6 Days Umbwe Route

TYPOLOGIES

Mountain Trekking

DIFFICULTY

Medium

MIN. AGE

18 years

Tour Overview

This is based in the south, it is a 6-days / 5-nights tour and is said to be the most scenic and difficult one offered on Kilimanjaro. Steep slopes, muddy, and generally strenuous making it only suitable for well-experienced mountaineers.

Comments

  • Please note that our itinerary is flexible and can be modified until it suits your needs and wishes.
  • This is a quotation only. No reservations or arrangements have been confirmed on your behalf pending your authority to proceed and the final itinerary is subject to availability.
  • All prices quoted are current and are subject to change at any time due to cost increases such as Park Entry fees or Hotel| Airline rates increases that are beyond our control. As a result, reserves the right to re-quote on a quotation if confirmation of the itinerary is not received within 14 working days from date of quotation.

Tour Includes

Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees

18% VAT on tour fees & services

3 Season mountain tents -29C

Extreme Limit Sleeping Bags

Double layered Sleeping Mats

Transportation to & from the mountain gate

Professional mountain guides, cooks, and porters

3 meals daily while on the mountain Katadyn filtered water throughout the trek

Pre & Post Trek accommodation

Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National

Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)

10% discount on meals at selected restaurants in Moshi Town

2 - way shared airport transfers (for private transfers it costs $20 extra per vehicle)

Supplemental Oxygen & Pulse Oximeter

Tour doesn't Include

Flights Tips to mountain

Crew Items of a personal nature

Laundry Services

Visa and passport fees

A doctor for the group

A portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra (US$150 per toilet + toilet tent)

Daily Activities

Day 1 - ARRIVE IN TANZANIA.

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi town, you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day.
Meals: Dinner and Overnight at Weru Weru River Lodge (or alternative).

DAY 2 : UMBWE GATE (1,800M/5,905FT) TO CAVE BIVOUAC CAMP (2,850M/9,350FT)

At 8am leave Moshi for Umbwe Gate where you will meet our porters, guides, and cooks who will spend the next six days trekking with you to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. After arriving, wait at the gate while we register your climb and the porters and guides make final preparations. Your first day’s destination is Cave Bivouac Camp, approximately 6 hours from the gate. The trail is steep and can be slippery in some places. Hike through the moss-covered trees of Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. The forest will thin later in the hike and heathers, tall grasses and wildflowers will come into view. Porters and cooks will walk ahead to set up the camp in time for your arrival.
Elevation Gain:1,050 meters, 3,445 feet.
Hiking time: 4 to 6 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

DAY 3 : CAVE BIVOUAC (2,850M/9,350FT) TO BARRANCO CAMP (3,950M/12,960FT)

The first section of the trail continues following the ridge. After leaving the forest, continue through open moorlands until reaching Barranco Camp. Barranco is generally regarded as the most scenic campsite on the Umbwe Trail as it’s surrounded by giant senecios and lobelias. As Barranco is in a valley, the sun rises later than at the other camps.
1,100 meters, 3,610 feet
Hiking time: 5 to 7 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

DAY 4 : BARRANCO CAMP (3,900 M/12,800 FT)

Extra Day for Acclimatization. Adding this day will ease your effort, and amplify your acclimatization.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

DAY 5 : BARRANCO CAMP (3,950M/12,960FT) TO KARANGA VALLEY (4,200M/13,780FT)

Leave Barranco Camp after breakfast for Karanga Valley. The day begins with a 1.5 hour scramble up the Barranco Wall. This is the hardest part of the day and in some places you may have to use your hands to aid your climb. After reaching the top, hike through fairly level terrain before making a short but steep descent into the green Karanga River Valley.
250 meters, 820 feet
Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

DAY 6 : KARANGA VALLEY (4,200M/13,780FT) TO BARAFU CAMP (4,600M/15,100FT)

After breakfast, begin the hike to Barafu Camp. On the way to Barafu, view several of Kibo’s glaciers as well as the junction that connects the descent route, Mweka, with the Machame trail. During day four, hike by the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. Although the trail to Barafu passes through alpine desert with little vegetation, Barafu Camp offers stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Try to sleep after finishing dinner as you will wake before midnight for your summit hike
Elevation Gain:400 meters, 1,320 feet
Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

DAY 7 : BARAFU CAMP (4,600M/15,100FT) TO UHURU PEAK (5,895M/19,340FT) TO MWEKA CAMP (3,100M/10,170FT)

Around midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak. Hike by the light of your headlamp for the next six hours. The ascent to the 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 Point to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes approximately one hour. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Mweka Camp. On the way down from Uhuru, enjoy views of the mountain, crater, clouds and glaciers. At Barafu Camp, eat breakfast and take a short break. You still have another three to five hours to go before reaching Mweka Camp.
1,295 meters, 4,240 feet and Elevation Loss: 2,795 meters, 9,170 feet
Hiking time: 6 hours to the rim, 1 hour to Uhuru, 3 to 4 hours back to Barafu, 4 hours to Mweka
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

DAY 8 : MWEKA CAMP (3,100M/10,170FT) TO MWEKA GATE (1,500M/4,920FT)

After breakfast, finish the trek with a hike through the forest to Mweka Gate. The trail may be slippery following rain. Our vehicles will meet you at the lower station of Mweka Gate to take you back to Moshi.
Elevation Loss: 1,600 meters, 5,250 feet
Hiking time: 4 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
End of Tour

DAY 9: DEPART TANZANIA

The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Moshi town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport. * We also welcome you spare an hour of your day to plant a tree, as part of our environmental conservation efforts in the Kilimanjaro region. * Safari and Zanzibar add-ons are available if you wish to continue exploring Tanzania
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
End of Tour