6-Day Umbwe Route

Mount Kilimanjaro

6-Day Umbwe Route

Duration :   6 Days 5 Nights
The Price :   $ 1,980
Max People :    11
Start Location:   Arusha
Age Range :   17 - 55
Total Seats :  12/12
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The 6-Day Umbwe route has a well-deserved reputation for being the most challenging route on Mount Kilimanjaro. Approaching from the south, the Umbwe route is a short, steep, and direct climb. After reaching Barranco Camp, the trail follows the southern circuit to the summit. The descent is done via the Mweka route. The Major reason that the Umbwe route is considered to be very difficult is its steepness in the first two days and its short time of acclimatization. This route is attempted by strong hikers who are also confident of their ability to acclimatize to the altitude.

Arrival at the Airport and Pick Up

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro or Arusha Airport, you will be met by the Genius Kilimanjaro team for your transfer to your hotel in Arusha. The rest of the day will be spent relaxing at the hotel or exploring the town of Arusha. In the evening you will be met by our team for a briefing about the 6-Day Umbwe Route hike. You will have dinner and rest for the night.

Places You’ll See :

Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano located in Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania. It has three volcanic cones: Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. It is the highest mountain in Africa and highest single free-standing mountain above sea level in the world: 5,895 m above sea level and about 4,900 m above its plateau base.

1Mount Kilimanjaro National Park

Schedule Details


Elevation (m): 1600m to 2900m, Distance: 11km, Time: 6 hours, Habitat: Montane Forest. We will register at Umbwe Park Gate before starting our trek. The small winding path leads us up through rainforest and along the Umbwe river. The first night’s camp is at Umbwe Cave Camp, at about 2,900m altitude.


Elevation (m): 2940m to 3970m, Distance: 6km, Time: 4-5 hours, Habitat: Montane Forest. We leave camp and shortly afterwards the forests ends. We can see the sheer wall of the Western Breach appearing and disappearing as the afternoon mists roll up the Great Barranco. We will camp at Barranco camp tonight.


Elevation (m): 3950m to 3930m, Distance: 7 km, Hiking Time: 4 hours, Habitat: Alpine Desert. Today starts with a short, but fun, scramble, to the top of the Great Barranco Wall. We then traverse over scree to the Karanga Valley (3930m) beneath the icefalls of the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers.  We will stay overnight at Karanga campsite.


Elevation (m): 3930m to 4600m, Distance: 6kms, Hiking Time: 3 hours, Habitat: Alpine Desert. We leave Karanga campsite behind to meet the junction connecting with the Mweka descent Trail. From here we continue up to the Barafu Hut. You have now completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. At camp, we can rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be clearly seen from this position.


Elevation (m): 4600m to 5895m (and down to 3100m) , Distance: 7km ascent / 23km descent , Time:6- 8 hours ascent / 7-8 hours descent, Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit. You will be woken at 23:30 with some quick tea and biscuits. We start our trek to the summit between the Rebman and Ratzel glaciers. We will head in a north-westerly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the trek. At Stella Point (5732m), we will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). At Uhuru Peak (5895m), we will have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. It can be very cold at night at these elevations, but it will be quite warm by the end of the hiking day. From the summit, we descend down to the Mweka Hut camp site, via Barafu for lunch. Trekking poles will be needed for the loose gravel going down to Mweka Camp (3100m). Later in the evening, we will enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.


Elevation (m): 3100m to 1800m, Distance: 8 km, Time: 3-4 hours, Habitat: Montane Forest. We depart after breakfast descending down 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 be suitable (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).


What makes the Umbwe Route unique?

The Umbwe Route is renowned for its challenging and direct ascent, offering a more secluded and adventurous experience compared to other routes. It's known for its steep sections and requires a good level of fitness and prior trekking experience.

What is the acclimatization strategy on the 5-day Umbwe Route?

The itinerary includes strategic acclimatization stops at Barranco Camp and Barafu Camp, helping climbers adjust to the altitude. Adequate rest, hydration, and gradual ascent are emphasized to minimize the risk of altitude sickness.

What gear and equipment are essential for the Umbwe Route?

Essential gear includes proper trekking boots, warm clothing layers, a sleeping bag, and a daypack. The operator provides a detailed equipment list, and rental options are available for certain items.

How challenging is the trek on the Umbwe Route?

The Umbwe Route is considered one of the more difficult paths to the summit, featuring steep sections and demanding terrain. Climbers should be prepared for a physically demanding ascent, and prior trekking experience is beneficial.

What's Included

  • A fantastic cook, camp manager, and team of porters
  • Dinner and drinks in the hotel before the climb
  • Food and drinks
  • High-quality Equipments
  • Minimum of 1 private guide for every 2 clients
  • One hotel night the day before the climb
  • Park fees
  • private portable toilet
  • Private tent
  • Rescue Service Fee
  • Transfer to and from the mountain from/to your hotel

What's Excluded

  • Accommodation in the valley after the climb
  • Airfares and departure taxes
  • Entry visa for Tanzania
  • Personal gear
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance
  • Vaccinations


  • Mountain Climbing

Why Book With Us?

  • Unmatched Expertise
  • Unforgettable Memories
  • Tailored Itineraries
  • Highest Success Rate
  • Eco-friendly Practices

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6-Day Umbwe Route