6 Days Kilimanjaro Trek – Umbwe Route
THE KILIMANJARO UMBWE ROUTE (ALSO KNOWN AS THE “VODKA ROUTE”) IS OFTEN CONSIDERED THE HARDEST BUT MOST SPECTACULAR AND DIRECT WAY TO REACH UHURU PEAK – FOR MORE EXPERIENCED TREKKERS.DUE TO THE DIFFICULTY LEVEL, IT’S NOT VERY POPULAR PROVIDING A NICE SENSE OF ISOLATION AND WONDERFUL VIEWS.
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Hotel pickup available
What's included :
- 5x Breakfast
- 6x Dinner
- 5x Lunch
- Accommodation included: 6 nights
- • Park fees (For non-residents)
- • A professional driver/guide
- • Roundtrip airport transfer
- Entry/Admission - Barranco Camp
- Entry/Admission - Karanga Camp
- Entry/Admission - Barafu Camp
What's excluded :
- • International flights (From/to home)
- • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
- • Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
Day 1: Day 1: Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp
Stop At: Umbwe Trail, Tanzania
The day begins with a 50 minute drive to Machame Gate where registration formalities will be completed. We then transfer through villages and coffee and banana plantations to Umbwe Gate. The trail ascends sharply on a forestry track which winds up the dense rain forest. The path narrows and steepens as we climb the ridge between two rivers surrounded by huge trees. Umbwe Camp is perched between trees and thick undergrowth.
Duration: 7 hours
Accommodation included: Overnight stay at Umbwe camp
Day 2: Day 2: Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp
Stop At: Barranco Camp, Tanzania
The second day of the trek follows rockier terrain with sparse undergrowth and straggly, moss-covered trees. As we gain elevation, glimpses of Kilimanjaro can be seen. The path flattens as we approach Barranco Valley. From Umbwe ridge, the route descends to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest.
Duration: 5 hours
Accommodation included: Overnight stay at Barranco camp
Day 3: Day 3: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Stop At: Karanga Camp, Mweka Trail, Tanzania
We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One more steep climb up leads us to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization
Duration: 5 hours
Accommodation included: Overnight stay at Karanga Camp
Day 4: Day 4: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Stop At: Barafu Camp, Tanzania
We leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position.
Duration: 5 hours
Accommodation included: Overnight stay at Barafu Camp
Day 5: Day 5: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak
Stop At: Uhuru Peak, Tanzania
Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.
From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
Duration: 8 hours
Accommodation included: Overnight stay at Mweka camp
Day 6: Day 6: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
Stop At: Mweka Trail, Tanzania
On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.
Duration: 4 hours
Accommodation included: Overnight stay at a hotel in moshi or arusha
Departure Point :Arusha, Tanzania
Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up the travelers at the booked hotel or any other place in Arusha.Airports
- Arusha Airport, Arusha, Tanzania
- Kilimanjaro International Airport, Kilimanjaro Airport Rd, Tanzania
Departure Time :8:00 AM
Return Detail :Returns to original departure point
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Not recommended for travelers with back problems
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.