6 Days Umbwe Route

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6 DAYS UMBWE ROUTE

Umbwe is a short route, providing challenges as it is difficult to climb due to its steepness. Due to the fast ascension, this route does not provide the enough time for altitude acclimatization on first days, so proceeding slowly is vital. Although the traffic on this route is very low, the chances of success are as great with added of an acclimatization day. On second day Umbwe route merges with Machame and Lemosho routes at Barranco campsite. Here there have two options, to go through Barranco Wall and Summit via barafu base camp, or to take another option head up through Western breach. It is a minimum of Six days, and seven days is preferred. It is the route that Many Mountaineers prefer it for the fastest accents, even for Making Kilimanjaro fastest climb records.

Of all the routes, Umbwe is by far the most scenic albeit steeper route up the mountain. The Rongai is the easiest camping route and the Marangu is also easy, but accommodation is in huts. As a result, this route tends to be very busy and ascent and descent routes are the same. Although the Rongai route is a flatter walk, it offers less opportunities for acclimatisation. The Machame and Lemosho routes both allow better opportunities to “walk high and sleep low”, which is critical to avoiding altitude sickness

Itinerary

Distance: 10km
Hiking time: 4-5 hrs
Pick up with our vehicle from the hotel, drive to Umbwe gate. Here after completing the gate registration proceedures, the trek starts through the rainforest to Umbwe cave campsite where you will find all tents already setup then stop for dinner and overnight. Today you will walk across ridges and valleys into a really thick forest.

Distance: 9km
Hiking time: 4-5 hrs
This day after breakfast you will trek through the remaining forest to the moorland and heath zone and you will be enjoying some wonderful views of Barranco valleys and ice cap on top of the mountain. Then you will arrive to barranco camp for dinner and overnight.

Distance: 6km
Hiking time: 4-5 hrs
Today you will be having a short day walk and in the late morning you will start climbing Barranco wall and reach 4200m for acclimatization and continue crossing ridges and valleys to Karanga campsite for hot lunch. After lunch you will have a short rest and get another acclimatization of trekking up the screed slopes towards the Southern ice field then you will return to the camp for dinner and overnight.

Distance: 5km
Hiking time: 3-4 hrs
Today trek up to the Barafu ridge campsite is tough because of altitude. The walking hours is few because is steep so it need slowly walk so to avoid fatigue as well as high altitude sickness. You will walk across alpine desert with strong cold wind blowing because there are no trees around as well as getting closer to the Kibo glaciers. You will have lunch and early dinner of around 1700hrs then rest until midnight when you commence you push for the summit.

Distance: 15km
Hiking time: 10-12 hrs
The day starts around midnight with a light breakfast, and then last preparations for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or after sunrise. Leave to the peak at 12; 00am, switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Stella Point on the crater rim at 5,861m between 4 and 5am. At this point, you will have views of the fabled crater and its icecaps facing you and all spectacular all area surrounding you. Then after 1 hour of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro’s true summit, Uhuru Peak. Here you will spend some time for taking photos. After your summit activities done, descend back to the Barafu Huts campsite, have lunch, rest, collect your equipment, and continue your walk down through moorland and heath zone to Mweka Huts campsite, then dinner and overnight at Mweka hut campsite.

Distance: 9km
Hiking time: 3-4 hrs
After breakfast, today is your last day on the mountain so you will descend down to Mweka park gate walking across Montane forest this descent will take 3-4 hours. Then here at the gate you will do sign out and get ready to board the vehicle ready for the transfer back to the hotel in Moshi for certificate presentation and a well deserved celebration.

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