The Umbwe route,the shortest routes though steepest of all routes to the Southern Glaciers and the Western Breach. It is probably the most scenic, non-technical route on Kilimanjaro. It is quite taxing, primarily due to the relatively fast ascent to higher altitude, but the rewards are plentiful. Fewer people, pristine forest and shorter walking distances make it a great option for fit hikers.
DAY 1: Umbwe Gate (1800m) – first camp (2940m)
Hiking time: 5 hours
Habitat: Montane forest
when done with the breakfast,you will be driven to the Umbwe Gate at 1800m, passing through villages with coffee and banana plantations. On arrival at the Parks Gate your guide and porters will meet you. Sign the register before you entre the park for your first step to archive life-long dream. with a thick moistured air,you will walk the muddy ascending path way,the route initially follows a forestry track winding up through the natural rain forest. It narrows and steepens to climb the ridge between the Lonzo and Umbwe rivers with huge trees surrounding you with spectacular views of deep gorges and if you are lucky, glimpses of Kilimanjaro towering above you in the distance. The camp is perched between huge trees and thick undergrowth.
DAY 2 first camp (2940m) – Barranco camp (3950m)
Hiking time: 6 hours
Habitat: Montane forest / Moorland
Shortly after leaving the camp the forest starts thinning and is replaced by rockier terrain, sparser undergrowth and straggly, moss-covered trees. The path continues along a narrow, but spectacular ridge. As you gain higher altitude, catch glimpses of Kilimanjaro rising majestically ahead of you – etched against the blue sky. The path flattens as you approach Barranco Valley. From the Umbwe ridge the route descends slightly to the Barranco camp. The camp is situated in the valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while your dinner is being prepared.
DAY 3 Barranco Camp(3950)-Karanga Camp.(4,000 m)
Hiking time: 4-5 hours walking.
A steep climb up the eastern wall leads us just below the Heim Glacier, where we may have some spectacular views of Kilimanjaro. We then take a steep exit up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo, the trail continues down into the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley, finally we have a steep climb up to Karanga Camp
Day 4 Karanga Camp(4000)-Barafu Camp(4,600 m.)
walking time: 3-4 hours
A steep climb out of Karanga, and an easy path on compacted scree with wide views through this empty and dry landscape up to Barafu Camp. The two peaks Kibo and Mawenzi can been seen from Barafu Camp. After a hot lunch at the Camp, The remainder of the day is spent resting as we prepare for the final ascent before an early night summit walk.
Day 5 Barafu Camp(4600m.)-Summit(5895)-Mweka Camp.
Habitat:Alpine desert/ Stone scree and ice-capped summit/moreland/montane forest.
Hiking time:13-15 hours walking.
Wake up before midnight in the cover of darkness. We begin a steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5,735m. We will rest there for few minutes to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling good can continue slowly to make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to main peak (5,895 m), which is the highest point in Africa. After a few minutes to appreciate your accomplishment we descend to Barafu is amazingly fast, and we stop at Barafu Camp for some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach Mweka Camp.
Day 6 Mweka Camp-Mweka Gate to Arusha.
Walking time:3-5 hours
A gentle walk takes you down through the rainforest to Mweka gate successful climbers will receive their summit certificates. After lunch we drive back to Arusha for hotel and lodging.
Supplements applicable when electing to spend the post-summit night in the crater and complete an optional crater excursion the following morning
-Discounts applicable for climbers not requiring our airport transfers and also not requiring Arusha accommodation before and after the climb
-Number of people on your climb booking, and price per person in US Dollars.
Trek price includes:
-Transfer to and from the base of the mountain
-Full board accommodation in tents whilst on the trek.
-1 nights hotel accommodations in Arusha before and after the trek.
-All park entrance fees to include government taxes
-Service of an English speaking professional Mountain guide on the mountain, porters and skilled cook/s
-Pick and return airport transfers from/to Kilimanjaro Airport or Nairobi Return Shutle transfers