6 Days Climb Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route

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Day 1: Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport, transfer to Moshi or Arusha

Day 2: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Umbwe Gate, Hike to Umbwe Cave Camp

Day 3: Umbwe Cave Camp to Barranco Camp

Day 4: Hike Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Day 5: Hike Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Day 6: Hike Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp

Day 7: Hike Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Moshi or Arusha

Day 8: Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport, transfer to Moshi or Arusha

Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport, Transfer to Moshi.

*** A driver will meet you at Kilimanjaro Airport after you go through immigration and customs. Look for someone with a sign that says “The Chosen Journey & Safari” and/or your name. It takes a minimum of 45 minutes to get to Moshi without traffic.

There will be a trek orientation with your Kilimanjaro guide today and an opportunity to get any rental items that you may need and also pack for the trek. You can leave extra luggage that is not needed on the trek at the hotel.

We recommend an extra rest day before your trek if you have time.

Meals included: n/a
Mid-Range Accommodations: Chanya Lodge

Day 2: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Umbwe Gate, Hike to Umbwe Cave Camp

Drive from Moshi to the Umbwe Gate (about 30 minutes). Commence the climb through the rainforest with packed lunch on route.

Elevation: 1660m/5450ft to 2850m/9350ft
Distance: 11km/7mi
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Umbwe Cave Camp

Day 3: Umbwe Cave Camp to Barranco Camp

Drive from Moshi to the Umbwe Gate (about 1 hour). Commence the climb through the rainforest with packed lunch en route.

Elevation: 1660m/5450ft to 2850m/9350ft
Distance: 11km/7mi
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Barranco Camp

Day 4: Hike Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.

Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft
Distance: 5km/3mi
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Karanga Camp

Day 5: Hike Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day.

Elevation: 4050m/13,250ft to 4700m/15,350ft
Distance: 4km/2mi
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Barafu Camp

Day 6: Hike Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point, you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa! From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.

Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft
Down to 3090m/10,150ft
Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Mweka Camp

Day 7: Hike Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Moshi or Arusha

After breakfast, we continue the descent 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 probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes). Don’t forget to tip your guides and porters.

Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft
Distance: 10km/6mi
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Forest
Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Chanya Lodge

Day 8: Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport

Drive to Kilimanjaro Airport for departure, or continue on for your safari.

Meals included: Breakfast

Price Inclusive & Exclusive

Included
  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • Round-trip transfers for the Kilimanjaro Airport
  • National Park gate fees
  • Transport from Moshi or Arusha to trailhead and return to Moshi or Arusha
  • Hut fees
  • Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes
  • Salaries for all crew members
  • Rescue fees (as required by the national park)
  • Cooking equipment, and eating utensils
  • Oximeters
  • Emergency Oxygen (2L canister)
Excluded
  • International and domestic flights
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Personal expenses 
  • Tips for guides, porters, and cooks
  • Single tent
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When is the Best Time to Go on Tanzania Safari Holiday

The best time to go on safari in Tanzania is generally during the dry season months of June to October but a wide range of wildlife can be spotted year-round and each season brings its own advantages.

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