6 Days Umbwe Route

6 Days Umbwe Route

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Umbwe Route is a steep, steady and straight climb to the top. So the route is not that much popular among visitors. Though the climbing pathway is shorter, but it holds both a physical and mentally challenging Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing.

The Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route is good for those who need a demanding Kilimanjaro Climbing, and who are very sure in their ability to trek over consistently on steep slopes. Previous climbing experience is much necessary before going for this route.


Difficulty – High


Distance – 53km/33miles


Duration – 5-7 Days

Success Rate

Success Rate – Low

The Umbwe Route approaches the summit from the south and camping is the only available accommodation option. Pre-acclimatisation is recommended for those who choose to climb this route.

Umbwe Route :

  • Panoramic views

  • A challenge for seasoned climbers

The Umbwe Route is our least favourite of the Kilimanjaro climb routes. Given its steep ascent, it doesn’t offer much time to acclimatise and so has a low summit success rate. This route is for those who are seasoned high-altitude trekkers and want a very challenging Kilimanjaro climb.


The exact climbing distance for the Umbwe Route is 53km or 33 miles.


The Umbwe route is one of the shortest, most direct Kilimanjaro routes, which lowers the quality of its acclimatisation profile. Summit success is low. Whilst there are no official statistics, the average Umbwe Route Success Rate across all Kilimanjaro operators for the 6 Days Umbwe Route is just 65%.


The Umbwe Route is less scenic than the other Kilimanjaro routes because of how steeply and quickly it ascends the mountain. That said, the scenery it does have is beautiful, and includes rainforest, moorland and high-altitude desert.


Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route is one of the best ways to experience this mighty mountain. Does our unique itinerary and information excite you? If so, get in touch today. Take the next step towards achieving your goals of Climbing Kilimanjaro.


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6 Days Umbwe Route

The route and its name originated from kiboshoumbwe village in moshi on slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is a very challenging steep route making it difficult to climb. Due to the altitude the route does not provide a chance for acclimatization. This route is situated in the mountain forest of Kilimanjaro up to umbwe cave campsite, it comes to join with Machame route, Lemosho route, shira route. The trek is for six days with an after native route to the summit called the western breach route which is strenuous ascending 850m about 2km which requires scrambling ( climbing on hands and feet) at certain point .


Elevation: 800m ——1800m—-3000m

Distance: 12km

Hiking time: 5—7 hours

Habitat: Montane forest

At every meal ( Breakfast, Lunch and dinner) the guide will be with you briefing of the next day ( point).

Elevation: 2850m - 3900m

Distance: 10 Km

Hiking time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: montane forest and heather

On this day after breakfast we will climb through the remaining part of the thick forest to the moorland and heath zone enjoying the beautiful baranco valleys and the baranco wall. Here we meet and join other groups from Machame route, Lemosho route and Shira route we will have dinner at the camp as usually.

Elevation: 3900m - 4200m -3995m

Distance: 6km

Hiking time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: moorland

After breakfast we start to climb towards baranco wall 4200m across ridges and valleys to karanga campsite. Here we will take a lunch and nap. In the evening you will have a briefing about the next day and dinner with your guide.

Elevation: 3995 - 4673m

Distance: 4km

Hiking time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Alpine desert

From karanga campsite the trek is tough to barafu campsite due to altitude. The distance is short but steep the pace is slow. Here you will be served lunch and get briefing before taking a nap. Dinner will be served early then you will take a rest before midnight when will start our final climb to the highest peak of Africa ( uhuru peak).

Elevation: 4673m - 5895m - 3100 m

Distance: 17.5km

Hiking time: 10-12 hours

Habitat: alpine desert and glacier

Here we wake up at midnight you are served a light breakfast before we start for the summit. The aim of starting at midnight before dawn is to make you be able to climb to the summit at eas because the trail is steep up to Stella point 5756m, at this point you will start to view the glacier, crater and sunrise before reaching uhuru peak which will take us almost an hours walk. We will have a moment of taking pictures depending on the weather and physical conditions. After this it’s our descending back to barafu campsite for a short nap followed with lunch and getting ready to go down to mweka campsite. At mweka camp you will be provided with a small basin of hot water and delicious meals before sleeping.

Elevation: 3100m - 1800m

Distance: 10km

Descending time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: mountain forest

On this morning we have a moment of celebrating after breakfast. The crew sing and dance to the guests/ friends traditional African songs/ Jambo songs to commemorate the trek. Here you have the chance to give tips to the guide, porter and cook for their service. After that we descend to mweka gate where you will sign out and given your certificates then we will head directly to your hotel where you will take a long hot shower and a good rest.


  • The difficulty level is extremely challenging
  • The route has poor acclimatization opportunities due to its rapid ascent and therefore success rate is too low.

Include And Exclude

Include :

  • Transport to and from

  • Allowance for the crew

  • First aid kit and oxygen tank for an emergency

  • Rescue Car

  • Park fees/ VAT

Exclude :

  • Accommodation

  • Drinks at the hotel

  • Personal belongings

  • Tips for the crew

  • Taxi.

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