Mount Kilimanjaro


Route overview

The Umbwe route is one of the shortest routes to the Southern Glaciers and the Western Breach and its the most challenging route on Mt Kilimanjaro. Approaching from the south, the Umbwe route is a short, steep and direct climb. It is probably the most scenic, non-technical route on Kilimanjaro.

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Day 1: Start: Lemosho Gate (2385 m)- Big Tree Camp (2780 m)

.Altitude: ? 395 m .Walking Time: 2-3h

Hike through the lush forest. Gradually climbing along a footpath.

Day 2: Start: Big Tree Camp (2780 m)

Shira Camp 2 (3900 m) .Altitude: ? 1120 m .Walking Time: 7-8h

A long day with ups and downs. Great views of Kibo and Shira Ridge as you emerge from the forest.

Day 3: Shira Camp 2 (3900 m)- Barranco Camp (3960 m)

.Altitude: ? 740 m ? 680 m .Walking Time: 6-7h

Another long day through interesting vegetation, especially around the Lava Tower rock formation.

Day 4: Barranco Camp (3960 m) - Karanga Camp (4035 m)

.Altitude: ? 100 m ? 25 m .Walking Time: 3-4h

Conquering the Barranco Wall, breathtaking views of a glacier waits. More ups and downs.

Day 5: Start: Karanga Camp (4035 m) - Barafu Camp (4640 m)

.Altitude: ? 605 m .Walking Time: 3-4h

An easy footpath through a rock-strewn moon landscape.

Day 6: Start: Barafu Camp (4640 m) - Crater Camp (5730 m)

.Altitude: ? 1090 m .Walking Time: 6-7h

A particularly early start and a challenging climb up the Kibo before descending into the Crater.

Day 7: Start: Crater Camp (5730 m) - Uhuru Peak (5895 m) – Mweka Camp (3080 m)

.Altitude: ? 165 m ? 2815 m .Walking Time: 7-9h

A slow two hour ascent to the summit. After brief celebrations, descend back towards the rainforest.

Day 8: Start: Mweka Camp (3080 m) - Mweka Gate (1630 m)

.Altitude: ? 1450 m .Walking Time: 2-3h

A traditional farewell ceremony will be followed by an easy few hours’ descent back through the rainforest to the gate.


- All national park fees
- Airport transfers
- Bottled water on the first day of the climb, boiled and
   filtered on the mountain
- Three meals a day during the climb
- Pre and Post climb accommodation in Moshi
- Entry fees to Kilimanjaro national park
- All government taxes
- Professional local mountain guide(s)


- Visa and travel insurance
- Porters and Guide tips
- Local and international flights
- Any meals not mentioned above
- Sleeping bags
- Trekking gear such as walking poles
- Laundry
- Optional activities such as day trips and safaris



P.O. Box 1027,
Moshi -
Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.