Kilimanjaro Mountain Tramping via Ubwe Route.

Mount Kilimanjaro or just Kilimanjaro, with its three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira, is a dormant volcano in Tanzania.

Elevation: 5,895 m

Location: Kilimanjaro Region, north east Tanzania

Last eruption: Between 150,000 and 200,000 years ago

First ascenders: Ludwig Purtscheller, Hans Meyer

Northern Circuit, The Umbwe route has a well-deserved reputation of being the most challenging route on Mount Kilimanjaro. Due to the fast ascent to high altitude, this route does not provide the necessary stages for acclimatization. Although the number of people on this trail is very low, the chances of success are also low. Umbwe is considered to be very difficult, taxing route – one that should only be attempted by strong hikers who are confident in their ability to acclimatize quickly to altitude. Approaching from the south, the Umbwe route is a short, steep and direct climb. After reaching Barranco Camp, the trail turns east and traverses underneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route.

Total Duration: 6 days

Day 1 : Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp. Elevation: 5,249 ft to 9,514 ft.

  • Itinerary steps: 1
  • The day begins with a 50 minute drive to Machame Gate where registration formalities will be completed. We then transfer through villages and coffee and banana plantations to Umbwe Gate. The trail ascends sharply on a forestry track which winds up the dense rain forest. The path narrows and steepens as we climb the ridge between two rivers surrounded by huge trees. Umbwe Camp is perched between trees and thick undergrowth.
  • Meals included: lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation included: Overnight at Ubwe Camp.

Day 2 : Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp. Elevation: 9,514 ft to 13,044 ft.

  • Itinerary steps: 1
  • The second day of the trek follows rockier terrain with sparse undergrowth and straggly, moss-covered trees. As we gain elevation, glimpses of Kilimanjaro can be seen. The path flattens as we approach Barranco Valley. From Umbwe ridge, the route descends to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest.
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation included: Overnight at Baranco Camp.

Day 3 : Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp. Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft.

  • Itinerary steps: 1
  • We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One more steep climb up leads us to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization.
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation included: Overnight at Karanga Camp.

Day 4 : Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp. Elevation: 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft

  • Itinerary steps: 1
  • We leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position.
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation included: Overnight at Barafu Camp.

Day 5 : Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak. Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft

  • Itinerary steps: 1
  • Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation included: Overnight at Mweka Camp.

Day 6 : Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate . Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft.

  • Itinerary steps: 1
  • On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.
  • Meals included: breakfast
  • Accommodation not included

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Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees.

18% VAT on tour fees & services.

3 Season mountain tents -29C.

Extreme Limit Sleeping Bags.

Double layered Sleeping Mats.

Transportation to & from the mountain gate.

Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters.

3 meals daily while on the mountain Katadyn filtered water throughout the trek.

Pre & Post Trek accommodation.

Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO).

10% discount on meals at selected restaurants in Moshi Town.

2 – way shared airport transfers (for private transfers it costs $20 extra per vehicle).

Supplemental Oxygen & Pulse Oximeter.


Flights Tips to mountain.

crew Items of a personal nature.

Laundry Services.

A doctor for the group.

Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra (US$150 per toilet + toilet tent).

Published by hillbornorganiccoffee

Hillborn Organic Coffee is a Community Organizations owned business located in Moshi, Tanzania. Our fun team, knowledgeable and experienced guides specialize in various types of tours. We have thorough knowledge of the region and provide the best experiences. Whether on a budget or wanting something more luxurious, Hillborn Organic Coffee will provide you with a trip of a lifetime.

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