6 Days 5 Nights
Umbwe Route is a steep, steady and straight climb to the top. So the route is not that much popular among visitors. Though the trek is shorter, but it holds both a physical and mentally challenging hike.
The Umbwe is good for those who need a demanding climb, 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.
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
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
Hiking time: 4-5 hours
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
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
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
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.