Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route 7 Days

Description for Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route 7 Days

Kilimanjaro Umbwe route is a short, steep, and straight path. It is the most demanding route up Mount Kilimanjaro and is considered very tough.

Umbwe does not offer the required steps for altitude acclimatization due to its rapid climb. Although there is relatively little traffic on this road, the odds of success are equally slim.

When trying this route, a minimum of six days is required, but seven days is suggested. Only extremely experienced hikers who are confident in their abilities to acclimate should try the Umbwe route.

Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route 7 Days

Day by Day Itinerary


You will be picked up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and transported to your accommodation in Moshi town, where you will meet your guide who will educate you on your forthcoming trip and do an equipment check to ensure that you have all of the required mountain gear.

On this day, you may hire the missing equipment.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are all Included


DAY 1: UMBWE GATE (1,800M/5,905FT) TO CAVE BIVOUAC CAMP (2,850M/9,350FT)

Leave Moshi at 8 a.m. for Umbwe Gate, where you will meet our porters, guides, and chefs who will accompany you on your six-day journey to Uhuru Peak, Africa’s roof. Wait at the gate when you arrive while we register your climb and the porters and guides do their last preparations.

Your first stop will be Cave Bivouac Camp, which is around 6 hours from the entrance. The path is steep in parts and may be slippery. Hike into the cloud forest of Kilimanjaro’s moss-covered trees.

Later in the walk, the woodland will thin out, revealing heathers, long grasses, and wildflowers. Porters and chefs will go ahead of you to set up camp in preparation for your arrival.

  • Distance traveled:1,050 meters,
  • Time spent: 6hrs
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are all Included


DAY 2: CAVE BIVOUAC (2,850M/9,350FT) TO BARRANCO CAMP (3,950M/12,960FT)

The path continues to follow the ridge for the first part. Continue across open moorlands until you reach Barranco Camp after exiting the forest. Barranco, which is surrounded by huge senecios and lobelias, is often considered as the most beautiful campground on the Umbwe Trail. Barranco has a later sunrise than the other campgrounds due to its location in a valley.

  • Distance traveled: 1,100 meters
  • Spent time: 7hrs
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are all Included


DAY 3: BARRANCO CAMP (3,900 M/12,800 FT)

An extra day is required for acclimatization. Adding this day to your schedule will reduce your effort and speed up your acclimatization.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included


DAY 4: BARRANCO CAMP (3,950M/12,960FT) TO KARANGA VALLEY (4,200M/13,780FT)

After breakfast, depart Barranco Camp for Karanga Valley. A 1.5-hour struggle up the Barranco Wall kicks off the day. This is the most difficult portion of the day, and you may need to use your hands to help you climb in certain spots.

After reaching the summit, walk over reasonably flat terrain before descending into the lush Karanga River Valley on a short but steep drop.

  • Distance traveled: 7Km
  • Time spent:5hrs
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are all Included


DAY 5: KARANGA VALLEY (4,200M/13,780FT) TO BARAFU CAMP (4,600M/15,100FT)

Begin the trek to Barafu Camp after breakfast. View many of Kibo’s glaciers as well as the intersection that links the Mweka descending path with the Machame trail on the way to Barafu. Hike by the Heim, Kersten, and Decken Glaciers on day four.

Despite the fact that the route to Barafu goes through alpine desert with minimal flora, the views from Barafu Camp of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks are spectacular. After supper, try to get some rest since you’ll need to get up before midnight for your summit climb.

  • Elevation Gain: 400 meters,
  • Time spent: 5hrs
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are all Included


DAY 6: BARAFU CAMP (4,600M/15,100FT) TO UHURU PEAK (5,895M/19,340FT) TO MWEKA CAMP (3,100M/10,170FT)

Begin the last climb to Uhuru Peak about midnight. For the next six hours, hike by the light of your headlamp. The climb to the crater rim is the most difficult portion of the journey. Until you reach the crater rim at Stella Point, the path is extremely steep.

The trek from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak is a steady ascent that isn’t very challenging. The altitude, on the other hand, makes the trek lengthy and exhausting. The walk to the crater rim takes around an hour.

Take pictures of your guide and group at the summit of Uhuru before starting the descend to Mweka Camp. Enjoy views of the mountain, crater, clouds, and glaciers as you descend from Uhuru.

Take a brief rest and have breakfast in Barafu Camp. You still have three to five hours before you get at Mweka Camp.

  • Elevation Gain: 1,295 meters
  • Elevation Loss: 2,795 meters
  • Time spent: 6hrs to the rim, 1hr to Uhuru, 4hrs back to Barafu, 4hrs to Mweka
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are all Included


DAY 7: MWEKA CAMP (3,100M/10,170FT) TO MWEKA GATE (1,500M/4,920FT)

Finish the trip with a walk through the jungle to Mweka Gate after breakfast. Following rain, the path may become slick. Our cars will meet you at Mweka Gate’s lower station to transport you back to Moshi.

  • Elevation Loss: 1,600 meters,
  • Time spent: 4 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are all Included



After the hike, you’ll have the rest of the day free to relax before your trip home. Depending on flight schedules, you may want to go sightseeing around Moshi and pick up some souvenirs before going to the airport.

*If you want to continue exploring Tanzania, safaris, Zanzibar, and other add-ons are available.

  • Breakfast is included in the price.

Prices For Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route 7 Days

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