- Umbwe used to be the steepest, shortest and most direct route to Uhuru Peak. Traditionally the route utilised the steep Western Breach and Arrow’s Glacier path to the summit; however, due to a tragic rock-fall in 2006 that claimed the lives of three trekkers the approach via the Western Breach was closed and reopened in December 2007. Instead the Umbwe Route now 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.
Kilimanjaro Centre for Trekking and Ecotourism – KCTE offer the Umbwe Route on a five, six or seven day itinerary. We do not recommend the five day route as there are no acclimatization days and success rates are low. The difference between the six and seven day route is an additional acclimatization day at Barranco Camp.