6 Days Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route

1DAY ONE: ARRIVAL – KEYS HOTEL

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro airport you will be met by our representative and taken to the hotel for dinner & overnight.

Dinner and overnight at Keys Hotel (BB)

2DAY TWO: Kilimanjaro - Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp 1800m to 2800m

In the morning you are picked up at 8am from your hotel and drive to Machame gate to collect your permits. There is then an hour drive to the Umbwe gate where after checking in you set off up through the forest zone. The first day hiking is not overly difficult but certainly steepens towards the latter end of the day. In the late afternoon you arrive in the first camp.

Dinner and overnight at Umbwe Camp (FB).

3DAY THREE: Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp: 2800m to 3900m

The second day ascends from the forest zone into the heath zone and there are some very steep sections here. Taking it easy is essential to allow your body to acclimatise. A picnic lunch is taken on route and then in the afternoon you arrive into Barranco camp in time to relax for a while before dinner. The views of the Barranco wall and Western breach pertain to events some 60,000 years ago when this whole part of the mountain collapsed

Dinner and overnight Barranco Camp (FB).

4DAY FOUR: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp: 3860m to 4200m

From Barranco camp, famous for its' giant groundsels (Dendrosenecio species), you ascend the Barranco wall and hike glacial valleys to Karanga camp. Today is a relatively short day hiking and lunch is taken at Karanga camp. In the afternoon a walk can be taken with your guides for great views of the Southern walls of Kibo and deep glacial valleys.

Dinner and Overnight Karanga Camp (FB).

5DAY FIVE:Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp: 3860m to 4600m

Today is another half day ascending to Barafu Camp. Once again lunch is taken in camp allowing plenty of time to relax before the summit bid. Desolate alpine desert and at times strong winds rip over this camp and yet in the evening splendid views of Mawenzi peak are the norm. A relatively early dinner is taken before heading to rest for the evening.

Dinner and Overnight Barafu Camp (FB)

6DAY SIX: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut 4600m to 5895m (and down to 3100m)

Most people depart just before midnight for the final summit bid. Patience and persistence is the name of game to reach the summit and by dawn as the first rays of light start to appear, most arrive near the rim. Ascending via Stella Point affords a relatively short final section to Uhuru peak, the Roof of Africa! What goes up must come down and your goal today is to reach Mweka camp.

Dinner and Overnight Mweka Camp (FB).

7DAY SEVEN: Mweka Camp to Moshi 3100m to 1830m

After breakfast you descend once again through montane forest and around mid day after saying farewell to your crew, you are picked up and transfer back to Keys hotel for a well deserved shower! (BB)

Dinner and overnight at Keys Hotel (BB)

It is possible to reduce the amount of nights on the mountain by combining day five and six. Therefore on the shorter itinerary climbers will hike from Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp and miss out the night at Karanga camp.