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Kilimanjaro climbing ~ Umbwe Route 6 days

Kilimanjaro climbing ~ Umbwe Route 6 days

Mount Kilimanjaro National Park 6 Days / 5 Nights   Solo / Groups
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Kilimanjaro - Umbwe route Trip highlights:

The Umbwe route is a short, steep and direct route. It is considered to be very difficult and is the most challenging way up Mount Kilimanjaro.
Due to the quick ascent, Umbwe does not provide the necessary stages for altitude acclimatization. Although the traffic on this route is very low, the chances of success are also low.
The route is offered at a minimum of six days, though seven days is recommended when attempting this route.
The Umbwe route should only be attempted by those who are very strong hikers and are confident in their ability to acclimatize. However, overall, the Umbwe route is not recommended and we discourage its usage for our clients.

Package Itinerary:

  • Day 1 : Umbwe Gate (1,800m/5,905ft) To Cave Bivouac Camp (2,850m/9,350ft)
    At 8am leave Moshi for Umbwe Gate where you will meet our porters, guides, and cooks who will spend the next six days trekking with you to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa.
    After arriving, wait at the gate while we register your climb and the porters and guides make final preparations.
    Your first day’s destination is Cave Bivouac Camp, approximately 6 hours from the gate.
    The trail is steep and can be slippery in some places.Hike through the moss-covered trees of Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. The forest will thin later in the hike and heathers, tall grasses and wildflowers will come into view. Porters and cooks will walk ahead to set up the camp in time for your arrival.
    Elevation Gain:1,050 meters, 3,445 feet Hiking time: 4 to 6 hours
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
  • Day 2 : Cave Bivouac (2,850m/9,350ft) To Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft)
    The first section of the trail continues following the ridge. After leaving the forest, continue through open moorlands until reaching Barranco Camp.
    Barranco is generally regarded as the most scenic campsite on the Umbwe Trail as it’s surrounded by giant senecios and lobelias. As Barranco is in a valley, the sun rises later than at the other camps.
    Total Elevation Gain: 1,100 meters, 3,610 feet Hiking time: 5 to 7 hours
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
  • Day 3 : Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft) To Karanga Valley (4,200m/13,780ft)
    Leave Barranco Camp after breakfast for Karanga Valley. The day begins with a 1.5 hour scramble up the Barranco Wall. This is the hardest part of the day and in some places you may have to use your hands to aid your climb.
    After reaching the top, hike through fairly level terrain before making a short but steep descent into the green Karanga River Valley.
    Elevation Gain: 250 meters, 820 feet
    Distance: 7 Kilometers
    Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.
  • Day 4 : Karanga Valley (4,200m/13,780ft) To Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft)
    After breakfast, begin the hike to Barafu Camp. On the way to Barafu, view several of Kibo’s glaciers as well as the junction that connects the descent route, Mweka, with the Machame trail.
    During day four, hike by the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers.
    Although the trail to Barafu passes through alpine desert with little vegetation, Barafu Camp offers stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Try to sleep after finishing dinner as you will wake before midnight for your summit hike.
    Elevation Gain: 400 meters, 1,320 feet
    Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.
  • Day 5 : Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft) To Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) To Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft)
    Around midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak. Hike by the light of your headlamp for the next six hours. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Stella Point.
    The hike from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring.
    The crater rim hike takes approximately one hour. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Mweka Camp. On the way down from Uhuru, enjoy views of the mountain, crater, clouds and glaciers.
    At Barafu Camp, eat breakfast and take a short break. You still have another three to five hours to go before reaching Mweka Camp.
    Elevation Gain: 1,295 meters, 4,240 feet
    Elevation Loss: 2,795 meters, 9,170 feet
    Hiking time: 6 hours to the rim, 1 hour to Uhuru, 3 to 4 hours back to Barafu, 4 hours to Mweka
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.
  • Day 6 : Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft) To Mweka Gate (1,500m/4,920ft)
    After breakfast, finish the trek with a hike through the forest to Mweka Gate.
    The trail may be slippery following rain. Our vehicles will meet you at the lower station of Mweka Gate to take you back to Moshi.
    Elevation Loss: 1,600 meters, 5,250 feet
    Hiking time: 4 hours
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Price above includes:

  • Airport transfers
  • Kilimanjaro National Park entrance, camping/hut and rescue fees
  • Professional Up to date wilderness first responder trained guide or equivalent Assistance Guide
  • Gamow bag (portable hyperbaric chamber)
  • Emergency oxygen & Pulse oximeter
  • Expedition medical kit
  • Comprehensive vital sign monitoring
  • 3 person expedition tents (2 clients/tent)
  • Mountaineering mattress
  • Light weight mess tent
  • Expeditions walk in mess tent
  • Light weight aluminum table
  • Luxury chair with back rest
  • Purified water while on the mountain
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Salary for the Guides,porters,Cooks
  • Government taxes
  • VAT 18% on park entrance fees
  • Bowl of hot washing water in the morning and evening

Price does not include

  • International airfare
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Costs of visas
  • Personal expenses such as beverages (other than those included with meals, as listed in each itinerary)
  • Souvenirs
  • Laundry
  • Medical or extra evacuation fees
  • Staff gratuities
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Additional transportation
  • Meals incurred by a client unable to continue a planned itinerary due to illness
  • Medical conditions or due to airline schedule changes

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