Umbwe route is one for the toughest and riskiest Kilimanjaro routes because of its rapid gain in altitude for the first two days. The success rate is lower when compared to the other routes because the climbing profile does not allow hikers much time to acclimatize.
The route is suited for hikers who are looking for a challenging climb and are confident in their ability to climb over steep slopes over a long time. This route is also for those who want a secluded climb far from the masses.
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
.Accomodation during the climb (mountain camps & tents)
You will be transferred from the airport to your hotel in Arusha where you will be briefed about the impending climb the following day.
If your plane arrives early you will spend the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel or you can venture out into the city and explore attractions that can be found with the city of Arusha. Dinner and overnight stay at the same hotel.
Day 2: Umbwe Camp (2930 m) – Barranco Camp (3960m)
After an early start you will be heading out on trek that will lead you to Barranco Camp(3960m). On this trail the rainforest will fade giving way to brush vegetation and at some point you will be able to see Mount Meru in the distance(if it is not too cloudy).
You will reach Barranco Camp around lunch time; lunch will be served and then the remainder of the day will be spent relaxing. DInner and overnight stay at Barranco Camp.
Day 3: Barranco Camp (3960m) – Karanga Camp (4035 m)
After breakfast you will start climbing Barranco wall; the hike is slightly challenging but it will take only one hour to clear the wall. After Barranco Wall you will start trek towards Karanga Camp(4035 m); this trek features more ascents and descents which make it more difficult.
You will reach the Camp on time for lunch; lunch will be served and later on you will head out to complete and easy acclimatization hike to help your body adjust to altitude changes. The acclimatization hike will take you 200m above Karanga Camp before bring you down ready to tuck in for the night at Karanga Camp. Dinner and overnight stay at Karanga Camp.
Day 4: Karanga Camp(4035 m) – Barafu Camp (4640m)
In the morning you will head out on a trail that leads to Barafu Camp(4640 m) from where later that night you will embark on the final ascent to Uhuru Peak(5895m). You will leave Karanga Camp and follow the trail that joins the Mweka Trail; you will then continue trekking up a rocky terrain before reaching Barafu Camp. After being served lunch the remainder of the day will be spent resting in preparation for the summit stage that will take place late at night (around midnight). Dinner will be served at Barafu Camp.
Day 5: Barafu Camp(4640m) – Uhuru Peak(5895m) – Mweka Camp(3,100 m)
Around midnight you will depart from Barafu Camp heading towards Uhuru Peak(5895m),. The ascent is usually physically and mentally challenging considering the fact that it is being done at night and at very high altitude; the wind and the cold also make it a little bit extreme.
After ascending for several hours you will reach Stella Point where you will stop for a short while and then you will continue trekking for 1 to 2 hours through a snow covered terrain before reaching Uhuru Peak (5895m). The descent to Barafu Camp will take about 3 hour; at Barafu camp you will be served a warm meal before commencing the final descent for the day toward Mweka Camp (3100m). Dinner and overnight accommodation at Mweka Camp.
Day 6: Mweka Camp(3100m) – Mweka Gate(1980m) – Arusha
After breakfast you will head out embarking on a 2 to 3 hours descent that will take you directly to Mweka Gate where you will be picked up by our drive ready to transfer you to your hotel in Arusha. The remainder of the day will be spent relaxing at the hotel and celebrating your achievement.