6 DAYS KILIMANJARO UMBWE ROUTE
The Umbwe route has a well – deserved reputation of being the most challenging route on Mount Kilimanjaro. Due to the fast ascent to high altitude, this route does not provide the necessary stages for acclimatization. Although the number of people who hiking through this route are very low, because the chances of success are very low too. Umbwe is considered to be a very difficult only hikers who are truly confident can dare to use this route due to their ability to acclimatize quickly to altitude. After reaching Barranco Camp the trail turns east and traverses underneath Kilimanjaro’s southern circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route.
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Day 1. Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp.
Distance 11 km /7 miles, hiking time 5 – 7 hour, Habitat – Heath
After breakfast at the hotel in Moshi town or Arusha we drive to Machame gate where registration procedures will take place. We then drive through villages and coffee and banana Plantations to Umbwe Gate. The trail ascends sharply on a forestry track which winds up the dense rain forest. The path narrows and steepens as we climb the ridge between two rivers surrounded by huge trees. Umbwe camp is perched between trees and thick undergrowth.
Day 2. Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp.
Distance 6 km / 4 miles, hiking Time 4-5 hours, Habitat – Heath.
The second day of the trek follows rockier terrain with sparse undergrowth and straggly, moss-covered trees. As we gain elevation, glimpses of Kilimanjaro can be seen. The path flattens as we approach Barranco Valley. From Umbwe ridge, the route descends to Barranco camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest.
Day 3. Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp.
Distance 5 km/ 3miles, hiking time 4 – 5, Habitat – Alpine Desert.
We begin the day descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco wall. Then we climb the non – technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco wall we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descended sharply into karanga valley. One steeper climb up leads us to camp. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization.
Day 4. Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp.
Distance 4 km/ 2 miles, hiking time 4-5, habitat – Alpine Desert.
We leave Karanga after breakfast and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu camp. At this point, you have completed the southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position.
Day 5. Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak, then Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp.
Distance 5 km/ 3 miles, hiking time 7-8 hours, Habitat – Arctic, Then Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp Distance 12km/ 7 miles, hiking time 4-6 hours, Habitat – Rain forest.
Around midnight we begin our hike to the Summit! This is most Challenging part of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of the day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short breaks. Near Stella point you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise that you will like to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally we arrive at Uhuru Peak – the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.
After taking photos, and celebrate our achievement and maybe a tears of joy we start our descent down to Barafu Camp for Lunch then down to Mweka Camp for dinner and Overnight.
Day 6. Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate.
Distance 9.1 Km/6 miles, hiking time 3-4 hours, Habitat – Rainforest.
After breakfast and a warm ceremony of appreciation of and a team bonding with your crew, it’s time to say goodbye. We continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. From the gate a vehicle will be waiting for us at Mweka Village to drive us to Moshi town about 30 minutes or to Arusha town like 95 kilometers.