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Mount Kilimanjaro trek via the Umbwe route, 7 days

Don't miss your chance to climb Mount Kilimanjaro via the challenging Umbwe Route. Spend 7-days alongside an experienced guide from Top Climbers Expeditions as you trek to the summit on an adventure to remember.

Mountain RangeEast African Mountains
Duration7 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Jun, Jul, Aug, Dec
Skill LevelAdvanced
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Reach the summit of Kilimanjaro via one of the most difficult routes

  • Observe the beautiful flora like the Senecio and Lobelia plants

  • Take in views of the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks.

Description

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via the Umbwe routes is one of the most difficult ways to climb it. It’s also a quiet, beautiful route. Join one of our certified guides and trek to the top together.

This route is fairly steep and includes some scrambling. Doing it over seven days helps us to acclimatize a bit better. However, if you don’t have much experience hiking or acclimatizing quickly, this is not the hike for you.

If you do have the experience, this is pretty epic. There are much fewer people on this trail so you’ll get to experience solitude and peace on your way to the summit.

On average we’ll spend around six hours per day of intense trekking. Then, on summit day you’ll start at around midnight and be on your feet for around 14 hours both ascending and descending.

The scenery is otherworldly and beautiful. You’ll get to see large glaciers and volcanoes shooting up into the clouds. The plant life is pretty good too. Expect to see the beautiful moss-covered trees of Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest and giant Senecio and Lobelias.

If you’re up for the challenge, you’ll be rewarded with awesome nature and an amazing sense of accomplishment. Get in touch today to secure your spot.

If you’re looking for a Kilimanjaro climb that’s more suitable for fit, beginners check out my 7-day ascent along the Rongai route. 

Details

Accommodation

A hotel in Moshi and camping along the trail.

Meeting point

Kilimanjaro International Airport

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Itinerary

Day 1: Airport pickup

We’ll come meet you at the airport and bring you to your hotel in Moshi. There, you’ll meet your guide and together you’ll review your gear for the coming days.

Day 2: Trek to Cave Bivouac Camp (2,850m)

Your first day of trekking begins at Umbwe Gate. You’ll hike for 4- 6 hours on this first day as you make your way through Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest to your first camp.

Day 3: Cave Bivouac (2,850m) to Barranco Camp (3,950m)

This is a 5-7 hour trek to one of the most beautiful camps on the route. Expect to see stunning plant life here.

Day 4: Barranco Camp

We’ll spend an extra day at camp here relaxing and acclimatizing.

Day 5: Barranco Camp (3,950m) to Karanga Valley (4,200m)

On this day we’ll do some scrambling! This is not an easy day and you’ll spend 7 hours hiking in total.

Day 6: Karanga Valley (4,200m) to Barafu Camp (4,600m)

We’ll get great views of Kibo’s glaciers as we hike toward our next camp. We’ll get a very early night because the next day is summit day and that means an early start.

Day 7: Barafu Camp (4,600m) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) to Mweka Camp (3,100m)

Summit day begins early and we’ll arrive there before breakfast. Part of this hike is very steep.

From the top you’ll have some time to enjoy your achievement before beginning your descent to Mweka Hut.

Day 8: Mweka Camp (3,100m) to Mweka Gate (1,500m)

We’ll complete the final descent to Mweka Gate where you’ll be picked up and taken back to your hotel in Moshi.

Day 9: Return to airport

We’ll drop you off at the airport on your last day.


About the guide

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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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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 2062 each

Group of 2

USD 1908 each

Group of 3

USD 1908 each

Group of 4

USD 1908 each

Group of 5

USD 1856 each

Group of 6

USD 1856 each

Group of 7

USD 1805 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation

- Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

- Permit and entrance fees

- Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)

- Clean, drinkable water during the trip

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Camping equipment: Tents, Sleeping bag, Sleeping pad

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.


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