Umbwe Route

Mt. Kilimanjaro by the Umbwe Route. This is the hardest but most spectacular and direct way to reach Uhuru Peak. Extra days can be added to our itinerary to explore or relax along the route or to camp in the Karanga River Valley. Accommodation on the Mountain is in tents; you will need a sleeping bag and mat. The porters will pitch the tents for you.

DAY 1:

After breakfast, drive to Umbwe gate. The route follows a forestry track winding up through the natural rain forestry. The climb takes you along the Umbwe River. Arrive at Umbwe Cave Camp (2850m) which is about 6 hours walk from a starting point. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 2:

After breakfast you leave the camp and shortly afterwards the forests ends. Above the sheer of the Breach wall appears and dissapers as the afternoon as the afternoon mists roll up the Great Barranco. Arrive at Barranco camp (3900m) after around 6 hours walk. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 3:

After breakfast, a short scramble to the top of the Great Barranco and then traverse over scree and ridges to the Karanga Valley (4000m) beneath the icefalls of the Heim. Kersten and Decken Glaciers. After climbing out of the Karanga Valley the trail ascends a ridge to the Barafu Camp (4600m) after 6 hours walk. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 4:

An early ascent to the rim of the Kibo Crater between Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers, the last section before the rim and sometimes can be snow-covered and an ice axe or ski poles are useful for balance. Further hour from here leads to Uhuru Peak where you can view Mount Meru to the West and Mawenzi Peak to the East. Then you start to descend to the Camp for the rest and lunch before continuing down to camp at Mweka camp (3100m). Dinner and overnight.

DAY 5:

After breakfast descend through a thick forest which will lead you to the park gate to find a waiting vehicle to take back to your Hotel for a warm shower and rest

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