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7 Days Umbwe Route hike

7 Days Umbwe Route hike : The Umbwe route is a short and direct trail that approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the South. It is widely considered the hardest and most challenging given its steep nature and fast ascent to higher altitudes.

This route is ideal for experienced trekkers who are well-acclimatized and are seeking a true hiking challenge. As such, good preparation and fitness levels are highly recommended to undertake this expedition.

Umbwe route covers a trekking distance of 53km and the success rate to the summit is estimated at 70%.

Highlights

Day 1: Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp

Day 2: Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp

Day 3: Acclimatization at Barranco Camp

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Day 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Day 6: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka camp

Day 7: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp

Elevation: 1600 m to 2900 m

Hiking time: 5 to 7 hours

Distance: 11 km

Habitat: Heath

This day begins with a transfer from Moshi to Machame Park gate where you will complete registration before you are later transferred to Umbwe gate – your starting point for the hike. Hike from Umbwe gate to Umbwe Camp for about 5 to 7 hours. The trail ascends to the ridge through the rainforest between two rivers. Proceed to Umbwe Camp for dinner and a well-deserved rest.

Day 2: Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp

Elevation: 2900 m to 3976 m

Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours

Distance: 6 km

Habitat: Heath

After breakfast, you will hike from Umbwe camp to Barranco camp for about 4 to 5 hours through the rocky and steep terrain past the Barranco valley and a beautiful forest. You will have a glimpse of Kilimanjaro views as you gain elevation. Proceed to Barranco camp where you will have dinner and spend the night.

Day 3: Acclimatization at Barranco Camp

Elevation: 3976 m

Habitat: Heath

This day is meant for acclimatization to improve your chances of reaching the summit. You will spend the day at one of the most scenic campsites on Mount Kilimanjaro and acclimatize.

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Elevation: 3976 m to 3995 m

Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours

Distance: 5 km

Habitat: Alpine Desert

After having breakfast, you will set off from Barranco camp to Karanga camp for about 4 to 5 hours. You will descend to the base of the Barranco wall and engage in a steep climb to the ridges and valleys to Karanga camp.

Day 5: Karanga camp to Barafu camp

Elevation: 3995 m to 4673 m

Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours

Distance: 4 km

Habitat: Alpine Desert

You will hike from Karanga camp to Barafu camp for about 4 to 5 hours and connect to the Mweka trail on this day. You will hike through rocky terrain and also enjoy views of the Kibo peak and Mawenzi peak and proceed to the Barafu camp where you will spend the night.

Day 6: Barafu camp to Uhuru peak to Mweka camp

Elevation: 4673m to 5895m (Barafu to Uhuru peak), 5895m to 3068 m (Uhuru peak to Mweka)

Hiking time: 7 to 8 hours (Barafu to Uhuru peak), 4 to 6 hours (Uhuru peak to Mweka)

Distance: 5 km (Barafu to Uhuru Peak), 12 km (Uhuru Peak to Mweka)

Habitat: Arctic and Rainforest

This day wake up very early for the summit attempt which will start as early as midnight. You will frequently take short breaks along the way, hike up to Stella Point (5760m) and enjoy watching the sunrise at Mawenzi Peak, you will continue trekking and finally arrive at Uhuru Peak – the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and in Africa where you will enjoy taking photos and watching the sunrise.

After the summit hike, you will descend to Mweka camp until Barafu Camp where you stop for a lunch break. You will then continue hiking through forests to get to Mweka Camp where you will have your dinner and spend the night.

7 Days Umbwe Route hike
Mweka camp

Day 7: Mweka camp to Mweka Gate

Elevation: 3068 m to 1640 m

Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours

Distance: 10 km

Habitat: Rainforest

After breakfast at Mweka camp, you will descend to Mweka gate which will take about 3 to 4 hours. You will receive your certificates at Mweka gate and proceed to your drop-off location which will bring the tour to an end.

End of hike

In case you are interested in this expedition, please contact us at info@wildlife-encounters.com for more information.

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