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6-day Umbwe route trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro


Climb Kilimanjaro via the Umbwe route with the help of an experienced guide from Top Climbers Expeditions. Not only will you accomplish a difficult climb, but you'll also get to see beautiful landscapes along the way.


East African Mountains

6 Days

Jan - Mar, Jun - Sep, Dec




* Enjoy the accomplishment of reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro

* Experience one of the more difficult routes to the top

* See stunning sights along the way like Kibo and Mawenzi peaks


Climbing Kilimanjaro is a once in a lifetime opportunity and this is your chance. Join one of our experienced guides over six days as we make our way to the summit via the Umbwe route.

This is probably the hardest route up the mountain. If you’re looking for a challenge then the Umbwe Route is it. The ascent is steep and arduous. We’ll spend six days trekking and on the summit day, we’ll spend 10 hours trekking. There will even be some scrambling involved on one of the days. On this route, there is also less time for acclimatization so we really only recommend it for more experienced hikers or mountaineers.

As well as the feeling of accomplishment you’ll get when you reach the top, you’ll also be able to enjoy the stunning sights of the area on the way up. The views of the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks are unbeatable and you’ll also get to take in views of several surrounding glaciers. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy the rich flora like the Senecio and Lobelia plants. 

What are you waiting for? Get in touch today and secure your spot on this Kilimanjaro experience. 

If you’re looking for a slightly less demanding expedition, take a look at our 7-day climb to the summit along the Rongai Route.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transportation start and back

- Permit and entrance fees

- Porters

- Tents

- Sleeping pad

- Sleeping bag

- Clean drinkable water

Price details

This price does not include: Lunches, dinners and drinks at your hotel before and after climb, travel insurance, portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is available for extra charges $ 70 for the entire trek, flights, laundry (Available at hotel), personal items and toiletries, tips for guides, porters and cook.


Day 1: Arrival

We’ll pick you up at Kilimanjaro International Airport and take you to your hotel. There you’ll meet your guide and together you’ll review your gear to check you have everything you need.

Day 2: Day one

This is day one of your hike and we’ll head to Umbwe Gate early. There you’ll meet your porters, guides, and cooks who will spend the next six days with you. You’ll sign in before starting your trek to Cave Bivouac Camp. This trek will take six hours and you’ll follow a steep path through moss-covered trees in Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest.

Day 3: Day two

You’ll hike towards Barranco camp on your second day hiking. Barranco is one of the most scenic camps on this route. It’s surrounding by giant senecio and lobelias. You’ll hike for around seven hours this day.

Day 4: Day three

This day will involve a scramble up Barranco Wall. This is hard but you won’t hike for longer than five hours. You’ll end your day in Karanga Valley at 4,200 meters.

Day 5: Day four

On your fourth day of hiking you’ll pass several of Kibo’s glaciers to get to Bafafu camp at 4,600 meters. You’ll get an early night ahead of summit day.

Day 6: Day five

Your fifth day of hiking is summit day! You’ll start bright and early at 12 am and you’ll reach the summit (Uhuru Peak 5,895 meters) around six hours later. From the top you’ll have time to take photos and enjoy your achievement before we head down again to Barafu for breakfast. We’ll then go all the way to Mweka at 3,100 meters.

Day 7: Day six

You’ll finish your experience with a hike to Mweka gate where we’ll pick you up and take you back to Moshi.


About the guide

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Top Climbers



Tour Operator

My name is Manase Mwanga, I am the founder and Managing Director of Top Climbers Expedition, a small local company, offering a wide range of unique safaris, including Mount Kilimanjaro ascent, wildlife adventures, bike tours, beach holidays and cultural tourism. I am Tanzanian, born and raised in the Kilimanjaro region. I have extensive experience and a great team of people and guides, that guarantees the highest quality service to our clients.

As a Director my focus is on organizing tours with an ethical and professional approach to exceed tourist expectations. All our tours benefit native people i.e. hard-working local porters and guides by creating job opportunities in order to eradicate poverty. We utilize natural resources in a sustainable way, taking care of the benefits of it for present and future generations. We are not the agency that rents guides. WE are the guides and we always take care of your satisfaction.



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What people are saying about Top Climbers



Thank you so much it was amazing, the climbing, the kilimanjaro and also Top Climbers was perfect. I recommend your organisation and the Kilimanjaro of course! Best regards Isabelle

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