06 Days Mt. Kilimanjaro | Umbwe Route

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Climb Overview |

Mt. Kilimanjaro climb, a journey that promises not just a summit triumph but an immersive experience in Tanzania’s natural wonders. Our expert-guided trek begins at the iconic Machame Gate, winding through diverse landscapes from lush rainforests to alpine deserts. As you ascend, be prepared for awe-inspiring views of glaciers and vast plains. Our carefully crafted itinerary allows for acclimatization, increasing your chances of reaching Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa.

06 Days Mt. Kilimanjaro | Umbwe Route

Detailed Itinerary

This itinerary is a general guide; actual trekking times and camps may vary. Adequate acclimatization is crucial, and the itinerary allows for gradual altitude gain.

You’ll be accompanied by experienced guides and a dedicated team, you’ll not only conquer Kilimanjaro but forge lasting memories against the breathtaking backdrop of this majestic mountain. Join us for a transformative adventure that goes beyond the summit—a true exploration of self and nature.

  • Arrive in Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha.
  • Meet your guide for a briefing and equipment check.
  • Relax and prepare for the climb.
  • Distance: ~10.5km / 6.5 miles
  • Trekking time: 5-7 hours
  • Zone: Rainforest

The Umbwe Route departs from the south. Most trekkers get driven from Moshi or Arusha to the Machame Gate, where registration takes place.

From there, trekkers are transferred to the Umbwe Gate at 1,600 meters. Here you will start your trek with your guide and porters in tow. The route follows a forestry track through the rainforest before steepening between the Lonzo and Umbwe Rivers. If the weather is clear you will get a good view of Kibo in the distance.

It takes approximately 5-7 hours to reach Umbwe Cave Camp at 2,850 meters; 10.5km / 6 miles from your starting point. The camp sits between large evergreen trees and thick undergrowth, with Umbwe Cave a short walk away. On arrival your tents will already be assembled and dinner will be served in your mess tent.

MEALS: Lunch | Dinner | Breakfast ACCOMODATION: Umbwe Cave Camp

  • Distance: ~6.5km / 3.5 miles
  • Trekking time: 4-6 hours
  • Zone: Low-alpine zone

On Day two the landscape changes rapidly from rainforest to moorland, with rocky outcrops and sparse vegetation. The path follows the narrow Umbwe Route ridge until it begins to flatten close to the Barranco Valley.

The Barranco Camp (3,900 meters) sits in the valley under the shadow of the Great Barranco Wall with Kibo visible in the distance. You will notice the camp is pretty busy. This is because you will be joining hikers from the MachameLemosho and Shira Route here.

MEALS: Lunch | Dinner | Breakfast ACCOMODATION: Barranco Camp


  • Distance: 6km / 3.5 miles
  • Trekking time: 4-6 hours
  • Zone: Low-alpine zone / High-alpine zone

Day three starts with a steep climb up the 257 meter Barranco Wall. No technical skills are required but you will need to use all four limbs to scramble up to the top.

From here you will follow an up and down route along the Southern Circuit (see Umbwe Map above) through the Karanga Valley and up to Karanga Camp (3,960 meters).

You will stop at Karanga Camp for the night, unless you are on a five day route, in which case you will continue on to Barafu Camp (4,670 meters).

MEALS: Lunch | Dinner | Breakfast ACCOMODATION: Karanga Camp

  • Distance: 3.5 km / 2 miles
  • Trekking time: 4-5 hours
  • Zone: High-alpine zone

Day four is a relatively short climb from Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp at 4,670 meters. The route sojourns through the rocky and sparsely vegetated high alpine desert zone. Barafu Camp is very exposed to the elements, especially the gale force winds that are common at this altitude.

You will arrive at the camp around lunchtime, giving you lots of time to rest or potentially climb a bit higher if you are feeling up to it.

Many people have lost their appetite by this stage in the trek but it is important that you try to eat some food. Set an hour aside to ensure that your gear is ready and packed for the summit ascent which begins around midnight. 

Don’t forget to carry additional batteries for your headlamp and camera, and remember to make sure your water bottles are well insulated (wrapping them in an extra pair of warm socks works well). Try get to bed before 19:00 as you will be awoken around 23:30 to begin your summit attempt.

MEALS: Lunch | Dinner | Breakfast ACCOMODATION: Barafu Camp

  • Distance: ~4.5km / 3 miles ascent and then 11km / 7 mile descent
  • Trekking time: 6-8 hours to the summit and then 5-8 hours to Mweka
  • Zone: Glacial zone and the all preceding zones

After being awoken with hot tea and biscuits you will set off up the heavily screed slopes of Kibo.

The route up to the carter rim is long and arduous! Your physical and mental capacities will be seriously tested. It is important to remain focused on your goal, one step at a time. Around dawn you will reach Stella Point (5,739 meters) at the top of the crater rim. 

This is not the summit but is a major milestone. Take a moment to rest and enjoy where you have got to but don’t lie down as this can stymie your final push to the summit. From Stella Point the route flattens as you walk an additional 1-2 hours to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters). You will not be able to stay too long at the summit as the lack of oxygen and cold is debilitating.

Make sure to get all the pictures and video footage you want and then make your way back to Stella Point. Many trekkers decide to scree slide down the slopes of Kibo to Barafu Camp where you will have a chance to take a short break before continuing on to Mweka Camp. Remember to use your trekking poles as the impact on your knees of the 5-8-hour descent from the Summit to Mweka Camp can be very tiring and painful.

MEALS: Lunch | Dinner | Breakfast ACCOMODATION: Mweka Camp

  • Distance: 9 km / 6 miles
  • Trekking time: 3-5 hours
  • Zone: Rainforest

By the morning of the sixth day you should have your appetite back and can enjoy your last breakfast on the mountain before heading down through the thick undergrowth of the lower slopes. Your knees may be very sore so go slowly and make sure of each footing as you descend to Mweka Gate.

On arrival at the gate you will sign-out with the authorities and be presented with your summit certificate.

At this point it is customary to present your porters and guides with their tips, before being transported back to your hotel in Moshi.

MEALS: Bed & Breakfast | Overnight BBACCOMODATION: Chanya Lodge or similar

  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
  • All airport transfers in private car
  • 05 days private Kilimanjaro Climb / Marangu Route
  • Full board during climb including mineral /drinking water
  • Professional well experienced Kilimanjaro Team with English speaking Mountain guide, porters, and cook
  • All gear incl mountain tents, mattresses, - mess tents, chairs, and table
  • Pls bring your own sleeping bag
  • Altitude Sickness & First Aid Kit
  • KINAPA Rescue Fee
  • Park fee, camping fee, VAT and other taxes
  • Fair salary, food, insurance and accommodation for guide and porter
  • 02 x HB at Panama Garden Resort at Moshi (or sim) prior to your climb
  • Tourist Development Levy
  • Wildlife Management Area Fees
  • VAT (18%) by The Government of Tanzania
  • Tips for the crews,
  • Personal Mountain Gear like warm clothes, gloves, walking poles etc
  • Curio shop purchases, Gratitude
  • Champagne, cognac, premium brand spirits, cellar wines, cigars and cigarettes.
  • All International and Domestic Flights are not included.
  • International airfare & flights
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for safari guide and lodge/camp staff
  • Visa fee (50 US$ / 100 US$ for Americans- to be paid upon arrival)
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and beverages in lodges

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