Safari NameUmbwe Route:6-Days/5-Nights on the Mountain
Tour CodeTATS-ADV-KIL-104

Full Itinerary

The Umbwe route, which is based in the south, is a classic 6 day tour and is by far the most difficult one offered on Kilimanjaro (walking distance is 75kms). The first two days are extremely steep, muddy and generally strenuous making it only suitable for well-trained mountaineers. An acclimatization day is rarely offered on the standard programme, but can be added whereby giving the climber an extra day in the Karanga Valley. The descent trail is the same as the Mweka Route.

DAY 1: Arusha Town to Moshi Town:

Pick up from Arusha town or Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Moshi town, which is commonly known as the gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro. Half Board accommodation at a Base Hotel in Moshi.

DAY 2: Moshi Town to Umbwe Cave Camp:- (2940m: 6-7Hrs Hiking Time)

  • Umbwe Cave Camp.
  • Elevation (m): 2940m -Elevation (ft): 9500ft.
  • Distance: 8km
  • Hiking Time: 6-7hours.
  • Habitat: Montana Forest.

The majority of the hike on this first day is through the Montana Forest. Lush vegetation with very old trees and lilts of ferns and mosses mark this as an area that gets reliable rain year round. The forest abounds with wildlife; small bushbuck & duikers as well as monkeys. There is also rich and varied bird life. The first three hours or so is on gently rising land before steepening for the last two hours. The camp for the night is in a small clearing on the trail.

DAY 3: Umbwe Cave Camp to Barranco Camp:- (3860m: 6-7Hrs Hiking Time)

  • Umbwe cave Camp to Barranco Camp.
  • Elevation (m): 3860m – Elevation (ft): 12,800ft.
  • Distance: 8km Hiking Time: 6-7hours.
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert.

Shortly after starting the hike the forest gradually gives away to the giant heath. The trail has been following a ridge for some time and as it ascends through the heath land the ridge narrows and sharpens, finally becoming knife edge with steep drops on each side. As the height of the heath reduces there are stunning views of both Kilimanjaro’s southern flank and across the Mount Meru some 50 miles away. Wildlife changes with the vegetation, jackals may be heard barking and the huge Lammergeyer seen circling overhead. The camp is overlooking the Barranco Valley with views up towards Arrow Glacier.

DAY 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp:- (4000m: 4Hrs Hiking Time)

  • Barranco Camp to Karanga Cam
  • Elevation (m): 3860m to 4000m.
  • Elevation (ft): 12,700ft to 13,800ft.
  • Distance: 7km.
  • Hiking Time: 4hours.
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert.

On the eastern side of the valley, across the stream is the Barranco Wall – a 950 ft. barrier of volcanic rock. Although it is tall and looks steep, it is very easy to climb.  This is our first challenge of the day. The views from the wall are nothing less than magnificent.  The rest of the day is spent skirting the base of Kibo peak over our left shoulder. We descend down into the Karanga Valley, where we rest up for the night before the tough climb up to Barafu hut.

DAY 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp:- (4600m: 6Hrs Hiking Time)

  • Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp.
  • Elevation (m): 4,600m.
  • Elevation (ft): 15,100ft.
  • Hiking time: 6hrs.
  • Distance: 7km.
  • Habitat: Alpine desert.

From Karanga the tour heads up a moraine ridge taking your time and going slowly. The views here can be spectacular on the southern glaciers and of the glacial valleys that snake their way down the mountain. The final stage to Barafu is quite steep, and as always it’s taken it very slowly. As with the day before you reach camp by around lunch time leaving lots of time to prepare and relax. In the evening your guide briefs you for the final ascent.

DAY 6: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak then Descend to Mweka Hut:- (up to 5895m and down to 3100m)

  • Barafu Camp to Summit descend to Mweka Hu
  • Elevation (m): 4600m to 5895m (and down to 3100m).
  • Elevation (ft): 15,100ft to 19,300ft (and down to 10,200ft).
  • Distance: 7km ascent and  23km descent.
  • Hiking Time: 6-8hours ascent and 7-8hours descent.
  • Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit.

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwestern direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point (5685m / 18,652 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit. It can be very cold at night at these elevations, but  it will be quite warm by the end of the hiking day. You will want clothing for both extremes with you. From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in   the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

DAY 7: Mweka Hut to Mweka Gate:- (5895m and down to 3100m)

  • Mweka Camp to Mweka gate
  • Elevation (m): 3100m to 1830m
  • Elevation (ft): 10,200ft to 6000ft
  • Distance: 15 km –
  • Hiking Time: 5 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). To the gate where you will be met by our driver and transferred back to a Base Hotel in Moshi for dinner and overnight

DAY 8:

After breakfast, transfer back to Arusha town.


  • Park entry fees.
  • Food on the mountain (B/L/D).
  • Experienced cooks, guides and porters.
  • Transport from Moshi to the Mountain gate.
  • Drinking water (Not Mineral water) & fruit juices
  • Fees of national park approved guide and porters.
  • Tents, dining or mess tents, camping table and chairs.(On camping routes only).
  • Ground transfers with pick up and drop off from Arusha or JRO to/from base Hotel in Moshi
  • 2 Nights hotel in Moshi HB (B/A the climb) in either Park View Inn or Sal Salinero Hotel depending on availability.
  • 24hours support of our Tours staff throughout the safari.

  • Tips.
  • Visas.
  • Insurances.
  • Airport taxes.
  • Airline tickets.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Personal expenses e.g. laundry, telephone calls, Drinks, Tips etc
  • Other equipments on the mountain; Mountain gear. (other than tents, camping table and chairs).
  • NOTE: Additional SRS for single tent will apply of Camping routes
  • Other beverages apart from fruit juices and mineral water given on the first day of the climb
  • Boiled water is given during the climb.

To get costs for this tour, contact our Sales Office Team on stating the Safari Tour Code and name of the safari you want to book and we shall revert back with safari costs and availability status.



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