7 Days Umbwe Route Kilimanjaro Trekking

Kilimanjaro International Airport

Umbwe route, is the challenging climbing route among the rest of the Kilimanjaro Climbing route because of it being the direct and steep route, by which to some points, a climber might be required to use his/her hands to climb. However, Umbwe climbing route is not a technical route just need the climbing experiences due to its nature. Hiking through Umbwe route you will join climbers from Machame near the Baranco Camp.

Tour Plan

Day 1: Moshi to Umbwe gate then hike to Umbwe cave campsite
The first day of your Adventure will begin in Moshi town having your breakfast from your lodging place and then you will meet by your Mountain guide/guides and the driver who will pick you from your hotel and take a drive to Umbwe gate. Reaching at the gate, the porters will take the luggage and do the Kilogram check at the gate and they will start the climb leaving you behind with your guide. After the gate and park formalities it’s when you will start the hike with your guide, always follow the instructions from your guide. The climb will be of 4 to 5hrs which is the distance of 10 Kilometers walking through the ridge and valleys to the thick montane forest reaching to the Umbwe cave campsite where you will overnight. Time and distance: 4 to 5 hrs. which is 10km distance Elevation: 5,249 ft to 9,514 ft

Day 2: Umbwe cave camp to Baranco camp
It is the second day of your hike looking forward to reach the highest point in Africa, the Uhuru peak of the Kilimanjaro Mountain. You will be hiking through the Moorland Forest enjoying the view of the Baranco valleys and the snowcap of the mountain. It will be a hike of 4 to 5hrs and distance of 6 Kilometers reaching the Baranco camp for your camping and resting to collect some energy for the next day hike. Time and distance: 4 to 5 hrs which is 6km distance Elevation: 9,514 ft to 13,044 ft.

Day 3: Acclimatization at the Baranco camp
Other than the 6 days climb, the 7 days hike via Umbwe route you will have an acclimatization day this is to help you have an adaptation from the altitude changes as you will heading up to higher altitude and this is to increase the chances for your success summit. It will be a lazy day spending at the Baranco camp, moving here and there taking some photos just to adopt for the altitude changes. This is why for the active climbers who does not get the altitude effects do opt for the 6 days climb skipping this lazy day on your adventure.

Day 4: Baranco camp to Karanga camp
This is the adventurous day when climbing the Kilimanjaro via Machame route where ypu will be facing the climb of the Baranco wall. Considering the distance, it is a short climb because it is just a distance of 4 Kilometers, but considering the climbing challenges it will take 4 to 5hrs climbing through the Baranco wall and the alpine desert valleys where you will be enjoying the view of the Kibo peak which will be closer, the southern glaciers and the western bridge. Reaching the Karanga camp you will have your rest collecting some energy for your next day venture. Time and distance: hiking of 4 to 5hrs a distance of 4km Elevation: 13,000ft to 13,100ft

Day 5: Karanga camp to Barafu camp
The hike will begin after your breakfast; you will be hiking through the alpine desert enjoying the stunning view of the two Kilimanjaro cones of Kibo and Mawenzi. It will be a 4 to 5hrs hike a distance of 4 Kilometers. You will be walking hitting the junction that connects with the Mweka trail and head up to the Barafu camp where you will be complete the southern circuit of the Kilimanjaro Mountain. Here you will do the camping with an early sleep and meals read for the next day complete adventure which starts in the midnight. Time and distance: hiking of 4 to 5hrs a distance of 4km Elevation: 13,100ft to 15,300ft

Day 6: Summit Day then descend to Mweka camp
This is the lifetime memory day of reaching the highest point of Africa, “the roof of Africa” of the Kilimanjaro Mountain. The day will begin in the midnight where you will be leaving your tents and the porters as you will be accompanied by the guides and summit porter heading to the summit point. Heading up there, it is a physical and mentally challenging hike with and extreme cold and elevation. As you will start the hike nearly the midnight, you will have a dark hike as you will need your head-lump than ever, you will hike up to the Gilman’s point where you will be amazed with a stunning sunrise from the Mawenzi cone, then you will have a short walk and finally you are there “CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE REACHED THE HIGHEST PEAK IN FRICA, THE UHURU PEAK OK KILIMANJARO MOUNTAIN”  due to the weather you will not last long here you will take some photos at the sign post of the Uhuru point and starts your descend down through the Mweka route, where you will have a stop at the Barafu camp for your Lunch and trek down up to the Mweka camp for your overnight stay and dinner.  On descending down it is a very rocky trail and can be quite hard on the knees, trekking poles are helpful. Time and distance: hiking of 6 to 8hrs ascending and 5 to 6hrs descending a distance of 5km up and 13km down respectively. Elevation: 15,600ft to 19,341ft up and 19,341ft to 10,065 down

Day 7: Mweka camp to Mweka gate, then back to Moshi
Finally, you will be on your last day of your lifetime memory adventure, you will take your breakfast at your camp and starts your trek down up to Mweka gate, and you will be walking through wet and muddy forestry trail which requires your walking poles. At the gate you will meet our driver waiting for you where you will be picked and drive back to Moshi town for your next schedule. Time and distance: hiking of 3 to 4hrs a distance of 10km Elevation: 10,150ft to 5500ft

Tour Includes

  • Kilimanjaro Airport Pickup and Drop – Off
  • 2 Nights’ hotel accommodation in Moshi is included
  • All transfers to the mountain and back to your hotel in Moshi
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Oxygen Cylinder
  • Quality, waterproof, four seasons private mountain sleeping tents
  • Sleeping Mattress
  • All meals while on the mountain
  • Quality mess tents with table and chairs
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • Clean purified drinking water
  • Kilimanjaro National Park Entrance fees
  • All Government taxes and levies including 18% VAT
  • Community Development Fund & Conservation Fund

Tour Excludes

  • International or Local Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Passport and Visa fees
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel Documents (Yellow Fever Certificate etc.)
  • Tip for your crew



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