7 Days Mt Kilimanjaro Climb via Umbwe Route
The Umbwe route has a well-deserved reputation of being the most challenging route on Mount Kilimanjaro. we have a best time to climb kilimanjaro. Approaching from the south, the Umbwe route is a short, steep and direct climb. After reaching Barranco Camp, the trail follows the southern circuit to the summit. The descent is done via the Mweka route.
Umbwe is considered to be very difficult, taxing route – one that should only be attempted by strong hikers who are also confident of their ability to acclimatize to the altitude.
Due to the fast ascension to high altitude, this route does not provide the necessary stages for acclimatization. Although the traffic on this route is very low, the chances of success are also low.
The route is offered at a minimum of six days, and seven days is preferred when attempting to climb using Umbwe. However, overall, the Umbwe route is not recommended.
Umbwe is offered as a six to seven day private climb.
Day 1: Arrive Moshi
upon arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Meet your climbing guide for briefing and final gear check. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2:Moshi – Forest Cave campsite (9,350ft/2850m)
Drive to park gate for registration then to Umbwe gate where the climb starts and trek through the rain forest to Forest Cave Campsite. Dinner and stay overnight here.
Day 3: Forest cave camp – Barranco camp (12,960ft/3950m)
Depart for the second day’s rest at Barranco Campsite going through moorland with picnic lunch on the way.
Day 4: Barranco camp – Arrow Glacier camp (16,000ft/4876m)
After breakfast, ascend to Arrow glacier camp beautifully surrounded by glacier streams. Have dinner and get set for the mid-night hike to the summit.
Day 5:Arrow Glacier – Summit (19,340ft/5895m) – Mweka hut
Take the final ascend to Uhuru peak then hike down to Barafu campsite for breakfast then down to Mweka Hut for lunch, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 6: Mweka hut – Moshi
After breakfast, descend to Mweka gate where a vehicle awaits to transfer you. Drive to a town hotel for a well-deserved shower and lunch.
Day 7: Depart Moshi
Depart Moshi for onward or catch flight back home. End of best time to climb kilimanjaro