UMBWE ROUTE

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The Umbwe Route is steeper and shorter than the Machame Route. Once at the Barranco Hut you continue on with the other Machame hikers. The descent is down the Mweka trail.

Since it is a very short and direct route, it is not recommended for people with little altitude experience.

Map of Rongai on Kilimanjaro Mountain

UMBWE ROUTE ITINERARY

Day 1 : Umbwe Gate, Hike to Umbwe Cave Camp, Elevation: 1660m/5450ft to 2850m/9350ft

Distance: 11km/7mi

Hiking Time: 5-6 hours

Habitat: Montane Forest

Hiking from Stella Point on the Machame Route - Climbing Kilimanjaro Mountain

Drive from Moshi to the Umbwe Gate (about 1 hour). Commence the climb through the rain forest with packed lunch on route.

Day 2 : Umbwe Cave Camp to Barranco Camp, Elevation: 2850m/9350ft to 4000m/13,000ft

Distance: 6km/4mi

Walking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Semi-desert

After breakfast, we leave the glades of the forest and follow an ascending path on the open moorland to Barranco Camp.

Mount Kilimanjaro Snow Crest views from Karanga Camp. This camp is usually for acclimatization for climbers while hiking the Machame 7-day climb.

Day 3 : Hike Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp, Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft

Distance: 5km/3mi

Hiking Time: 34 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Lava Camp is usually a lunch spot and acclimatization spot for guests heading to Baranco Camp, hiking from Shira 2 Camp. It is also a campsite for more experienced climbers hiking the Western Breach Wall.

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.

Day 4 : Hike Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp, Elevation: 4050m/13,250ft to 4700m/15,350ft

Distance: 4km/2mi

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

We continue up to the Barafu Camp. 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.

Machame Route campsite at Baranco Camp. Breaking Camp early in the morning. Climbing Machame Route one has to pass through Baranco Camp.

Day 5 : Hike Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp, Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft

Down to 3090m/10,150ft Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down

Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Guess at Shira Camp...enjoying the beautiful view of Kilimanjaro snows in the background of this photo.

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim. Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo Huts.
The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

Day 6 : Hike Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Arusha or Moshi Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft

Distance: 10km/6mi

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Forest

After breakfast we continue the descent down 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 be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

Bestday Safaris vehicle will meet you at Mweka gate to drive you back to your hotel

Camping at Barafu Camp

Umbwe Route: (6 Days/5 Nights on the Mountain)

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Validity: 01 Jan – 31 Dec, 2019

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