UMBWE ROUTE STEEPEST AND THE SHORTEST High Level Facts About this Route It is the steepest, shortest and most direct route to Uhuru…
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STEEPEST AND THE SHORTEST
High Level Facts About this Route
- It is the steepest, shortest and most direct route to Uhuru Peak.
- This route utilises the steep Western Breach and Arrow’s Glacier path to the summit.
- Umbwe Route joins the Machame Route on the evening of the second day, following the southern circuit to the summit and descending via the Mweka Route.
- Traffic for the first two days on the Umbwe Route is low but picks up as soon as trekkers join Machame climbers at Barranco Camp.
- Most travel operators offer the Umbwe Route on a five, six or seven day itinerary. The five day Umbwe Route is not recommended as there are no acclimatisation days and success rates are low.
- The difference between the six and seven day Umbwe Route is an additional acclimatisation day at Barranco Camp.
UMBWE ROUTE ITINERARY
The Umbwe Route, while not technically difficult, is certainly the most challenging route to Uhuru Peak. If you are up to the challenge you will be rewarded with stunning views and fewer crowds while you climb through Kilimanjaro's pristine forests and foothills.
Arrive in TanzaniaYou will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi town. You will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. The missing gear can be rented on this day. Meals: No Meals Included
Umbwe Gate (1,800m/5,905ft) to Cave Bivouac Camp (2,850m/9,350ft)At 8am leave Moshi for Umbwe Gate where you will meet our porters, guides, and cooks who will spend the next six days trekking with you to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. After arriving, wait at the gate while we register your climb and the porters and guides make final preparations. Your first day’s destination is Cave Bivouac Camp, approximately 6 hours from the gate. The trail is steep and can be slippery in some places. Hike through the moss-covered trees of Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. The forest will thin later in the hike and heathers, tall grasses and wildflowers will come into view. Porters and cooks will walk ahead to set up the camp in time for your arrival. Elevation Gain:1,050 meters, 3,445 feet Hiking time: 4 to 6 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Cave Bivouac (2,850m/9,350ft) to Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft)The first section of the trail continues following the ridge. After leaving the forest, continue through open moorlands until reaching Barranco Camp. Barranco is generally regarded as the most scenic campsite on the Umbwe Trail as it’s surrounded by giant senecios and lobelias. As Barranco is in a valley, the sun rises later than at the other camps. Total Elevation Gain: 1,100 meters, 3,610 feet Hiking time: 5 to 7 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft) to Karanga Valley (4,200m/13,780ft)Leave Barranco Camp after breakfast for Karanga Valley. The day begins with a 1.5 hour scramble up the Barranco Wall. This is the hardest part of the day and in some places you may have to use your hands to aid your climb. After reaching the top, hike through fairly level terrain before making a short but steep descent into the green Karanga River Valley. Elevation Gain: 250 meters, 820 feet Distance: 7 Kilometers Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Karanga Valley (4,200m/13,780ft) to Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft)After breakfast, begin the hike to Barafu Camp. On the way to Barafu, view several of Kibo’s glaciers as well as the junction that connects the descent route, Mweka, with the Machame trail. During day four, hike by the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. Although the trail to Barafu passes through alpine desert with little vegetation, Barafu Camp offers stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Try to sleep after finishing dinner as you will wake before midnight for your summit hike. Elevation Gain: 400 meters, 1,320 feet Distance: 6 Kilometers Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) to Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft)Around midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak. Hike by the light of your headlamp for the next six hours. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Stella Point. The hike from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes approximately one hour. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Mweka Camp. On the way down from Uhuru, enjoy views of the mountain, crater, clouds and glaciers. At Barafu Camp, eat breakfast and take a short break. You still have another three to five hours to go before reaching Mweka Camp. Elevation Gain: 1,295 meters, 4,240 feet Elevation Loss: 2,795 meters, 9,170 feet Hiking time: 6 hours to the rim, 1 hour to Uhuru, 3 to 4 hours back to Barafu, 4 hours to Mweka Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft) to Mweka Gate (1,500m/4,920ft)After breakfast, finish the trek with a hike through the forest to Mweka Gate. The trail may be slippery following rain. Our vehicles will meet you at the lower station of Mweka Gate to take you back to Moshi. Elevation Loss: 1,600 meters, 5,250 feet Hiking time: 4 hours Meals: Breakfast Included
Depart Tanzania or Continue to other expeditions !The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Moshi town and grab some gift shops before heading to the airport. *Safari, Zanzibar and other add-ons are available if you wish to continue exploring Tanzania Meals: Breakfast Included
- Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
- Pre & Post Trek accommodation at Parkview Inn or Kilimanjaro wonders Hotel
- Park fees, camping fees, rescue fees and 18% VAT on tour fees & services which cost nearly 55% of the total cost charged.
- 4 Season mountain tents
- Sleeping Mats
- Transportation to & from the mountain gate
- Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
- 3 meals daily while on the mountain
- Filtered water throughout the trek
- Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
- Portable flush toilet can be provided for free upon client’s request.
- Items of a personal nature
- Laundry Services
- A doctor for the group
- Tips to mountain crew
- Guide $15 – $20/guide/day
- Cook $10 – $15/day
- Porters $8
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