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Kilimanjaro climb - Umbwe Route: 8 days

Kilimanjaro climbing - Umbwe Route: Tanzania

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Kilimanjaro climb - Umbwe Route: 8 days

The Umbwe Route is the least used, least crowded route on the mountain. For good reason, it is also the most difficult route on the mountain. Umbwe is a steep, constant, straight climb to the top.

Umbwe is mostly avoided because the ascent profile does not give climbers much time to adjust to the altitude. The success rate is very low.

The route takes six days minimum to complete, although seven days is recommended. The descent is down Mweka, on the south-east side of the mountain. Umbwe is not as scenically varied as Machame, Lemosho and Shira, because the path up and down is nearby.

The Umbwe is ideal for those who want a challenging climb, and are very confident in their ability trek over consistently steep slopes. Also, Umbwe is for those who are experienced at altitude and thus are confident that the punishing schedule of Umbwe will not impede their ability to adjust to altitude. Umbwe is also for those who want a secluded hike











Oasis Lodge




Umbwe Cave




Barranco Camp




Barranco Camp




Arrow Glacier




Kibo hut (summit), Mweka Hut




Oasis Lodge






Umbwe Route Itinerary, Info & Prices

Day 1: Arrival day in Moshi/Arusha
Upon our arrival in Arusha we’ll meet you at the airport and transfer you to the Oasis Lodge, for an introductory briefing. Dinner and overnight in the Oasis Lodge.

Day 2: Umbwe gate to Umbwe Cave
At 7:30 a.m., we’ll transfer you to the Umbwe Park Gate at 2,100m. The path begins an a narrow ridge crest between the Lonzo River to the West and the Umbwe River to the East. It is easy to follow as it continues up through the dense forest. The path continues to follow the ridge, rising steadily with some steep sections and scramble rocks. The route takes you to the first tented camp Umbwe Cave (at 2,940m) in 5 to 6 hrs.

Day 3: Umbwe Cave to Barranco
We follow the trail through steep and scramble rock across rainforest to moorland. The path proceed steep to the Southern Glacier Branches, at 4000m we reach our campsite, Barranco, were we overnight. (6-7 hrs)

Day 4: Barranco Acclimatization
This is a good place to rest a day to acclimatize; you may spend your time at camp relaxing or you nay explore the surroundings. This acclimatization day is important for you to get used to the height and increases the chances of reaching the summit.

Day 5: Barranco to Arrow Glacier
The route leads to the Western Breach and continue up to Umbwe ridge, which becomes the western lateral moraine of the peak. The route goes straight towards the Western Breach and then reaches Arrow Glacier which is at 4,800m.

Day 6: Arrow Glacier to Kibo Hut, then ascend to Mweka Hut.
To ascent to summit and descend on this day you may involve between 10 1/2 or 14 1/2 hrs of climbing. We start right after midnight, to see the sunrise from the summit, also to avoid the mist, and the snow on the ascent will still be frozen. So after 3 km. and 6 – 8 hours (an ascend of 1100m) you will reach the top and descent through Barafu to 2800m. The descent to Mweka hut takes 4 – 7 hours of walking.

Day 7: Mweka Hut to Mweka Gate, Oasis Lodge
After breakfast descend steeply through the forest on a narrow path, after 3 – 4 hours walking we will reach Mweka Gate at 1400m. From here we will bring you to Arusha, to the Oasis Lodge, for dinner and overnight

Day 8: Departure
After breakfast transfer to airport of Safari extension.

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Prices in USD
Tour No. AL03KR

Per Person

 per person

Price for 2 clients

per person

Year 2023

Departure Dates        

Daily Departure from Arusha

Group Size     

2 – 6 persons +


This Climb: Inclusions and Exclusions

all meals during the climb
1 night hotel accommodation
transfers to and from hotel in Arusha
mountain tent accommodation,
climb and park fees, porters,
English speaking, professional guide,
full briefing,
AAR Emergency Rescue & Evacuation Insurance
Kilimanjaro certificate.

International airfare & flights
All items of a personal nature
Tips to guides and porters
Airport departure tax
Travel insurance
Visa and Passport fees
Laundry services while out of camp
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and beverages in Camps & lodges

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