Umbwe Route Kilimanjaro Climb 7 Days Tour

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Tour Overview - 7 Days Umbwe Route Kilimanjaro Climb

The path to Umbwe is short, steep, and straight. It is thought to be very hard and is the hardest way to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Umbwe goes up quickly, so you don’t have time to get used to the higher altitude. Even though this route doesn’t get a lot of traffic, your chances of success are also low. You can do the route in as few as six days, but you should give yourself at least seven. Only very strong hikers who are sure they can get used to the altitude should try the Umbwe route. Overall, though, we don’t recommend the Umbwe route, and we tell our clients not to take it.

Day by day itinerary

You’ll meet our Mangokili Adventures driver at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), and he’ll take you to your hotel in Moshi town. There, your guide will meet you. He or she will ask you about your upcoming hike and look over your gear to make sure you have everything you need for the mountain. You can rent the gear you forgot on this day.
Spend the night at the Park View hotel or the Lindrin lodge.

Then, on our way to Umbwe Gate, we pass through villages and coffee and banana plantations. The path goes up steeply on a forest road that winds up through a thick rain forest.
As we climb the ridge between two rivers and big trees, the path gets more narrow and steep. Umbwe Camp is in a spot where trees and thick brush meet.
Height: from 5,249 feet to 9,514 feet
Distance: 11 km
Time to walk: 5-7 hours
Home: Health

On the second day of the hike, the terrain is rockier, and there is less grass and more moss on the trees. As we climb, Kilimanjaro starts to come into view. As we get closer to Barranco Valley, the path evens out. From Umbwe Ridge, the trail goes down through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest to Barranco Camp.
From 9,514 to 13,044 feet above sea level.
Distance: 6 km
Time to walk: 4-5 hours Place: Heath

Extra day to get used to the weather. Adding this day will make your work easier and help you get used to the altitude faster.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are on the menu.
Barranco Camp is where you can stay.

We start the day by going down into a gorge until we reach the bottom of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the nearly 900-foot cliff, which is not hard but is steep. From the top of the Barranco Wall, we cross a series of hills and valleys until we reach Karanga Valley, where we go down very steeply. Karanga Camp is reached by one more steep climb up.
13,044 to 13,106 feet above sea level.
Distance: 5 km
Time to walk: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

We leave Karanga and come to a place where the Mweka Trail meets another trail. We keep going up to the rocky part that leads to Barafu Hut. At this point, you have finished the Southern Circuit, which gives you many different views of the top. Here, we set up camp, rest, and eat dinner early to get ready for the day we’ll reach the top. From this spot, you can see the two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo.
13,106 to 15,331 feet above sea level.
Distance: 4 km
Time to walk: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

We start our push to the top very early in the morning, around midnight. This is the hardest part of the trek for both your mind and body. At this height and time of day, the wind and cold can be very strong. We go up in the dark for a few hours, stopping often but only for short times. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft), the sunrise over Mawenzi Peak is likely to be the most beautiful sunrise you will ever see. We finally get to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the whole continent of Africa.
15,331 to 19,341 feet above sea level.
Distance: 5 km
Time to walk: 7-8 hours
Habitat: Arctic
From the top, we now head straight down to the camp site at Mweka Hut, stopping at Barafu for lunch on the way. The trail is very rocky and can be hard on the knees, so trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is in the upper forest, and in the late afternoon, mist or rain is likely. In the evening, we eat our last meal on the mountain and then get a good night’s sleep.
From 19,341 feet to 10,065 feet.
Distance: 12 km
Time to walk: 4–6 hours
Rain Forest is their home.

On our last day, we continue down to Mweka Gate and get our certificates for reaching the top. It can be wet and muddy at lower elevations. We walk for another hour from the gate to Mweka Village. At Mweka Village, a car will be waiting to take us back to our hotel in Moshi.
Loss of altitude: 10,065 feet to 5,380 feet
Distance: 10 km
Time to walk: 3–4 hours Rain Forest is their home.
Stay at the Park View hotel or the Lindrin lodge. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all part of the price.

After the Kilimanjaro trek, you have the rest of the day to relax before your flight home. Depending on what time your flight leaves, you could go to Moshi town and buy some souvenirs before going to the airport. If you want to see more, you can add Zanzibar and other places to your trip to Tanzania.

Pricing for Umbwe Route Kilimanjaro Climb

12 - 45 - 78 & above
$2630$2360$2150$1925

Price Includes:

  • Private transport to & from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your accommodations in Moshi.
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Moshi in FULL BOARD (FB).
  •   Transportation to & from the Kilimanjaro gate
  • Park entry fees,
  • Camping fees
  • Crater fee (if any)
  • Team Kilimanjaro Rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • 4 Season mountain tents
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats 4 inches (10cm) thick
  • Friendly and professional mountain guides, cook and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Enough treated & filtered drinking water throughout the trek
  • Hot water for washing
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Government taxes
  • Portable oxygen tanks
  • Ox meter
  • Emergency first-aid kit
  • Stethoscope
  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet and tent
  • Mountain climbing certificates

Price Excludes

  • Drinks at your hotel before and after the climb.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Flights
  • Laundry (Available at the hotel)
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Tips for guides, porters and cook

What Our Clients Say About Us

Based on 21 reviews
Serina P
Serina P
2022-12-02
Excellent! We really enjoyed the safari, everything was well organized, it was wonderful.Dickson our guide was very professional, he did everything so that we could see as many animals as possible, it was a wonder every day.this Safari will remain an unforgettable memorythank you to the whole Mango Kili Adventuresi team
Moritz W
Moritz W
2022-10-23
Kilimanjaro Hike and visit of Tarangire and Ngorongoro Nationalpark We spent around 10 days with Mangokili adventures doing both a hike up Kilimanjaro, along the Lemosho route and visiting Ngorongoro and Tarangire Nationalpark. The hike up Kilimanjaro was amazing and the support we received by the team in terms of service and kindness was great, we really loved it. Also the trips to the Nationalparks were great and very interesting.
Gian Luca Reiss
Gian Luca Reiss
2022-08-25
Very nice! We were a group of 3 friends who climbed the Kilimanjaro with the Lemosho-Route in 6 days (normally 7 days) and did a 2-day safari afterwards. From the point of interest to the actual engagement, every worry and question was taken care of by Mangokili Adventures. The organization worked out super well. We had 2 great guides, 11 great porters for the Kilimanjaro-hike and 1 great guide for the safari. Especially good for trips with a budget. We paid in total about 2.400 USD.Super content.
Christoph S
Christoph S
2022-04-15
Einfach super Super Erlebnis.Wir hatten eine Tagestour und es war traumhaft. Immerwieder gerne.Alles war so wie geplant.Wie werden beim nächsten mal wieder buchen...
cbarazaruiz
cbarazaruiz
2022-04-02
Todo perfecto Todo perfecto y organizado. Amabilidad, juventud, profesionalidad y seguridad. Erick no solo nos hizo de anfitrión sino que se convirtió en un compañero más.Eficaz solucionando problemas y llevando la organización de forma perfecta.
Ruben R
Ruben R
2022-03-14
Amazing adventure Mangokili adventure is a great team... It's better say... they're an incredible team, all my group climbed the KILIMANJARO due to this amazing persons and after that we had three days in differents safaris. Marvelous
Herman F
Herman F
2021-08-20
Quite Adventurous! I have had an opportunity to travel with Mangokil Adventures company, they are real observe professionalism. I went with a friend and the founder Erick was very informative. He well organized our trip to our satisfaction. The Camping sites were awesome. He offered us a Mto wa Mbu free trip and was absolutely amazing. Seen a lot of artistic paints with millions meanings. This is the company I would definitely recommend anyone want to experience an adventurous life 🙂!Thank you Erick, you are the best!
Leo N
Leo N
2021-08-17
The tour was great with a very friendly guide and driver, the accommodation was outstanding The tour was great with a very friendly guide and driver, the accommodation was outstandingThe communication was great, always replied to our questions. The driver was good and even helped us spot animals on the safari while driving, the guide was easygoing and replied to any of our questions.The accommodation should be displayed as premium, we did not expect to arrive at a toilet inside the room, a bottle of water to brush your teeth, soap and clean towels provided, amazing food and chef, a lounge to chill and take beers/drinks. Pictures of the accommodation and food should be displayed as it was way more than we expected given the surroundings
Oyesiku E
Oyesiku E
2021-08-17
Excellent trip with an excellent guide Excellent trip with an excellent guideWe received exactly what we have expected. Even more!Erick our guide was funny and supportive of all our wishes.We have seen everything whatever can be wished to be seen!
Anthony J
Anthony J
2021-08-17
A passionate company providing a unique safari experience. A passionate company providing a unique safari experience.It has been my pleasure to follow and experience Mangokili Adventures. The commitment shown by Erick and staff to explore and experience the care for wildlife and entertain tourists from all over the world is to be commended. A credit to the safari team, for sharing their wildlife and history, through their endeavors to enrich our lives.