6 days Umbwe route Hiking Kilimanjaro

Moshi, Tanzania

6 days Umbwe route Hiking Kilimanjaro
Moshi, Tanzania

Duration: 6 days
Group size: 10 - 100

About this trip


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 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 travers’s 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.

What’s included

  • Park fees
  • Camp fees
  • Rescue fees
  • Transportation
    Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Guides
    Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals
    3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Flights
    Both National and International flights
  • Medical insurance
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • personal items
    Items of a personal nature


Day 1
Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp


Elevation (ft): 5,249 ft to 9,514 ft

Distance: 11 km

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

When we arrive at the Umbwe Gate, we make sure that we finish the registration paperwork and prepare the expedition gear. The trek beings up a gradual inclining 4WD path, which ends with a sign marked “Umbwe Trail.”  From here we ascend through a dense forest on a steep and sometimes muddy path until we reach Umbwe Camp.