7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing – Umbwe Route

7 Days

Safari Overview

The most mesmerizing scene can be found early in the trek, as you leave the rainforest behind and walk between skinny heathers. Narrow this ridge may be, but the mouth-watering imagery on each side ranks as the second-most dramatic views that Kilimanjaro has to offer.

Relentlessly uphill, yet mesmerizingly beautiful

The Umbwe Route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the south. It is an extremely steep and direct climb that goes all the way to Barranco Camp before turning east and traversing under the Southern Ice Field. Sure, the scenery is mesmerizing and the slopes stay untouched, but this private climb is never easy.

The most challenging route

You ascend quickly to a higher altitude and that’s never easy. The Umbwe route doesn’t offer easy acclimatization and this means that the route specifically caters to experienced trekkers and strong hikers only.



  • Explore parts of Kili that most will never see
  • Reach Barranco Wall in just 2 days instead of 3 – 4 days
  • One of the quietest trails up Kilimanjaro (for the first few days at least)


  • Short and steep
  • Poor acclimatization opportunities
  • Fully catered camping accommodations only
  • Lower success rates when compared to the more popular routes
  • Very difficult, and only suitable for those who are in optimal physical condition

Trip Highlights

  • If you’re looking for the ultimate experience, it doesn’t get better than Umbwe.
  • Your legs, thighs and calves will curse you all day long, but your eyes and senses will delight at the scenery on display.

Detailed Itinerary

Depart for Moshi at 1400hrs arriving at 1530hrs. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Moshi or (Pick up from Kilimanajaro airport and transfer to hotel in Moshi)

Hiking time: 5 hoursDistance: About 12kms Habitat: Montane forest Moorland After breakfast, start the climb through fascinating rain forests till you reach the first hut Mandara. Meals and overnight at the hut. (9,000ft).

Hiking time: 6 hours Distance: About 15kms Habitat: Moorland After breakfast, follow the ascending path through the alpine meadow. The altitude begins to change and slowdown your pace while enjoying the flora and the view of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. Arrive at the Horombo Hut 12km from Mandara. Meals and overnight at the hut. (12,520ft)

Hiking time: 6 hours Distance: About 15kms Habitat: Alpine desert After breakfast, resume the climb, the landscape becomes rugged and rocky. Lobelias begin to appear. Climb to Kibo Hut. Meals and overnight at the hut. (15,520ft)

Hiking time: 8 hours to Uhuru 6 hours to descend to Horombo Distance: 6kms ascent – 21kms descent Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit Trekking to summitThe beginning of the last ascent is made in the wee hrs of the morning while the scree is still frozen. Climb the very steep part of the route to GILMANS POINT (most difficult and tiring part). UHURU PEAK is reached within an hours walk along the crater rim. (19,344ft). Start the walk along the craters rim. (19,344ft). Start the descent to Horombo hut for overnight

Hiking time: 6 hours Distance: About 27kms Return to a hotel in Moshi. After lunch, have a good rest, meals and overnight at your hotel.

Day 7 :

Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight back home or continue with your safari schedule. End of services

What's Included

  • Transfer to and from the base of the mountain
  • Marangu Route trek as per the itinerary
  • Full board accommodation in tents whilst on the trek.
  • 2 nights hotel accommodations in Arusha before and after the trek and in huts on the mountain as per the itinerary
  • All park entrance fees to include government taxes
  • Service of an English speaking professional Mountain guide on the mountain, porters and skilled cook/s
  • Treated water on the trek
  • All services begin and end at Kilimanjaro Airport as per the itinerary
  • Return airport transfers from/to Kilimanjaro Airport or Nairobi Return Shuttle transfers

What's Not Included

  • All personal travel insurances
  • All personal expenses including; telephones, tips, alcoholic drinks, laundry, etc
  • Sleeping bags and climbing gears
  • Medical evacuation, USD 30 per person value
  • International flights and Airport taxes
  • Visas
  • Items of a personal nature and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary

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7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing – Umbwe Route