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7 days Mount Kilimanjaro Climb Safari – Umbwe Route

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5 Days 4 Nights
Availability : Jan 16’ - Dec 16’
Mount Kilimanjaro
Min Age : 18+
Tour Details

Umbwe route is one of the shortest routes to the Southern Glaciers and the Western Breach. It is probably the most scenic, non-technical route on Kilimanjaro. It is quite taxing, primarily due to the relatively fast ascent to higher altitude, but the rewards are plentiful.
Fewer people, pristine forest and shorter walking distances make it a great option for fit hikers. Add to your experience – OVERNIGHT IN THE CRATER!! Be one of a few fortunate people to spend a night in Africa’s largest volcano. This option is highly recommended, as this will be the only opportunity to get close to the beautiful and fascinating glaciers of Kilimanjaro and to be able to visit the ash pit.

Departure & Return Location


Departure Time

8:00 AM

Price Includes

  • Meals
  • Accomodation
  • Professional Driver/Guide
  • Park Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees

What to bring with you

  • Warm Sleeping Bags
  • Hiking Boots
  • Gloves
  • Head Torches
  • Camera
  • Walking Sticks
  • Other Personal Items
What to Expect

The Umbwe route has a well-deserved reputation of being the most challenging route on Mount Kilimanjaro. Due to the fast ascent to high altitude, this route does not provide the necessary stages for acclimatization. Although the number of people on this trail is very low, the chances of success are also low. Umbwe is considered to be very difficult, taxing route – one that should only be attempted by strong hikers who are confident in their ability to acclimatize quickly to altitude.

Approaching from the south, the Umbwe route is a short, steep and direct climb. After reaching Barranco Camp, the trail turns east and traverses underneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route.


  • Mount Climbing
  • Game Viewing
  • Camping
  • Bird Viewing
  • Caves Exploration

Day 1Nairobi - Moshi

Leave Nairobi at 8.00 am to Moshi via Namanga border arriving in the late afternoon. Bed and breakfast in a hotel.

Day 2Moshi - Umbwe gate - Forest Cave

Transfer to Umbwe gate where the trekking starts. Hike for 12km to the forest cave for dinner and overnight.

Day 3Forest Cave - Barranco hut

Hike for 10km to Barranco hut for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 Barranco hut - Karanga Valley

Hike for 8km to Karanga Valley site for dinner and overnight.

Day 5Karanga Valley - Barafu hut

Hike for 8 km to Barafu hut for dinner and overnight.

Day 6Barafu hut - Uhuru peak - Mweka hut

Attempt Uhuru peak at 1.30 am. After sunrise descend to Barafu hut for breakfast and then to Mweka hut for dinner and overnight.

Day 5Mweka hut - Mweka gate - Moshi

Leave the mountain via Mweka gate for a short drive to Moshi where the tour ends.