6 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route
Let’s explore the 6-Day Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route. This is renowned for its steepness and direct access to the Southern Glaciers, Western Breach, and Uhuru Peak. Regarded as the most scenic and non-technical path on Kilimanjaro, this route offers breathtaking vistas. Despite its taxing nature due to rapid altitude gains, the rewards are abundant. Suited for experienced trekkers, the very steep route ensures a challenging adventure.
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Day 1: Umbwe Gate and Umbwe Cave.
Beginning at an elevation of 1651 m/5417 ft and ascending to 2944 m/9659 ft, the journey starts in Moshi, proceeding to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. While awaiting permits, observe the lively preparations for the upcoming adventure. Traverse the picturesque rainforest, navigating winding trails guided by insights into local flora, fauna, and wildlife. At these lower elevations, the trail may become muddy and slippery, requiring gaiters and trekking poles. The path meanders along a ridge between two deep valleys, cutting through the dense montane forest. The camp, nestled amid towering trees and thick undergrowth, provides a peaceful setting for the night.
Day 2: Umbwe Cave-Barranco Camp.
Climbing from 2944 m/9659 ft to 3986 m/13,077 ft, gaining 1042m, the day begins after a restful night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast. Exiting the rainforest, the trail winds along the steep ascent of the Umbwe ridge, later descending to the picturesque Barranco camp situated in the valley. As the elevation increases, temperatures drop noticeably, signaling a changing landscape. This leg of the journey offers a blend of challenging terrain and captivating scenery as trekkers continue their adventure through the diverse landscapes of Mount Kilimanjaro. The ascent provides a unique perspective on the surrounding beauty, making every step a memorable experience.
Day 3: Barranco Camp-Karanga Camp.
Ascending from 3986 m/13,077 ft to 4034 m/13,235 ft, gaining 48m, the journey progresses after breakfast. The route leads up the challenging Barranco Wall, advancing towards the Karanga Valley and the junction connecting with the Mweka Trail. This day stands out as one of the most impressive, showcasing the power, agility, and strength of the trekking crew as they navigate the wall seemingly with ease. The adventurous ascent reveals the remarkable capabilities of the team. The night unfolds at Karanga Camp, providing a well-deserved rest amid the rugged beauty of Mount Kilimanjaro’s diverse landscapes.
Day 4: Karanga Camp-Barafu Camp.
Climbing from 4034 m (13,235 ft) to 4662 m (15,295 ft), gaining 628m, the journey presses on towards Barafu Camp. Upon arrival, the completion of the South Circuit is celebrated, offering breathtaking summit views from various angles. An early dinner and rest await, marking the preparations for the upcoming summit night. The night unfolds at Barafu Camp, providing a crucial break in the ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro. As trekkers prepare themselves both physically and mentally for the summit push, the camp serves as a pivotal point in this demanding yet rewarding adventure amidst the stunning heights of the Tanzanian landscape.
Day 5: Barafu Camp-Summit to Mweka Camp.
Ascending from 4662 m/15,295 ft to 5895 m/19,341 ft, gaining 1233m, followed by a descent to 3106 m/10,190 ft, losing 2789m, the excitement builds for the most challenging phase of the trek. Starting between midnight and 2 a.m., the journey continues towards the summit, navigating between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. Battling the cold, trekkers maintain focus on the imminent sense of accomplishment. Zigzagging northwesterly, ascend through scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim, greeted by a breathtaking sunrise during a brief rest. Faster hikers may witness the sunrise from the summit. Congratulations! You’ve reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the entire continent of Africa! After celebrations, photos, and a descent to Mweka Camp, enjoy a well-deserved rest. Overnight at Mweka Camp.
Day 6: Mweka Camp, Mweka Gate, and Moshi.
Descending from 3106m/10,190ft to 1633m/5358ft, losing 1473m, after breakfast and a heartfelt crew appreciation ceremony, it’s time to bid farewell. The descent continues to the Mweka Park Gate for summit certificates. With warmer weather, the terrain becomes wet, muddy, and steep; Gaiters and trekking poles are highly recommended. From the gate, a vehicle awaits at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes). Enjoy a long-overdue hot shower, dinner, and celebrations! Therefore, book the 6-Day Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route.
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- Walking poles
- Sleeping bag
- Hiking boots
- Heavy clothes
- Light Clothing
- Sun Glasses
- Torch with Spare Batteries
- Water bottles or back pack.
- Professional, English speaking guide
- Personal porter $ Cook
- Kilimanjaro Trekking Tour according to the travel plan description
- Meals as indicated in the tour brochure
- Transfers to and from the Kilimanjaro Airport
- Return transfer from Hotel to the National Park Gate
- Overnight stays in mountain huts
- All national park fees
- Tents in the rout necessary
- Porter loo
- camping & rescus fees
- fair wages to guides/Assistant guides & porters
- camping equipmentguide
- 3 meals per day + snacks on trek
- Pre & post climb accommodation.
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- Meals not indicated in the tour description
- Alcohol and soft drinks (coke, mineral water, etc.)
- Visa fees
- Personal spending for souvenirs
- Travel Insurance
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