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Overview 6 Days Glacial Umbwe route

Kilimanjaro luxury climb

Umbwe route is the shortest route to access Kilimanjaro mountain summit but it is high risk due to glacial rock break down. It’s the least-used route, receiving less than 5% of the total climbers per annum. The route joins the Machame Route on the second day following the southern circuit to the summit and descending via the Mweka route.

Activities: Climbing/Hiking-not suitable for family or couple. Children are not allowed.

Attractions: Rain forest, small rivers, glacial falls.

Accommodation: Tents camping

Route traffic: Very low

Summit success rate: High, above 70%




Day 01: Umbwe gate (1600 meters) to Umbwe cave camp (2850 meters)

  • Distance: Approximately 10.5 km / 6 miles
  • Trekking time: 5 – 7 hours
  • Zone: Rainforest

Most trekkers get driven from Moshi or Arusha to the Machame gate, where registration, fee payment, and park entrance permit are issued. From there trekkers are transferred to Umbwe gate (1600m), ready to start trekking.

Steepening between the Lonzo and Umbwe rivers, all the way to Umbwe cave camp. At the campsite you will have a rest, dinner, and overnight.

Day 02: Umbwe cave camp (1600m) to Barranco Camp (3900m)

  • Distance covered: 6.5 m
  • Hiking time: 4-6 hours
  • Zone: Alpine

On your second day hiking from the camp, landscape change rapidly from rainforest to moorland with rocky outcrops and sparse vegetation. The trail follows the narrow Umbwe route ridge until it begins to flatten close to Barranco Valley. The Barranco camp sits in the Valley under the shadow of the great Barranco Wall with Kibo peak view from the distance. At Barranco camp you will find it’s crowded compared to the first camp, this is because it joins three routes (Machame, Lemosho, and Umbwe)

At this camp you will have to spend the remaining time for rest, dinner, and overnight.

Day 03: From Barranco camp to Karanga Valley Camp.

After breakfast at Barranco camp you will have a short hike to Karanga camp, where you will spend the remaining time for hot lunch, dinner, and overnight.

Day 04: From Karanga Camp to Barafu base camp (summit overnight)

At barafu base camp you will have a rest, dinner, and early sleeping because you will awake at mid-night for the summit attempt.

Around 01:00am, guide will awake you to get well prepared with the summit gears, warm clothes that can accommodate up to -10 degree Celsius. After all process is done, the guide will slowly lead you to hike up for the summit attempt, passing through Stella point, (5685m) to Uhuru Peak (5895).

Day 05: From Uhuru Peak to Barafu Camp, to Mweka Camp

The beginning of the sixth day might catch you at the peak if the weather is good, you will be able to spend a couple of minutes at the peak, taking a beautiful photo while sunrises, drinking tea on your thermal bottle before start descending down to Barafu camp.

At barafu camp you will have time to rest, before continuing to hike down to Millemium/Mweka camp for lunch, dinner, and overnight.

Day 06: From Mweka camp to Mweka gate.

It’s the end of 6 days in the jungle, the morning of this day you will be packing all of your stuff ready to leave the park. Crew will be seen organizing and sorting all stuffs for marking the end of the tour. They will be singing, celebrating, and congratulating you for a successful climb. After all that you will hike down to Mweka gate, where you will sign out and receive certificates for those who made their summit attempt successfully. An hour drive from the gate will drop you to the hotel in town, ready for rest and continuing with other schedule.



  1. $ 2800 per single person
  2. $ 2300 per group sharing
  3. $ 1800 per 3+ group sharing.



  • Airport transfer on arrival and departure day
  • 2 nights comfort stay in lodge the day before and after climbing.
  • Transport to and from Mountain
  • All park entrance fee +18% VAT
  • All park accommodation fee + 18% VAT
  • Park rescue fee
  • Food on the mountain (3-meals a day)
  • Non personal hiking equipment and gears
  • Salary to guide, cook, and the crew.



  • Tipping
  • Personal hiking gear and rentals
  • Other personal expenses out of the mentioned above.



50L waterproof duffle, small-size backpack, warm clothes including trouser, sweater, thermal underwear, and enough pair of warm socks, Balaclava, snow goggles, or ski sun glasses and scarf, waterproof layers, sun roof hat, warm sleeping bag, mattress, warm jacket, and a pair of gloves. Comfort mountain boots, and walking poles, Sun cream, first aid kit, a knapsack, a pair of getters and water-bottle, minimum 2litres each.

Mount Kilimanjaro climb: Tips for safe and successful Kilimanjaro summit.

  • Choose the best route that offers good acclimatization, oxygen decreases as you climb to higher elevation, choose the routes that offer the acclimatization throughout to avoid the possibility of experiencing higher altitude mountain sickness. In this case Rongai, Lemosho, and Machame routes are highly recommended.
  • Be well prepared and full equipped for Kilimanjaro trekking, do not forget to carry all necessary trekking equipments and gears. Remember, weather in the mountain is not precisely predictable; having with you the all weather gears is the best decision.
  • Do not carry too much heavy day-pack. Most of your item luggage will be carried by Kilimanjaro porters; you will just carry your light day pack bag, which contains the most necessary personal use for a day only.
  • Listen carefully to your guide, do not ignore the little advice from your guide, our Kilimanjaro guides are having more than 10-years experience, they have a broad working knowledge of Mount Kilimanjaro, please listen to what they direct you to do.
  • Eat enough food and drink more water so that your body won’t run out of energy, long day working requires body energy, make sure you eat as much as you can. Do not forget to go to bed early so that you will wake up with new energy to continue climbing.
  • Choose the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Your chance to summit Kilimanjaro peak is highly influenced by the external factors like bad weather, knowing the best time to go for Kilimanjaro trekking will help you plan your adventure accordingly.

Best time of the year to go for Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing:

  • June to October-peak of high season, most of the Kilimanjaro routes and hotels are crowded.
  • October to December-Most of the Kilimanjaro routes are less crowded, this season may be associated with seasonal rainfall so not that much good for climbing.

December to end of February-High season most of the routes and hotels are crowded.

  • March to early of June-Low season, it’s the peak of the wet season as these months are associated with heavy rainfalls so not ideal for climbing.
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