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  • P.O Box 1454, Moshi, Tanzania

About Umbwe Route

From Moshi to Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp

On Day 1 we pick you up from your hotel and prepare you for your climb. After an hour’s drive to Machame Gate we register for park entrance (included), then drive to Umbwe Gate. The trail is a steep climb by forest path to Umbwe Camp: distance: 11 km/7 miles; trekking time: 5-6 hours. You will encounter wild birds and monkeys en route.

Final Elevation: /9,514 ft

Terrain : Heathland

Accommodation : tents (provided)

Umbwe Route Details

UMBWE ROUTE ITINERARY - 6 DAYS

Kilimanjaro Trekking

Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi

A brief 40 minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport, and bypassing magnificent views of Kilimanjaro, Moshi is a small, clean town at the railhead from Dar es Salaam – distance from Arusha, Tanzania’s second town is only 72km/45 miles. Moshi offers the visitor some of the best coffee in Tanzania, bustling markets and colourful street vendors. At the hotel you will
be briefed prior to your climb. We offer very pleasant mid-range to luxury hotels within walking distance of town centers.

Total Distance from airport to Moshi: 41km/25.2mi; to Arusha: 58km/36mi.

Accomodation : 3-4 star based on bed and breakfast

6 Days Trip Itinerary

From Moshi to Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp

On Day 1 we pick you up from your hotel and prepare you for your climb. After an hour’s drive to Machame Gate we register for park entrance (included), then drive to Umbwe Gate. The trail is a steep climb by forest path to Umbwe Camp: distance: 11 km/7 miles; trekking time: 5-6 hours. You will encounter wild birds and monkeys en route.

Final Elevation : /9,514 ft
Terrain : Heathland
Accommodation : tents (provided)

Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp

The second trekking day follows rockier terrain with alpine vegetation. As we reach the higher elevation of the Umbwe ridge we can see Kilimanjaro up ahead. From Umbwe ridge, the route descends to Barranco Camp through the inspiring alpine Forest of Senecio: distance: 6 km/4 miles; trekking Time: 4-5 hours.

Final Elevation : 3,976m/13,044 ft
Terrain : Alpine heath
Accommodation : tents (provided)

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

You are now ascending into the arctic zone. Here its a good idea to keep several handkerchiefs as noses begin to run! We trek from Barranco to Karanga Camp; distance: 6 km/4 miles; length of Time: 3-4hours. This allows for acclimatization as both camps are nearly at the same altitude. Although there is a moderate level of difficulty as you trek the Barranco Wall, the views are stunning. You will be scrambling over rocky mountain terrain, getting yourself ready for the final ascent. You will be in need of a rest when you reach Karanga Camp! Next stop, Barafu

Final Elevation : 3994m/13106 ft
Climate and Terrain : Arctic
Accommodation : tents (provided)

Kilimanjaro Itineraries
For all itineraries we recommend a Moshi Hotel. Price includes a 1-night stay at B&B rates.

Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Barafu is the last camp before the peak. You are well into the arctic zone now. This stage is for the true adventurers. Your ascent will be over loose shale: distance: 6 km/3 miles; length of time: 3-4hours. At this altitude your walking pace will have slowed considerably to compensate for low oxygen levels. You will get some well-earned rest early in the afternoon for your final night-time ascent to the summit. The landscape is truly arctic now with no wildlife or vegetation.

Final elevation : 4672m/15330 ft
Climate : Arctic zone
Accommodation : Tents (provided)

Final ascent: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak then down to Mweka Camp

From Barafu Camp you start your final ascent to the summit, Uhuru Peak at 5895m/19340 ft. This will also be your longest day at 12 hours. Your first climb is to Stella Point for the most glorious sunrise over Kili's sister peak, Mawenzi.

Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak : 5895m/19340 ft
Length of Time : 7-8 hours
Climate/Terrain : Arctic zone
Uhuru Peak : 5895m/19341 ft to Mweka Camp: 3067m/10,065 ft
Distance : 14 km/8í miles
Length of Time : 4-6 hours
Accommodation : tents (provided)

Mweka Camp to Arusha/Moshi hotel

TIme for well-earned rest and relaxation after a hot shower (no such luxury on the mountain!). Bed & breakfast with a return journey to the airport the following day. You will have the possibility of staying on a few extra days but this is not included. We will arrange details on request,
Prices from $1695, based on 4 people sharing; includes 1 night stay in your hotel of choice, B&B.

Kilimanjaro Itineraries
For all itineraries we recommend a Moshi Hotel. Price includes a 1-night stay at B&B rates.

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