6 Days Umbwe Route
Tour cost
$ 1735 per Person
6 Days Umbwe Route

It is possible to climb the Umbwe route over 6 days, however, this is far too short for acclimatization. The Umbwe Route is the most challenging and strenuous route up Kilimanjaro due to the steepness of ascent through the rainforest and the rapid altitude gain over the first two days. Both these factors lead to the Umbwe route having the highest incidence of altitude sickness and therefore the lowest summit success rate.

general information
safari type : Trekking / Climbing
You will visit: Umbwe Gate, Umbwe Cave Camp, Barranco Camp, Karanga Camp, Barafu Camp, Uhuru Camp
Getting Around: Walking
Start/End: Arusha
Minimum Age: 18+
Day By Day Itinerary
detailed view
Arrival Day:
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to Arusha

After your long flight, you’ll be pleased to spend your first night in comfort at your hotel, the Planet Lodge in Arusha. You will be picked-up by Gifted Adventures driver, who will be waiting to meet and welcome you and take you to your hotel in Arusha to relax after your flight. Your adventure has begun!

Accommodation: Mount Meru Hotel
Meals: Dinner
Drinking Mineral Water only

Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Cave Camp

Day one this morning, our mountain crew will arrive at the hotel in order to meet you and hold a quick briefing with equipment check precede, you will be driven to the Machame Gate of Kilimanjaro National Park, where registration takes place. From there trekkers are transferred to the Umbwe Gate. Here you will start your trekking with our guide and porters. As this part of Umbwe route goes through rainforest with its probability of rain showers do not forget your raincoat.

Elevation:1600M to 2,360M
Hiking Time:6-7hours

Umbwe Cave to Barranco Camp

Day two the path gets steeper, as you get out of the forest along the Umbwe ridge the route descends slightly to the Barranco camp situated in the valley. You will notice the camp is pretty busy. This is because you will be joining hikers from the Machame, Lemosho and Shira Route here. Therefore, the population will be bigger.

Elevation:2,360M to 3960M
Hiking Time: 5hours

day 3
Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Early wakeup, breakfast and starts with a steep climb up to Barranco Wall. From here you will follow an up and down route along the Southern Circuit through the Karanga Valley and up to Karanga Camp. For those feeling strong we will go for a mid-afternoon acclimatization trek up before descending back to camp for the night.

Elevation:3960M to 3963M
Hiking Time: 5hours

Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Four day starts 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. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley, which is our last stop for fresh water before the summit.

Elevation:3963M to 4640M
Hiking Time: 3hours
Habitat:Alpine Desert

day 5
Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

Day five start off at around midnight, and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. The ascent to crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Stella Point. The hike from Stella to Uhuru Peak is gradual climb and as far as hikes go not very difficult. 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.

Elevation:4640M to 5895M to 3100M
Distance:7 km Ascent / 23 km Descent
Hiking Time: 6- 8 hours Ascent /7-8hours Descent
Habitat:Alpine Desert

day 6
Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

After getting a breakfast, 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! After saying goodbye to your mountain guides, a short transfer follows to take you back to your hotel in Arusha.

Elevation:3100M to 1630M
Hiking Time:3-5hours

Departure Day:
Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

Today is the day that you say goodbye to our team. Congratulations, you just hiked the highest freestanding mountain on planet Earth and the tallest mountain in Africa. You will remember these memories for the rest of your life. Upon waking up today, your guide will be with you until you need to leave for Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Accommodation: Mount Meru Hotel
Drinking Mineral Water only

price included / exclude
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Arusha (before & after climb)
  • Transport to and from Arusha to the trail head
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits, camping/hut fees, rescue fees and Value Added Tax (VAT)
  • Expert guide, assistant guides, cook and porters
  • Bottled oxygen, for emergency rescue only
  • Private toilet
  • Four season, 3-person mountain tents, double occupancy
  • Sleeping pad, foam, 1.5 inches thick
  • Fresh, nutritious meals on the mountain
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • All meals
  • Services for crew team and salary
  • Tent highest quality tent Eureka or Mountain hard Ware
  • Champagne, cognacs, fine wines & premium brand spirits.
  • Items of personal nature such as passport, visa, travelers etc.
  • Tips for the crew
  • Medical equipment as hyperbolic chamber
  • Portable toilets: available for renting 110 USD/trip
  • Note Over weight, extra luggage will require an extra porter, at a rate of 11 USD per bag per day
  • Massage we may arrange for 40 USD per person
  • And all not mentioned in the itinerary above.

Kindly call us at +255 753 900 422 if you require any immediate assistance.


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