UMBWE ROUTE DESCRIPTION

The Umbwe route, which is based in the south, is a 6-day / 5-night tour and is said to be the most scenic and difficult one offered on Kilimanjaro. 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 is down Mweka, on the south-east side of the mountain.

ELEVATION: 1,400m to 1700m to 2850m
DISTANCE: 10 km
CLIMBING TIME: 4-5 hours
HABITAT (ZONE): Montane forest

Meet in Arusha, after breakfast departs with lunch box from a hotel to Umbwe gate above Umbwe Village. After register start ascending through the dense forest of rubber trees and giant fig trees, scrambling up steep sections of roots and rock will bring you to a campsite, stop for dinner and overnight at Umbwe cave campsite.

ELEVATION: 2850m to 3950m
DISTANCE: 9 km
CLIMBING TIME: 5-7 hours
HABITAT (ZONE): Montane forest, heather to Moorland

Early morning after breakfast start ascend with lunch box, for second step of the Umbwe route is a showcase for the weird and wonderful. It’s the stage where you move from the forest, past a magical stretch of giant heathers and on to the moorland zone where giant groundsels the strangest plant on Kilimanjaro grow in abundance. The walking as with yesterday’s stage is pretty much uphill all the way, though gain is tiring rather than technical and thus nothing to fear. By the end you will have reached Barranco Camp, a wonderfull spot at the junction of a number of routes and on the border of alpine desert zone. Machame route trekkers will have taken three days to get to this camp, and those on the Lemosho route four. It gives you some idea of just how steep the Umbwe route is. There are numerous tiny waterfalls around camp, fed by streams coming down the Great Barranco Valley. Hanging glaciers glint in the sunshine above, supernatural landscape of groundsels (Senecio Kilimanjari), and the uniquely endemic Giant Lobelia, dinner and overnight in Barranco Camp.

ELEVATION: 3950m to 3900m
DISTANCE: 6 km
CLIMBING TIME: 4-5 hours
HABITAT (ZONE): Moorland

Very important day for acclimatization begins with a scramble up the steep ‘Barranco Wall’ and reach 4,200m then traversing up and down the slopes of valleys which have carved their way into the mountain’s southern face. Kibo’s glaciers loom above to your left and the jagged peaks of Mawenzi jut into the African sky at just under 17,000 feet straight ahead. We reach the Karanga Valley for a hot lunch and good time for relax or short tour for acclimatization then return to the camp for dinner and overnight.

ELEVATION: 3900m to 4620m.
DISTANCE: 8 km.
CLIMBING TIME: 3-4 hours.
HABITAT (ZONE): Alpine Desert.

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 for the summit.

ELEVATION: 4620m to 5895m to 3100m
DISTANCE: 15km
CLIMBING AND DESCENDING TIME: 10 - 12 hours
HABITAT (ZONE): Desert and ice

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.

ELEVATION: 3100m to 1700m TO 1,400m
DISTANCE: 9km
DESCENDING: 3-4 hours
HABITAT (ZONE): Montane forest

Today is your last day on the mountain, after breakfast you will descend to Mweka gate walking across Montane forest this descent will take 3-4 hours. At the gate you will sign out, have a hot lunch, then drive to a hotel in Arusha for certificate, presentation and commemoration.

End of our trips

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