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Trek the secluded Umbwe route to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, 8 days

Head off on an adventure to remember with an experienced guide from Altezza Adventures where you'll climb to the summit of the impressive Mount Kilimanjaro via the Umbwe Route.

Mountain RangeEast African Mountains
Duration8 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate


  • Reach the summit of mighty Kilimanjaro

  • Enjoy the spectacular views along the Umbwe Route

  • Experience the physical challenge of an 8 day hike


The Umbwe Route is awesome challenge for those with more climbing experience who want to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro. Join us on an 8-day ascent that you’ll remember forever.

This route is characterized by its fairly abrupt altitude gain early on. This is why you’ll need experience climbing at altitude to choose this option.

Our adventure will begin with a hike through the rainforest, where you’ll be able to take in all the beautiful flora and fauna. As we get higher up the mountain you’ll see the terrain change and eventually, we’ll be hiking past volcanos and glaciers.

Along the hike, you’ll be accompanied by our certified and experienced guides who will be able to help you out if you’re feeling the effects of the altitude. They’ll also be able to point out areas of interest on the way. You’ll also be traveling with a crew that will set up your camps as you go and take care of your meals.

The views along this route are fantastic and the panoramic vista from the summit is the icing on the cake.

Reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro really is a remarkable achievement. Sign up today!

If you’re looking for a slightly more gentle ascent be sure to check out our 8-day along the Rongai Route. 



You'll stay in a hotel in town and tents in the mountains.


Please note that you will need to sign a liability waiver prior to the beginning of the trip. The participant will need to have appropriate insurance coverage.

Meeting point

Kilimanjaro Airport




Day 1: Arrival

We’ll meet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport and bring you to your hotel where you’ll be able to rest before your pre-hike briefing.


Day 2: Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp

Umbwe Gate of Kilimanjaro National Park (1,640 m) is the start point of the hike and also where you’ll register and get your permits. It’ll then take us around 5-7 hours to cover the 11 km to Umbwe Camp (2,930 m). We’ll take a gentle pace as you may begin to feel the effects of the altitude. Dinner made by our crew will be waiting for you at camp.

Day 3: Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp

We’ll have an early start to make good time to Barranco Camp (3,960 m). Day 3 will see us cover 6 km over 4-5 hours and we may even start to see Meru Volcano if the weather is good. We’ll arrive at camp at around lunch and take the rest of the day to rest and acclimatize.

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Another early start is in order to hike to Barranco Wall which is not a difficult hike. From there we’ll rest and get to take photos of the Kibo volcano. We’ll then continue on to Karanga Camp. This section is a bit more tricky with lots of ascents and descents. When you reach Karanga Camp (4,035 m) after 4-5 hours of hiking you’ll have a warm lunch and a couple of hours to rest. Then in the afternoon you’ll do an acclimatization hike towards the Barafu Camp.


Day 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

After breakfast, we’ll spend 4-5 hours hiking the 6 km to Barafu Summit Camp (4,640 m). When we get there we’ll rest before we complete an acclimatization hike towards Kosovo Summit Camp (4,800 m). Once back at Barafu we’ll eat and sleep before our night summit.

Day 6: Ascent to Uhuru Peak and Descent to Millennium Camp

Ascent day! We’ll start out at around midnight to climb to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). This climb is not difficult but the altitude can be an issue. At the summit, you’ll have some time to appreciate the awesome views and explore Kilimanjaro’s glaciers. We’ll then begin our descent to Millennium Camp (3,820 m) via Barafu Camp where we will rest for a couple of hours. This day entails hiking 15 km of terrain over 8–12 hours.


Day 7: Millennium Camp to Mweka Gate

The final leg of our adventure will see us hike 12 km over 4- 5 hours towards Mweka Gate Park exit (1,640 m). There, you’ll get your certificates before we take you back to the hotel.



Day 8: Departure

You’ll have some time to rest in the hotel before we drop you at the airport.

About the guide

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Altezza Travel is a team of dedicated wildlife specialists, whose mission is to turn your Tanzanian dreams into reality. We are vastly experienced in organizing top-notch Kilimanjaro climbing expeditions and wildlife safaris.

Unparalleled safety standards, individual care for each guest and professional guides are the foundations of our vision. We will make your adventure a lifetime memory!

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 2829 each

Group of 2

USD 2264 each

Group of 3

USD 2117 each

Group of 4

USD 2014 each

Group of 5

USD 1964 each

Group of 6

USD 1899 each

Group of 7

USD 1862 each

Group of 8

USD 1846 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

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

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Camping equipment: Tents, Sleeping pad, Cooking utensils

Price details

This price does not include airline tickets, visa fee, lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent), personal gear rentals, tips for the mountain crew (200–250 USD per person) and mountaineering insurance.

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