Trekking - Umbwe Route
The Umbwe Route is widely regarded as the
hardest trail, a tough vertical slog through the jungle, in places using the
tree roots as makeshift rungs on a ladder. Having reached the Southern Circular
Route, trekkers can continue north-west to tackle Kibo from the west and the
difficult Arrow Glacier Route; or you can follow the Southern Circular Route
east round to Barafu and approach the summit from there. The entire walk up and
down takes a minimum of five days if going via the Barafu Campsite (though this
is entirely too rapid; take six minimum, with a day at Karanga Valley); or five
minimum (six is again better) if going via the Western Breach/Arrow Glacier,
with more days if sleeping in the crater
Drive from Moshi to the Umbwe Gate. Commence the climb through the rain forest with packed lunch on route. Dinner and overnight at the first encampment (9,186 ft / 2,800 m).
After breakfast, we leave the glades of the forest and follow an ascending path on the open moorland to the Barranco Hut (12,795 ft / 3,900 m).
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, through the Karanga Valley (13,770 ft / 4,200 m), and the junction that connects with the Mweka Trail.
We continue to the Barafu Hut. 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. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo can be viewed from our camp.
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 a.m.) we begin our push to the summit. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point (18,652 ft / 5,685 m), you stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to experience.
From Stella Point, you will encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour trek to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak we have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.
It can be very cold at night at these elevations, but you will be quite warm by the end of the hiking day. You will want clothing with you for both extremes.
From the summit we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel. 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 rest. Beer and soda may be available for purchase at the Mweka Hut.
After breakfast we continue the descent 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 provide plenty of warmth (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi. Don't forget to tip your guides and porters. It is time for celebration!
Price : Umbwe route 6day: 2PAX - 4PAX 1505$ PER PERSON, 5PAX - 8PAX 1465$ PER PERSON, 9PAX - 12PAX 1425$ PER PERSON
- National Park gate fees
- Transport from Moshi to starting point on mountain and return to Moshi
- Hut or camping fees
- Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes
- Salaries for all crew members
- Rescue fees (as required by national park)
- All meals on the mountain
- Tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and eating utensils
- Airport Pickup
- Accommodation 1 day before and 1 day after the trek
|Price does not include:
- Tips for guides and porters
- Sleeping bags and personal items
- Airport drop-off
|Budget for extras:
- $170 for extra day on the mountain
- $270 - $300/person tip
- $30 for meals in Moshi
- $30 for Kilimanjaro Airport departure tax
Every client must send a deposit which is 200$ for kili climb and 100$ for safari in order to secure the booking while the balance will be finished in cash on arrival. however, the deposit is non refundable due to the any cancellation. and every client should consider that as a very strictly.
Our professionally trained cooks serve up the best cuisine on Kilimanjaro, using
the freshest and highest quality ingredients. You will be provided with
breakfast, lunch and dinner each day spent on the mountain. The food,
specifically selected to help your climb, good taste, high carbohydrate (energy)
foods that are easily digestible. You may bring some supplementary “comfort”
foods, such as candy, gum, chocolate, energy bars or powdered energy drinks.
Breakfast: Toast (with honey, jam and/or butter); French
toast; pancakes; sausage; bacon; eggs (scrambled, fried, poached, omelet and
Spanish egg); cooked vegetables; fruits (oranges, mangos, bananas, pineapple),
cereals; hot cereal; tea; coffee; cocoa; juice.
Lunch: Meat sandwiches; chicken, vegetables sandwiches;
grilled cheese sandwiches; fruits (oranges, mangos, bananas, pineapple and
paw-paws); boil eggs; French fries (chips), tea; coffee; cocoa; juice
Dinner: Beef, chicken, fish (roasted, stewed, curried);
pasta; rice; vegetables (stewed, boiled, steamed, curried); potatoes (mashed,
boiled, fried); ugali (local dish); fruits (oranges, mangos, bananas); tea;
coffee; cocoa; juice
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