The 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. Umbwe is considered to be a 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 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.

Day 1. Arusha _ Umbwe Gate (1,614 masl) – Umbwe Cave Camp (2,850 masl)

Your hike starts on Day 1. Our destination today is the Umbwe Cave Camp. After breakfast your team will drive you from your hotel in Arusha to Kilimanjaro National Park, a 2 hour drive. You will pass through Machame gate where you will complete all legal registrations before you begin your hike. After registration your team will drive you to Umbwe Gate which is your starting point. You will use a maximum of 5 to 7 hours, lunch included, to reach the destination. The hike will take you through the rain forest. Dinner will be served at Umbwe Cave Campsite where you will also spend the night.

Day 2 – Umbwe Cave Camp (2,850 masl) – Barranco Camp (3950 masl)

On the second day of your hike, the first section of the trail continues following the ridge. After leaving the forest, you will continue through open moorlands heading toward Baranco camp. The hike will take 5 hours including lunch. Barranco Camp is generally regarded as the most scenic campsite on the Umbwe Trail as it is surrounded by giant Senecio and lobelias. Barranco Camp is in a valley, the sun, therefore, rises later than at the other camps. Your team will serve you dinner and you will spend the night at the Barranco Camp.

Day 3 Barranco Camp (3950 masl) – Barafu Camp (4676 masl)

On day 3 you will make your way up the Barranco Wall, an awesome looking obstacle. Let this not intimidate you. You will realize that it is not as difficult as it seems. It will take you about 1 hour to reach the top of the rocky wall. Some sections of the wall will require you to use your hands for a better grip, but it does not require technical climbing skills. On reaching Karanga Camp the team will serve you with lunch after which you will enjoy  some rest before proceeding with the hike to Barafu Camp. The team will be with you every step of the way to lend a helping hand where necessary. The entire hike from Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp will take you about 8 hours including lunch.

Day 4. Barafu Camp (4600 masl) –Uhuru Peak (5,895m) – Mweka Camp (3,100 masl)

On arrival at Barafu Camp, which is the base camp, your team will serve you dinner. You will then want to rest in readiness for the summit night. You will be woken up around midnight by the guides with a warm cup of tea and biscuits to get you ready for your final ascent. Your headlamps, and on lucky nights the moonlight, will be your only source of light as you make your way up to Stella Point at 5,730 meters above sea level reaching the crater rim in about 5 to 7 hours. Another 1 to 2 hours will take you to Uhuru Peak, where you can enjoy the sun rising at the roof of Africa. After capturing this incredible view and achievement on film you will start your descent along the same route back to Barafu Camp, where your team will be waiting for you with some snacks and refreshments. You will rest for a while before making your way to Mweka Camp for dinner and an overnight stay. This is your last night on this magnificent mountain. You will have dinner and retire to bed.

Day 5. Mweka Camp (3,100 masl) – Mweka Gate (1,830 masl) – Arusha

This is the last day of your amazing adventure. After breakfast, the team will host a traditional farewell ceremony for you. You will then begin your final descent from Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, a journey of about 2 to 3 hours. At the Mweka gate you will be served lunch and soft drinks. You will get the chance to sample Kilimanjaro beer in celebration of your achievement. You will also be awarded your certificates and sign out. You will then be driven to Arusha to your hotel/lodge.


  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
  • Professional English guide
  • Mountain crew (cook & porters)
  • All Camping equipment
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water
  • National park fees
  • Transfer charges
  • Airport pick up and drop off



  • International flights
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance
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