In general, the Umbwe route is considered as the toughest route out of the five. That said, it is also one of the routes with the most beautiful views over the Kilimanjaro. Although the route is tough, it is still not a “technical climb”. This means that you don’t have to be an experienced mountain climber. What you will need, however, is an iron will and a good physical condition, especially if you want to reach the summit via the Western Breach route.

The Umbwe route is unique up till the Barranco Camp on the second day. From the third day on there will be a choice to either take the Machame or the Western Breach route. The Umbwe route is climbable in 5 days or longer.

6-day climb

It is possible (and recommended) to split up the long walk between Barranco and Barafu camps into two days. In case you choose this 6-day option, you will spend the night in the Karanga Valley camp (4.040m).

Western Breach

The Western Breach route is a short, tough, beautiful but also dangerous route to the summit. The route splits from day three at Barranco Camps.

On this route, you can take an acclimatization day at Barranco (the 6-day route) and/or at the Lava Tower Campsite (the 7-day route). Extra acclimatization increases your chances to reach the summit and is therefore recommended. Especially on this steep route.

This is the only route where wearing safety helmets are obligated.

Route options:
• 5-day climbDeparture dates & booking
• 6-day climb (1 acclimatization day)Departure dates & booking
• 7-day climb (2 acclimatization days,
only via Western Breach)

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Day 1

After an early breakfast, we will be on our way to the Umbwe entrance for the necessary registration (most formalities are taken care of the day before). After a short registration, we will enter the park! We will start with a little walk on a 4×4, which merges into a single path after about 3-4 km. This is the real beginning of the Umbwe route.

During our walk, we will be able to spot fringe monkeys, chameleons, and +diversity of Kilimanjaro flora.

After about 2 hours walking we will stop for a lunch break at the Sarambura. After lunch, we will begin our real challenge and the steep part of the Umbwe route begins.

The Umbwe Cave Camo is today’s destination. At the end of the day, we will serve snacks and warm drinks.

Day 2

On the second day we will leave the rain forest and enter the heathery landscape, followed up by the typical moorland. And although the landscape changes, the route remains as steep as the day before.

At the end of the day, we will reach Barranco Camp. Barranco is situated at a crossroad of different routes. Lemosho, Shira, Machame, and Mweke come together at this point.

After Barranco, there will be the choice to either climb further to the Western Breach (“Umbwe-Western Breach-route”) or via the more easy Machame route.

It is possible to take an acclimatization day at Barranco Camp.

Day 3

The third day starts with a steep climb up on the Great Barranco Wall (almost 250m). This day will be split into two parts (the 6-day option); in this case, you will camp halfway in the beautiful Karanga Valley camp (4.040m). The ones with the 5-day option walk straight to the last camp, Barafu (Swahili for ice).

Day 4

Late this evening (around 23:00) you will be woken up by the guide. You will receive a small breakfast and warm drinks.

After breakfast, we will start our climb to the top! There will not be a lot of reference points along the way but after a good walk, we will reach Stella Point (5.752m, already enough for a certificate!), to continue our climb until we reach our final goal of the climb, Uhuru Peak (5.895m). Enjoy the magnificent views over Africa and see one of the most spectacular sunrises you will ever see! You can absolutely be proud of your accomplishment!

After taking some nice pictures we will go down, back to Barafu camp. After we reached Barafu camp we will take an hour break to have some rest and we will have a good lunch together. After lunch, we will go down to Mweka camp

Day 5

After breakfast, we will go down to Mweka camp. When we reach Mweka camp we will undergo some formalities to then step into the bus that’s already waiting for us. Back in the hotel, a well deserved warm shower awaits you!

Prices Umbwe

Prices upon request.

Departure dates

The departure date could be any day of the year. It’s best to book at least 5 weeks in advance so that you can prepare yourself for the climb.

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