7 DAYS UMBWE ROUTE

7 DAYS UMBWE ROUTE

Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi town. You will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. The missing gear can be rented on this day.

Meals: No Meals Included

Day 2: Umbwe Gate (1,800m/5,905ft) to Cave Bivouac Camp (2,850m/9,350ft)

Elevation Gain:1,050 meters, 3,445 feet

Hiking time: 4 to 6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

At 8am leave Moshi for Umbwe Gate where you will meet our porters, guides, and cooks who will spend the next six days trekking with you to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. After arriving, wait at the gate while we register your climb and the porters and guides make final preparations. Your first day’s destination is Cave Bivouac Camp, approximately 6 hours from the gate. The trail is steep and can be slippery in some places.

Hike through the moss-covered trees of Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. The forest will thin later in the hike and heathers, tall grasses and wildflowers will come into view. Porters and cooks will walk ahead to set up the camp in time for your arrival.

Day 3: Cave Bivouac (2,850m/9,350ft) to Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft)

Total Elevation Gain: 1,100 meters, 3,610 feet

Hiking time: 5 to 7 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

The first section of the trail continues following the ridge. After leaving the forest, continue through open moorlands until reaching Barranco Camp. Barranco is generally regarded as the most scenic campsite on the Umbwe Trail as it’s surrounded by giant senecios and lobelias. As Barranco is in a valley, the sun rises later than at the other camps.

Day 4: Barranco Camp (3,900 m/12,800 ft)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Extra Day for Acclimatization. Adding this day will ease your effort, and amplify your acclimatization.

Day 5: Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft) to Karanga Valley (4,200m/13,780ft)

Elevation Gain: 250 meters, 820 feet

Distance: 7 Kilometers

Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Leave Barranco Camp after breakfast for Karanga Valley. The day begins with a 1.5 hour scramble up the Barranco Wall. This is the hardest part of the day and in some places you may have to use your hands to aid your climb. After reaching the top, hike through fairly level terrain before making a short but steep descent into the green Karanga River Valley.

Day 6: Karanga Valley (4,200m/13,780ft) to Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft)

Elevation Gain: 400 meters, 1,320 feet

Distance: 6 Kilometers

Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

After breakfast, begin the hike to Barafu Camp. On the way to Barafu, view several of Kibo’s glaciers as well as the junction that connects the descent route, Mweka, with the Machame trail. During day four, hike by the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. Although the trail to Barafu passes through alpine desert with little vegetation, Barafu Camp offers stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Try to sleep after finishing dinner as you will wake before midnight for your summit hike.

Day 7: Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) to Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft)

Elevation Gain: 1,295 meters, 4,240 feet

Elevation Loss: 2,795 meters, 9,170 feet

Hiking time: 6 hours to the rim, 1 hour to Uhuru, 3 to 4 hours back to Barafu, 4 hours to Mweka

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Around midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak. Hike by the light of your headlamp for the next six hours. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Stella Point.

The hike from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes approximately one hour. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Mweka Camp. On the way down from Uhuru, enjoy views of the mountain, crater, clouds and glaciers.

At Barafu Camp, eat breakfast and take a short break. You still have another three to five hours to go before reaching Mweka Camp.

Day 8: Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft) to Mweka Gate (1,500m/4,920ft)

Elevation Loss: 1,600 meters, 5,250 feet

Hiking time: 4 hours

Meals: Breakfast Included

After breakfast, finish the trek with a hike through the forest to Mweka Gate. The trail may be slippery following rain. Our vehicles will meet you at the lower station of Mweka Gate to take you back to Moshi.

Price US$ 1750 per person:
Any additional day is US$ 250

Price includes:

  • 2 transfers from Moshi to Marangu gate – return.
  • 3 meals a day while trekking – vegetarian/non vegetarian.
  • 6 days Kilimanjaro trek – Marangu route.
  • 5 nights accommodation in huts while trekking Marangu Route.
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation bed and breakfast in Moshi before and after climb.
  • All park entrance fees and government Levies.
  • English speaking mountain guide and assistant.
  • Porters – Minimum 2 per client.
  • First Aid Kit including Oxygen Kit.

Trekking Gear List

  • Leather or thermal boots
  • Gore-Tex, Microtex or K-Tech Trilaminate jacket
  • Gore-Tex, Microtex or K-Tech pants
  • Fleece jacket
  • Fleece pants
  • Gore-Tex mittens or gloves
  • Fleece gloves (use as inner for Gore-Tex mittens)
  • Thermal glove liners (use as inner for Gore-Tex gloves)
  • Gaiters
  • Fleece balaclava
  • Thermal balaclava
  • Thermal top
  • Thermal long johns
  • Thermal socks
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Day pack
  • Head torch
  • Thermal flask
  • Rain suit or poncho (mainly used in the rain forest)
  • Hiking boots or cross trainers
  • Day pack
  • Short pants
  • Tracksuit pants
  • T-shirts
  • Sun hat (peak caps do not offer enough protection)
  • Woolen socks
  • Fleece beanie
  • Water bottle

Kilimanjaro Helpful hints

  • Drink at least three to four litres of water a day.
  • Use water filters and purifying pills to minimize stomach bugs.
  • Take enough snacks like energy bars, drink mixes, etc.
  • Do not move too fast, walk at a slow steady pace.
  • Move as lightly as possible, do not carry unnecessary weight.
  • All clothing in Duffel bags or backpacks must be protected with sack-liners to avoid getting wet, especially through the rainforest.
  • High factor lip balm and sun block is essential.
  • Nausea and headache pills should be kept handy on summit night.
  • Symptoms of altitude sickness can be reduced by using medication (consult your doctor).
  • New boots should be walked-in; this avoids blisters.
  • Use a sleeping mat when camping.
  • Use a thermal flask on summit night; other water bottles will freeze.
  • Allow camera or video camera to acclimatize; do not wrap or place them in plastic bags.
  • Thermal glove liners allow easier camera handling on the summit.
  • Use only new camera and headlamp batteries on summit night.
  • Guides and porters will expect tips; confirm amounts with your tour operator.

INCLUDES :

  • Leather or thermal boots
  • Gore-Tex, K-Tech Trilaminate jacket
  • Gore-Tex, Microtex or K-Tech pants
  • Fleece jacket & pants
  • Gore-Tex mittens or gloves
  • Fleece gloves
  • Gaiters
  • Thermal glove liners
  • Thermal balaclava
  • Thermal top
  • Thermal long johns
  • Thermal socks
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Rain suit or poncho
  • Hiking boots or cross trainers
  • Sun hat

EXCLUDES :

  • Drink at least three to four litres of water a day.
  • Use water filters and purifying pills.
  • Take enough snacks like energy bars
  • Do not move too fast.
  • Move as lightly as possible.
  • High factor lip balm and sun block is essential.
  • Nausea and headache pills.
  • New boots should be walked-in
  • Use a sleeping mat when camping.
  • Use a thermal flask on summit night.
  • Thermal glove liners allow easier camera.
  • Use only new camera and headlamp batteries.
  • Guides and porters will expect tips.

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