Umbwe Climbing Route on Kilimanjaro Mountain

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5 Days Umbwe Route - Mt. Kilimanjaro

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5 Days Umbwe Route - Mt. Kilimanjaro


Day to Day Trekking Details


Day 1: Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Caves Campsite 2,900m

From your hotel in Arusha/Moshi Drive to Umbwe Gate, after registration start the trail. It is climbing through steep slopes covered with a dense natural rain forest, which then walk along the narrow ridge between the Lonzo River and Umbwe River to reach Umbwe Caves Campsite. Dinner and overnight at the camp 

Day 2: Umbwe Caves to Barranco Hut 3,900m.

The forest ends shortly after leaving the Umbwe Caves, the path continue up past moorland and along a narrow spectacular ridge before reaching Barranco Hut at 3,900m 

Day 3: Barranco Hut to Barafu Hut 4,600m

Breakfast at Barranco Hut, and then proceed with a short hard climb over a vertical wall to the top of the Great Barranco (locally known as breakfast), descend through scree and ridges to Karanga Valley, have a break here before climbing over a ridge to the Barafu Hut near glacier stream for overnight stay.  This is the hardest part, it might take 8 to 9 hours (see the note below) 

Day 4: Barafu Hut to UHURU PEAK 5895

Start climbing early in the morning (normally 01:00 am) to reach the Kibo crater rim at the Stella Point (sometimes it is bitterly cold here) before sunrise. Ascending between glaciers and sometimes it is covered with snow; therefore, an ice-axe or ski stick become useful for balance. Proceeds to UHURU PEAK at 5,896m the highest point in Africa. After memorable pictures descend to Barafu Hut for Lunch, then Mweka Hut for overnight 

Day 5: Mweka Hut to Mweka Get

After breakfast, descend to Mweka gate and drive back to Arusha for dinner and overnight at SG Resort Arusha


This is the route to follow if you are fit, trekking is your hobby and an experienced climber. Umbwe is the most spectacular route that goes direct to the peak, characterized by steep slopes, dense rain forests, narrow ridges, valleys and glaciers. Owing to steep slopes and being hard to climb the route has become one of the least used routes up Kilimanjaro Mountain


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