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KILIMANJARO CLIMB - 6 DAYS UMBWE ROUTE
The Kilimanjaro Umbwe Routeis a challenging climb that requires climbers to be well-prepared and acclimatized to the altitude. It is recommended to go on this tour with a certified guide and a reputable tour company to ensure your safety and success in reaching the summit.
This umbwe route climb usually takes around six days, with daily hikes ranging from six to eight hours. The Umbwe Route is a less travelled route, which means climbers can enjoy a more secluded and intimate experience with the mountain.
The Umbwe Route is like no other; a test of endurance amongst the majesty and grace of Kilimanjaro. As you stand proudly on Uhuru Peak at sunrise, you can say that you have conquered Umbwe. Although not technical, this route is arduous and the steep but short physical climb early on in the tour means there’s no time for altitude acclimatization. If you’re undecided or less experienced, try our Machame Route; more gentle but just as amazing.
- 3 Meals while on the mountain + evening tea with popcorn or peanuts.
- 3-4 porters per climber, which includes porters to carry up to 30 lbs of your personal gear.
- Airport pick up and drop off
- All meals included
- Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
- Hot water for washing up daily and treated water for drink while climbing.
- Kilimanjaro certificate for your successful summit attempt.
- Medical insurance and emergency insurance
- Medically qualified mountain guides, cooks and porters
- Orientation meeting in Moshi and gear check as well.
- Oxygen Cylinder
- Professionally guided tour
- Twice a day medical health checkup, monitoring with pulse-oximeter and stethoscope with basic first kit
- Unlimited bottled water
- Entry visa for Tanzania
- Laundry Services
- Other International flights
- Personal expenses
- Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
- Tips to mountain crew
Kilimanjaro 6 days umbwe route typically starts at Umbwe Gate and follows a steep trail through dense rainforest. The climb is physically demanding, requiring a good level of fitness and stamina. The trail continues through moorland and alpine desert before reaching the summit at Uhuru Peak.
Along the way, climbers will pass several scenic spots, including Barranco Wall, Lava Tower, and Western Breach. The route also offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape and wildlife, including monkeys, birds, and other small animals.
Overall, the Kilimanjaro 6 Days Umbwe Route tour is a great option for experienced climbers looking for a challenging and adventurous climb up one of the world’s most iconic mountains. It offers a unique and unforgettable experience with stunning views of the mountain and the surrounding landscape.
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Moshi to Umbwe Cave Camp
This morning you’ll meet your crew, who will be with you at all times during your trip. After a sustaining breakfast you’ll be driven the 45-minute trip from your hotel through a lush landscape of bustling villages and coffee smallholdings sheltered by banana palms to the Umbwe Gate. Here, your crew will register you for your climb, while the porters and guides make last minute preparations. After lunch the real work starts. Your journey begins through dense green mountain rainforest. The air, warm and heavy with moisture, is redolent of the lush vegetation as you scramble and slide your way up an often muddy track through a dense canopy of rubber and giant fig trees.
The route steepens between the Umbwe and Lonzo rivers, and you’ll need every ounce of strength to pull yourself upwards using the wild, strong tree roots. As you climb, you’ll see Kibo, unexpected, glimmering in the distance. Beneath your feet drop deep gorges. After a sumptuous dinner, you’ll rest overnight at the lonely Umbwe Cave Camp, nestling amongst giant trees and deep undergrowth, with the mystery of Umbwe Cave a short walk away.
Umbwe Cave Camp to Barranco Camp
After a good, energy-rich breakfast you’ll prepare for today’s climb which takes you out of the rainforest and into the drier, crisper air of moorland broken with rocky outcrops. You’ll ascend through cloud forest, past thinning, moss-entwined trees, glimpsing more and more of the bright blue sky as you ascend the hair-raising and spectacular Umbwe Route ridge with sides that drop steeply until it flattens out near to the Barranco Valley. The Barranco Camp nestles in the valley below the Western Breach and the Great Barranco Wall, which you should study as this is your first climb after breakfast tomorrow! Enjoy a filling and delicious dinner gazing on the dramatic colours of a glowing African sunset.
Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
The first thing that greets you this morning is the scaling of the 257 meter Great Barranco Wall, often called the Breakfast Wall as it’s the first thing you’ll do after breakfast! It’s challenging but more of a scramble than a climb and you’ll enjoy a total-body workout. You’ll top out just below the glorious Helm Glacier soaring above you, and from here the views are incredible. You’ll descend through a tumbling up-and-down route across scree and ridges through alpine desert towards the Karanga Valley, lying beneath the icefalls of the Decken, Heim and Kersten Glaciers. Overnight after a satisfying dinner at Karanga Camp.
Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
After a good breakfast you’ll attack the path that starts climbing as you leave Karanga Camp. The Southern ice fields of Kibo sparkle to your left as you journey the arid and surreal high alpine landscape, such a contrast to the green lushness of earlier days. The route takes you up a constant climb then shelves into a shallow valley with a short, sharp scramble and hike leading you into Barafu Camp. Barafu Camp is situated on a rocky and desolate ridge, exposed to the elements but with glorious panoramic views from 15,000 feet up. You’ll be gazing at clouds below your feet and ice fields and the summit above you. It’s a tough environment for you to prepare your equipment and your mind-set for your final ascent tonight. Grab as much rest as you can before your 11pm push for the Uhuru Peak summit.
Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
It’s summit day and you’ll be woken at 11pm for hydration, food and a quick medical check. You’re very close now; but this section of the climb is the most dangerous. You’l l be climbing a steep gradient of heavy scree in darkness through the night as the temperature drops to below freezing. But as you reach Stellar Point, something amazing begins. Imperceptibly at first, then more quickly, the sky pales to the softest blue and as you look east, the sun rises apricot, pink and gold above the cloud horizon.
Tramping through iridescent ice fields burnished gold by the colours of sunrise and past impressive, impassive Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers, look west to see the giant shadow of Kilimanjaro spreading across the plains far below you. In another hour you’ll reach Uhuru Peak. You have conquered Umbwe Route. Marvel at the glorious vista with Mawenzi silhouetted against the blue skies and the dawn clouds gliding below.
There’ll be time for pictures before you make your descent via breakfast at Barafu Camp. Your journey isn’t over, yet. You’ve a long descent over loose gravel through ice-capped outcrops and down to the welcoming moorland of the lower reaches. Mweka Camp nestles in lush vegetation in the mists of the upper forest and you’ll enjoy good food and good company as your body recovers from the harsh but beautiful experience of the night before.
Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Moshi
With Uhuru Peak a glorious memory far behind you, you’ll begin your hike back to civilisation on a full stomach. The slope here is gentler than the ascent at Umbwe, but it can be slippery so watch those knees! You’ll have time to take in the misty cloud forest and perhaps even spot a Colobus monkey or two. Arriving at Mweka Gate you’ll receive your summit certificates and there’s an opportunity to buy sodas and t shirts. Our vehicle will take you back to your hotel in Moshi. What a difference a week makes!