6 days


Mt. Kilimanjaro





The Umbwe route is deserved to be considered the most challenging route and that should be attempted by a strong and real adventurer team. This is because the trail is not well-opened due to low traffic. The route does not give a necessary stage for acclimatization due to the fast ascent to high altitude which may lead to altitude sickness. The success rate to this route with Kilimanjaro Simon Adv Travel is 85%.

The Umbwe route starts with a short drive from Moshi town to the Umbwe gate where the hike begins, later joins with Machame, Lemosho and Shira route at Baranco and heads to East south at Barafu camp before the summit. Its first day is covered with a real adventure experience on a thick, healthy forest and wet trail.

✓All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel
✓Airport transfer on your Arrival day and at your
 departure day
✓ Hotel on your arrival day and a day after Kilimanjaro trip. Bed & breakfast 
✓Professional, experienced, mountain guides
✓Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees
✓Quality mountain sleeping hut sharing basis)
✓Sleeping Mattress
✓Emergency Oxygen Cylinder
✓All meals while on the Mountain
✓Quality Dinning with table and chairs
✓Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
✓Clean, purified drinking water
✓Conservation fees (part of park fees)
✓Hut fees (part of park fees)
✓Rescue fees (part of park fees)
✓VAT (18% charged by the Government)
✓Kilimanjaro summit certificate
×Tanzania Visa
×International and domestic flight
×Personal trekking equipment such as sleepings bags, hiking boots, clothes, etc (available for renting)
×Tips for the crew 
×Travel insurance
×Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
×Meals not listed in the itinerary
×Liquors, beers and bottled beverages
×Surcharge for online payment of advance and balance (5% on each payment)

We will pick you up from Kilimanjaro Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Moshi.
Pre-trek briefing at your Moshi hotel. You should be planning to arrive at least one day before the start of the trek. Today we will spend time having a pre-trek briefing. We will also review your equipment and rent any equipment which is needed.

Drive from Moshi to the Umbwe Gate (about 1 hour). Commence the climb through the rain forest with packed lunch on route.

  • Elevation: 1660m/5450ft to 2850m/9350ft
  • Distance: 11km/7mi
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest
  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast, we leave the glades of the forest and follow an ascending path on the open moorland to Barranco Camp.

  • Elevation: 2850m/9350ft to 4000m/13,000ft
  • Distance: 6km/4mi
  • Walking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Semi-desert
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.

  • Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft
  • Distance: 5km/3mi
  • Hiking Time: 34 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day.

  • Elevation: 4050m/13,250ft to 4700m/15,350ft
  • Distance: 4km/2mi
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through a heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit.

From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa!

From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.

  • Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft
    Down to 3090m/10,150ft
  • Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down
  • Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes).

  • Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft
  • Distance: 10km/6mi
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Meals: Breakfast

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