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Kitano Tours And Safaris

  • Tanzania

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Tour Overview

Trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro on the Umbwe Route, which has a well-deserved reputation of being the most challenging route. However, it’s a very beautiful and is one of the least used routes. Umbwe is known to be a very difficult route so it should only be attempted by hikers who are confident in their ability to acclimatize quickly to altitude. Approaching from the south, the Umbwe route is a short, steep and direct climb. After reaching Barranco Camp, the trail turns east and traverses underneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. The descent is made via the Mweka route.

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General Information

  • Safari types:
    Camping Safari, Mountain Safari, Trekking Safari
  • You will visit:
    Kilimanjaro National Park
  • Wildlife:
    Birds, Colobus Monkey
  • Activities:
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Moshi / Arusha
  • Minimum age:

About Umbwe Route

The Umbwe route has a well-deserved reputation of being the most challenging route on Mount Kilimanjaro. Due to the fast ascent to high altitude, this route does not provide the necessary stages for acclimatization. Although the number of people on this trail is very low, the chances of success are also low. Umbwe is considered to be a very difficult, taxing route – one that should only be attempted by strong hikers who are confident in their ability to acclimatize quickly to altitude.

Rates – Per Person USD

From USD 2,150 per person

What's Included

  • Tanzanian Guide
  • Gate transfer
  • Crew wages
  • Environment fees
  • Accommodation in special camps and huts
  • 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Drinking water
  • Park fees
  • Tax
  • Cook and porters

What's Excluded

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Tips for the crew


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  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Kitano Tours And Safaris‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

  • Pick up by vehicle from your hotel, drive to Umbwe Gate.

  • Complete the gate registration procedures, then the trek starts through the rain forest to Umbwe Cave Campsite where you will find the tents already set up then stop for dinner and overnight. Today you will walk across ridges and valleys into a really thick forest.

Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Distance Covered: 10 km (4-5 hours)
Accommodation: Umbwe Cave Camp

  • Today after breakfast, you will trek through the remaining forest to the moorland and heath zone and you will be enjoying some wonderful views of Barranco valleys and the ice cap on top of the mountain.

  • Arrive at Barranco Camp for dinner and overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Distance Covered: 9 km (4-5 hours)
Accommodation: Barranco Hut Campsite

  • Today you will be having a short day walk and in the late morning, you will start climbing the Barranco wall and reach 4,200 m for acclimatization and continue crossing ridges and valleys to Karanga campsite for hot lunch.

  • After lunch, you will have a short rest and get another acclimatization of trekking up the scree slopes towards the southern ice field.

  • Return to the camp for dinner and overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Distance Covered: 6 km (4-5 hours)
Accommodation: Karanga Camp

  • Today’s trek up to the Barafu Ridge campsite is tough because of altitude. The walking hours are few because it is steep so it needs a slow walk so to avoid fatigue as well as high altitude sickness. You will walk across the alpine desert with a strong cold wind blowing because there are no trees around as well as getting closer to the Kibo glaciers.

  • Have lunch and early dinner at around 1700 hrs then rest until midnight when you commence your push for the summit.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Distance Covered: 5 km (3-4 hours)
Accommodation: Barafu Camp

  • The day starts around midnight with a light breakfast and then last preparations for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or after sunrise. Leave for the peak at 12:00 am, switchback up steep screed or possibly snow, and reach Stella Point on the crater rim at 5,861 m around 4 and 5 am. At this point, you will have views of the fabled crater and its icecaps facing you and all spectacular all areas surrounding you.

  • Then after 1 hour of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro true summit, Uhuru Peak. Here you will spend some time taking photos.

  • After your summit activities are done, descend back to the Barafu Huts campsite to have lunch, rest, and collect your equipment.

  • Continue your walk down through moorland and heath zone to Mweka Hut campsite.

  • Enjoy dinner and overnight at Mweka Hut campsite.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Distance Covered: 15 km (10-12) hours ascent – 4-6 hours descent)
Accommodation: Mweka Hut

  • After breakfast, today is your last day on the mountain so you will descend down to Mweka Park gate walking across Montana forest; this descent will take 3-4 hours.

  • Then here at the gate, you will do sign out and get ready to board the vehicle ready for the transfer back to Moshi.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Distance Covered: 9.1 km (3-4 hours)

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