8 Days Umbwe Route

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  • IconKilimanjaro
  • IconUmbwe Route

If you are in the peak of your prowess and conditioning, have relevant climbing experience and importantly have the mental reserves to back your physical claims- then attempt the Umbwe Route.

Unforgiving Topography
Umbwe Route takes its reputation as the most challenging route very seriously and would give you nothing. The only promise it holds for you is to put to test every ounce of you, on the way to giving an adrenaline-fuelled adventure of a lifetime.
Not Meant For Rookie Climbers
Approaching the summit Mount Kilimanjaro from the south, Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route is the shortest, steepest and most direct route to Uhuru. The quick ascent means you will have very little time acclimatize. Amateur and inexperienced climbers, please stay away! The rapid ascent will take you out even before you have begun.
Low Success Rates
The high degree of difficulty means a very low level of success rates. As a consequence, the route is free from the crowding by trekkers. But those who have what it takes get to immerse in the breathtaking sights including primal rainforest, beautiful Senecio forests, narrow rides, heavenly heathens.
Also make your ount Kilimanjaro Climbing more significant with the Best Time To Climb Mount Kilimanjaro and Things To Know Before Climbing Kilimanjaro. For more information, you can go through the Mount Kilimanjaro FAQs.
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Itinerary Details

Start Location
End Location
Over Night
Mweka Gate
Millennium Camp
12+ Old

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Day 1: Arrival

A member of life time safari Travel hospitality team greets you upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). He will drive you to your hotel, which provides all the amenities necessary for your comfort: pleasant rooms with hot showers, swimming pool, ever-helpful staff and access to the Internet.In the evening your travel manager will brief you with all the detail of your ensuing ascent of Kilimanjaro. You will review your preparation and gear readiness for one last time before you launch your bid to the summit.


In the morning your guide and support crew will join you at the hotel and formal introduction later will brief you with all the details of your ensuing ascent of Kilimanjaro. You will review your preparation and gear readiness for one last time before you drive to the Umbwe Gate of Kilimanjaro National Park to launch your bid for the summit. Once at the park office you will complete your registrations and permit paperwork. Your first day’s ascent will catapult you to 2930mts on the mountain at the Umbew camp. That’s stretching it a lot for the day and you will feel the effects of altitude once you reach the camp. Follow the lead of your guide and stick together. The initial part of the trek will be a journey through the lush rainforests and you might have to contend with frequent showers. Make sure you and your backpack have rain protection. Your support crew will reach your campsite in advance to set up the camp and receive you with a warm dinnerThis being the group’s first night at this elevation, we recommend that you follow the below rules from here on:

Do not consume any alcohol and minimize your caffeine intakeDrinking no less than 4 liters of water per day is a good way to keep yourself hydrated. Take it in small amounts but frequentlyWe encourage our clients to use Diamox in the mornings prior to the day’s climb. This reduces altitude sickness symptoms. Consult your doctor on the use of Diamox before leaving home on this trip.Nightly discomfort often accompanies acclimatization. However, while such symptoms as headaches and nausea are common, make sure you inform your guide of them immediately.

Change in Elevation: Umbwe Gate (1,640 m) — Umbwe Camp (2,930 m)

Hiking distance: 11 km

Hiking time: 5–7 hours


Rising early you will have breakfast and start your trek towards Barranco camp. Soon you will see your way out of the montane rainforests and find yourself in the heath regions. If the weather holds up good you catch the sight of Mt. Meru. You will be covering an average length for the day but you will gain significant altitude when you reach Barranco Camp at (3,960 mts), in a mere two days. It will be a steep but steady climb with the terrain turning increasingly rocky as you approach the camp. You will have your lunch and then rest and recuperate to usher in some much-needed acclimatization and fight off the effects of high altitude.

Change in Elevation: Umbwe Camp (2,930 m) — Barranco Camp (3,960 m)

Hiking distance: 6 km

Hiking time: 4–5 hours


After breakfast you will start an early ascent of the intimidating Barranco Wall; early is better cause you want to avoid the crowd that will be trying to assail the wall. Its intimidating but doable and you reach the top of the wall you can take pictures of the impressive Kibo peak and rest a while. Soon you will start your hike to the Karanga valley which a series of steady ascents and short descents and switchbacks to reach the Karanga Camp. Follow the lead of your guide and let them set the pace of the trek. Once at the camp you will be served a warm lunch and a short break later you will head uphill 200 meters to the Barafu camp and then fall back to the campsite. This acclimatization hike is necessary to mitigate the effects of altitude.

Note: Kilimanjaro is a high altitude trek where acclimatization is the vital ingredient for a successful summit. So you have to make allowances for acclimatization wherever and whenever possible to give yourself the best possible chance of fighting altitude sickness and make the summit.

Trekking from Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp:

Change in Elevation: Barranco Camp (3,960 m) — Karanga Camp (4,035 m)

Hiking distance: 5 km

Hiking time: 4–5 hours

Acclimatization hike:

Change in Elevation: Karanga Camp (4,035 m) — Destination point en route to Barafu Camp (4,270 m)

Hiking distance: 2.5 km

Hiking time: 1–2 hours


You start your hike for the day to Barafu Camp after breakfast and soon you will find the last vestiges of heather moorlands disappear for desolate barren rocky landscapes. The terrain isn’t a friend of the crew as there are few areas where they can put up camps, so they will reach the place early and set up the camp and make arrangements for your dinner and sleep. Once you arrive at the camp you will rest and then head for an acclimatization hike towards the Kosovo Summit Camp (4,800 mts) and then return to Barafu Camp following the principles of climb high/sleep low. As Barafu camp is the site from where you will launch your summit ascent. Rest of the day you will spend resting and mentally preparing for summit hike at midnight. So you will have an early dinner and sleep.

Trekking from Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp:

Change in Elevation: Karanga Camp (4,035 m) — Barafu Camp (4,640 m)

Hiking distance: 6 km

Hiking time: 4–5 hours

Acclimatization hike:

Change in Elevation: Barafu Camp (4,640 m) — Kosovo Camp (4,800 m)

Hiking distance: 2 km

Hiking time: 1–2 hours


The push to the summit at Uhuru peak (5895mts) begins at midnight in the dark. It’s going to be biting cold beside the trying high altitude conditions. Our guides accompanying two group members each will monitor for fitness and symptoms of altitude sickness. Once you reach the summit you might opt to explore the breathtaking glaciers of Kilimanjaro. Pull out your camera to capture the stunning vistas that open up to you and also capture photos with your team to mark a personal milestone. After basking in the glory of your achievement for a few moments you will start your descent towards Barafu Camp where you rest for two hours before resuming the descent to Millennium Camp. (3,820 mts)

Don’t rush on your descent and be watchful of your footing as statistics suggest that 90% of accidents happen during the downhill trek. Use the trekking poles to avoid injuries.

Change in Elevation: Barafu Camp (4,640 m) — Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) — Millennium Camp (3,820 m)

Hiking distance: 15 km

Hiking time: 8–12 hours


The Millennium Camp is perched in the lower regions surrounded by rainforests. You can heave a sigh of relief as you won’t have to contend with the challenges of altitude sickness and afford a good sleep on the back of your successful summit. After breakfast, you will start your descent to the Mweka Gate Park exit (1,650 m) where you will receive your summit certificates from the park office as recognition of your efforts. This will be your last few moments on the mountain and the team so make it count.

Recap and capture the memories with your crew and guide before driving out to your hotel.

Change in Elevation: Millennium Camp (3,820 m) — Mweka Gate (1,650 m)

Hiking distance: 12 km

Hiking time: 4–5 hours


Rest in the hotel and transfer to the airport.

Note: Hotel check-out is at 11:00 AM. In case you need a late check-out because of an evening flight, there is the option to extend your hotel stay for an extra fee.

Trip Details

  • Included
    All meals on the safari
    All Park entrance fees
    All prices are quoted in US Dollars
    Camping equipment if applicable (tents
    sleeping bags
    table and chairs)
    Flying Doctors rescue insurance for the time of the tour with Shadows of Africa.
  • Not Included
    Any sightseeing
    excursions and optional activities other than those specified
    Entry visas
    International flights
    Tips and gratuities to safari crew – recommended: 15-20 USD per day to safari driver
    10 – 15 USD per day to safari cook
    Travel insurance
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