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Umbwe Route (6 days Hiking)
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The Umbwe Route is one of the shortest and possibly toughest routes to Uhuru Peak but also one of the most spectacular.  It travels the southern side of the Kilimanjaro and is one of the least utilized routes. It has shorter, but steeper hikes between camps.

You may have seen this route featured on the IMAX big screen movie.

Day 1: Arrival at the Airport.
Our staff will meet you at Kilimanjaro International airport and transfer you to your prearranged lodging for the night. Before dinner, your guide will go through all your equipment and supplies; they will sit with you and brief you on the climb ahead.  Turn in early and get a good nights sleep because you are about to start the adventure of a life time!

Day 2 (Hiking Day 1): Lodge to Umbwe Cave
After breakfast our staff will meet you and we will head for Umbwe Gate.  After the required check-in and registration you will begin your hike.  The path is a narrow ridge between the Lonzo and the Umbwe rivers traveling through dense rain forest where you will enjoy a lunch.  It is a steady rather steep climb until you reach camp at Umbwe Cave.

Your camp will be set up and warm water to freshen up before dinner will be available.  You will spend the night in your tent.

Overnight: Umbwe Cave
Altitude range: 2,100 m (6,800 ft) to 2,940 meters (9,600 ft)
Hiking time: About 6 hours
Distance: 11 km (7 miles)
Habitat: Rain forest


Day 3 (Hiking Day 2): Umbwe Cave - Barranco Valley Camp (12,960 ft).                                                 Distance 4 miles approximately with 5-6 hours walk.
After breakfast we start hiking, it wonít be long until we leave the forest and enter heather land.  After a picnic we gain more altitude as the trail becomes steep and we travel through the Southern Glacier Branches to Barranco Valley Camp. From here you will have nice views of the Barranco Wall and the Western Breech.

After dinner itís time to turn in.

Overnight: Barranco Valley Camp
Altitude range: 2,940 m (9,600 ft) to 3,900 meters (13,000 ft)
Hiking time: About 6 hours
Distance: 6 km (4 miles)
Habitat: Rain forest - Semi-Desert and Rocky Terrain

Day 4 (Hiking Day 3): Baranco Valley(12,800 ft) - Karanga Valley Camp(13,000 ft)                                                  
Today will be a bit easier.  After breakfast we climb for a short while then spend some time working our way down into Karanga Valley.  You may wish to take an afternoon nap are do some exploring around camp.

After dinner get some rest.

Overnight: Karanga Valley Camp
Altitude range: 3,900 m (13,000 ft) to 4,200 meters (13,700 ft)
Hiking time: About 4 hours
Distance: 7 km (4 miles)
Habitat: Semi-Desert and Rocky Terrain

Day 5 (Hiking Day 4): Karanga Valley Camp (13,700 ft) - Barafu Camp(14,928 ft).                                                                  

After breakfast we start the hike to Barafu Camp as we zigzag thrpugh the semi-desert and rocky hills.  After a picnic lunch on the way we proceed to Barafu Camp.  If you havenít felt the effects of the altitude yet you are sure to now.  We should arrive at the camp early and you should take the opportunity to get some rest.  We will need to have an early night to get ready for the summit at midnight.

At camp, your guide will advise you to familiarize yourself with your surroundings before dark, as you will be leaving in the dark before midnight to make the final ascent to the summit.

You will also need to spend some time preparing your equipment for your summit attempt. Ensure that your headlamp and camera along with batteries are in order and make sure you have spare sets of batteries available as well.  Also have your water in a thermal flask

Overnight: Barafu Camp
Altitude range: 4,200 m (13,700 ft) to 4,560 meters (15,000 ft)
Hiking time: 3 hours
Distance: 6 km (4 miles)
Habitat: Alpine Desert and Rocky Terrain

DAY 6 (HIKING DAY 5): Barafu camp  - Stella Point - Uhuru Peak (SUMMIT) - Mweka Campsite
Today will by far be your TOUGHEST day of the climb, you will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you head off into the night towards Stella Point on the Kibo Crater rim.  The walk to Stella point is for many climbers probably the most mentally and physically challenging part of the entire route. You will be hiking about 6 hours through rocky terrain and scree to get to Stella Point where you will stop for a rest and if the weather cooperates, one of the most stunning sites you may see in your lifetime - a truly magnificent sunrise over all of Africa!

Departing from Stella Point, you will follow a path along the crater rim that is not steep but more than likely you will be walking through snow for the next hour or 2 until you finally reach the summit of Uhuru Peak at 5,895 meter (19,340 ft).

CONGRADULATIONS you made it!

Donít get too relaxed and spend too much time on the summit, even if the weather is good. Cold and fatigue will set in quickly and you may find it very difficult to get started again.  So spend a little time to enjoy the fact that you have conquered Kilimanjaro, get the camera out and take some pictures, then it will be best that you get moving again as itís a long way down!  The first part of your descent back through the scree to Barafu will take almost 3 hours. Here you will stop for a short rest before heading down to Mweka Hut.  It will take about 5 hours to work your way down the rock and scree path to the moorland and eventually back into the rain forest.  Oh what a feeling as oxygen once again returns to your body! Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. As usual your tents, dinner, and washing water will be prepared.  Iíll bet you will sleep well tonight!

Altitude range: 4,560 meters (15,000 ft) - 5,895 meters (19,340 ft) - 3,100 meters (10,200 ft)
Hiking time: 15 - 16 hours
Distance: 30 km (19 miles)
Habitat: Snow, Ice and Stony scree



DAY 7 (HIKING DAY 6): Mweka camp - Mweka Gate - Lodging
After an early and well-deserved breakfast, it is a short 3-hour and scenic hike back to the Mweka Park Gate.  Here you will sign your name and enter your details in a register. To make your achievement official, you will receive a summit certificate. If you reached Stella Point you will be presented with a green certificate, and if you made it all the way to Uhuru Peak you will have earned yourself a gold certificate. Then a drive back to your lodging and a hot shower! 

Perhaps you will want to arrange an optional trip to Arusha for some souvenir shopping.

Take some time out for a bit of celebrating before getting a decent night's rest in a comfortable bed.

Altitude range: 3,100 meters (10,200 ft) - 1,970 meters (6,500 ft)
Hiking time: 3 hours
Distance: About 15 km's (9 miles)
Habitat: Forest


DAY 8: Back home
Our staff will transfer you back to (JRO) OR Kilimanjaro International airport for your onward flights, Zanzibar, Dar Es Salaam or your National Parks safari