6 Days Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route Trekking

The Umbwe route is a short, steep and direct route. It is considered to be very difficult and is the most challenging way up Mount Kilimanjaro. Due to the quick ascent, Umbwe does not provide the necessary stages for altitude 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, though seven days is recommended when attempting this route. The Umbwe route should only be attempted by those who are very strong hikers and are confident in their ability to acclimatize. However, overall, the Umbwe route is not recommended and we discourage its usage for our clients.

Group

TOUR TYPE

Camping

ACCOMMODATION

Moderate

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Details Itinerary

DAY 1
Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp
Elevation: 5,249 ft to 9,514 ft
Distance: 11 km/7 miles 
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Heath

The day begins with a 50 minute drive to Machame Gate where registration formalities will be completed. We then transfer through villages and coffee and banana plantations to Umbwe Gate. The trail ascends sharply on a forestry track which winds up the dense rain forest. The path narrows and steepens as we climb the ridge between two rivers surrounded by huge trees. Umbwe Camp is perched between trees and thick undergrowth.

 

DAY 2
Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp
Elevation: 9,514 ft to 13,044 ft
Distance: 6 km/4 miles 
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Heath

The second day of the trek follows rockier terrain with sparse undergrowth and straggly, moss-covered trees. As we gain elevation, glimpses of Kilimanjaro can be seen.  The path flattens as we approach Barranco Valley. From Umbwe ridge, the route descends to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest.

 

DAY 3

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft
Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One more steep climb up leads us to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization.

 

DAY 4

Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Elevation: 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft
Distance: 4 km/2 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

We leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position.

 

DAY 5

Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak
Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft
Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
Habitat: Arctic

Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft
Distance: 12 km/7 miles
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft), you  will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

 

DAY 6

Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft
Distance: 10 km/6 miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Moshi/Arusha/Airport.

  • 2 nights accommodation at the hotel in Arusha/Moshi
  • All nights’ accommodation
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • All Park fees and Rescue fees.
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food:
  • Clean, purified drinking water:
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Flights
  • Visa fees
  • Drinks (if not mentioned above)
  • Tips
  • Expenses of personal nature (like souvenirs)

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Reviews

Eva-Maria W
Eva-Maria W
2022-05-26
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Great Safari with Joel We had Joel as our guide, and he really made sure we had a great experience during our safari. We visited the Ngorogoro crater & Serengeti and were lucky to even catch a lion with her cubs. Unique experience with a great guide that always made us feel safe and answered happily a lot of questions about all the animals, Tanzania and the massai. Highly recommended! Asante sana!
מוטי י
מוטי י
2022-04-10
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Charles is the most good guide For the start, only charles.. And now we can continue. He is so professional, so nice, he know everything on the country, trees, animals... I dont think there is question that he dont have a good answer. He makes our honeymoon the base holiday! He is loyal and make feeling a lot of confidence in country in afrika. It feels like im in germany with the conference! If you ask me? Only charles!
Kristoffer B
Kristoffer B
2022-03-07
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Highly recommended! I had the pleasure of spending a week on Kilimanjaro with the most friendly, supportive and welcoming team imaginable. From arrival to departure, we felt very well taken care of by both the trekking team led by guide Shambani and Charles’ team in Arusha. I highly recommend Maasai African Guides to anyone interested in taking up the challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro or looking to explore the Arusha area.
Thomas A
Thomas A
2021-10-09
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3 days safari going to Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater It was a fantastic experience in these exceptional natural environments, Charles was a very attentive, knowledgeable and friendly guide, he answered all my many questions and we saw a lot of wildlife
Ron1q2w3e4r5t
Ron1q2w3e4r5t
2021-10-01
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Charles is the best guide to explorer the safari parks in Tanzania We just return from 8 days adventure in Tanzania, and Charles was our guide. He was incredible, reliable, professional, with fluque English and we enjoyed with him a lot. He did a lot to make us satisfied. In the parks he was amazing find us many amazing animals that we couldn't see without he shows us. As a Massay he leave and breath and respect the wild animals and the nature in Tanzania. Most recommended to visit only with a guide like him that knows every rode every trail, and each creature...
katarina v
katarina v
2021-09-18
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Tarangire Serengeti Ngoro Ngoro safari I had Charles as a guide during a 4 day safari to Tarangire, Serengeti and Ngoro Ngoro and it was the most beautiful experience.Charles has an incredible knowledge about the animals, the nature, the country... He knows the animals so well that we saw all of them, even the Chita who's so difficult to spot sometimes. He not only knows them but he loves them and is very respectful of the surroundings and nature in general.I highly recommend Charles for his kindness, his amazing knowledge, his humour and his patience with the group. Really a wonderful experience!
Arik M
Arik M
2021-09-15
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Charles - amazing guide and person Charles was our driver and guide at our 30th anniversary 10 days trip to Tanzania. He is experienced, reliable, knowledgeable, a pleasant-mannered person, great to have conversations with. A rare combination of a field man and a certified tour guide. Took care of us from the moment we arrived until returning to the airport at the end of the trip. Patiently answered all our questions (and we had a lot...). Charles was highly motivated to find animals and bring us to them up close, to arrive at the right moment to the great Gnu crossing the Mara River and in general to respond to every request we had. Highly recommended????
Ivan Matyukhin
Ivan Matyukhin
2021-03-11
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Суперинтересный гид, опытный рейнджер и интересный человек Это было очень круто! Чарльз восхитительный гид. Не буду описывать стандартные вещи (шикарный автомобиль с открывающимся верхом, стерильная чистота в машине, безлимитная вода). Расскажу лучше о Чарльзе.Это очень интеллигентный человек, гид, руководитель Сафари-компании. Чарльз работает гидом не первое десятилетие. Работал и в Танзании, и в Кении. Как говорит Чарльз - в сафари индустрии очень высокая конкуренция, а значит ты должен стараться изо всех сил, чтобы получить клиента, чтобы клиент был доволен. Чарльз старается изо всех сил. Мы бывали на сафари и раньше и нас есть с чем сравнить. Едем мы по национальному парку - где-то вдалеке Чарльз видит точку - перепроверяет в бинокль и... носорог. Мы первыми из всего парка подъезжаем к нему, уже после нас раздается весть по рации - что носорог там-то. Потом Чарльз смог отыскать еще одного носорога вообще стоя на горе в 5-10 километрах от объекта. Чарльз очень хорошо знает повадки животных и все время о них охотно рассказывает, обращает наше внимание на то, что мы бы точно никогда не заметили.Так как у Чарльза очень хороший английский, он много рассказывает про места, по которым мы проезжаем, про то, как тут живут люди, про масаев и другие племена (ну и про животных, бесспорно). Если вы хотите куда-то заехать, Чарльз с радостью поможет. Например, мы увидели за пределами национального парка стадо зебр. Не проблема - крутанули и подъехали к ним. Мы были самыми счастливыми туристами - у нас был классный гид, в то время как гиды в других машинах скучно крутили баранку....)))А еще кроме национальных парков, в программе Чарльза было подножие Килиманджаро. Мы видели огромный водопад, кофе ферму и сами обжарили и смололи кофе. Мололи с помощью специальной ступы, а жарили на... костре. И все это сопровождалось потрясающими песнями местных жителей (они пели вживую, очень весело и энергично).Шлем Чарльзу большой привет. Всем крайне рекомендуем воспользоваться его услугами.
noamram
noamram
2020-03-29
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צ'ארלס פשוט נפלא! עשינו ספארי עם צ׳ארלס והיה מדהים. צ׳ארלס הוא משבט המסאי, איש ישר מאוד ובעל ידע רב, שמח מטבעו, יודע אנגלית היטב, ומתאמץ מאוד כדי להראות לנו את הדברים המעניינים באמת. ראינו מדריכים אחרים, אבל צ׳ארלס עולה על כולם. מומלץ בחום רב!!
Horst7
Horst7
2020-03-15
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Perfekte Safari Charles ist der perfekte Safari Guide, der tägliche Ablauf wurde immer spontan an unsere Wünsche angepasst. Dank Charles Erfahrung wurden die täglichen Game drives zu Tierreichen Erlebnissen.Wir hätten uns keinen besseren Guide vorstellen können.

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