6 Days Umbwe Route Kilimanjaro Trek via Barafu Camp, From US$1395 - 1700/Person

Day 1: Umbwe Gate, Hike to Umbwe Cave Camp

  • Elevation: 1660m/5450ft to 2850m/9350ft
  • Distance: 11km/7mi
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest
  • Meals: LD
  • Overnight at: Umbwe Cave Camp

Drive from Moshi to the Umbwe Gate (about 1 hour). Commence the climb through the rain forest with packed lunch on route.

Day 2: Umbwe Cave Camp to Barranco Camp

  • Elevation: 2850m/9350ft to 4000m/13,000ft
  • Distance: 6km/4mi
  • Walking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Semi-desert
  • Meals: BLD
  • Overnight at: Barranco Camp

After breakfast, we leave the glades of the forest and follow an ascending path on the open moorland to Barranco Camp.

Day 3: Hike Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

  • Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft
  • Distance: 5km/3mi
  • Hiking Time: 34 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: BLD
  • Overnight at: Karanga Camp

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.

Day 4: Hike Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

  • Elevation: 4050m/13,250ft to 4700m/15,350ft
  • Distance: 4km/2mi
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: BLD
  • Overnight at: Barafu Camp

We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day.

Day 5: Hike Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp

  • Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft
  • Down to 3090m/10,150ft
  • Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down
  • Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
  • Meals: BLD
  • Overnight at: Mweka Camp

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit.

From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa!

From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.

Day 6: Hike Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Moshi

  • Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft
  • Distance: 10km/6mi
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Meals: B

After breakfast we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

Contact us today to book this 6 days Umbwe route Kilimanjaro trek.

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All Kilimanjaro Gear Can Be Hired in Moshi Town Tanzania

Prices are for the Entire Trek, in USD or TZS equivalent
-- Rucksack $10
-- Balacava $5
-- Sleeping bag $15
-- Sleeping bag (-25°C) $35
-- Socks $3
-- Duffel bag $5
-- 2 walking poles (ski sticks) $10
-- Gaiters $7
-- Torch $7
-- Gloves $5
-- Thick sweater $4
-- Long underwear $3
-- Rain coat (shower proof) $5
-- Rain coat (waterproof) $10
-- Waterproof trousers $10
-- Fleece trousers $10
-- Hiking boots $8
-- Water bottle $4
-- Warm jacket (Goretex) $10
-- Warm jacket (down) $7
-- Hat or neck scarf $5