adasf

Kilimanjaro Trek – Umbwe Route

Kilimanjaro Centre for Trekking and Ecotoursm4 Report Abuse

Report an abuse for productKilimanjaro Trek – Umbwe Route

$ 1980 Per Person

Book Now, Check Availability First

No. of People

Compare Offers

Product Description

Highlights

  • 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.

Additional Information

Trek Duration

More Than Five days

Destinations

Mount Kilimanjaro

Tour Languages

English

Trek Difficulty

Strenuous

Company

Kilimanjaro Centre for Trekking and Eco-tourism

Suitable For

< 18 year olds, 18-39 year olds, 40-49 year olds, 50-59 year olds, 60+ year olds, Families

Guiding Method

Guide/Instructor

Kilimanjaro Centre for Trekking and Ecotourism

Your chances to reach the summit depend on your Kilimanjaro Tour Operator more than on anything else. Yes, your operator is more important than your fitness level! We not only have the best safety record, we also have the best client success rates.

More Products from Kilimanjaro Centre for Trekking and Ecotourism

    Day 1 – Umbwe Gate (1,600 meters) to Umbwe Cave Camp (2,850 meters)

    Distance: ~10.5km / 6 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.

    Day 2 – Umbwe Cave Camp (2,850 meters) to Barranco Camp (3,900 meters)

    Distance: ~6.5km / 3.5 miles
    Trekking time: 4-6 hours
    Zone: Rainforest / 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 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 Machame, Lemosho and Shira Route here.

    Day 3 – Barranco Camp (3,900 meters) to Karanga Camp (3,960 meters)

    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 figure 17) 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)

    Day 4 – Karanga Camp (3,960 meters) to Barafu Camp (4,670 meters)

    Distance: ~3.5km / 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 your 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.

    Day 5 – Barafu Camp (4,670 meters) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) and then Mweka Camp (3,100 meters)

    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 Stellar Point (5,739 meters – see figure 14) 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 Stellar 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 Stellar 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.

    Day 6 – Mweka Camp (3,100 meters) to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters)

    Distance: ~9km / 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 with their tips (see Chapter 9 – Guides and Porters for advice on tipping), before being transported back to your hotel in Moshi.

Reviews

There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Kilimanjaro Trek – Umbwe Route”

If the Customer cancels its booked Product more than 60 days prior to the Product start date, we will provide a full refund to the Customer. If the Customer cancels its booked product between 60-30 days prior to the Product start date, 50% of the total product costs will be forfeited. If the Customer cancels its booked product less than 30 days prior to the Product start date, 100% of the Product costs will be forfeited.

Any cancellation shall be strictly made in writing, send an email through to info@trekkingspot.com

The refund will be sent to the Customer’s credit card or other payment method initially used for the Product booking.

what’s included

  • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off (Transport from Kilimanjaro air port and back after tour)
  • All park entrance, camping, hut and rescue fees
  • All meals and drinking water while on the mountain
  • Accommodation 2 nights before and after Kilimanjaro Climb
  • Camping equipment including mountaineering mess and sleeping tents, table & chairs, sleeping mattresses & pillows
  • Transport to/from national park gate
  • Kilimanjaro climbing certificate
  • what’s excluded

    • Flight Ticket
    • Visa fees
    • All personal needs such as drinks soda, alcohol, Bites etc
    • Any extra night at the hotel or while on the mountain
    • Tipping for your mountain guides & cook and porters

    Be the first to review “Kilimanjaro Trek – Umbwe Route”

    Company Information

    Your chances to reach the summit depend on your Kilimanjaro Tour Operator more than on anything else. Yes, your operator is more important than your fitness level! We not only have the best safety record, we also have the best client success rates.

    Tour Details

    • Availability
      Available Daily
    • Booking Type
      Instant Booking
    • Duration
      6 Days
    • Guiding method
      Guide/Instructor
    • Guide Language
      English
    • Meeting/Starts Point
      Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO)
    • Maximum Altitude
      5895 Meters
    • Trek Difficulty
      Strenuous

    Send Us An Enquiry Message




    Reviews

    There are no reviews yet.