Umbwe Route

Duration

6 Days

Activities

  • Hiking

Accommodation

  • Luxury Quarters – Moshi
  • Camping

Meals

    Vegan/ Vegetarian

  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast

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Umbwe Route

The Umbwe Route is widely regarded as the hardest trail, a tough vertical slog through the jungle, in places using the tree roots as makeshift rungs on a ladder. Having reached the Southern Circular Route, trekkers can continue north-west to tackle Kibo from the west and the difficult Arrow Glacier Route; or you can follow the Southern Circular Route east round to Barafu and approach the summit from there. The entire walk up and down takes a minimum of five days if going via the Barafu Campsite (though this is entirely too rapid; take six minimum, with a day at Karanga Valley); or five minimum (six is again better) if going via the Western Breach/Arrow Glacier, with more days if sleeping in the crater

Itinerary

No. of DaysDays Schedule
Day 01Drive from Moshi to the Umbwe Gate. Commence the climb through the rain forest with packed lunch on route. Dinner and overnight at the first encampment (9,186 ft / 2,800 m).
Day 02After breakfast, we leave the glades of the forest and follow an ascending path on the open moorland to the Barranco Hut (12,795 ft / 3,900 m).
Day 03After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, through the Karanga Valley (13,770 ft / 4,200 m), and the junction that connects with the Mweka Trail.
Day 04We continue to the Barafu Hut. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo can be viewed from our camp.
Day 05Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 a.m.) we begin our push to the summit. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point (18,652 ft / 5,685 m), you stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to experience.From Stella Point, you will encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour trek to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak we have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.It can be very cold at night at these elevations, but you will be quite warm by the end of the hiking day. You will want clothing with you for both extremes.From the summit we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon.Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned rest. Beer and soda may be available for purchase at the Mweka Hut.
Day 06After breakfast we continue the descent to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably provide plenty of warmth (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi. Don’t forget to tip your guides and porters. It is time for celebration!

Inclusions

  • National Park gate fees
  • Transport from Moshi to starting point on mountain and return to Moshi
  • Hut or camping fees
  • Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes
  • Salaries for all crew members
  • Rescue fees (as required by national park)
  • All meals on the mountain
  • Tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and eating utensils
  • Airport Pickup
  • Accommodation 1 day before and 1 day after the trek
Booking Information

Every client must send a deposit which is 200$ for kili climb and 100$ for safari in order to secure the booking while the balance will be finished in cash on arrival. however, the deposit is non refundable due to the any cancellation. and every client should consider that as a very strictly.

Food

Vegan food will be served

Departure dates

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Essential information

To increase your likelihood of getting that coveted photo of yourself on top of Uhuru Peak, here are seven tips that can help you reach your goal!

  • Choose a longer route. For the highest chance of success and the lowest risk of altitude sickness, choose a longer journey to the summit rather than a shorter one.
  • Hike ahead of time. Exercises such as running and weightlifting can help, but the bulk of training, if not all of your training, should be hiking. Focus on your cardiovascular fitness, leg strength and spend time improving your balance
  • Hydrate on the mountain. At high levels of altitude, you dehydrate much quicker. Dehydration can increase your chances of headaches, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), overall fatigue, and even grouchiness, so drink plenty of water.
  • Pole, pole! Pole, pole is a phrase that you will often hear while climbing. In Swahili, it means slowly, gently, softly, quietly, be calm, or take it easy. When taking on a challenge, remember slow, and steady can mean the difference between successfully reaching the summit and turning back early. Take your time and enjoy the scenery.
  • Gear up. While ascending , it is of the utmost importance to make sure you have the right gear.
  • Bring mountain treats. When at altitude, people often lose their appetite. Even with the extreme levels of exertion, getting the calories in to keep you going can be a strangely challenging task. We encourage you to bring some of your favorite, high-calorie snacks to munch on for your climb.
  • Believe! A positive mental attitude can keep you going when fatigue and doubts arise.
  • MOST IMPORTANT – DON’T FORGET TO CELEBRATE YOUR SUMMIT!

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