenty of water, eating well, and communicating openly with your guide about any issues that arise. Be sure to take care of your belongings, be respectful of your travel companions, practice your Swahili with people you meet along the way, and respect the natural landscape that you’re exploring.