Climb Kilimanjaro through Umbwe Route is a super plan. Umbwe Route is considered as the shortest route, and toughest, to the Southern Glaciers of Kilimanjaro and Western Breach of Kibo. An ascent of Kibo by Umbwe route is one of the finest non-technical mountaineering expeditions. It is a challenging route, unsuitable for the solitary or the inexperienced, and a route off the beaten track.
Climb Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route Itinerary: 6 Days & 5 Nights
Day 01: Arrival
Arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport/Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Transfer by normal (0800am or 0200pm) shuttle Bus to Arusha where you booked in Arusha Crown Hotel/Impala hotel for the night BB
Day 02: Hotel – Umbwe Gate – Umbwe Cave Camp
At 7:30 a.m., you will transfer you to the Umbwe Park Gate at 2,100m. The path begins an a narrow ridge crest between the Lonzo River to the West and the Umbwe River to the East. It is easy to follow as it continues up through the dense forest. The path continues to follow the ridge, rising steadily with some steep sections and scramble rocks. The route takes you to the first tented camp Umbwe Cave (at 2,940m) in 5 to 6 hrs.
Day 03: Umbwe Cave Camp – Barranco Camp
We follow the trail through steep and scramble rock across rainforest to moorland. The path proceed steep to the Southern Glacier Branches, at 4000m we reach our campsite, Barranco, were we overnight. (6-7 hrs)
Day 04: Baranco Camp
This is a good place to rest a day to acclimatize; you may spend your time at camp relaxing or you nay explore the surroundings. This acclimatization day is important for you to get used to the height and increases the chances of reaching the summit.
Day 05: Barranco Camp – Arrow Glacier
The route leads to the Western Breach and continue up to Umbwe ridge, which becomes the western lateral moraine of the peak. The route goes straight towards the Western Breach and then reaches Arrow Glacier which is at 4,800m.
Day 06: Arrow Glacier – Uhuru Peak – Mweka Hut
To ascent to summit and descend on this day you may involve between 10 1/2 or 14 1/2 hrs of climbing. We start right after midnight, to see the sunrise from the summit, also to avoid the mist, and the snow on the ascent will still be frozen. So after 3 km. and 6 – 8 hours (an ascend of 1100m) you will reach the top and descent through Barafu to 2800m. The descent to Mweka hut takes 4 – 7 hours of walking.
Day 07: Mweka Hut – Mweka Gate
After breakfast descend steeply through the forest on a narrow path, after 3 – 4 hours walking we will reach Mweka Gate at 1400m. From here we will bring you to Arusha, for Overnight b/breakfast.
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- National Park entry fees, camping fees, rescue fees
- English speaking guide(s), cook and porters
- Full board camping accommodation during the climb
- Camping equipment ie Tents + Form mattress
- Mineral water for the first day, boiled and filtered water on the other days
- Transfer to the gate and return to Arusha/Moshi
- Other drinks
- Meals and accommodation in Arusha/Moshi – We can arrange this one too.
- Sleeping bag
- Personal expenses and tips