7 Days Umbwe Route

Arusha - Umbwe Gate - Umbwe Cave camp - Barranco Camp - Karanga camp- Arusha - Barafu camp- Mweka

Duration : 7 Days/6 Nights

Departure City : Arusha

End City : Arusha

Type : Group Tour

Min Age : 10+

Price : Negotiable


The Umbwe Route is widely regarded as the hardest trail, a tough vertical slog through the jungle, in places using the tree roots as makeshift rungs on a ladder. Because of the high risks involved with sleeping at Arrow Glacier camp and summiting via the Western Breach, all our Umbwe route hikes are re-routed, to join with the Machame route from night 2 on the mountain. On special request we can assist with Umbwe route hikes attempting to summit using the Western Breach / Arrow Glacier path and overnight at the Crater camp. Please note this can only be arranged through our higher quality Standard packages and a supplement rate will apply.

The main itinerary difference between the Umbwe 6 day and 7 day routes is the additional acclimatization day at Barranco camp.

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Price includes

Government tax.

5 nights /6 days Mount Kilimanjaro Climb. Marangu Route.

Accomodation before and after trekking

Kilimanjaro National Park fees

Transportation to and from the Mountain.

Porters and Guide fees

Airport transfers

Private professional English speaking guide with Certificate of Red Cross first Aid Provider.

3 meals a day during mountain climbing as specified in the itinerary.

First aid Kit

2 nights accommodation in Arusha before and after trekking


Price Excludes

International and Local Air Transportation

Holiday supplements

Drinks, tips

Visas, airport taxes

Laundry, toiletry requirements

All items of a personal nature.

Any peason climbing gear


Sleeping bags


Travellers ratings



Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will meet and great by your guide and transfer you to Golf Safari House where you will spend the night. Before dinner, your guide will sit with you, go through your equipment, help you pack, and brief you on the climb ahead. Enjoy a dinner and get some sleep to prepare for your adventure in the morning.

Hiking time: 6 Hours

Distance: Approximately 10.3 km

Habitat: Forest (Montane)

After breakfast you will be driven to the Machame gate where registration formalities will be completed. From the Machame gate you will be transferred to the Umbwe Gate (1641m), passing through villages with coffee and banana plantations. The air is thick with moisture and the path is usually muddy. The route initially follows a forestry track winding up through the natural rain forest. It then narrows and steepens to climb the ridge between the Lonzo and Umbwe rivers, with huge trees surrounding you. The path offers some spectacular views of deep gorges and if you are lucky, glimpses of Kilimanjaro towering above you in the distance. The camp is perched between huge trees and thick undergrowth. Enjoy dinner and overnight at the Umbwe Cave Camp (2 850m).

Hiking time: 6 Hours

Distance:Approximately 6.3 km


Shortly after leaving the camp the forest starts thinning and is replaced by rockier terrain, sparser undergrowth and straggly, moss-covered trees. The path continues along a narrow, but spectacular ridge. As you gain higher altitude, catch glimpses of Kilimanjaro rising majestically ahead of you – etched against the blue sky. The path flattens as you approach Barranco Valley.

From the Umbwe ridge the route descends slightly to the Barranco camp. The camp is situated in the valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while your dinner is being prepared.

Hiking time: 6 Hours

Distance:Approximately 6 km

Habitat:Moorland / Semi desert

After spending a night at the great Barranco Wall (a very imposing sight at first), you make your way up this awesome looking obstacle, which in the end normally turns out to be easier than anticipated. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you will now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley over intervening ridges and valleys, and then joins up with the Mweka route. This is the preferred route down from the summit, so remember it. The last water stop on the route is the Karanga Valley, as there is no water available at Barafu camp. Enjoy dinner and overnight at the Karanga camp.

Hiking time: 4 Hours

Distance:Approximately 3.4 km

Habitat:Alpine desert

Breakfast at Karanga camp and after breakfast turn left up the ridge and the route ascends 640m towards Barafu Camp. Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice” and it is a bleak and inhospitable camping area to spend the night.Totally exposed to the ever-present gales, the tents are pitched on a narrow, stony, and dangerous ridge.

Make sure that you familiarise yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. The summit is now a further 1214m higher and you will commence with your final ascent attempt, the same night. Prepare your equipment, hiking poles and thermal clothing for your summit attempt. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed as early as possible and try to get some precious rest and sleep.

Hiking time:7 to 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 6 to 8 hours to descend to Mweka Camp

Distance:Approximately 4.5 km ascent and 10.8 km descent

Habitat:Stone scree and ice-capped summit

You will get up around 23h20, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night.You will head in a north-westerly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim.

For many climbers the 6-hour walk to Stella point is mentally and physically the most challenging on the route.At Stella Point (5739m) you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting).

From Stella Point you will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak.

The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions.Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to get going again due to cold and fatigue.

Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your life!

The walk back to Barafu from the summit, takes about 3 hours.Here you will have a well earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear,before heading down to Mweka hut (3090m).The route is not difficult and will take you down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest.The camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon.Dinner and washing water will be prepared.

Hiking time: 4-6 Hours

Distance:Approximately 8.5 km


After an early and well-deserved breakfast, it is a short 4 to 6 hour and scenic hike back to the Park gate. Some hikers do experience knee problems which could make the descend longer than planned.

It is strongly recommended not to pay your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely. Visit the tips page for more info.

At Mweka gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Stella Point (5739m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates

From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village, normally a muddy 3 km (1 hour) hike. In the Mweka village you will be served a delicious hot lunch!! After lunch you drive back to Arusha Golf safari House for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!!


Mount Kilimanjaro is only three degrees south of the Equator so although the climate is technically 'equatorial’, it is essentially tropical. The long dry season (Jun-Oct) is followed by ‘Short Rains’ (Nov-Dec). During the short dry season (Jan-Mar) it can be very hot and humid.The 'Long Rains' fall Apr-May. On the mountains, temperatures rise and fall only slightly throughout the year but vary considerably between night and day. Temperatures gradually fall as altitude increases. Above 4,000m, daytime temperature is usually around 5C dropping well below freezing at night.


For your comfort we recommend you travel as light as possible; many airlines impose a maximum weight limit of 20 kg – we advise you to take a lot less!

We would suggest:One main piece - soft bag rather than a hard suitcase as it can be easily stowed and carried by porters on the ascent. Pack lightly as space is restricted - max. 15kg. NB: any surplus baggage can be stored in Arusha during the ascent - it is vital not to over pack. Please take only bare essentials for the climb.A daypack - For comfort we recommend a larger daypack or small rucksack with a comfortable harness and waist belt (30-40 litres capacity is ideal for carrying warm clothing, camera, water bottle etc.


It’s essential to keep yourself (and your baggage) dry at all times. Also, to cope with variable temperatures, the best strategy is to layer clothing, so you can adjust your temperature. You should not underestimate the freezing cold conditions you will encounter on the mountain. Although some clothing and equipment is available for hire locally, it’s impossible to guarantee its quality or availability, so equip yourself fully before departure.

If you require further advice please contact your mountain climb consultants at E-mail: info@goshenisafaris.com goshenisafaris360@gmail.com

The following is a suggestion of what you may find useful to take on this trip. It is not exhaustive and a more detailed packing list can also be found at Suggested Mountain Climb Equipments page.

T-shirts (synthetic materials are best as cotton retains moisture)
Waterproof thigh-length jacket (Goretex or similar)
Gloves (waterproof warm outers + thin liners)
Warm hat (or balaclava) that covers the ears
Waterproof walking boots (well broken-in)
Waterproof outer trousers _ Warm mid-layer (fleeces or down)
Warm long-sleeved shirt _ Warm walking trousers (not jeans!)
Thermal underwear _ Walking socks (several pairs)
Walking shorts
Trainers or soft shoes for relaxing

Glacier glasses (or good quality sunglasses – preferably with side shields)
Personal first aid kit & essential medication
Wet wipes
Warm sleeping bag (3/4-season)
Sleeping bag liner
Trekking pole(s) - can be hired locally
Small towel
Head torch & spare batteries
Spare plastic bags
Water bottle(s) - minimum 3 liters capacity
High factor sunscreen & lip salve
High energy snacks, dried fruit, nuts, sweets, etc. NB: hang on to some till the last day - you’ll appreciate them more!
A small bottle of cordial or squash concentrate (to liven up the ‘flat’ taste of boiled water)

6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 evening meals are included.


Tipping is an accepted part of life in Tanzania, and you will be expected to tip to reward service. You will be briefed on arrival as to when and how much is appropriate, however, depending on the size of your group you should budget on a personal contribution of around $15 to $20 per pax per day for your trek guides, cooks and porters on the trek.

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