6 Days Umbwe Route

6 Days Umbwe Route

Routes Overview

Timeless Dream Travels offers 6 days Umbwe course insight into Mount Kilimanjaro, Umbwe Route is the most troublesome course on Mount Kilimanjaro.

This course is suggested for climbers with an extraordinary climbing experience.

The course joins the Machame course at Barranco camp on a subsequent day.

Guests to this course will go through the principal night at Umbwe Cave camp.

This course takes at least six days.

The Umbwe Route is the most un-utilized and least swarmed contrasted with different courses on Kilimanjaro.

Climbers through the Umbwe route meet climbers from Machame and Lemosho route at Barranco camp.

Extras surcharge

Pre climb or post-climb accommodation

Extra single tents for camping routes not already included

Pre climb briefing in Arusha / out of Moshi and Arusha / out of Moshi gate transfers

Additional emergency oxygen cylinders (or any emergency cylinders for Mt Meru STTK15,15+1)

Comfort upgrades such as a portable toilet (excluding STTK16, K16+1), bed, larger tent, upgraded menu, celebration items, etc.

Airport or private / non-group gate transfers and out of Moshi transfers

Domestic flights

Day trips

Flying Doctors Emergency Evacuation membership

Extra guides or porters

Personal mountain equipment such as sleeping bags, walking poles, duffel bags, etc.

Additional day for acclimatization (for STTKX)

Tour Itineraries


Direct arrival to Moshi. Pre-climb briefing on trek (time to be confirmed).

  • Approx driving distance: None
  • Approx. trekking time: None
  • Approx. trekking distance: None
  • Start altitude: None
  • End altitude: None
  • Highest Altitude reached: None
  • Altitude gain: None Meals included: None

Day 1 - Umbwe Gate to Cave Camp

Depart Moshi to Machame gate, upon arrival complete your registration. Your driver then proceeds to Umbwe gate, starts your ascent to the rain forest. During the trek, you will encounter rain and will animals before winding up your day at the camp.

  • Trekking time: 4-6hours
  • Trekking distance: 8km
  • Start altitude: 1640m
  • End altitude: 2930m
  • Highest Altitude: 2930m
  • Altitude gain: 1030m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner

Day 2 - Cave Camp to Barranco Camp

Start your ascent to heather and moorland where you will encounter different plant species with a spectacular view of Mount Kilimanjaro. This trail leads to Barranco valley and later to Barranco Camp with the spectacular view of the Western breach and Great Barranco Wall in the East.

  • Trekking time: 4-6hours
  • Trekking distance: 6km
  • Start altitude: 2930m
  • End altitude: 3960m
  • Highest Altitude: 3960m
  • Altitude gain: 1030m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3 - Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

This day is designed for acclimatization. Today you will conquer the Great Barranco Wall with the view of the Heim glacier on the top if cloudless. The trail winds down to Karanga Valley. You will then proceed with a steep climb to Karanga Camp.

  • Trekking time: 3-5hours
  • Trekking distance: 6km
  • Start altitude: 3960m
  • End altitude: 4040m
  • Highest Altitude: 4257m
  • Altitude gain: 600m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 - Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Today your trek involves a steep climb where you may have a spectacular view of Kibo peak. You will then proceed with your trek on the empty and dry landscape to Barafu Camp. You will arrive at the camp early, have a good rest before your summit trek around midnight.

  • Trekking time: 3-4 hours
  • Trekking distance: 4km
  • Start altitude: 4040m
  • End altitude: 4640m
  • Highest Altitude: 4640m
  • Altitude gain: 600m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5 - Barafu Camp to Mweka Camp

Around midnight begins a steep climb over loose volcanic scree. A slow and steady pace will take you towards Stella point, take a short rest at Stella point (5685m), proceed with your ascent to Uhuru peak (5895m). You will normally encounter snow on your way to the peak. Spend few minutes on the top of the mountain and then descend back to Barafu Camp for a short rest before you proceed to Mweka Camp to wind up your day.

  • Trekking time: 14-18hours
  • Trekking distance: 19km
  • Start altitude: 4640m
  • End altitude: 5895m
  • Highest Altitude: 5895m
  • Altitude gain:1255m
  • Altitude loss:2815m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 - Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Moshi

Today is the final day on the mountain; enjoy your breakfast before descending to Mweka gate passing through the forest zone. Upon arrival at the gate complete park formalities and tipping ceremony with your support team. Our driver will then transfer you to Moshi.

  • Trekking time: 3-4hours
  • Trekking distance: 10km
  • Start altitude: 3080m
  • End altitude: 1630m
  • Altitude loss: 1450m
  • Driving time:45minutes
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Trip Included

  • All taxes and VAT applicable
  • All National Park conservation, park entry, camping or hut and rescue fees as applicable
  • Trained, certified, and experienced English-speaking mountain guide
  • 1 x luggage porter carrying luggage of 15kg per person for Kilimanjaro / 12kg per person for Meru
  • Specialist tent crew to service and set up campsites
  • Trained and experienced personal mountain cook and waiter
  • All meals on the mountain and eating utensils, cutlery, bowls, cups, etc.
  • Pre-climb briefing and equipment check with the guide/tour consultant in Moshi
  • 1 x transfer from a Moshi based lodge to park gates per group
  • 1 x transfer from park gates to a Moshi based lodge per group
  • Crew transportation for remote gates (Londrossi / Rongai)
  • Luggage storage while on trek
  • Boiled drinking water on trek (from 1st hut/camp onwards)
  • 1 Emergency oxygen cylinder per group (excluding STTK15 and K15+1, Mt. Meru) and first aid kit
  • Twice daily health checks with guides and a high-grade medical oximeter
  • Hand washing station, sanitizers, and small personal washbasin at campsites
  • Shared public toilet facilities at huts or public campsites
  • 1 x approx. 100Ltr rubberized hold all bag/packsack
  • Basic sleeping mattress per person (provided by the park for hut routes
  • Shared use of Mountain huts (sharing) or Four season tents (sharing for even-numbered groups + 1 single tent for odd numbers), chairs, tables, dining tent for camping routes
  • Private portable toilet (inc. toilet, toilet tent, porter to carry / clean, toilet rolls)

Trip Excluded

  • Tips / gratuities
  • Beverages such as soft drinks, alcohol, etc.
  • International flights
  • Insurance
  • Visas
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Water on the first day of the trek
  • Metal & hard plastic water bottles, water bladders, etc. (note: soft plastics are not permitted on the mountain)

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Cave Camp

Cave Camp

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Barranco Camp

Barafu Camp

Barafu Camp

Mweka Camp

Mweka Camp

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