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9 Days Climbing Kilimanjaro, Umbwe Route!

This route is known as one of the shortest and steepest Kilimanjaro route. Due to its rapid ascend the success rate is much lower. This route is nicknamed the “ double whiskey” since it is a very tough demanding climb. It is the least used and least crowded route on the mountain. We advise only experienced mountain climbers, who are used to high altitudes, to climb this route.

During your climb a professional team of guides, porters and cooks assist you. Tanzania Specialist selected the best guides, that have a high safety record and client success rate. To secure your safety, they check your pulse rate and oxygen saturation each day.
After your booking is confirmed, we send you a comprehensive Kilimanjaro Packing List.

For an overview of all the options check Climbing Kilimanjaro.

Day 1: Arrival Kilimanjaro - Moshi

After your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our driver will transfer you to the  hotel of your choice. Settle into your accommodation, take time to relax and to get used to the African atmosphere. It is possible to book an extra day rest (day 2), to reload and get ready to start your climb the next day (day 3). This extra day increases the chances of reaching the summit.

Note. The hotel on the first and last day is not included in this itinerary since we want to give you the freedom to make your own choice. You prefer basic ($40 per night bed & breakfast) or 5-star luxury? Just let us know and we can book any hotel in Moshi for you. Our price will never be higher than booking.com.

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 2: Umbwe Gate (1,400m) - Umbwe Cave Camp (3,000m)

Elevation gain: 1600 meter

Today your driver will pick you up and drives you to Umbwe Gate to arrange entry formalities. Your journey begins through dense rainforest with giant fig trees. You can hear and see different kind of animals such as the rare black-and-white colobus monkey. At the Umbwe rivers the route steepens and will take you more energy. As you climb you can admire the Kibo peak in the distance and deep valleys around you. The climb ends, after 5-6 hours, at Umbwe Cave Camp.

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 3: Umbwe Cave Camp (3,000m/9,842 ft ) - Barranco Camp (3,850m/ 12,631 ft)

Elevation gain: 850 meter/ 2,788 feet

Today you leave the forest behind and enter the moorland with rocky outcrops and valleys around you. You will pass moss-entwined trees, also called ‘goats beard’ lichen. The ascent steepens at the Umbwe Route Ridge and flattens out close to the Barranco Valley. Once in a while you can glimpse the Kibo peak in the distance. After a 4-5 hours during trek today, dinner and overnight are at Barranco Camp, in the valley below the Barranco Wall.

 

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 4: Barranco Camp (3,850m/12,631 ft ) - Karranga Camp (3,950m/12,959 ft ) to Barranco Wall (4,200m/13,779 ft )

Elevation gain: 350 meter / 1,148 feet

Elevation loss: 250 meter / 820 feet

Today you continue your journey by climbing the impressive Barranco Wall. The steep ascent and narrow trail are quite a challenge. From the top of the wall you have incredible views of Barranca Valley, Mount Meru and Kibo. Each direction will give another beautiful view. The descend is across rocks and ridges through alpine desert towards Karranga Valley. After 3-4 hours you arrive at Karranga Camp.

 

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 5: Karranga Camp (3,950m/ 12,959 ft) - Barafu Camp (4,600m/ 15,091 ft)

Elevation gain: 650 meter / 2,132 feet

The route takes you up a gradual climb through the dry alpine desert, before hiking downhill into a valley and uphill to Barafu Camp. Barufu means ‘ice’ in Swahili. After 3 hours you arrive at Barafu camp, situated on a rocky ridge with amazing panoramic views. Rest as much as possible this afternoon and prepare yourself for the ‘summit day’ tomorrow.

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Dag 6: Barafu Camp (4,600m/ 15,091 ft) - Uhuru Peak (5,895m/ 19,340 ft) to Mweka Camp (3,110m/ 10,203 ft)

Hoogtestijging: 1,295 meter / 4,248 feet

Hoogtedaling: 2,785 meter / 9,317 feet

Around midnight you start the last part of the journey, 6-8 hours upwards to the Uhuru Peak (summit). This is the most challenging part of the trek starts due to the altitude increase, cold and darkness. You arrive at Stella Point when the sun rises. A breathtaking view to see the red sunrise over Mawenzi Peak that slowly turns yellow. After another hour walking you arrive at the highest point of Kilimanjaro, the Uhuru Peak.  Celebrate your accomplishment at the summit while you look out onto a incredible vast landscape of white snow and towering peaks. From the summit you start your descent a rocky trail to Stella Point and Barafu Camp, before arriving at Mweke Camp after 6 hours. Enjoy your last dinner on the mountain, a beer/soda (sometimes for sale) and a good night sleep.

 

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 7: Mweka Camp (3,110m/ 10,203 ft) - Mweka Gate (1,830m/ 6000 ft)

Elevation loss: 1280 meter / 4,199 feet

This last trek down takes you in 2-3 hours through the beautiful forest to the Mweke Gate. You have the chance to spot monkeys. At the gate you can collect your summit certificate. Your driver brings you to your hotel in Moshi to relax, have a shower and enjoy a delicious dinner and good night sleep.

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 8: Moshi-Airport

Today you can relax at the lodge or explore the surrounding area. You can choose to extend your journey with a beautiful Tanzania Safari. Another option is to unwind on the tropical Zanzibar Island or one of the other exotic beach destinations Pemba Island and Mafia Island. If you choose to go home after your Kilimanjaro trek, you fly back home on day 9.

How fit do you need to be to climb Kilimanjaro via the Umbwe Route?

Climbing Kilimanjaro is a real challenge due to the altitude, rate of ascent and different temperatures. During an average climbing day you will walk 6-7 hours per day. If you are healthy and fit it is absolutely within reach. There are many things you can do to increase your chances to reach the summit and to make sure you enjoy the trek. It’s important you take your time. Don’t hike too fast so your body has time to adapt and acclimatize. Being in good shape also makes the climb much easier. Go hiking a few months before the climb, especially multiple day hikes are excellent training. But also running and aerobic exercise are a good preparation. It is always difficult to predict who will be affected by altitude sickness. Due to its rapid ascend the success rate of this route is much lower. We advise only experienced mountain climbers, who are used to high altitudes, to climb Umbwe route.

By adding 1 extra day to your climb, you will reduce the chance to get altitude sickness. Because you spread the climb over more days and your body gets more time to get used to the higher altitude. We do really advice to do this to increase the chance of making it to the top. The costs of this extra day are $ 346 per person.

If you like advice on how to prepare yourself for climbing Kilimanjaro, you can always contact us or read our blog How to prepare for climbing Kilimanjaro? 

 How to book this Kilimanjaro adventure?
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Price information

Umbwe prices per person2 persons4 persons6 persons
all seasons$ 2207$ 1857 $ 1762

Include:

  • Pick up Kilimanjaro Airport, transfer to lodge/hotel
  • Transfer lodge/hotel to Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Private guide speaking fluently English
  • Private cook speaking fluently English
  • Park Fees for national park
  • Porters who carry your luggage
  • High quality tents
  • Chairs and tables for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Dinner-tent
  • Rescue fee

Exclude:

  • International flight tickets and tourist visa
  • Accommodation on day of arrival and departure
  • Insurances (travel, flying doctors etc)
from $1762 p.p.*
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