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6 Days Umbwe Route

Tour Summary:

  • You will visit Tanzania
  • This tour starts and ends in Arusha or Moshi (Tanzania)
  • You will visit Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Activities: Trekking
  • Trekking Route: Umbwe Route
  • Tour type: Private or Group trek
  • A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for extra cost
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Day by Day trekking Itinerary

Day 0: Arrival
You are collected by one of our drivers at the airport (preferred Kilimanjaro international Airport – JRO) and drive to your hotel for rest and overnight
Meals Bed and Breakfast are Included

Day 1: Moshi/Arusha to Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp
Your day starts early with a briefing, followed by breakfast and an hour drive from Moshi/Arusha to Umbwe Village (1,490 m/4,890 ft) where your guides and porters pack your equipment and supplies, and give you a lunch pack. You start your ascent at the small Umbwe Gate just above the village and follow a gentle winding vehicle track for an hour to a signboard that announces the small steep Umbwe trail. The introduction is over, and you now climb up for several hours through a dense forest of rubber trees and giant fig trees. In places, you must scamper up steep sections of roots and rock. The Umbwe Camp is in the forest, and there are some caves nearby. You will be greeted here with a graciously served hot meal

Elevation(m): 915m/1387m to 1,800 m 2,800 m
Elevation(ft): 3,000 ft/4921ft to 5,905 ft to 9,190 ft
Distance: 8 km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
Day 2: Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp

Your day starts early with a steaming cup of tea coffee. After breakfast, you will climb steeply through thinning forest glades to Giant Erica, Heather, and drier air. You continue up a ridge that drops steeply on both sides, and hopefully, the clouds will part to reward you with a view of Uhuru Peak looming overhead. After lunch, you enter a zone of giant groundsels (SeneciKilimanjari) that seem to guard the heights, and this garden is one of Kilimanjaro’s special treasures.

Elevation(m): 2,800 m to 3,900 m
Elevation(ft): 9,190 ft to 2,800 ft
Distance: 8 km,
Hiking Time : 4-5 hours
Habitat : Semi-Desert

Day 3: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
After breakfast, we continue up a steep ridge to the great Barranco Wall, then you climb this imposing obstacle, which turns out to be easier than it looks. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you can now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. With Kibo’s glaciers soaring overhead, you descend into the lush Karanga Valley to the Karanga Valley campsite. From the camp, you can look east and see the jagged peaks of Mawenzi jutting into the African sky. After a hot lunch in camp, your afternoon is at leisure for resting or exploring. This short day is very important for your acclimatization, since your summit push is about to start.

Elevation(m): 3,900 m to 4,200 m
Elevation (ft):12,800 ft to 13,780 ft
Distance: 7 km,
Hiking time: 4 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 4: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
In the morning, you hike east over intervening ridges and valleys to join the Mweka Route, which will be your descent route. Turn left toward the mountain and hike up the ridge through asparse landscape for another hour to the Barafu Hut where you will receive a hot lunch. The last water on the route is in the Karanga Valley; there is no water at Barafu Camp, even though Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice.” The famous snows of Kilimanjaro are far above Barafu Camp near the summit of the mountain. Your tent will be pitched on a narrow, stony, wind-swept ridge, so make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. Prepare your equipment and warm clothing for your summit climb, and drink a lot of fluids. After an early dinner, go to bed for a few hours of precious sleep.

Elevation(m): 4,200 m to 4,550 m
Elevation(ft): 13,780 ft to 14,930 ft
Distance: 13 km,
Hiking Time: 8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Deser

Day 5: Summit Day! Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
You will rise around 11:30 PM, and after some steaming tea and biscuits, you shuffle off into the night. Your 6-hour climb northwest up through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to Stella Point on the crater rim is the most challenging part of the route for most climbers. At Stella Point (5,685 m/18,650 ft) you stop for a short rest and a chance to see asupremely sanguine sunrise. At Stella Point you join the top part of the Marangu Route, but do not stop here too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Depending on the season and recent storms, you may encounter snow on your remaining hike along the rim to Uhuru Peak. On the summit, you can enjoy your accomplishment and know that you are creating a day that you will remember for the rest of your life. After your 3-hour descent from the summit back to Barafu Camp, you will have a well-earned but short rest, collect your gear, and hike down a rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest to Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft). This camp is in the upper forest, so you can expect mist or rain in the late afternoon.

Elevation(m): 4,550 m to 5,895 m to 3,100 m
Elevation(ft):14,930 ft to 19,340 ft to 10,170 ft
Distance: 7 km up, 23 km down
Hiking Time: 8 hours up, 7-8 hours down
Habitat: Scree and seasonal snow

Day 6: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Moshi/Arusha
After a well-deserved breakfast, it is a short, scenic, 3-hour hike back to the park gate. Don’t give your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely, but do remember to tip your staff at the gate. At Mweka Gate, you can sign your name and add details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Climbers who reached Stella Point are issued green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate, you will continue down to the Mweka Village, possibly a muddy, 3 km, 1 hour hike if the road is too muddy for vehicles.

Elevation(m): 3,100 m to 1,980m to890m/1387m
Elevation(ft): 10,170 ft to 6,500m to 2,920 ft/4921ft
Distance: 15 km
Hiking Time: 3 hours
Habitat: Forest

Departure: Arusha/Moshi – Airport 
You will be transferred to the airport or other destinations in Tanzania or Kenya. A trip to the beaches at Zanzibar is a good way to recuperate. We can arrange many reasonably priced trips and safaris to the Tanzania Nothern Parks such as trips to Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park and to Arusha National Park. Also we can arrange trips to Southern Circuit such as trips to Selous game reserve, Mikumi National Park and Ruaha National Park.

Price Include

  • 2 transfers from Moshi to Umbwe park gate –return
  • 3 meals per day while trekking – Vegetarian/Non-Vegetarian
  • 6 days Kilimanjaro trek- Umbwe
  • 5 nights accomodation in camps while trekking Umbwe
  • First and Last night accommodation at excellent hotel in Moshi -Bed and Breakfast.
  • All park entrance fees and government levies
  • English speaking mountain Guide and assistant guides
  • Porters- a maximum of 3 per client

Price excludes

  • Tips to the crew
  • Visa and Flights
  • Gloves, Sun glasses, Sleeping bag, Hats , Rain suits, Warm Jacket,
  • Heavy boots, Scarf’s, Rain Trousers, tents

Note: All the above items can be hired at a reasonable price

End of Itinerary

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