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The 7-Day Umbwe Route is a challenging and exhilarating trek that takes adventurers to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Known for its steep and direct ascent, the Umbwe Route offers a more secluded and less crowded experience compared to other popular routes. This expedition is recommended for experienced trekkers seeking an adventurous and rewarding journey to the “Roof of Africa.”

The trek begins in the vibrant town of Moshi, Tanzania, where trekkers will be briefed and equipped for the climb. From there, the journey commences at the Umbwe Gate, the starting point of the route. As hikers make their way through dense rainforests, they will encounter diverse flora and fauna, immersing themselves in the natural beauty of the region.

Continuing through the moorland zone, trekkers will encounter unique landscapes, including stunning views of Kibo and Shira peaks. The ascent continues, bringing adventurers to the challenging Barranco Wall, where careful scrambling is required to conquer the obstacle. The reward is the breathtaking scenery that unfolds along the way.

The journey progresses through the Karanga Valley, where trekkers will acclimatize and gather strength for the ultimate challenge – the summit push. As the trek approaches Barafu Camp, the base camp for the summit attempt, excitement and anticipation build up.

Summit night is an arduous and unforgettable experience, commencing at midnight. Guided by experienced and knowledgeable trek leaders, hikers will navigate the steep and icy terrain in the dark to reach the highest point on the African continent – Uhuru Peak. The sunrise over the vast expanse of Africa from the summit is a sight that will remain etched in the memory of trekkers forever.

After conquering the summit and capturing the triumphant moment, the descent begins, taking trekkers through various climate zones, from the alpine desert to lush rainforests. Each step brings trekkers closer to Mweka Gate, where they receive a well-earned certificate of achievement for reaching the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The 7-Day Umbwe Route is an exceptional and rewarding trek, filled with challenges and memorable experiences. It is an opportunity to test one’s physical and mental endurance, surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of Kilimanjaro’s diverse landscapes. With a highly experienced and supportive team, trekkers can embark on this unforgettable journey, leaving them with a sense of accomplishment and a lifelong connection to the majesty of Africa’s highest peak.


Day 1: Arrival in Moshi

Upon your arrival in Moshi, a picturesque town located at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, you will be greeted by our friendly team at Kilimanjaro International Airport. They will transfer you to a comfortable hotel for a well-deserved rest before embarking on your thrilling climb.

Day 2: Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Cave Camp

After an early breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to the Umbwe Gate, the starting point of our journey. The trek will begin through dense rainforest, offering a glimpse of the diverse flora and fauna of the region. Our experienced guides will lead you on a gradual ascent through the lush forest to reach the Umbwe Cave Camp at an altitude of approximately 2,850 meters. Here, you can enjoy a delicious dinner and settle in for the night, surrounded by the sounds of nature.

Day 3: Umbwe Cave Camp to Barranco Camp

Today, we continue our ascent, leaving the forest behind and entering the moorland zone. The trail becomes steeper as we approach Barranco Camp, located at approximately 3,950 meters. Along the way, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Kibo and Shira peaks. After a satisfying dinner, take some time to relax and prepare for the challenges ahead.

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

The fourth day takes us on a memorable hike through the scenic Barranco Wall, an exhilarating section that requires some scrambling. Our experienced guides will provide you with support and encouragement to navigate this part safely. As we descend from the Barranco Wall, we will traverse across several valleys before reaching Karanga Camp at around 4,200 meters. Here, you can take in the mesmerizing sunset views and rest up for the next day.

Day 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

On this day, we continue our climb towards Barafu Camp, situated at an altitude of about 4,600 meters. The terrain becomes more rugged as we approach the alpine desert zone, offering vast and stunning landscapes. Upon arrival at Barafu Camp, we will provide you with a thorough briefing and preparation for the summit push. Rest and nourish yourself with a hearty dinner before the early start of the summit.

Day 6: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak and Mweka Camp

At midnight, we start our ascent to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro – Uhuru Peak, standing tall at 5,895 meters, the highest point in Africa. The trek is challenging, but with determination and guidance from our experienced guides, you will conquer the summit just in time for a magnificent sunrise. Take some time to celebrate this incredible achievement and capture lifelong memories before descending back to Barafu Camp. After a short rest and meal, we will continue the descent to Mweka Camp, located at around 3,100 meters, for our final campsite on the mountain.

Day 7: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate and Return to Moshi

On the last day of our expedition, we will descend through the lush rainforest from Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate. Our team will be there to congratulate you on your successful climb and present you with a certificate of achievement. From Mweka Gate, we will transfer you back to Moshi, where you can enjoy a well-deserved hot shower and rest. Celebrate your accomplishment with a farewell dinner and reflect on the incredible journey you've experienced.

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, it's time to bid farewell to Tanzania. Our team will transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure home or your next adventure. This marks the end of an unforgettable journey on the 6-day Umbwe Route, leaving you with lasting memories and a sense of accomplishment that will stay with you for a lifetime.


Cost Included

Cost Excluded

Please note that the above inclusions and exclusions are general and may vary depending on the specific safari package or tour operator you choose. It is essential to review the details provided by your chosen tour operator to ensure clarity on the specific costs and services included in your safari package.

The Umbwe Route is one of the routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. It is known for its steep and direct ascent, offering a challenging and adventurous experience for trekkers. The route is less crowded than some other popular routes, making it a great choice for experienced hikers seeking a more secluded climb.

The standard duration for the Umbwe Route is typically 6 or 7 days. The 7-day itinerary allows for more gradual acclimatization, increasing the chances of successfully reaching the summit. It offers an extra day for rest and acclimatization at Karanga Camp before the summit push.

The Umbwe Route is not recommended for beginners or inexperienced hikers. It is a challenging route, with steep sections and significant altitude gain. Trekkers should have prior hiking experience, be physically fit, and well-prepared for high-altitude conditions.

Yes, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro requires specific gear and equipment. Some essential items include sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing layers, a quality sleeping bag, a headlamp, trekking poles, and a daypack. It’s crucial to pack wisely and adhere to the gear list provided by your trekking company.

The Umbwe Route is considered physically demanding due to its steep and direct ascent, especially during the summit night. Trekkers should be in good physical shape and participate in regular cardio and strength training exercises before attempting the climb.

Altitude sickness is a potential concern on any route up Mount Kilimanjaro, including the Umbwe Route. Adequate acclimatization and a slow ascent are crucial to minimize the risk. Professional guides are well-trained to recognize symptoms and manage altitude-related issues.

Yes, hiring a guide and a porter is mandatory for all trekkers on Mount Kilimanjaro, including the Umbwe Route. A guide will ensure your safety, provide essential information, and lead the way, while a porter will carry the majority of your gear, allowing you to focus on the trek.

To book the Umbwe Route trek, you can contact reputable trekking companies or tour operators that offer Kilimanjaro expeditions. It is essential to research and select a reliable and experienced company to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

The success rate of reaching the summit on the Umbwe Route varies but is generally lower than some other routes due to its challenging nature. Success rates can increase with proper acclimatization, experienced guides, and adequate preparation.

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120 meters (394 feet) above sea level.

120 meters (394 feet) above sea level.

During the dry season, there is less rainfall, lower humidity, and clearer skies, providing better visibility and making the trek more enjoyable. The chances of encountering heavy rain and slippery trails are reduced during this time, which improves safety and comfort during the ascent. The months of June to October and December to February also coincide with the main tourist seasons in Tanzania, so you can expect a higher level of organization and availability of resources for your trek.