8 Days Kilimanjaro Umbwe Climbing Route

8 days 7 nights Luxury Private
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8 Days


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The Umbwe Route, while not technically difficult, is certainly the most challenging route to Uhuru Peak. If you are up to the challenge you will be rewarded with stunning views and fewer crowds while you

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climb through Kilimanjaro's pristine forests and foothills. As you climb the environment shifts around you, from lush forest to alpine mountains while the Kibo Massif looms above you. The route combines with the Machame Route at the Barranco Camp, and continuing up the famous Barranco Wall to Karanga Camp. It's a half-day climb from Karanga Camp through high alpine desert to get to Barafu Camp where you will take a brief rest before the final push to the summit. You'll break camp shortly before midnight for the legendary Kilimanjaro summit hike, a night climb for the last few kilometers to the Roof of Africa. Enjoy the sunrise from Uhuru Peak, bask in the view from the highest point on the continent for a few moments, and then it's time to start the descent to Mweka camp for a well-earned rest before your return to Moshi. This route is faster and steeper than others on the mountain. Climbers have to be careful in regards to acclimatization on this route since they are spending a longer time at higher elevations with a relatively quick ascent.


  • Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha
  • Day 2: Umbwe Gate (1800m) - Umbwe Cave (2850 meters / 9350 feet)
  • Day 3: Umbwe Cave (2850m) - (2940m) - Barranco Camp (3,950 meters / 12,960 feet)
  • Day 4: Barranco Camp (3950m) - Karanga Camp (4000 meters / 13,123 feet)
  • Day 5: Karanga Camp (4000m) to Barafu High Camp (4645 meters / 14,240 feet)
  • Day 6: Barafu (4645m) - Summit (5895m) – Mweka (5,895 meters / 19,340 feet)
  • Day 7: Mweka Camp to Arusha
  • Day 8: Departure

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  • Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha

    Pick up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Arusha town, which is commonly known as the gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro. Meet your guide and review your equipment in the evening in preparation for the trek the following day.

    • Mount Meru Game Lodge & Sanctuary
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Umbwe Gate (1800m) - Umbwe Cave (2850 meters / 9350 feet)

    The day begins with a drive from Arusha to the Umbwe Gate, where you'll check in with the Park Service, weigh your bags and meet your porters. From there, you'll start your climb through the rainforest foothills of Kilimanjaro for 5 to 7 hours to reach Umbwe Cave Camp.

    • Umbwe Cave Camp
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3: Umbwe Cave (2850m) - (2940m) - Barranco Camp (3,950 meters / 12,960 feet)

    Today the landscape shifts from rainforest to mountain heaths as vegetation gives way to large rock outcroppings. You'll follow the narrow Umbwe Ridge into the Barranco Valley, where the Umbwe Route begins to merge with the Machame Route before ending the day at the Barranco Camp. You'll rest in the shadow of Kibo summit before climbing the famous Barranco Wall in the morning.

    • Barranco Camp
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Barranco Camp (3950m) - Karanga Camp (4000 meters / 13,123 feet)

    The day starts with a challenging climb up the steep Barranco Wall. This includes some scrambling, but is not a technical climb. Remember to use your hands and look where you step and you'll be over the wall and dropping into the Karanga Valley before lunch. You'll follow the circuit across the valley to Karanga Camp, resting at 4000m.

    • Karanga Camp
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Karanga Camp (4000m) to Barafu High Camp (4645 meters / 14,240 feet)

    Day 5 is a shorter climb as you make your way to Barafu High Camp and prepare for your assault on Uhuru Peak. You'll arrive in camp early, and have some time to rest and prepare for your ascent that night. Pack your headlamp, water, and other essentials and get a few hours' sleep, you'll be back on the trail by midnight for the fabled climb to Kilimanjaro's summit.

    • Barafu High Camp
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Barafu (4645m) - Summit (5895m) – Mweka (5,895 meters / 19,340 feet)

    Today's the day. You'll leave Barafu High Camp at midnight and begin your night climb to the Roof of Africa. This stretch will push you, as your body is tired and the climb keeps going through the night. Keep a steady pace and listen to your guides as you make it through the final stage of the climb. Standing at Uhuru Peak, watching the sun rise and the clouds run below you, you'll be glad you kept pushing. After a brief rest and a few photos from the peak you'll be back on the trail. Descending is faster and easier, but you have a ways to go today. Going down you will head back to Barafu Hut for a short nap and snacks before continuing down to Mweka camp (3068m/10,065feet) for the night.

    • Mweka Camp
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Mweka Camp to Arusha

    From Mweka campsite it is a half-day descent through the forest to Mweka gate to collect certificates and meet the vehicle. Return to Moshi for the night, enjoy a hot shower and have a final farewell dinner with your guides.

    • Mount Meru Game Lodge & Sanctuary
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    After breakfast, according to your flight time we will drop you at the airport or assist you in catching the shuttle to Nairobi. End of our services.

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    • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

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How 2 Book Your Safari

• You make an inquiry.

• We contact you to set up an initial phone consultation (one person or whole group).

• We develop a first draft itinerary.

• Several variations are made until the perfect itinerary is reached.

• Prior to going to contract we have our office in Arusha run a comprehensive availability check on all accommodations and request provisional bookings.

• If all accommodations are available, you are sent a final contract/itinerary for signing and your deposit is due (see Terms & Conditions). If availability is not possible at some of your desired locations, we seek out alternate options prior to going to contract.

• Once you sign and return your contract, our office in Arusha submits booking vouchers and makes necessary deposits to all the accommodations to finalize the bookings.

• Signed and stamped booking vouchers are scanned and emailed to you as confirmation of your bookings.

Late Bookings

When booked well in advance (6 months or more), there is usually no problem in securing all the desired accommodations. However, when we encounter full locations, we place immediate bookings at alternate locations and then, time permitting, present these options to you for a final decision. Typically, we have been very good at getting excellent locations, even last minute. While it is true that many lodges do indeed fill up quickly, we find that rooms usually open up as the date gets closer due to the release of rooms from block bookings.

What are block bookings?

It is common for large tour operators who organize group tours to book a block of rooms in anticipation that their pre-­planned itineraries will operate at full capacity. Many lodges allow block bookings without deposit, but force the tour operators to pay for these rooms or release them as the actual dates get near (between 45 and 60 days in advance). What does this mean for a private tour? It means that sometimes it can be difficult to secure certain accommodations that cater to group tours.


  • Park fees
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • A professional mountain guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • All Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water on all days


  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline from $20.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Alcohol drinks


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