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8 Days
Availability : 2018 - 2020
Kilimanjaro
Kilimanjaro
Min Age : 15
Max People : 40

8 Days Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route is one of the shortest routes to the Southern Glaciers and the Western Breach. Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route is probably the most scenic, non-technical route on Kilimanjaro. It is quite taxing due to the relatively fast ascent to higher altitude, but the rewards are plentiful. Very steep route best suited to experienced trekkers. Mount Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route is the most challenging route and it is the newest route to tame the summit of Kilimanjaro. Umbwe Route is considered to be very difficult, taxing route – one that should only be attempted by strong hikers who are confident in their ability to acclimatize quickly to altitude. Approaching from the south, the Umbwe route is a short, steep and direct climb.

If you’re an experienced, bold climber you’ll relish challenging yourself on the unforgiving but uncrowded and beautiful terrain. You’ll enjoy breathtaking sights that few travelers see. You’ll experience the raw, primitive beauty of sun bleached rocky outcrops and balance along knife-edge ridges with water-carved ravines swooping giddily below. You’ll clamber upon the gnarled tree roots of ancient rain forest trails, traverse ice fields shimmering like frosted diamonds in the African sun, and sleep under sweeping star-filled skies.

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.

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8 Days Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route
Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route, Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Hiking, Climbing Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. Trekking Mount Kilimanjaro is demanding and challenging. But despite the immense height, Mount Kilimanjaro can be successfully climbed by any reasonably fit person. Umbwe Route needs no technical skills making Kilimanjaro the highest, most accessible mountain on the planet.

Departure & Return Location

Kilimajaro International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

7:30 am

Price Includes

  • 7 Nights Hotel Accomodation
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • Transportation at destination

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees

Complementaries

  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect on 8 Days Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route
Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route, Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Hiking, Climbing Kilimanjaro

Due to the fast ascent to high altitude, this route does not provide the necessary stages for acclimatization. Although the number of people on this trail is very low, the chances of success are also low. Umbwe is considered to be very difficult, taxing route – one that should only be attempted by strong hikers who are confident in their ability to acclimatize quickly to altitude.

Our camp staff will carry your gear; keep you well fed and comfortable. They will do their absolute utmost to get you wisely to the summit. However, your experience of legendary Kilimanjaro will be entrenched in your memory for years to come.

  • All park entry fees
  • Airstrip transfers
  • State levies
  • service charge
  • Hotel taxes
8 Days Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route
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Day 1of the 8 Days Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route: Arrival in Tanzania

Upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to Mountain Inn in Moshi for an overnight stay. In the early evening, you will have pre–climb briefing on the trek. Overnight at Mountain Inn Moshi booked on dinner

Day 2of the 8 Days Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route: Moshi – Umbwe

After breakfast depart for Umbwe Gate at 1800m, passing through villages with coffee and banana plantations. The route initially follows a forestry track winding up through the natural rain forest. It then narrows down and steepness to climb the ridge between the Lonzo and Umbwe rivers. The path offers some spectacular views of deep gorges and if you are lucky, glimpses of Kilimanjaro towering above you in the distance. The camp is perched between huge trees and thick undergrowth.

Day 3of the 8 Days Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route: Umbwe – Baranco Hut

Shortly after leaving the camp the forest starts thinning and is replaced by rockier terrain. The path continues along a narrow, but spectacular ridge. As you gain higher altitude, catch glimpses of Kilimanjaro rising majestically ahead of you. The path flattens as you approach Barranco Valley. From the Umbwe ridge the route descends slightly to the Barranco camp. The camp is situated in the valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while your dinner is being prepared.

Day 4of the 8 Days Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route: Barranco camp (3950m) - Lava Tower (4630m) - Arrow Glacier Camp (4800m)

After breakfast start your hike towards Lava Tower, a famous landmark on Kilimanjaro. The path is steep and rocky, with views of Mt. Meru. From Lava Tower you turn towards the Western Breach, a steep climb to Arrow Glacier camp (4800m). This is taxing and symptoms of altitude sickness might become noticeable. The campsite is spectacular. Vegetation has now all but disappeared, leaving only rock and scree in varying shades of brown and black. The campsite is very cold and you need to be prepared.

Day 5of the 8 Days Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route: Arrow Glacier (4800m) - Crater (5700m)

From the Arrow Glacier camp steep scree and rocky outcrops requiring a scramble lead up the Western Breach to the crater floor (5700m). This day will be the toughest challenge by far. After snowfalls the route can become icy and in these conditions an ice axe or ski stick may be required. When reaching the crater rim, you will be astonished by the view of snow and glaciers.

Visible to you left is the Northern Ice fields of Kilimanjaro with the Furtwangler Glacier in front of you. Walk past this glacier to the Crater camp, situated at the crater rim. The campsite is very cold as snow might occur. Be one of a fortunate few to spend a night in the inner crater of Kilimanjaro.

Day 6of the 8 Days Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route: Summit attempt - Crater (5700m)-Uhuru Peak (5895m)-Mweka (3100m

You will rise at 04:00, and shuffle off into the early morning darkness. From the crater floor you will probably encounter snow all the way on your 2hours ascent to Uhuru Peak. Time spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue.

Day 7of the 8 Days Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route: Mweka camp (3100m)- Mweka Gate (1980m)

After breakfast, hike back to the Park gate. It is strongly recommended to pay your porters any tips after you and all your gear have reached the gate safely. At Mweka gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates.

Those climbers who reached Stella Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village. In the Mweka village you will be served with hot delicious lunch before driving back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower and celebrations!! Overnight in a hotel

Day 8 of the 8 Days Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route: Kibo Hut –Arusha

After breakfast leave for Arusha by the morning shuttle bus where your tour ends

KILIMANJARO PRICE INCLUDES:

Transportation to and from your selected route
All land transport
Quality, Waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tent
Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
Certified, experienced, English speaking mountain guides:
Government Climbing Taxes
Climbing permits
All hot Meals prepared by our cook while on Mountain
Guides, Porters and Cook Salaries
Fair and ethical treatment of Porters
Enough porters to carry your luggage
Safety Equipment:
Emergency Oxygen
Pulse Ox meter
Hot drinks at every meal
Water provided on climb, mineral water for the first day and boiled water every day
Emergency rescue fees
Personal Summit Certificate signed by the National Park and your Guide

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

Personal items and toiletries
Tips for guides, porters and cook (this is a guide to tipping on the mountain
Tipping on Kilimanjaro from the trekking group (not per climber):
International airfares and departure taxes
All items of person nature such as telephone call, fax, email etc
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
Laundry services
Visa and International flight tickets fees.

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