Kilimanjaro Climb - 8 Days Umbwe Route

Kilimanjaro Trek - Umbwe Route

Umbwe is a short route, providing challenges as it is very difficult to climb due to its steepness. Due to the fast ascension, this route does not provide the enough time for altitude acclimatization so proceeding slowly is vital. Although the traffic on this route is very low, the chances of success are not as great unless a acclimatization day is added. The route is offered at a minimum of six days, and seven days is preferred. This route merges along the way with Machame route, Lemosho route and Shira route.
Western Breach Approach
An alternative route to the summit approaches Uhuru Peak from the west, called the Western Breach Route. The strenuous Western Breach ascends 850m in about 1.25 miles (2 km), and requires some scrambling (climbing on hands and feet) at certain points. This path is very beautiful but also very challenging due to its rocks formations and its steep slope.

The Western Breach was gaining popularity by climbers using the Umbwe, Lemosho, Shira and Machame routes until a rock fall claimed the lives of three climbers in January 2006. In response, Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA) closed the Western Breach Route but in 2007 KINAPA open it again with condition that all clients and their supporting members who want to use this option must sign at the entrance gate that they are doing for their own risk.

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Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1: Kilimanjaro International Airport to Moshi
  • Day 2: Moshi to Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Cave Camp
  • Day 3: Umbwe Cave Camp to Barranco Camp
  • Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
  • Day 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
  • Day 6: Barafu Camp to Summit Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
  • Day 7: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Moshi
  • Day 8: Departure to Kilimanjaro International Airport

Day 1: Kilimanjaro International Airport to Moshi

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will meet our designated driver who will pick you up and transfer to Moshi to your lodge for overnight.


Day 2: Moshi to Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Cave Camp

The climb twitches from Umbwe Gate, the path follows a wedge amid two deep valleys up through the dense montane rain forest. The base camp is perched between huge trees and thick undergrowth. There is no water available at this campsite, so we must carry from the gate entirely the water needed for intake, diet preparation, and cleaning.


Day 3: Umbwe Cave Camp to Barranco Camp

The path gets sharper on this section, as you get out of the forest along the Umbwe ridge the route descends somewhat to the Barranco camp positioned in the valley.


Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

A steep climb up the eastern wall clues us just beneath the Heim Glacier, where we may have some remarkable views of Kilimanjaro. The steep hike to the Karanga Camp includes the route along the Great Barranco Wall with the south-eastern slopes of Kibo which will continue down into the alpine desert of the Karanga valley. This would provide you an opportunity to view the vast scenic vista of Kilimanjaro.


Day 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

A steep climb out of Karanga, and an easy path on compacted scree with wide views through this empty and dry scenery up to Barafu Camp. 
It is the difference of experience to climb Kilimanjaro. The two peaks the Kibo and the Mawenzi can be detected from Barafu Camp. Here you would have a hot lunch and a splendid rest before preparing for the final ascent in an early night summit walk..


Day 6: Barafu Camp to Summit Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

Wake up earlier midnight in the shelter of darkness. We begin a steep climb over slack volcanic scree has some well-classified zigzags and a slow but the firm pace will take us to the rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5,735m. We will break there for few minutes to appreciate the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling good can continue gradually to make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m), which is the highest point in Africa. After a few minutes to appreciate your achievement we descend to Barafu, is amazingly fast, and we stop at Barafu Camp for some nourishment, then we continue to descend to reach Mweka Camp.


Day 7: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Moshi

A mild walk takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka gate, successful climbers will receive their summit certificates award. Then we drive back to Moshi at your Hotel.


Day 8: Departure to Kilimanjaro International Airport

After breakfast at your lodge, you may wish to extend your stay at the place for more relaxation or you may option to go for a safari. If you wish to do so kindly let us know so that we can make arrangement in advance, but if not our driver will be on standby to transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport to connect with your flight back home.


Proper equipment is real extremely important to the success, comfort and safety of your trip.

Recommended clothing has four features;
Manages moisture
 – Wicks perspiration from your skin, use for the base layers.
Should be a durable – comfortable, insulating, breathable, soft fabrics are polarity wind, Gore-Tex wind stopper.
Windproof – waterproof and breathable like Gore-Tex or similar (outer layers)
Insulating material – should be down fill or synthetic-fill and fit cover all layers like, down, prim aloft and polar guard.

For sleeping:

3-4 season sleeping bag and silk liner(optional), on the mountain temperature can get down to zero degrees Fahrenheit (-18° C) at night, so bring a warm bag.
Sleeping pad, a closed cell form camping mattress is OK; an inflatable Thermo-Rest is more comfortable.

For the head and face:

  • Pile or a wool hat-Bring one that covers ears, a balaclava
  • Shade hat or cap and scarf to cover your neck
  • Dark sunglasses with strong UV protection (glacier glasses)
  • Sunscreen-30 SPF
  • Lip salve
  • Head torch(flashlight) with spare batteries

For the upper body:

  • T-shirts-Synthetics are the best approx 4.
  • Upper body layers-long sleeved thermal tops, a fleece/warm jumper (thick winter fleece) and a pile jacket.
  • Rain gear-Bring a good of Gore-tax or waterproof clothes.
  • Wind stopper (optional you can use rain gear)
  • Gloves for summit night (e.g. ski gloves with silk liner or down Mittens are ideal)
  • 25-35 liters day sack/rucksack with good waist strap to carry water, camera, snacks etc.

For the legs:

  • Quick dry hiking short.
  • Long underwear bottoms
  • Warm trousers/for the evening and summit day
  • Rain paints and wind paint as well.
  • Undergarment (enough for duration of the trek)

For the feet: 

  • Thin socks-Three pair of synthetic socks.
  • Thick socks-3/4 pairs of specialist trekking socks, one warm pair for summit day.
  • Hiking boot (one pair medium weight)
  • Gaiters-To keep dirt, scree and snow out of your boots.
  • Tennis shoes (to wear in the camp after a day of hiking)

For hydration:

  • Water bottles(minimum 2 liters) Camel back packs(with dust cup) Nalgene bottles, aluminum Sigg, Ideally one bottle should be able to contain hot liquids(optional)
  • Water treatment-Bring a water treatment. We will filtrate the water before you use.
  • Water flavoring (optional)

Additional Items:

  • Trekking poles
  • Camera/film or memory card, extra batteries
  • Casual clothes for traveling, spare day and celebration dinner.
  • Isotonic drink powder or tablets (optional)
  • Energy bars/chocolate/nuts or energy tablets
  • Plastic bags (to protect clothes from rain, for dirty washing, etc)
  • Sunglasses (spare)
  • Swiss army knife (optional)
  • Credit card (in case of emergencies) – let your credit card company know you are traveling to Tanzania
  • Money belt to be worn inside trousers or skirt
  • If you wear contact lenses it is advisable to also bring your glasses
  • Playing cards, reading material etc.

Health and Hygiene

  • High-factor sun cream (30SPF) and lip salve (mountain sun can be very strong)
  • Wet wipes
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Biodegradable nappy sacks (optional, but useful to store rubbish)
  • Personal toiletries (please only bring biodegradable products)
  • Earplugs (in case of snorers!)
  • Toilet paper (will be provided)
  • Lightweight trekking towel
  • Vaseline/talcum powder

Small Medical Kit

Although you will have a team Medically Trained Guide in your trip, it is advisable bring along a small personal medical kit.

  • Dimox (Accetomalozide) for altitude adjustment

Dexemethasone (Emergence medicine)

  • Antiseptic cream
  • Plasters (band-aids)
  • Lint wound dressing
  • Knee support
  • Crepe bandage
  • Safety pins
  • Pain killers (Paracetamol and ibuprofen)
  • Insect repellent
  • Deep heat ointment
  • Diareze/Imodium, Cipro and Pepto-Bismol
  • Oral rehydration salts
  • Compeed blister plasters (Moleskin)
  • Malaria tablets /Malaron

Note: Malaron, Dimox and Dexamethasone are prescription medicine we highly recommending you to discuss with your Doctor. We are not carrying this medicine in our First Aid Kit.
Hiring any additional clothing upon booking we will provide equipment hiring price list, upon arrival in Moshi we will check over any clothing/equipment you have.
COTTON clothing must be avoided, because its dries very slowly, choose wool or synthetic fabrics that wicks the sweat and moisture from your skin.

Mountain medication (A few drugs that help AMS)

Note: Malaron and Dimox are prescription medicine we highly recommending you to discuss with your Doctor. We are not carrying this medicine in our First Aid Kit

Group Expeditions

The price per person for group expeditions are fixed based on a group size. However, we have optional arrangements for individual private and tailor-made preferences best suited for you, your family and friends.

Group Booking Prices

1 SOLO (1) Person US$ 1,875
2 2 Peoples US$ 1,799
3 3 Peoples US$ 1,650
4 4 - 5 Peoples US$ 1,570
5 6 - 8 Peoples US$ 1,410
6 9 - 10 Peoples US$ 1,350


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