Umbwe Route

Umbwe 8 day tour

8 day tour (6 days of trekking)

  • Fully flexible dates
  • Includes 2 nights’ hotel accommodation
  • 5 nights on Kilimanjaro

2,440 US$ per person


Day 0: arrival

After checking in at the airport (JRO) you will meet your driver who will take you to the hotel in Moshi. For the rest of your day, you can do anything you want such as relaxing by the pool or you can explore more of Moshi. Your guide will meet with you in the evening and they will check all of your equipment as well as giving you a briefing about the climb.

Day 1: ascent from Umbwe Gate (1,600m) to Umbwe Camp (1,900m)

Distance: 11 km
Hiking time: 6-7 hours

The trail starts in the forest and continues through the rainforest. You will continue on a steep path to Umbwe Camp, which is located in the middle of the woods.

Day 2: ascent Umbwe Camp (2,900m) to Barranco Camp (3,950m)

Distance: 6 km
Hiking time: 4-5 hours

The second day of this trek is rockier and is located between moss-covered trees. You will continue to Barranco Camp and stay there for the night.

Day 3: ascent from Barranco Camp (3,960m) to Karanga Camp (4,035m)

Distance: 5 km
Hiking time: 4-5 hours

The climb today will be short, but it is more exhausting due to the harsh terrain. You will start by climbing the Great Barranco Wall where in some parts you might even need to use your hands so that you can continue your ascent. Your safety is a priority and the guide will help you wherever needed. Afterwards, you will continue up and there will be small ascents and descents. During this, you can watch the southern glacier on Kibo. At the end, you will arrive in the pretty valley known as Karanga through which you will have to pass in order to get to the camp on the other side. In the afternoon, you will have enough time to rest so that you can collect your strength for the next day and you can enjoy the stunning landscape.

Day 4: ascent from Karanga Camp (4,035m) to Barafu Camp (4,640m)

Distance: 5 km
Hiking time: 4-5 hours

After breakfast in Karanga Valley, you will set out on a 3 hour hike to Barafu Camp which is 4,640m above sea level. The environment will, as on day 4, be an alpine desert. In the afternoon, you can relax before having an early dinner and sleeping lots to be prepared to climb to the peak on day 7. You will need to wake up early, so you’ll need to make sure to rest well.

Day 5: ascent from Barafu camp (4,640m) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m) and down to Mweka Camp (3,080m)

Distance: 12.5 km
Hiking time: 14-16 hours

Day 5 is the day where you will ascend to Uhuru Peak- the tallest peak on Mt. Kilimanjaro. We will wake you up just before midnight and shortly after you will have a small snack before the summit push. At this hour, the volcanic ash is frozen which means that it is a little bit easier to climb up it. You await a night-time trek in the cold heights, where there is a lack of oxygen. Even though it may be difficult, there is a high chance that you will make it to the peak with us. At sunrise you will reach Stella Point, on the rim of the crater, from where the path isn’t so steep but due to the thin air it is still tiring and requires a slow pace of walking. After sunrise, it will get significantly warmer. After another 1-2 hours you will reach your goal- Uhuru Peak which is 5,895m above sea level. This is the highest point in Africa. Enjoy this moment and don’t forget to take a photo with the iconic sign signifying the peak of Kilimanjaro in the background! Our guides will be more than happy to take your picture.

The first part of the descent is down the same path as earlier. The volcanic ash, which has probably melted by now may be slightly slippery. After returning to Barafu Camp you will be given a hot meal as well as 1-2 hours to rest and then you will continue your descent along the Mweka Trail to Mweka Camp which is 3,080m above sea level. In this height, there is more oxygen so that you can rest better after the long climb. After dinner, you can go to sleep.

Day 6: descent from Mweka Camp (3,080m) to Mweka Gate (1,630m)

Distance: 9 km
Hiking time: 3–4 hours

On this day you face a simple descent through a rainforest to Mweka Gate by the entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park which is 1,630m above sea level. After saying goodbye to your team, you will be driven to the hotel in Moshi where you can collect your things that you left before your journey and you will spend your last night there.

Departure day: It is your final day. You’ll have breakfast in your hotel and then after checking out, we’ll transfer you to the airport.

Board: breakfast

Umbwe route

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What’s included and excluded in the price

  • Airport transfers (JRO – Kilimanjaro International Airports)
  • Two nights B & B accommodation at Hotel 
  • Hut/camping fees and tents
  • Tents foam sleeping pads
  • Cooking equipment, and (Cutlery / Crockery) eating utensils
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on the mountain
  • All accommodation whilst on trek in tent
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Qualified guides & mountain crew guides, porters, cook, waiter salaries
  • Boiled water on the mountain
  • Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and park fees on the mountain
  • Emergency oxygen cylinder
  • International flights to Tanzania
  • Tanzania Visa
  • Meals at the hotel except breakfast and other mentioned meals
  • Personal expenses including mineral water, and alcoholic drinks and beverages
  • Tips for guides & porters
  • Your altitude travel insurance
  • Any other extended trips or additional accommodation
  • Gear for your climb