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Kilimanjaro Climb via Umbwe Route  - 8 Days

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Stand on top of Africa traversing the most challenging Mt. Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route and enjoy breathtaking sights en route

The Kilimanjaro hike via Umbwe Route is the steepest and shortest path that has a well-deserved reputation of being the most challenging route on Mount Kilimanjaro. The Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route is for those who are seasoned high-altitude trekkers who are looking for a very challenging climb. The first two days on the Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route itinerary are extremely steep, muddy and generally making it suitable for well-trained hikers. The rapid climb on the first day with little time for acclimatization is compensated by the breathtaking panoramic views. After reaching Barranco Camp, the trail turns east and traverses underneath Kilimanjaro’s southern circuit before summiting from Barafu. The Umbwe route is the least popular among all other routes because of its difficulty therefore it is not very busy. Our 8-day trip is open for climbers with high-altitude mountaineering experience.

  • Scale the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro on a route having a well-deserved reputation of being the most challenging route among all
  • The Umbwe route is short, steep and a direct climb – meant for strong hikers with an ability to acclimatize quickly
  • Umbwe is the least crowded route, perfect for those who seek for a secluded hike
  • Experience the raw, primitive beauty of sun bleached rocky outcrops and water-carved ravines
  • Clamber upon gnarled tree roots of ancient rainforest trails, travel shimmering ice fields and sleep under sweeping star-filled skies
  • Although known as the toughest trek, the Umbwe route is still a non-technical climb


Arrival City
Arrival City Moshi, Tanzania
Departure City
Departure City Moshi, Tanzania
Lodging Level
Lodging Level
Hotel (Aishi Machame Hotel)
Meals 7 dinner, 7 breakfast, 6 lunch
Trip Grade
Trip Grade Demanding
Max Altitude
Maximum Altitude 5,895m/19,341ft
Activity Trekking and Hiking
Styles Active Adventures

Outline Itinerary

Itinerary Maximum Altitude Walking/Hiking
Day 01 Arrival in Kilimanjaro; drive to Moshi 950m/3,117ft
Day 02 Trekking from Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp 2,930m/9,613ft 5-7 hrs
Day 03 Trekking from Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp 3,960m/12,993ft 4-5 hrs
Day 04 Trekking from Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp 4,270m/14,010ft 4-5 hrs
Day 05 Trekking from Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp 4,800m/15,749ft 4-5 hrs
Day 06 Climb Uhuru Peak and Descent to Millennium Camp 5,895m/19,341ft 9-12 hrs
Day 07 Descent from Millenium Camp to Mweka Gate 1,640m/5,381ft 4-5 hrs
Day 08 Final Departure -
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  • Asset 147
    Accommodation in Standard Hotels on Twin Sharing Basis
  • Asset 58
  • Local Guide & Support Staffs
  • Asset 42
    All Private Ground Transportation Including Airport Transfers
  • Meals in the Mountain
  • Asset 67
    Small-Group Adventure
  • Guaranteed Departures
  • Asset 63
    Lifetime Deposit
  • No Booking Fee

For Your Information, International flights aren’t included.  Rooms are usually shared by two people unless you request a private room. Also, you can upgrade to better hotels in the mountain and even in the cities. For your customized services, please specify during the booking process or contact our Destination & Products Specialist.


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Route Map


Based on the research published by the Climb Kilimanjaro Guide, the average summit success rate across all the routes is 65%. The Machame route is considered to be the easiest one amongst all different routes to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. While all different routes on Kilimanjaro climb have their own difficulties and own experiences, Mt. Kilimanjaro is seriously a high-altitude mountain. Even though the normal routes of Kilimanjaro climb are not technically difficult, the altitude has hit hard and taken its toll on climbers annually thereby bringing the success rate down to 65%. Different operators have different success rates based on numerous factors and Himalayan Glacier has an impressive success rate of over 85% on its Kilimanjaro trips.
Climbing a mountain 5,895 m (19,341 ft.) high is definitely a dangerous thing to do. An estimated 50,000 people climb Kilimanjaro every year from which around 1,000 people are evacuated from the mountain and approximately 10 fatalities are reported. It means that the chance of death on the mountain is only 0.0002% which is practically zero. In other words, there is just one death per 5,000 climbers and the main cause of death is altitude sickness.
There are forested areas on the Kilimanjaro trail and obviously snakes are found in the cloud forests. Some of the species found on the lower slopes of the mountain are the Gabon, Green Mamba, Boomslang, and the Twig Snake. All snakes pose a potential threat so it is wise to always respect them and their habitat in case you encounter one on the way. Snakes are known to be highly sensitive to movement, so when they sense something arriving, they will clearly stay away from the main trails to save their own lives.
Yes and no! You may want to climb Kilimanjaro alone without other hikers or crowd – it is possible. But even then, you will be assisted by guides and porters. Although you will be the only trekker, you will not be alone in the truest sense as the Tanzanian Tourism Board does not permit trekking without a guide, porter and other crew members. The ratio of trekkers to support crew is 1:4 meaning that if you are the only climber, you will be assisted by 4 other members of your trekking company.
When you look at the difference between Kilimanjaro Climb and Everest Base Camp Trek, you are going to higher altitude much quicker on Kilimanjaro than Everest base camp. From Moshi (2,932 ft.) to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,341 ft.) it takes 4 to 6 days depending on the route, which is more than 16,000 ft. gain in altitude. From Kathmandu (4,600 ft.) to the base camp of Everest (17,599 ft.) it takes 8 to 9 days, which is almost 13,000 ft. gain in altitude but trekkers need to walk longer daily distance on the Everest Base Camp trek. In the Everest region, trekkers will sleep at teahouses or luxury lodges throughout the entire trip whereas on Kilimanjaro, except for the Marangu route, trekkers will have to sleep inside tents. While there are lots of ups and downs on the Everest trekking route, the summit night on Kilimanjaro is harder than anything on the entire Everest trail. The overall summit success rate on Kilimanjaro, as per the statistics is 65% while the success rate of Everest Base Camp is over 90%. So, Kilimanjaro climb is harder than Everest Base Camp trek especially because of the quick ascent and rapid altitude gain on Kilimanjaro.
The summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, also known as Uhuru Point, lies in the glacial zone with an average temperature hovering around -6°C (21°F) during day time. However, all summiting attempts begin around midnight in order to reach the Uhuru peak at dawn. So, you will be trekking during the night time when the temperatures range between -7 to -29°C (19 to -20°F).


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