Umbwe Route 6 Days

Tour Overview

The Umbwe Route is steeper and shorter than Machame Route. Once at Baranco Camp you continue on with the other Machame Route hikers. The descend is down to Mweka Trail.  Since it is very short and direct route, it is not recommendable for people with little attitude experience.

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Day 1: Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Cave

Drive from Moshi to Umbwe national park gate (1,660m) for one hour, and then hike for 5-6 hour in Montane rain forest, with lunch packed on route to Umbwe Cave Camp (2,850m).

Day 2: Umbwe Cave to Baranco Camp

After breakfast, leave the glades of the forest and follow an ascending path on the open moorland and semi-desert for 4-5 hours to Baranco Camp (4,000m).

Day 3: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

After breakfast continue on steep ridge up to the Baranco wall to the Karanga Valley Camp and the junction connects with Mweka Trail. Today the hike in the Alpine Desert will take 3-4 hours to Karanga Camp (4,050m).

Day 4: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

You continue with the hike for 3-4 hours on the Alpine Desert to Barafu Camp (4,700m). You have completed the southern circuit, which offers view of the Summit from many different angles. Here you make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the Summit day.

Day 5: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp

Hike Barafu Camp to Summit (5,8950m), then down to Mweka Camp (3,090m); for 5-7 hours up and 5-6 hours down. Very early in the morning (mid-night), you continue to the summit between the Rebman and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwest direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the Crater rim. Here you will stop for a short rest.

From Stella Point you may encounter snow all the way in your one hour ascend to the Summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you rached the highest point of Mount Kilimanjaro and the Continent of Africa.

From the Summit you began your descend by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp (3,090m), with stop over for lunch at Barafu. The hike in this day is 5-7 hours up and 5-6 hours down, in the stone scree and ice capped summit.

Day 6: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

Continue 3-4 hours in the rain forest to Mweka national park gate (1,680) to have your Summit Certificates. From the Gate continue another an hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you and drive you back to your hotel in Moshi, about 30 minutes drive.

US$ 1,600 Per Person

NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. Dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

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