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6-Day Umbwe Route: Conquer Kilimanjaro's Swift Ascent


Embark on an exhilarating 6-day adventure through the challenging Umbwe Route, offering a direct ascent to Kilimanjaro's summit. This itinerary is tailored for experienced trekkers seeking an intense and rewarding climb.


Day 1: Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp

  • Elevation (ft): 6,076ft to 9,514ft

  • Distance: 10 km

  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

  • Habitat: Rainforest

Begin your expedition at Umbwe Gate, following a steep path into the dense rainforest. The trail weaves through ancient trees, revealing glimpses of Kilimanjaro's majesty. Arrive at Umbwe Camp, where you'll rest and prepare for the days ahead.


Day 2: Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp via Lava Tower

  • Elevation (ft): 9,514ft to 13,065ft

  • Distance: 7 km

  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours

  • Habitat: Moorland

Ascend to Lava Tower, a volcanic formation, where you'll experience higher altitudes. Afterward, descend to Barranco Camp, nestled in a picturesque valley. This day provides essential acclimatization.


Day 3: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

  • Elevation (ft): 13,065ft to 13,106ft

  • Distance: 5 km

  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Tackle the Barranco Wall, a thrilling scramble that rewards with breathtaking views. Continue to Karanga Camp, perched on a ridge with sweeping vistas of the plains below.


Day 4: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

  • Elevation (ft): 13,106ft to 15,331ft

  • Distance: 4 km

  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Journey to Barafu Camp, the last stop before your summit attempt. As you ascend, the landscape transforms into an arid alpine desert, offering an otherworldly experience.


Day 5: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

  • Elevation (ft): 15,331ft to 19,341ft (and down to 10,170ft)

  • Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent

  • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent

  • Habitat: Arctic / Rainforest

Begin your summit bid in the early hours, guided by the moonlight and the promise of dawn. Reach Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa, just in time for a breathtaking sunrise. Descend to Mweka Camp, immersed in the lush rainforest.


Day 6: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

  • Elevation Loss: 10,170ft to 5,380ft

  • Distance: 10 km

  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

  • Habitat: Rainforest

Descend through the vibrant rainforest, reminiscing about your extraordinary achievement. Arrive at Mweka Gate, where you'll receive a well-deserved certificate and bid farewell to Kilimanjaro.

Embark on this challenging yet rewarding 6-day journey, conquering Kilimanjaro's Umbwe Route and standing tall at Uhuru Peak, the pinnacle of Africa.



Starting from 1499 USD

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What is included​​

  • Quality, Waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tent

  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs

  • Certified, experienced, English speaking mountain guides

  • All Tanzanian National Park Fees

  • Government Climbing Taxes

  • Climbing permits

  • All hot Meals prepared by our cook while on Mountain

  • Guides, Porters and Cook Salaries

  • Fair and ethical treatment of Porters

  • Enough porters to carry your luggage

  • Safety Equipment

  • Emergency Oxygen

  • Pulse Ox meter

  • Hot drinks at every meal

  • Water provided on climb, mineral water for the first day and boiled water every day

  • Emergency rescue fees

  • Personal Summit Certificate signed by the National Park and your Guide

What is not included

  • International airfares and departure taxes

  • Personal items and toiletries

  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, laundry services, and visa and international flight ticket fees

  • Private portable mobile toilet with a tent on the mountain

  • Tips for guides, porters, and cook

  • (Tipping guide: 10-20$US for Porter, 15-25$US for Cook, 20-30$US for Guide, per day and per group) Please Expect 15-20% Tipping

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