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Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via the Umbwe Route (6 days)

Join a certified mountain guide for this once-in-a-lifetime 6-day trekking experience to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro via the Umbwe Route. Enjoy stunning and varied scenery along the way to the top of Tanzania and Africa's highest peak.

Mountain RangeEast African Mountains
Duration6 days
Offer period
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate


  • Enjoy the stunning scenery on and around Mount Kilimanjaro.

  • Get the chance to see some of Africa's most iconic wildlife during the approach.

  • Climb to the summit of one of the world's Seven Summits.


Rising out of the incredibly scenic and diverse East African landscape, Mount Kilimanjaro makes for the perfect trekking destination, especially when climbing via the Umbwe Route!

At 5,895 meters (19,341 feet) in elevation, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in all of Africa and the easiest of the Seven Summits to climb. It also sits between the iconic Rift Valley and stunning serengeti, with a host of other diverse landscapes in between.

The adventure begins after we meet up in Moshi and transfer to the trailhead of the Umbwe Route. We will spend the next five days hiking through thick tropical rainforests, rocky moorlands, verdant valleys and rugged volcanic terrain.

The transition from one incredible landscape to the next is seamless and you will be amazed with all we see. On the first day, we may also get the chance to see some of Africa’s most iconic wildlife!

The highlight of the trip comes toward the very end and that will be summit day! After waking up at about midnight, we will take on the most challenging part of our trek, ascending through a ravine in between two massive glaciers before arriving at Stella Point in time to see a sublime sunrise.

From here, we will head on to the top of Uhuru Peak, the highest one on the massif, where we will enjoy some more incredible views out over our surroundings.

Sadly after this, it will be time to start winding down the trip and we will make our way back out of the national park and on to Moshi.

So what are you waiting for? Book now for this exciting, scenic and varied 6-day trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro via the Umbwe Route!

If you like the look of this trip then we think you may also enjoy our 7-day safari in nearby Serengeti National Park!


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Please contact us for a complete equipment list.

Meeting point

We will provide transport from Kilimanjaro Airport or your hotel in Moshi to the start of the trip.




Day 1: Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp

We begin the day by driving from Moshi to Machame Gate, where we will check into the national park. From here, we will continue on to the trailhead and begin hiking through thick rainforest on to Umbwe Camp.

Distance: 11 km/7 miles
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

Day 2: Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp

We will spend the day hiking over rocky terrain and moorland landscape en route to the Barranco Valley, where we will spend the night at the foot of a strange but beautiful forest.

Day 3: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

We will begin the day by descending into a ravine at the base of the great Barranco Wall. From here, we continue across a series of hills and valleys until we reach Karanga Valley.

Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Day 4: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

We will spend the day hiking until we meet up with the Mweka Trail, then continue on to Barafu Hut. Once we’ve arrived, we’ll enjoy some incredible views of Kilimanjaro, before turning in nice and early in anticipation for tomorrow.

Distance: 4 km/2 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Day 5: Summit day

Getting up at about midnight, we will begin our trek to the top. After ascending through two glaciers, we will reach Stella Point.

Here, we will watch the sunrise before continuing on to the summit of Uhuru Peak (the highest one on Kilimanjaro).

Once we’ve had our fill of the summit, we will descend back to Barafu and then on to Mweka Camp.

Distance: 17 km/10 miles
Hiking Time: 11-14 hours

Day 6: Return to Moshi

We will spend the day hiking from Mweka Camp out to Mweka Gate and then transfer back to Moshi and say our goodbyes.

Equipment you will need to bring



Water bottle

About the guide

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Welcome to Orongai African Safaris, our company, located right in the heart of Arusha, has a team of experienced, professional and dedicated guides. The whole team and entire staff at Orongai African Safaris is made up of natives who know Africa, Tanzania in particular by their fingertips. They have taken naturalist courses and are excellent game spotters. In addition they speak excellent English and some of them speak a couple of foreign languages.

All our 4×4 safari vehicles are custom-made for the rugged terrain of African roads in order to withstand the harsh terrain while offering game-viewing comfort. In addition they are fitted with HF radio communications and all passengers are guaranteed comfortable window seats.

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