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Mt Kilimanjaro 6 Days Umbwe Route
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. It is a volcanic mountain that has three volcanic cones that is Shira, Mawenzi and Kimbo. It is spectacular because it is snowcapped and is not found on highlands but mushrooms from low land, rising from approximately 4,900m (16,000ft) from its base to 5,895m (19,341ft) above sea level. The mountain is part of Kilimanjaro National Park. It is a major climbing destination by most mountaineers. A lot of scientific studies have been conducted on the mountain because of its shrinking glaciers. The first ascent to the summit in record was by Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller in 1889.
There are different routes that one can use to access the summit. We are going to give you each route with a detailed daily breakdown of time.
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Umbwe route is famous for its caves. It offers a rare experience of sleeping in the Umbwe Cave Camp for the first night en route. Few other caves can be visited on the way up. Once you reach the higher altitude, as you approach the summit, the route becomes more dangerous and our hikers are rerouted to Machame route after night two.
On special request and special rates, we can assist with Umbwe route hikers attempting the summit using the Western Breach/Arrow Glacier path and overnight at the Crater camp. This will require high quality standard arrangements.
What will be included in cost are below
- All breakfasts, lunches and dinners & dining
- Transport from/to Marangu Gate
- Mountain tents and matresses
- Park, camping and Rescue fees
- Tour and trekking guide, porters and chef for entire journey
What not included in cost are below
- Travel insurance and other emergencies
- Visa fees and entry clearing fees
- Tips for guide, porter or cook
- Liquors, beers and bootled beverages
- Photography accessories like cameras etc.
Transfer from Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi Town
Upon arrival, you will be picked by a driver and he shall drive you to your hotel. Orientation for the 6 days hike shall be done at the hotel. Your guides will meet you and have a spot check on your gear and make adjustments where necessary.
From Moshi Town To Umbwe Gate, to Umbwe Camp
After breakfast you will be driven to the Machame gate where you will register with authorities. From Machame gate you will be transferred to Umbwe gate, passing through villages with coffee and banana plantations. The path is usually wet, enhanced with humid air. The route then follows a forestry tack winding up through the natural rain forest. It then narrows and steepens to climb the ridge between the Lonzo and Umbwe rivers. You will be able to sample a spectacular deep gorge and if you are lucky, glimpses of Kilimanjaro towering above you are visible. Umbwe Cave Camp is sited among huge trees and here you will enjoy your dinner and spend the night here.
From Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp
After breakfast you will leave Umbwe Camp for Barranco camp. Immediately you leave the camp, the forest starts to thin and it is replaced by rockier terrain, sparse undergrowth and straggly, moss covered trees. The path continues along a narrow, but spectacular ridge. Majestic Kilimanjaro may be visible towering above the blue skies. The path flattens as you approach Barranco valley. From Umbwe ridge, the route descends slightly to the Barranco camp. The camp is situated in the valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while your dinner is being prepared.
From Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
The great Barranco wall where you have spent the night on its base seems a very imposing obstacle. After breakfast you are to scale the wall. The task seems difficult to make your way up which in the end normally turns out to be easier than anticipated. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you will now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley over overriding ridges and valleys, and then joins up with the Mweka route. This is the preferred route down from the summit, so remember it. The last water stop on the route is the Karanga Valley, as there is no water available at Barafu camp. At this point enjoy the dinner and night at the Karanga camp.
From Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
After breakfast, the trail will gradually begin to ascend as we trek through the astounding scenery of the Karanga valley. We will venture across the granitic floors of lava ridge as we approach the Barafu camp. The temperatures will begin to drop and vegetation begins to diminish. The Barafu camp is situated on a minimal, exposed zone of a smooth ridge. You will be served an energy dense meal. The summit is now a further 1214m higher and you will commence with your final ascent attempt, the same night. Prepare your equipment, hiking poles and thermal clothing for your summit attempt. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed as early as possible and try to get some precious rest and sleep.
From Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak
Half an hour to mid night you will wake up and after some refreshments, you will shuffle off into the night. The trail will lead in a north-westerly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella point on the crater rim. At Stella Point you will take a brief rest where if you are lucky you may be rewarded (if weather permits) with the most magnificent sun rise you will ever experience. From Stella point the hike becomes slow and tiring due to the high altitude and fatigue. This will take us about an hour to get to Uhuru Peak. Once we conquer the summit you can take photographs as you marvel at the landscape. We will start to make our way back to Mweka camp and you will notice sceneries that you did not notice on your way up. Upon arriving back at Barafu camp, you will be served with breakfast as you catch your breath. After breakfast, we will spend the next three to five hours descending to Mweka Camp where you will spend your last night on the mountain.
Mweka Camp to Park Gate
After enjoying your last breakfast on the mountains, we will begin our 3 to 4 hours decent to park gates. You can admire the scenic views and enjoy the tranquility on your final trek. After exchanging farewells with the crew, we will drive you back to Moshi to your hotel.
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