Embark on an extraordinary 7-day Kilimanjaro Climb via the Umbwe Route, a thrilling ascent through the heart of Tanzania’s iconic Mount Kilimanjaro. This 7-day adventure in Kilimanjaro Climb promises a unique and challenging journey, catering to adventurers seeking the pinnacle of trekking experiences. The Umbwe Route, known for its steep gradients and breathtaking landscapes, offers a less-crowded path to the summit of Uhuru Peak. Immerse yourself in the lush rainforests, navigate the Barranco Wall’s exhilarating rock scramble, and conquer the alpine desert terrains on your way to the highest point in Africa.
Opt for the Umbwe Route for a secluded and daring adventure, avoiding the crowds while savoring the diverse ecosystems Kilimanjaro unfolds. The Umbwe Route is for climbers and caters to those in search of not just a trek but an adrenaline-infused expedition, where every step is a triumph over challenging terrain. Join us on this unparalleled 7-day journey, where the Umbwe Route becomes the conduit for an unforgettable Kilimanjaro experience, blending nature’s grandeur with the thrill of conquering the Roof of Africa.
Understand The Nature of the Umbwe Route on This 7 Day Kilimanjaro Climb
The Umbwe Route on Mount Kilimanjaro is renowned for its challenging nature, breathtaking scenery, and a sense of seclusion. As one of the more demanding routes, trekkers are drawn to its steep ascents, unique landscapes, and the thrill of conquering Africa’s highest peak. The Umbwe Route is known for its steep and direct ascent. Trekkers navigate challenging terrain that includes rocky paths, steep ridges, and a thrilling scramble up the Barranco Wall. This route demands a high level of physical fitness and mental resilience.
Choosing the Umbwe Route provides trekkers with a more secluded experience. Compared to popular routes like Machame or Marangu, the Umbwe Route sees fewer climbers, allowing those seeking solitude to connect more intimately with the mountain. The journey commences in the lush Umbwe rainforest, where trekkers are enveloped in a canopy of greenery. This dense rainforest section provides a stark contrast to the higher-altitude landscapes, creating a diverse and captivating trekking experience. As climbers ascend, they transition through heath and moorland before reaching the barren alpine desert. The route exposes trekkers to the challenges of high-altitude trekking, including thinner air and temperature variations.
Spectacular Summit Views; The Umbwe Route culminates at Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Kilimanjaro. Trekkers are rewarded with awe-inspiring panoramic views as the sunrise paints the sky in hues of orange and pink, creating a surreal and unforgettable summit experience.
Barranco Wall Adventure; One of the highlights of the Umbwe Route is the ascent of the Barranco Wall. This rock scramble adds an adventurous element to the trek, requiring climbers to use their hands and feet to navigate the steep sections. The sense of achievement upon conquering the Barranco Wall is unparalleled.
The 7-day Kilimanjaro Climb via the Umbwe Route is not merely a trek; it’s a daring adventure through some of the most challenging yet stunning terrains. This route is for those who seek the thrill of conquering Kilimanjaro’s heights while savoring the beauty of a less-trodden path. Join us for an unforgettable experience where every step brings you closer to the Roof of Africa.
Day 1: Arrival
Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the Springlands Hotel in Moshi for your overnight. No Meals Included.
Day 2: Umbwe Gate (1800m) to Bivouac Camp (2940m)
Early morning briefing followed by breakfast, An hour drive from Moshi to Umbwe Village (1,490 m/4,890 ft) where your guides and porters pack your equipment and supplies, and give you a lunch pack. Start your ascent at the small Umbwe Gate just above the village and follow a gentle winding vehicle track for an hour to a signboard that announces the small steep Umbwe trail. The introduction is over, and you now climb up for several hours through a dense forest of rubber trees and giant fig trees. In places, you must scamper up steep sections of roots and rock. The Umbwe Camp is in the forest, and there are some caves nearby. You will be greeted here with a graciously served hot meal.
Day 3: Bivouac Camp (2940m) to Barranco Camp (3950)
Your day starts early with a steaming cup of tea or coffee. After breakfast, you will climb steeply through thinning forest glades to Giant Erica, Heather, and drier air. You continue up a ridge that drops steeply on both sides and hopefully, the clouds will part to reward you with a view of Uhuru Peak looming overhead. After lunch, you enter a zone of giant groundsels (Senecio Kilimanjaro) that seem to guard the heights, and this garden is one of Kilimanjaro’s special treasures.
Day 4: Barranco Camp (3950m) to Lava Tower (4630) to Arrow Glacier Tower (4800m)
In the morning, you hike east over intervening ridges and valleys to join the Mweka Route, which will be your descent route. Turn left toward the mountain and hike up the ridge through a sparse landscape for another hour to the Barafu Hut where you will receive a hot lunch. The last water on the route is in the Karanga Valley; there is no water at Barafu Camp, even though Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice.” The famous snows of Kilimanjaro are far above Barafu Camp near the summit of the mountain. Your tent will be pitched on a narrow, stony, wind-swept ridge, so make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. Prepare your equipment and warm clothing for your summit climb, and drink a lot of fluids. After an early dinner, go to bed for a few hours of precious sleep.
Day 5: Arrow Glacier Tower (4800m) to Crater (5700m)
After breakfast, we continue up a steep ridge to the great Barranco Wall, and then you climb this imposing obstacle, which turns out to be easier than it looks. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you can now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. With Kibo’s glaciers soaring overhead, you descend into the lush Karanga Valley to the Karanga Valley campsite. From the camp, you can look east and see the jagged peaks of Mawenzi jutting into the African sky. After a hot lunch in camp, your afternoon is at leisure for resting or exploring. This short day is very important for your acclimatization since your summit push is about to start.
Day 6: Summit Attempt
You will rise around 11:30 PM, and after some steaming tea and biscuits, you shuffle off into the night. Your 6-hour climb northwest up through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to Stella Point on the crater rim is the most challenging part of the route for most climbers. At Stella Point (5,685 m/18,650 ft) you stop for a short rest and a chance to see a supremely sanguine sunrise. At Stella Point, you join the top part of the Marangu Route but do not stop here too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Depending on the season and recent storms, you may encounter snow on your remaining hike along the rim to Uhuru Peak. On the summit, you can enjoy your accomplishments and know that you are creating a day that you will remember for the rest of your life. After your 3-hour descent from the summit back to Barafu Camp, you will have a well-earned but short rest, collect your gear, and hike down a rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest to Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft). This camp is in the upper forest, so you can expect mist or rain in the late afternoon. Dinner and washing water will be prepared, and the camp office sells drinking water, soft drinks, chocolates, and beer!
Day 7: Mweka Camp (3100m) to Mweka Gate (1980m
After a well-deserved breakfast, it is a short, scenic, 3-hour hike back to the park gate. Don’t give your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely, but do remember to tip your staff at the gate. At Mweka Gate, you can sign your name and add details to a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Climbers who reached Stella Point are issued green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate, you will continue down to the Mweka Village, possibly a muddy, 3 km, 1-hour hike if the road is too muddy for vehicles. In the Mweka Village, you will be served a delicious hot lunch after which you are driven back to Moshi for an overdue hot shower and a comfortable night in our Springlands Hotel.
Day 8: Departure
The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Moshi town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport. We also welcome you to spare an hour of your day to plant a tree, as part of our environmental conservation efforts in the Kilimanjaro region. Safari and Zanzibar add-ons are available if you wish to continue exploring Tanzania
The Price Includes
- Hotel lodging the night before and the night after the climb (dinner and breakfast included) (double occupancy).
- Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents:
- Professional, experienced, mountain guides:
- Two nights hotel in Arusha
- All Park fees
- Rescue fees
- All meals while on the Mountain
- Arrival and Departure transfers
- Guides, Porters, cook salaries, and park fees
- Quality Mess tents with table and chairs:
- Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food:
- Clean, purified drinking water:
- Private, portable chemical flush toilets:
- Crisis management and safety procedures:
- Fair and ethical treatment of porters:
- Walking Poles:
- Sleeping Mattress:
The Price does not Include
- Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
- Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
- Meals not listed above
- Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
- Tips and any items of a personal nature.
- Flying Doctor Service
- Summit Emergency Oxygen:
- Pulse Oximeters: