6 – DAYS UMBWE ROUTE

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Route Overview:

Umbwe route is a short, steep and direct route which based in the south and is said to be the most scenic and difficult one offered on Kilimanjaro. Main reason that Umbwe route considered to be very hard is its steepness in the first two days with extremely muddy. Although the traffic on this route is low, the chances of success are also low. This route only recommended for experienced and well-trained climbers. Its short time of acclimatization within a 6-day/5-night tour.

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Arrive in Tanzania:

Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be meet with Goldfish Tours representative, picked up there and transfer to hotel in Moshi town. Then you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day.

Hotel: Bed & Breakfast

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DAY 1: UMBWE GATE (1,600 METERS) TO UMBWE CAVE CAMP (2,850 METERS)

Location:Umbwe Cave Camp
Approx. trekking time:6 – 7 hours
Distance:9.5km / 7 mile
Zone:Rainforest
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day one this morning, a guide and a mountain support crew will arrive at the hotel in order to meet you and hold a quick briefing with equipment check precede, you will be driven to the Machame Gate of Kilimanjaro National Park, where registration takes place. From there trekkers are transferred to the Umbwe Gate at 1,600 meters. Here you will start your trek with your guide and porters. The route follows a forestry track through the rainforest before steepening between the Lonzo and Umbwe Rivers. If the weather is clear you will get a good view of Kibo in the distance. As this part of Umbwe route goes through rainforest with its probability of rain showers do not forget your raincoat. Your support crew will have prepared the camp and dinner by the time you get there.

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DAY 2: UMBWE CAVE (3000METERS) TO BARRONCO CAMP (3960METERS)

Location:Barronco Camp
Approx. trekking time:5 hours
Distance:7.5km / 4.9 miles
Zone:Rainforest / Low Alpine Zone
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day two the path gets steeper on this section, as you get out of the forest along the Umbwe ridge the route descends slightly to the Barranco camp situated in the valley. You will notice the camp is pretty busy. This is because you will be joining hikers from the Machame, Lemosho and Shira Route here. Therefore the population will be bigger.

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DAY 3: BARRANCO CAMP (3960METERS) TO KARANGA CAMP (3963METERS)

Location:Karanga Camp
Approx. trekking time:5 hours
Distance:5.5km / 3.4 miles
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early wakeup, breakfast and starts with a steep climb up to Barranco Wall. No technical skills are required but you will need to use all four limbs to scramble up to the top. From here you will follow an up and down route along the Southern Circuit through the Karanga Valley and up to Karanga Camp (3,960 meters). For those feeling strong we will go for a mid-afternoon acclimatization trek up to around 4200m before descending back to camp for the night.

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DAY 4: KARANGA CAMP (3963METERS) TO BARAFU CAMP (4640METERS)

Location:Barafu Camp
Approx. trekking time:3 hours
Distance:3km / 1.9 miles
Zone:High alpine zone
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our day starts by descending into the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical, but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley, which is our last stop for fresh water before the summit. Scree now forms the terrain as we walk through arid and desolate land towards Barafu camp.

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DAY 5: BARAFU CAMP (4640METERS) TO UHURU PEAK (5895METERS) AND THEN TO MWEKA CAMP (3100METERS)

Location:Uhuru Peak
Approx. trekking time:13 – 15 hours
Distance:16.4km / 9.6 miles
Zone:Glacial zone, high alpine zone and low alpine zone
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch

Day five, we start off at around midnight, and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. The ascent to crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Stella Point.

The hike from Stella to Uhuru Peak is gradual climb and as far as hikes go not very difficult. The altitude makes the hike long and tiring. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Mweka Camp for a long well-earned rest.

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DAY 6: TREK MWEKA CAMP (3100METERS) TO MWEKA GATE (1630METERS)

Location:Mweka Gate
Approx. trekking time:3 – 5 hours
Distance:9.1km / 7.5 miles
Zone:Low alpine zone and rainforest
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch

After getting a breakfast, gentle trek takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! After saying goodbye to your mountain guides, a short transfer follows to take you back to your hotel in Moshi. Once there, you can take a warm and relaxing shower and celebrate your success in reaching the summit of the Kilimanjaro.

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DAY 7: DEPART TANZANIA

Location:Moshi
Meals:Breakfast

This day left for your next destination. A vehicle will take you back to the Hotel in Moshi, where it is definitely time for celebration. Depart for the airport or other destinations in Tanzania. If you have safari, then might be used to beginning your safari or fly to beaches in Zanzibar so as we can arrange many reasonably priced trips and safaris around Moshi and the Kilimanjaro region. If you fly back home our vehicle will be ready to take you to the airport at your time.

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Inquiry About This Tour

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • 3 Season mountain tents
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Pre & Post Trek accommodation at the hotel in moshi
  • 2- way private airport transfers

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • FlightsTips to mountain crew
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • Any service not mentioned above
  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra (US$65 per toilet + toilet tent)