Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route

A 8-day safari from $1999

8 Days Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route

The Umbwe Route is one of the most challenging routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. It is known for its steep ascents, rugged trails, and breathtaking scenery. The route begins on the mountain’s south side and offers a direct approach to the summit. Due to its difficulty level, it is recommended for experienced trekkers who are physically fit and mentally prepared for the demanding climb.

Vertical Ascents and Stunning Views

The Umbwe Route is characterized by steep and direct ascents, providing trekkers a thrilling and adventurous experience. As you ascend, you’ll be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes, including the lush rainforests, rocky ridges, and majestic glaciers. The beauty and grandeur of the natural surroundings balance the challenging terrain.

The Umbwe Route features technical sections that require careful footing and scrambling. The steep inclines and rocky terrain demand physical strength, agility, and determination. These challenging sections add an element of adventure and excitement to the climb, providing trekkers with a true sense of accomplishment as they conquer each obstacle.

Packaging energy-rich snacks and meals is essential to fueling your body throughout the trek. 

Mountain Camps

Camp comfortably in customized all-weather tents with upgraded zippers, flysheets, and closed-cell full-ground pads. Private toilet tents and solar-lit dining tents are provided daily. The camp’s chef prepares hot meals from fresh ingredients. In the afternoons, hot drinks and snacks are provided.

Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi
Kilimanjaro Trekking Marangu route

Our driver will pick you up at the airport and take you to the hotel for briefing. Your guides will provide you with a detailed orientation and will examine your gear. If you arrive at midday or before, you will have time to explore Moshi, a chilled-out blend of African and Asian influences with a colorful market and a choice of coffee houses and bars. Enjoy a delicious dinner and rest to prepare for the adventure ahead.

  • Driving Distance: 45 / km (40 Mins)

Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel
Plan Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 2: Moshi to Umbwe Cave Camp

Your adventure always starts with preparing all the equipment at the Hotel and then driving up to the Umbwe cave camp, where the real adventure will commence. After all the park registration regulation formalities, you will start Hiking up to the Umbwe cave camp, where you will spend the night.

Accompaniment: experienced Mountain Guide/guides, porters, and chef

Walking through ridges and valleys into a thick forest

Time and distance: 4 to 5 hrs, which is a 10km distance. Elevation: 5,249 ft to 9,514 ft

What to see: good view of the montane forest

Plan Meal: Lunch & Dinner
Day 3: Umbwe cave camp to Baranco camp

On this day of your adventure, you will climb further through the moorland forest to reach the Baranco camp. There, you will enjoy a greater view of the Baranco Valley.

Accompaniment: experienced Mountain Guide/guides, porters, and chef

Walking through ridges and valleys into moorland forest

Time and distance: 4 to 5 hrs, which is a 6km distance

Elevation: 9,514 ft to 13,044 ft.

What to see: Baranco valleys and the ice caps 


Plan Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4: Acclimatization at the Baranco camp

As one of the factors that increase the climbing success rate through the Umbwe route, you will have to spend this day at the Baranco camp. As altitude changes occur, adapting to them is necessary. This day will be spent just taking some shots with your beautiful cameras and enjoying the incredible scenery of the groundsel-clad campsite. As this will be just a lazy spending day, if you are body is active and good at acclimatization, you can opt for the six days via Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route

Day 6: Karanga camp to Barafu camp

After breakfast from the camp in the morning, you will leave Karanga and hit the junction that connects with the Mweka Trail. After that, you continue the trekking up to the Barafu Hut. From there, you have completed the South Circuit. This point offers excellent 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 are to be seen from this position.

Accompaniment: experienced Mountain Guide/guides, porters, and chef

Walking through: Alpine desert

Time and distance: 4 to 5 hrs, a 5km distance. Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft

What to see: Kibo Peak, the Western Breach, and the Southern Glaciers

Plan Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7: Summit and descend to Mweka camp

This is a dream come true, the actual day, and you will be leaving at midnight and passing between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You will be heading northwesterly and ascending through a heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim, where you can stop and rest. From Stella Point, you may encounter snow on your 1-hour ascent to the summit at Uhuru Peak, and from there, you will meet a Congratulation spot that you have reached the highest peak in Africa. You are on the list of the most successful people who have made it to the roof of Africa, and you will be certified for that. After the summit, you will take your way back, descending until you reach the Mweka camp.

Walking through: The crater rim

Accompaniments: Mountain guide/guides on the summit, then joining the chef and porters at Barafu on descending back.

Time and distance: The hike is 5 to 7 hrs ascending and 5 to 6 hrs descending, covering a distance of 5km up and 13km down, respectively.

What to see: the incredible view at the Uhuru peak

Elevation: 15,350ft to 19,340ft up and 10,150ft down

Plan Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 8: Mweka camp to Mweka gate then back to Moshi

This is the last day of your adventure to the roof of Africa. You will have your morning breakfast at the camp and then continue descending to the Mweka gate, where you will meet GIE staff waiting to pick you up back to Moshi. The descent at the lower elevation will be wet and muddy, hence the gaiters, which are highly recommended.

Walking through: Wet and muddy forestry ways Accompaniments: Mountain guide/guides, chef and porters Time and distance: hiking of 3 to 4hrs a distance of 10km What to see: The forest and its features

Elevation: 10,150ft to 5500ft. The pre and post-climb accommodations are included at the luxury Hotel in Arusha. Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route

  • Walking Time: 4 – 5 hours
  • Distance: 10km Altitude Loss: 1300m
  • Driving Distance: 135 / km (2 Hours)



Glan Melia Hotel Arusha
Plan Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 9: Departure After breakfast

Our representative will transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight departure. Take the memories, the sense of accomplishment, and the everlasting bond with the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. If you decide to go on a Tanzania Safari, that’s a different adventure, and we’ll take care of that for you!

  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private Mountain sleeping tents:
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides:
  • All Park fees, Airport transfers, Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries, and park fees
  • Quality Mess tents with tables and chairs
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Oximeter
  • Medical Kit
  • Emergency oxygen
  • Crisis management and safety procedures
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Pre and Post-Climb Accommodations
  • Portable toilet
  • Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route


  • Flights
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips on personal spending monies for souvenirs, etc.
  • Travel Insurance

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