Umbwe Route Kilimanjaro Climb – 6 Days Trek + 2 Travel Days

Kilimanjaro is among the most diverse and rewarding of the world’s great climbs. Climb Africa’s highest mountain and one of the Seven Summits. Experience the thrill and challenge of high altitude climbing.


ABOUT Umbwe route: 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

This route is located on the south side of Mt, Kilimanjaro, it is also the steepest and shortest route up the mountain. Five days is the minimum number of days necessary to complete this trek. A very steep walk leads you through an amazing and stunning forest.


Program overview

Location      –     Tanzania, East Africa


Season        –      April – February


Length        –     8 Days


Trekking Kilimanjaro distance  –  36Km – (23Miles)


Starting point altitude  –  1600M – (5249Ft)


Highest point  –  5895M –  (19343 F)


Age              –    8-82 yrs old   (Contact us if your children’s are below 8yrs old)


Tours type  –   Guided tours


Trip starts   –  Moshi/Arusha town


Trip ends  –   Moshi/Arusha town


Kilimanjaro difficulties  –   Moderate to difficult trekking at 12000+feets, high altitude – extreme high altitude


Talk to us before booking your international flight to Africa


2 Travel Days in Tanzania, one night before, and one night after the climb.

6  Days Kilimanjaro trek, via Umbwe route


AIRLINE/LUGGAGES

Please try to keep your luggage to a minimum. Don’t forget most airlines impose a 20kg-45Lb luggage limit. A large soft holdall or backpack and a smaller daypack is ideal.


VACCINATIONS / HEALTH

The table below indicates the vaccinations suggested for travel on this tour but should be treated as a guide only. You should seek professional medical advice from your GP or clinic at least six weeks prior to departure. Please note some areas visited are malarial. We recommend you speak to your doctor or travel clinic about appropriate anti-malarial tablets.


Travel Insurance

Purchasing travel insurance is highly recommended for all trips. Travel insurance policies frequently cover costs associated with plane tickets, personal or medical emergencies, rescue, evacuation, trip cancellation, and theft. Individual participants are responsible for any costs associated with leaving the trip early for any reason.

We have worked with numerous travel insurance groups and have found the Adventure Travel Protection Plan from Travel Guard is the best one available and one of the only policies that covers climbing/ hiking at altitude.

Please note that there are significant benefits if you purchase this insurance within 15 days of making a trip deposit.

To learn more, click on the link below, enter your state of residence and then click on the “More Info” tab under the Adventure Travel Protection Plan. Once your questions are answered, you can then purchase the plan directly from this site.


Departure dates and time

The departure dates for all of our east African safaris, tours and travel and other trekking packages are totally flexible according to your own personal needs. Please contact us for further and more detailed information, as well as information on all our safaris tours, travel and trekking Kilimanjaro packages into Tanzania and east African in general.


 

Additional information

Minimum Persons:4
1

Day 1: Kilimanjaro

Umbwe gate-1800M-5905ft to Umbwe Caves Camp2800M-9190ft: 
Walking distance-9KM:
Walking time-4-5 Hours:
Altitude gain:1000M-3285Ft:
Habitas-Montane-Forest:

After signing in at the gate your journey begins; with your small day pack. This first trekking day is through dense rainforest, under the tangled canopy of moss-coated vines which are home to several monkey species and a vibrant array of exotic birds.Upon arriving at camp, you will find your tent set up as well as hot washing water. Tea, coffee, peanuts, popcorn and other yummy snacks will be prepared for you in the dining tent. A hot dinner as well as a brief about the following day will be prepared for you before turning in for the night.

2

Day 2: Kilimanjaro

Umbwe cave-2800M-9,190Ft to Barranco Camp 3985m-13070Ft:
Distance-7.5KM:
Walking time-4-5Hours:
Altitude gain-1185KM-3880Ft:
Habitat-Forest-heath zone:

The guides will wake you with a steaming cup of tea or coffee at around 7am. After breakfast, you continue with your adventure, heading to Barranco Camp hiking along the Barranco Valley ridge until you enter the moorland zones. Soon the taller trees will give a way to the giant heather terrain. Upon arriving at camp, you will find your tent set up as well as hot washing water. Tea, coffee, peanuts, popcorn and other yummy snacks will be prepared for you in the dining tent. A hot dinner as well as a brief about the following day will be prepared for you before turning in for the night.

Meals: Breakfast

3

Day 3: Kilimanjaro

Barranco Camp 3962M-13070Ft)to Karanga Camp (4040M-13255Ft: 
Walking distance- 6KM:
Walking time-3-4Hours:
Altitude gain-55M-185Ft:
Habitata-Moorland-Alpine zones

Today you will tackle the Great Barranco Wall after breakfast. Some say the Barranco Wall “requires significant climbing experience.” I say that’s nonsense; it’s quite fun and I say, “y’all are going to have a blast.” It is a strenuous climb, but so very worth the effort. Your journey continues for about 1.5 hours, descending into the Karanga Valley Camp. Upon arriving at camp, a hot lunch is served, a well-deserved reward for all your efforts. Take the time once again to rest and relax and soak in the beauty that surrounds you, as you wait for dinner and brief to prepare you for the next day‘s adventure.

4

Day 4: Kilimanjaro

Karanga Camp-(4040M-13255Ft to Barafu Camp -4680m-15360Ft:
Walking distance: 6KM:
Walking time: 3-4Hours:
Altitude gain: 640M-2105Ft:
Habitas-Moorland Zone to Alpine Zone:

You depart Karanga camp around 9:00, right after breakfast. The walk today is short and sweet. Your trek takes you on a path, through an increasingly barren landscape, with the Southern Glaciers looming to your left. The path changes to scree and steepens, whereupon you reach your final destination for the day, Barafu Camp.Your early arrival gives you the time to rest in preparation for your final climb. Today also a hot lunch is served early, and you prepare your summit equipment before dinner, with great anticipation for the next day.

5

Day 5: Kilimanjaro

Summit attempt via Stella Point-5752 M-18871Ft to Uhuru Peak -5895M-19340Ft: 
Walking Distance-6KM:
Walking time: 5-7Hours.:
Altitude gain: 1072M-3511Ft:

Habitas-Alpine-Rocky-Scree –Snow and dirt that left over from Ash:

Your day pack will be ready with all the necessities: 2 liters of water, balaclava, gloves/mittens, fresh batteries in your head lamp and camera, and you will be advised for layering of clothing to ensure maximum climbing comfort. The guides will wake you up some time between 11 -11:30pm for your final preparation, which will follow with coffee, tea and snacks. At 12:00 (sharp) your summit attempt begins on a steep, rocky path and after about an hour, you will be able to enjoy a break.  The slow and steady pace (pole pole) will continue over loose volcanic scree and take you between the Rebbman and Rattzel Glaciers all the way to the Stella Point, which is located at the crater rim. A short break is a must at Stella Point; you then slowly make your way along the ridge for about another hour to the summit, and from here you may encounter snow. Before you know it you will be at the top of Africa, admiring Mr. Golden Sun rising from 5896m, beyond the clouds and mountains.  The descent can be tough for some people (here’s where many appreciate the walking poles!) but the air gets easier to breathe and your happiness at what you have accomplished carries you along. Congratulations!

Barafu camp-4680M-15360Ft to Mweka Camp-3100M-10,170 ft: Hiking distance-9KM: 

Hiking time-3.5 Hours:
Altitude decreased from Summit- 2796M-9170Ft:
Habitat-Alpine to Heath Zone:

After lunch, you pack all of your gear and hike down a rocky, scree-filled path into the moorland. The descent continues to the final campsite at the edge of Mweka Forest. What happens now is amazing! The increase in oxygen not only makes breathing so much easier, it seems as if energy has been injected into your system! Dinner is often a lively affair, with everybody’s eyes shining as they recount the experiences of the day. I have no doubt that you will sleep well tonight.

7

Day 7: Kilimanjaro


Karanga Camp-(4040M-13255Ft to Barafu Camp -4680m-15360Ft:
Accommodation: Four Season tent.
Walking distance: 6KM
Walking time: 3-4Hours
Altitude gain: 640M-2105Ft
Habitas-Moorland Zone to Alpine Zone:
We depart Karanga camp around 9:00, right after breakfast. The walk today is short and sweet. Your trek takes you on a path, through an increasingly barren landscape and changes to scree and steepens, whereupon you reach your final destination for the day, Barafu Camp. Your early arrival gives you time to rest in preparation for your final climb. Today also a hot lunch is served early, and you prepare your summit equipment before dinner, with great anticipation for the next day.
6

Day 6: Kilimanjaro

Mweka Camp -3100M to Mweka Gate-1800M Hiking distance: 

12KM all downhill Hiking time:2-4 Hours:
Altitude decreased-1300M-4264Ft:
Habitats-Montane Forest:

Today the mountain is finally under your feet!! You climbed Kilimanjaro and you are ready to celebrate your amazing accomplishment! Your last breakfast on Kilimanjaro is normally served around 7:30, and around 8:00 it’s time to start running down the hill to the bottom of the mountain. You set off through the lush forest to the Mweka Park Gate where successful climbers receive their Golden Summit Certificate and Green Certificate for those who reached Stella Point. Congratulations, you have successfully climbed to the top of the highest freestanding mountain in the world.


TRIP EXTENSION: Continue to uncovering the secrets of Africa on one of our exciting optional extensions.

Balloon safari.
Horseback safari.
Walking safari
Motorcycle safari, Mountain biking safari.
Magic Ireland of Zanzibar.
Culture Tour.
Maasai boma visit.

Upon arrival in Arusha/Moshi you will have Dinner and then we will end our climb. The group should tip the guides and porters, around $250-400 (Per clients) per trip, this will depends on number of climbers.

Please note this itinerary is subject to change with or without prior notice according to local conditions or national park rules.

All airport pickup & drop off

 2 nights in Arusha/Moshi, 1 nights before and 1 night after the climb BB.

Accommodations

Mountain Guide, Cook, Porters

Park Fees

Camping fees

Trekking Permit

Air rescue Fee flying doctor

Camping equipment, Tents, chairs, table

All food and Catering equipment’s (BLD)

Certificate of Achievement

Free storage of extra bags

High Altitude and Wilderness First Aid Kit/s

Oxygen tank/s

Summit-Trails Complimentary T-shirt


EXCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE


Drinks and Laundry at hotel

Personal Mountain Gears

Sleeping bags Available for rent

Sleeping matt/pads Available for rent

Gratuities/ Tipping

Medical and personal Luggage Insurance

Visas

Any excess luggage more than 15 KG per client

Inoculations

Any amendments to the above itinerary

Value Added Tax (VAT)

Understanding Altitude Symptoms and how to avoid it

Our itineraries are designed to provide participants with a positive high altitude experience.

Understanding Altitude Symptoms and how to avoid it

Our itineraries are designed to provide participants with a positive high altitude experience.

Altitude sickness can easily be avoided. The best way to prevent altitude sickness is to take your time climbing Kilimanjaro. Opting to save money by climbing the mountain as quickly as possible is a false economy: the chances are you will have to turn back because of altitude sickness and all your efforts (and money) will be wasted. According to our experience and the Mountain experts and Expedition Advisory Committee at the Royal Geographical Society, the recommended acclimatization period for any altitude greater than 2500m is to sleep no more than 300-500m higher than your previous night’s camp, and to spend an extra night at every third camp.
Take a pre-acclimatization climb before tackling Kilimanjaro or Choose longer route to give your body enough time to acclimatize.


As anyone who has ventured thousands of feet above sea level can attest, altitude sickness can be a real and uncomfortable (sometimes dangerous) condition.

It packs such a punch, in fact, that most people who vacation in the high country are assaulted with tips to avoid altitude sickness.

Trust me. Even though I have summited Mt. Kilimanjaro (114) times to the top and my body is relatively acclimated, I always experience a change when i go to the mountains.

I follow my own tips to ease my body through the physical shock of oxygen deprivation, aridity, and a powerful sun.

The higher you go, the thinner the air. Get too high too fast, and your body doesn’t get the oxygen it needs.

Most people can reach 8,000 feet without experiencing altitude sickness. But the ailment can strike as “low” as 5,000 feet above sea level.

Common altitude sickness symptoms can strike anyone—regardless of their fitness level, or where they are coming from.

They include:

  • Slight+ headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Fatigue/loss of energy
  • Insomnia

Without further ado, I present my perennial tips to avoid altitude sickness in the mountains:

1. Hydrate

This is one of the best way to help your body adjust to high altitude. Generally the low humidity at altitude keeps the air dry, so you should drink twice as much water as you would at home.

Also keep in mind that you want to add water to your body, not deplete it. At least initially, avoid caffeine and alcohol 🙂

2. Replenish

Foods rich in potassium are great for acclimating. Some good staples to eat include broccoli, bananas, avocado, cantaloupe, celery, greens, bran, chocolate, granola, dates, dried fruit, potatoes and tomatoes.

Do your body a favor and decrease salt intake.

Additionally, complex carbohydrates are great for stabilizing your blood sugar and maintaining energy. Eat plenty of whole grains, pasta, fruits, and vegetables.

3. Easy does it

You’ve been planning an epic winter/high altitude vacation for months. But this is the first time you’ve login above 6,000 feet.

You will feel the effects of exercise more at altitude than at home. By all means, get after it. But dial back the effort if you’re short of breath, sore, or consistently fatigued.

4. Shade yourself

The big sky country of the mountains isn’t a figment of your imagination. There’s less water vapor in the air here, which makes the color of the sky bluer than the sky at home.

That’s pretty hah!. It also means there’s 25 percent less protection from the sun. If you don’t lather up with sunscreen 35+SPF—a proper amount to apply is a shot glass worth each time you burn. This is true regardless of your complexion.

6. Acclimatization

This isn’t just a technical term mountain climbers throw around to sound cool. Adjusting to higher altitude can take a few days.   If you have the time, consider spending a night or two at an intermediate altitude—say, spend a night or two in Moshi/Arusha town as it is your base town of Mt. Kilimanjaro before heading up to the high altitude

7. Prepare

The days might be warm. But when that big ball of fire goes down in the sky, mountain nights are cold+

8. Seek help

Whether your symptoms are consistently mildly uncomfortable or they’re acute, altitude sickness is real and can be debilitating.

Talk to us about Diamox options;

Short history of Mt. Kilimanjaro

East Africa and the nearby Olduvai Gorge in the Great Rift Valley is thought to be the cradle of mankind. A native Wachagga legend tells of Mawenzi (now one of the lesser peaks of Kilimanjaro) receiving fire for its pipe from his younger brother Kibo (another lesser peak). The Wachagga who live on the fertile volcanic soils around the base of the mountain probably only came to the area about 3000 years ago thus this legend suggests very recent activity. Another of their legends talks of demons and evil spirits living on the mountain and guarding immense treasures. Stories are told of a king who decided to go to the top, few of his party survived and those who did had damaged arms and legs.

Arab and Chinese traders and historians make mention of a giant mountain lying inland from Mombasa or Zanzibar but few early traders ventured into the interior of the continent. Slave traders passed below it and sometimes raided the villages of the Wachagga but it was not till the middle of the 19th century that a more serious interest was taken in the mountain and attempts were made to scale it.

In 1848 Johann Rebmann a missionary from Gerlingen in Germany while crossing the plains of Tsavo saw Mount Kilimanjaro. His guide talked of baridi – cold, and of tales how a group of porters were sent up the mountain to bring back the silver or other treasures from the summit.They came back only with water. Rebmann’s report stimulated great interest in Germany and in the following years several expeditions were organised; first by Baron von Decken then later by Dr. Hans Meyer who finally stood on the highest point on the 5th of October 1889.

The origins of the name Kilimanjaro presents somewhat of a dilemma. Many people believe the name is derived from the Kishwahili tribal name, Kilima meaning mountain. The local Wachagga people claim to have no name for Kilimanjaro, but did name the dual peaks Kipoo and Kimawenzi.

Please contact us for your group or individual discount, dates and prices information

Tipping on Kilimanjaro – the breakdown looks like this.


1 climber   –       1 guide / 2-3 porters / 1 cook
2 climbers  –       1 guide / 5-6 porters / 1 cook / 1 assistant guide
3 climbers  –       2 guides / 8-9 porters / 2 cook / 1 assistant guide
4 climbers  –       2 guides / 11-12 porters / 2 cook / 2 assistant guides
5 climbers  –       3 guides / 14-15 porters / 2-3 cook / 2-3 assistant guides
6 climbers  –       3-4 guides / 17-18 porters / 2-3 cook / 2-3 assistant guides


Note: numbers vary depending on the tour company you use. The best companies have a high guide to client ratio.

Tipping on Kilimanjaro – when and who do you pay your tip to?

Tips are usually paid at the end of your hike, after you have reached your final checkpoint and signed out with the authorities. It is customary to pay tips individually in separate envelopes, unless advised otherwise (some tour companies suggest you pay your lead guide who then re-distributes the money). Please check with your operator what their preferred practice is.

Also, some operators suggest that you give your tips at the last meal on the mountain. Unless expressly asked to do this by your tour operator we suggest waiting to distribute tips at the end of your trek.

Tipping amounts are as follows. These numbers are per group, not per climber.

Per main guide – US$20-25 per day
Per assistant guide – US$15-20 per day
Per cook – US$15 per day
Per porter – US$10 per day

Tipping on Kilimanjaro example

For a 6 day trek the total tipping value per group and climber would look as follows.

tipping-on-kilimanjaro

We hope you now have more clarity about tipping on Kilimanjaro.

Tour Reviews

There are no reviews yet.

Leave a Review

Rating