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6 Day Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing, Trekking, Hiking Umbwe Route
6 Day Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing, Trekking, Hiking Umbwe Route Starts from Umbwe Gate to the summit and finish at Mweka Gate. This 6 Day Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing, Trekking, Hiking Umbwe Route follows the Umbwe route, the least traveled, shortest and steepest trail. Umbwe is probably the most scenic, non-technical route on Kilimanjaro. However, it is quite taxing, primarily due to the relatively fast ascent to higher altitude, but the rewards are plentiful. Very steep route best suited to experienced trekkers.
The 6 Day Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing, Trekking, Hiking Umbwe Route is shorter and much more direct than the other trails, however, should not be attempted by novice climbers. Difficulty rating: Extremely challenging. Previous trekking experience is highly recommended, as the days will feature 6-8 hours hiking with daily ascents of 900m to 1,000m, perhaps with the odd day ascending around 1,100m to 1,200m.
Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing, Trekking, Hiking Umbwe Route
This 6 Day Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing, Trekking, Hiking Umbwe Route has a well-deserved reputation of being the most challenging route on Mount Kilimanjaro. Due to the fast ascent to high altitude, this route does not provide the necessary stages for acclimatization. Although the number of people on this trail is very low, the chances of success are also low. 6 Days umbwe Route Climbing Kilimanjaro Trekking & Hikes is considered to be very difficult, taxing route – one that should only be attempted by strong hikers who are confident in their ability to acclimatize quickly to altitude.
Approaching from the south, the 6 Day Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing, Trekking, Hiking Umbwe Route is a short, steep and direct climb. After reaching Barranco Camp, the trail turns east and traverses’ underneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route.
This Umbwe is the most spectacular and direct way to reach Uhuru Peak. This route became famous when it was featured in the dramatic IMAX film Kilimanjaro – To the Roof of Africa. On the Umbwe, you pass through strange landscapes as you climb through five climate zones ranging from rain forest to the summit’s glaciers. The route follows a forested ridge to the moorlands, then traverses below the southern ice fields to reach the Machame Route, which you follow to the summit.
Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking, Hiking Umbwe Route
This steep, tough, and in places slightly exposed trek is suitable for a fit individual used to walking in mountain areas. Because of the route’s steepness, it is seldom used, and trekking poles are useful on the steep, slippery slopes in the rain forest. All your equipment and supplies are carried by porters and a cook prepares all your meals. Unlike the Marangu Route where you sleep in huts, on the Umbwe you sleep in tents (tents are included), and the porters will pitch your tent for you. Meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside. You can add an extra day to your itinerary to explore or relax along the route (best taken at the Barranco Camp).
Kilimanjaro Gear List | Kilimanjaro Packing List
If you are packing for your climb it is important to really plan your clothing appropriately. This is why we recommend that you pack the following:
- Top Base Layer, Bottom Base Layer, 4-5 Pairs of Underwear, 3-4 Short Sleeve, 1 Insulated Trekking Pants
- 1-2 Long Sleeve Hiking Shirts, 1-2 Pairs of Hiking Trousers, 1 Insulated Winter Jacket, 1 Polartec Fleece Jacket
- 1 Hard Shell Jacket
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This 6-day Kilimanjaro climb follows the Umbwe route, the least traveled, shortest and steepest trail. The trek through Umbwe is a 44.9 kilometer available only as a 6-day program. Recommended only to experienced hikers in good physical shape.
Umbwe is probably the most scenic, non-technical route on Kilimanjaro. However, it is quite taxing, primarily due to the relatively fast ascent to higher altitude, but the rewards are plentiful. Very steep route best suited to experienced trekkers.
The trek is shorter and much more direct than the other trails, however, should not be attempted by novice climbers. Difficulty rating: Extremely challenging. Previous trekking experience is highly recommended, as the days will feature 6-8 hours hiking with daily ascents of 900m to 1,000m, perhaps with the odd day ascending around 1,100m to 1,200m.
You need complete confidence in your ability to trek for many days over difficult terrain. The success rate of the route is between 60% and 70%, with higher chances of reaching the summit if you give yourself extra time for acclimatization.
The tour begins from Arusha 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. Umbwe starts from the southern part of Kilimanjaro and presents trekkers with a steep climb and travels below the Southern Ice Field before eventually summiting from Barafu.
In the first two days, you will gain over 4,000′ of elevation up to 13,000 at Barranco. From there, your options are 13,200 at Karanga camp, or if your guide deems safe, skip it and go direct to Barafu camp at 15,000′.
Your final summit bid will most likely be very early in the morning when you battle the effects of altitude, lack of appetite, and a strenuous 4,000′ climb to the summit of Uhuru Peak. Very worthwhile, and be ready for a long, descent from the summit (10,000′ down at least). There are two possible camps on the descent, which are very busy due to the only decent route (Millenium, and Mwenka).
Frequently asked questions
The questions and answers below are specific to the Umbwe Route.
How difficult is the Umbwe Route?
The Umbwe route is one of the shortest routes to the Southern Glaciers and the Western Breach and its the most challenging route on Mt Kilimanjaro. Approaching from the south, the Umbwe route is a short, steep and direct climb. It is probably the most scenic, non-technical route on Kilimanjaro. It is quite taxing, primarily due to the relatively fast ascent to higher altitude, but the rewards are plentiful.
Due to the fast ascension to high altitude, this route does not provide the necessary stages for acclimatization. Although the traffic on this route is very low, the chances of success are also low. Good level of fitness is highly recommended.
What is the distance of the Umbwe Route and how many days does it take?
The exact trekking distance for the Umber Route is 53km or 32 miles. The shortest number of days required for the Umbwe Route is 5 days, It’s a Shorter ascent with strenuous trekking days. By the time you have added on arrival and departure days it is 9 or 10. However, as it’s considered one of the Shortest and steepest routes on the mountain it is strongly recommended to be very well prepared and acclimatized to increase your chances of success.
What is the Umbwe Route Summit Success Rate?
The Umbwe Route is one of the shortest routes up Kilimanjaro which has a very poor chance for acclimatization due to it’s steepness and days spend in the mountain. Whilst there are no official statistics, the average success rate across all operators is 70%. However, We have a summit success rate of over 90% for the Umbwe Route!
What is the Scenery like on the Umbwe Route?
The first two days of the Umbwe Route trek are through tree plantations and then beautiful and rich rain forest, before continuing into the steep Western Breach and Arrow’s Glacier path, scramble up to the Reutsch Crater (5,800 meters) where trekkers spend the night near one of Kilimanjaro’s last remaining glaciers, Furtwangler Glacier.
From Crater Camp, one can take an optional one-hour hike to Reusch Crater, or simply explore the areas around Furtwangler Glacier. Reusch Crater is a magnificent sight. It is almost perfectly circular and the ash pit measures 400 feet (120 m) deep and 1,300 feet (400 m) wide. This is rarely seen by tourists.
When is the best time to Trek Umbwe Route?
July-September is the best time to trek the Umbwe Route, as the weather is most stable during this period and encountering rain is less likely. That said, since it is close to the equator it is possible to climb the mountain at any time of the year. April and May is the rainy season so this period is best avoided.
Two nights accommodation at the Springlands Hotel in Moshi double or triple occupancy (before and after the climb)
First night includes breakfast
Last night includes dinner & breakfast
Qualified guides with mountain crew
National park fees
Hut/camping fees and tents
Tents foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and (Cutlery / Crockery) eating utensils.
Rescue fees (required by the National Park)
First aid kit
Guides, porters, cook, waiter salaries
Boiled water on the mountain
Airport transfers (JRO – Kilimanjaro International Airports)
All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain
Single rooms supplement at Springlands Hotel.
Guides, Porters, Cook & Waiters tips
Meals and drinks not specified
Mountain equipment (eg sleeping bags)
Gear for your climb, Some equipment is available for rent.
Car Supplement USD$145 per car for clients who go through Lemosho/Rongai/Shira Routes
Items of personal nature (expenses)
Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included
Extra activities (waterfall tour, cultural village visit).
Visa fees & travel insurance.
UMBWE GATE TO UMBWE CAVE CAMP
Elevation (m): 1600m to 2900m, Distance: 11km, Time: 6 hours, Habitat: Montane Forest.
We will register at Umbwe Park Gate before starting our trek. The small winding path leads us up through rain forest and along the Umbwe river. The first night’s camp is at Umbwe Cave Camp, at about 2,900m altitude.
UMBWE CAMP TO BARRANCO CAMP
Elevation (m): 2940m to 3970m, Distance: 6km, Time: 4-5 hours, Habitat: Montane Forest.
We leave camp and shortly afterwards the forests ends. We can see the sheer wall of the Western Breach appearing and disappearing as the afternoon mists roll up the Great Barranco. We will camp at Barranco camp tonight.
BARRANCO CAMP TO KARANGA CAMP
Elevation (m): 3950m to 3930m, Distance: 7 km, Hiking Time: 4 hours, Habitat: Alpine Desert.
Today starts with a short, but fun, scramble, to the top of the Great Barranco Wall. We then traverse over scree to the Karanga Valley (3930m) beneath the icefalls of the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. We will stay overnight at Karanga campsite.
KARANGA CAMP TO BARAFU CAMP
Elevation (m): 3930m to 4600m, Distance: 6kms, Hiking Time: 3 hours, Habitat: Alpine Desert.
We leave Karanga campsite behind to meet the junction connecting with the Mweka descent Trail. From here we continue up to the Barafu Hut. You have now completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. At camp, we can rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be clearly seen from this position.
BARAFU CAMP TO SUMMIT TO MWEKA HUT
Elevation (m): 4600m to 5895m (and down to 3100m) , Distance: 7km ascent / 23km descent , Time:6- 8 hours ascent / 7-8 hours descent, Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit.
You will be woken at 23:30 with some quick tea and biscuits. We start our trek to the summit between the Rebman and Ratzel glaciers. We will head in a north-westerly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the trek. At Stella Point (5732m), we will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). At Uhuru Peak (5895m), we will have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. It can be very cold at night at these elevations, but it will be quite warm by the end of the hiking day. From the summit, we descend down to the Mweka Hut camp site, via Barafu for lunch. Trekking poles will be needed for the loose gravel going down to Mweka Camp (3100m). Later in the evening, we will enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
MWEKA CAMP TO HOTEL
Elevation (m): 3100m to 1800m, Distance: 8 km, Time: 3-4 hours, Habitat: Montane Forest.
We depart after breakfast descending down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will be suitable (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
6 Day Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing, Trekking, Hiking Umbwe Route1
Mt. Kilimanjaro is the ultimate hiking adventure in Africa. A journey to the roof of Africa is on top of the bucket list for many hikers and fitness enthusiasts. We will work with you to prepare for this formidable feat and ensure you won’t stress about the logistics of your adventure. This hike follows the adventurous and scenic Umbwe route. The Umbwe Route is the shortest and least traveled trail. It is a steep, constant, and straight climb to the top. The route takes a minimum of 5 days to complete, but we will however be tacking this adventurous route with a 6day itinerary to help acclimatize and increase chances of summitting.
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