Climb Mt Kilimanjaro - 6 Day Umbwe Route

Challenge yourself to climb the steepest route to the summit of Africa’s highest mountain. 8 days.

7 Nights
Year round

The Umbwe route is the steepest and most direct route to the top of Mt.Kilimanjaro. This route may not be technical but it is certainly taxing as it takes a fast ascent to the southern glaciers, western breach and ultimately the Uhuru peak.

Your hassle-free adventure includes

  • 6 days trekking
  • 5 nights camping
  • 2 nights B&B accommodation (before and after the trek)
  • Local, certified guide
  • Fair and sustainable wages for cook and porters
  • Meals and drinking water
  • Local transfers
  • Airport transfers
  • All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip

Perfect for

Experienced trekkers who want to push their limits and conquer this iconic mountain.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Visa fees
  • Equipment hire
  • Energy snacks and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

You can climb on your own if you wish, or you can choose to join a bigger group.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Mount Kilimanjaro isn’t a technique climbing mountain; anyone of reasonable fitness should be capable of summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro. You just need to be prepared and determined. The Kilimanjaro National Park authority allows children from 12 years to an old man of 80 years.

Due to Tanzania’s proximity to the equator, this region doesn’t typically experience the extremes of winter and summer weather but has dry and wet seasons instead. The local weather conditions on Kilimanjaro can be somewhat unpredictable to say the very least; rainfall varies from 2100mm per year in the rainforest belt to less than 120mm per year in the summit zone. Similarly, daily temperature changes are unexpected when compared to normal weather cycles, and are largely dependent on altitude.

It is possible to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro all year round, however, the months outside of the rainy seasons are more desirable. The best months are from December to March, and July to October. The finest weather is usually at the beginning of the year from January to March, which are typically the warmest and driest months of the year.

During your trip, a team of experienced chefs will cook and serve you nutritious meals.

Breakfast: Fruit juice and fruit, cereal, porridge, eggs prepared at request, breads and toast with jam margarine and honey, French-toast, pancakes, sausage, bacon, teas, coffee, drinking chocolate.

Snacks: peanuts, crisp, popcorn, cookies, chocolate, dried fruits.

Lunch: Sliced vegetables, fruit, boiled egg, meat cutlets, various sandwiches options (egg/ cheese/tomato/tuna/meat/peanut butter), macaroni and meat sauce and breads.

Dinner: soup of the day, bread, salads, rice, pasta, potatoes, roast or fried chicken, beef or fish, curries, mixed vegetables, lentils, fruit salad, fruit with custard, teas, coffee, drinking chocolate.

On summit night, you’ll enjoy a midnight snack with juice, soup, hot chocolate, tea or coffee and biscuits. When you return to base camp, a nice meal will be waiting for you to reward all your hard work.

If you have any special requests, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

No technical equipment is required to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Your host will provide you with a full packing list before you travel. Below is a list of essential and strongly recommended items: - Waterproof Jacket - Waterproof Pants - Waterproof Day Pack Cover - Day Pack - Soft Sided Rucksack - Water Bottle - Camelback (2LTotal - Down Jacket - Snow Pants - Gloves - Glove Liners - Beanie / Hat - Buff/ Balaclava - Scarf - Fleece - Thermal underwear - (2-3) Walking Trousers - (4-5) Wool Socks - (3-4) Sock Liners - Trekking Poles - Gaiters - Head Torch - Weather Rated Sleeping Bag (-20 degree)

Other recommendations are: - Toiletries - Suncream and hat - Personal first aid kit - Camera - Mobile phone - Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

Yes, your host is one of the pioneers in the field of ethical tourism in Tanzania. They are part of the Killimanjaro Porters Assistance Project which works to raise public awareness regarding the proper treatment of porters on Kilimanjaro and assists climbing companies with implementing procedures that ensure fair and ethical treatment of their porters.

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) is served by flights from all over Europe. You’re free to book whichever flights you like as long as they meet the included transfer times.

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There are six established routes to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro - Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai and Umbwe. The Lemosho and Shira routes approach from the west of the mountain; the Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe routes all approach from the south; and the Rongai route approaches from the north near Kenya. All routes, except Marangu, descend via Mweka.

The Umbwe route is the shortest and most direct route to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, but it’s also the steepest. This scenic route doesn’t require any technical climbing skills but the fast ascent to a higher altitude can be really tough. The route is fairly quiet so a great one to take for anyone who has completed the summit via another route previously, or just experienced climbers looking for the ultimate challenge.

Start point

You will be met by your host upon arrival to Kilimanjaro International Airport, and transferred for overnight accommodation at Bristol Cottages B&B. Your head guide will meet you for your briefing, gear check and arrange for you to hire any equipment you may need.

Finish point

Your tour will end at around 12:00 and you will be transferred back to Bristol Cottages B&B in Moshi for an overnight stay ahead of your transfer back to the airport in the morning.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport

Your host will meet you on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer you to your accommodation for the night.

Here, your guide will meet you for a briefing and equipment check before you retire for an early night ahead of tomorrow’s adventure.

Day 2: Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Cave

You will leave the town of Moshi this morning at around 09:00 and head for the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate.

The trek will begin through rainforests and windy trails as your guide tells you about the natural wildlife. Gaiters and trekking poles are highly recommended at these lower elevations as the trail can be muddy and quite slippery.

Your path will follow a ridge which will take you between two deep valleys and up through dense mountain forest to your first camp deep in the undergrowth.

5km trekking, 6-8 hours, elevation: 1800m to 3000m

Day 3: Umbwe Cave to Barranco Camp

After a good night’s rest and breakfast at camp, you’ll leave the rainforest behind and continue on a steep ascending path along the Umbwe ridge.

As you get closer to camp, the path will descend slightly and the temperatures will begin to drop.

Barranco camp sits hidden in the valley (3950m). From camp, you will have a gentle reminder of the challenge that lies ahead as the summit of Kili towers in the background.

5km trekking, 4-6 hours, elevation: 3000m to 4000m

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

After breakfast this morning, you’ll continue on a steep ridge to the Barranco Wall which will take a steady 1-2 hours to scale.

This is a challenge of both physical and mental agility; the wall appears higher than its 257m, and although it is a challenge, slow and deliberate steps are the trick to an easier scramble to the top.

From the top of the Barranco Wall, you’ll continue to trek across hills and valleys before a sharp descent into Karanga Valley. One more steep climb will take you to Karanga camp where you will rest tonight.

5km trekking, 4-6 hours, elevation: 4000m to 4050m

Day 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Your trek this morning will meet with the Mweka route; from this junction you’ll continue on a rocky trail to the Barafu Hut, marking your completion of the southern circuit.

You’ll set up camp for the last time before summit day. The trek is a short but steep one so you’ll appreciate the extra time to rest ahead of tomorrow.

3km trekking, 3-5 hours, elevation: 4050m to 4700m

Day 6: Summit Day and Mweka Camp

Summit day arrives early at 02:00 as you begin the most physically and mentally challenging part of the trek.

You’ll begin with a trek through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim before a 1-hour ascent through snow to Uhuru Peak (5895m); the highest point on Mt. Kilimanjaro and possibly your greatest trekking accomplishment.

After celebratory photographs, you’ll descend over loose gravel and volcano ash terrain to Mweka Camp; have your gaiters and trekking poles ready for some steep and tricky paths.

Up: 5km, 5-7 hours, elevation: 4700m to 5895m Down: 13km, 5-6 hours, descent to 3090m

Day 7: From Mweka Gate to Moshi

After breakfast this morning it’s time to leave and continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate. You may need your gaiters and trekking poles at this point; the weather will be significantly warmer making the terrain wet and muddy.

When you reach the park gate, you’ll be rewarded with your summit certificate. Your transfer will be waiting for you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Mochi (30-minute drive).

Arrive at the hotel to enjoy a hot shower and final farewell dinner to mark the end of an incredible adventure.

10km trekking, 3-4 hours, elevation: 3090m to 1680m

Day 8: Time to Head Home

Breakfast this morning will mark the end of this remarkable trip; you may decide to continue your adventure in Tanzania, but if it’s time to go home, your transfer will be ready to take you back to the airport.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.


Your first and final nights will be spent at the Bristol Cottages B&B in the middle of Moshi town on the foothills of Kilimanjaro.

The accommodation sits within lush green gardens and offers rooms with en-suite bathrooms with hot water, air conditioning, and free WiFi. There is a restaurant on site offering a selection of Tanzanian, Indian, Italian and Continental food, with room service also available.

During the trek, you will camp at a number of camps along the Umbwe route.

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