6 Days Umbwe Route

Route Overviews

The Umbwe route is a relatively short and very steep but scenic route approaching from the south. It is the least used and most demanding of all routes. As its challenging ascend is not popular with most climbers, it is instead often used for emergency descent from the Machame or Shiraroutes.

Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha

After arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be picked by our Zicasso driver to the Tulia hotel and Spa where the rest of the day is at leisure. You might want to explore the town of Arusha or just relax at the hotel. In the evening you will be briefed by our team on site in preparation of the upcoming trekking tour. You will spend the night at the Tulia Hotel and SpaBed and Breakfast included

Day 1Umbwe Gate (1800m) – Bivouac Camp (2940m)

Atitude; ↑1140m

Hiking Time 6- 7hours

Early after breakfast you will be picked at the hotel and driven to the Umbwe Gate at this time, the porters will organize and pack the belongings for the hike while you and your guide register with the Tanzania National Park. You will then begin your ascent into the rainforest. During

this section of the hike, you should expect rain, mud, and fog. Also, be on the lookout for wildlife, including Colobus monkeys! About halfway up the trail you will have a lunch break and you will reach the Bivouac Camp (2940m) in the late afternoon or early evening. The porters and chef, who move very fast up the mountain, will reach camp before you and set up your tents, boil drinking water, and prepare snacks for your arrival. Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included.

Day 2 Bivouac Camp (2940m) – Barranco Camp (3950m)

Altitude; ↑1010m

Hiking time: 5 – 6 h

Today’s after breakfast, you will start your ascent leaving the rain forest and entering the heathland moorland vegetation. In the moorland, you will spot exotic plants, including giant lobelia and groundsel. As you ascent, the trail provides a spectacular view of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The trail then flattens then descends into the Barranco Valley until you reach Barranco Camp. At this campsite, you will be next to a stream and have a spectacular view of the Western Breach and the Great Barranco Wall in the East. Similar to the first night, your tents will be set up prior to arriving at camp. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 3 Barranco Camp(3950m) –Lava Tower(4630m) –Arrow Camp (4800m)

Altitude ↑850m

Hiking Time 4 -6hrs

Today you will leave the moorland environment and enter the semi desert and rocky landscape. After 5 hours of hiking east, you will be come face to face with the Lava Tower (4630m). Packed lunches are served at the Tower and hikers have the option of climbing the massive Lava Tower weather permitting.After eating lunch at Lava Tower, hikers will scramble up the steep Class 2 trail to the Arrow Glacier Camp (4800m). Vegetation at Arrow Glacier is sparse and hikers are surrounded by stone scree. Snacks, dinner, and washing water will be provided, as hikers stay warm in their tents at this camp.Breakfast, dinner and lunch included

Day 4 Arrow Glacier (4800m) – Crater (5700m)

Altitude; ↑900m

Hiking Time 3-4 H

Today after a nice breakfast, hikers will continue to scramble up the Class 2 trail on rocks. During the rainseason, an ice ax and crampons are required due to icy conditions. Hikers slowly ascend up the Western Breach to the Crater (5700m). Upon reaching the top of the crater, you will be amazed by the Northern Ice fields of Kilimanjaro with the Furtwangler Glacier directly in front of you.  At the campsite, you have the option of completing a day hike to the infamous Ash Pit (1.5 hour) of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The ash pit is 340m across and 120m deep. After hiking, you will enjoy a warm dinner and be one of the few and fortunate hikers to stay at the inner, snow-covered crater of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 5 Crater (5700m)- Summit(5895m) – Mweka (31000)

Altitude; ↑195m ↓2795m

Hiking time; 13-15hrs

Just Around 04.00hours your guide will wake you for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt.  During the ascent, many hikers feel that this is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the climb. About 2 hours, you will hike on a snow-covered trail to Uhuru Peak -5895m. Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment! You will be able to spend a short time on the summit taking photographs and drinking tea before the descent to Barafu begins. The hike down to Barafu Camp takes about 3 hours.At camp, you will rest and enjoy a hot lunch in the sun. After eating, you will continue descending down to Mweka Hut -3100m. The Mweka Trail will lead you through the scree and rocks to the moorland and eventually into the rain forest. Mweka Camp -3100m is located in the upper rain forest, so fog and rain should be expected. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 6 Mweka Camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m)

Altitude; ↓1120m

Hiking Time; 3h

Following a nice breakfast, your staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that you will present your tips to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters. After celebrating, you will descend for three hours back to Mweka Gate. The National Park

requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Stella Point (5685m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. After receiving certificates, hikers will descend into the Mweka village for 1 hour (3 kilometers). You will be served a hot lunch then you will drive back to Arusha for long overdue showers and more celebrations at the hotel waiting for departure or alternatively you may extend your vacation for safari in National park in the next day. Bed and breakfast includes


After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport or alternatively you can extend your trip and go on safari.

Items included:

  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Mountain crew (cook & porters)
  • Overnight stays in hotels and mountain tents
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water
  • All national park fees
  • All mentioned transfer

Items excluded:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Flights
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

Tip on Mountain Kilimanjaro is recommended for group sharing as following:

  • Guide $15 – $20/guide/day
  • Cook $10 – $15/day
  • Porters $8 – $10/porter/day.