Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route

After arriving at Kilimanjaro airport, we’ll pick you and check into our hotel. We spend a night in Moshi allowing you time to regenerate and meet with your guides next day as they give you a detailed climb orientation and gear check as well you can do hiking in Moshi town with a guide.

DAY 2: MOSHI TO UMBWE CAVE (7950ft/2950m)

Drive to the Umbwe Gate at 1800m. From where a forestry track leads through natural rain forest to a narrow and steep forested ridge at the camp, there are some rocks which are overhanging.Hiking will be 5 to 6 hours

DAY 3: UMBWE CAVE TO BARRANCO (12850ft/3900m)

This will be a short day hiking to the forest till heath zone, and the trail continues along a spectacular ridge with superb views of the Western Breech Wall and the Great Barranco Wall. Hiking will be 5 to 6 hours.

DAY 4: BARRANCO TO KARANGA (13200ft/4100)

After breakfast, this day will be a fun day but our big challenge is to hike up the Barranco Wall, a 500 -ft lava flow. It’s not a technical wall, but challenging nonetheless. Once on top of the "wall", the climb becomes easier and extremely beautiful with fantastic views of the crags and crevasses of the jagged peaks of Kibo on your left. Lastly we descend into the Karanga Valley then up to the camp. Hiking will be 3 to 4 hours.

DAY 5: KARANGA-BARAFU & SUMMIT (15,200ft/4,633m)

It’s all slopes and a little uphill to the rocky. Barafu means "ice" in Swahili, and it is extremely windy and cold at this altitude. There is a buzz of excitement in the air, as climbers anticipate our toughest day just ahead. The clouds revealing the eroded peak of Mawenzi, painted with colors of the African sun. Summit will be at midnight Today’s the toughest day, we slowly up over the rocky outcrops and through the scree until we reach to the top of the rim earlier to enjoy the sunrise on the top of the roof of Africa, view of the summit is dramatic, the weather and effects of altitude will determine how long we stay here. After summit we will be back to Barafu for lunch then down to Mweka camp for last night on the mountain.


Mweka camp: (10,000ft/3000m) Mweka Gate: (5,500ft/1,676m) Moshi: (3,000ft/600m) • 30 minute drive In the morning we have a 3-4 hour walk down to the gate, where the Covenant tours vehicles meet you and take you back to the hotel for the certificate.