UMBWE ROUTE The Umbwe Route the most steepest, shortest and possibly toughest routes to Uhuru Peak but also one spectacular. It is situated in the southern side of the Kilimanjaro and is one of the least utilized routes. It has shorter, but steeper hikes between camps. You may have seen this route featured on the IMAX big screen movie.
Day 1: Arrival at the Airport. Meet you at airport and transfer to hotel. Before dinner, your guide will go through all your equipment and supplies; will sit with you and brief you about trek. Turn in early and get a good nights sleep because you are about to start the adventure of a life time!
Day 2 (Hiking Day 1): Hotel – Umbwe Gate After breakfast drive to umbwe gate which will take about 2 hours. After required check-in and registration you will begin your trek. The path is well maintain but is real steep. Hiking through rainforest with picnic lunches until picnic site. After about 30 minutes of lunch start walk to umbwe cave. Your camp will be set up and warm water for washing up before dinner will be available. Dinner and overnight at Umbwe cave campsite. Overnight: Umbwe Cave Altitude range: 2,100 m (6,800 ft) to 2,940 meters (9,600 ft) Hiking time: About 6 hours Distance: 11 km (7 miles) Habitat: Rain forest
Day 3 (Hiking Day 2): Umbwe Cave camp- Barranco Camp Distance 7km with 5-6 hours walk. After breakfast continue walking on the steep path until baranco camp Dinner and overnight at baranco camp.For those who use western breach will go to lava tower or arrow glacier but for those who use normal barafu route will go to karanga hut .
Day 4(Hiking day 3) Barranco camp –Karanga camp After breakfast continue walking to the steep wall called baranco wall. After the wall descend down to karanga camp. Overnight: Karanga Camp Altitude range: 3,950 m to 3930 meters Hiking time: About 4 hours Distance: 7 km (4 miles) Habitat: Semi-Desert and Rocky Terrain
Day 5 (Hiking Day 4): Karanga Valley Camp (13,700 ft) – Barafu Camp(14,928 ft). After breakfast we start the hike to Barafu Camp. The zone is real alpine desert. After a picnic lunch on the way we proceed to Barafu Camp. If you haven’t felt the effects of the altitude yet you are sure to now. We should arrive at the camp early and you should take the opportunity to get some rest. We will need to have an early night to get ready for the summit at midnight. At camp, your guide will advise you to familiarize yourself with your surroundings before dark, as you will be leaving in the dark before midnight to make the final ascent to the summit. You will also need to spend some time preparing your equipment for your summit attempt. Ensure that your headlamp and camera along with batteries are in order and make sure you have spare sets of batteries available as well. Also have your water in a thermal flask. Overnight: Barafu Camp Altitude range: 3930 to 4,600m Hiking time: 3 hours Distance: 6 km (4 miles) Habitat: Alpine Desert and Rocky Terrain
DAY 6 (HIKING DAY 5): Barafu camp – Stella Point – Uhuru Peak (SUMMIT) – Mweka Campsite Today will by far be your TOUGHEST day of the climb, you will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you head off into the night towards Stella Point on the Kibo Crater rim. The walk to Stella point is for many climbers probably the most mentally and physically challenging part of the entire route. You will be hiking about 6 hours through rocky terrain and sands to get to Stella Point where you will stop for a rest and if the weather cooperates, one of the most stunning sites you may see in your lifetime – a truly magnificent sunrise over all of Africa! Departing from Stella Point 5732m. you will follow a path along the crater rim that is not steep but more than likely you will be walking through snow for the next hour or 2 until you finally reach the summit of Uhuru Peak at 5,895 meter (19,340 ft). CONGRADULATIONS you made it! Don’t get too relaxed and spend too much time on the summit, even if the weather is good. Cold and fatigue will set in quickly and you may find it very difficult to get started again. So spend a little time to enjoy the fact that you have conquered Kilimanjaro, get the camera out and take some pictures, then it will be best that you get moving again as it’s a long way down! The first part of your descent back through Barafu. Here you will stop for a short rest before heading down to Mweka Hut. It will take about 5-6 hours. From snow to rainforest Oh what a feeling as oxygen once again returns to your body! Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. As usual your tents, dinner, and washing water will be prepared. I’ll bet you will sleep well tonight! Altitude range: 5,895 meters (19,340 ft) – 3,100 meters (10,200 ft) Hiking time: 9 hours Distance: 16km (19 miles) Habitat: Heather and forest
DAY 7 (HIKING DAY 6): Mweka camp – Mweka Gate – hotel After an early and well-deserved breakfast, it is a short 3-hour and scenic hike back to the Mweka Park Gate. Here you will sign your name and enter your details in a register. To make your achievement official, you will receive a summit certificate. If you reached Stella Point you will be presented with a green certificate, and if you made it all the way to Uhuru Peak you will have earned yourself a gold certificate. Then drive back to your hotel and a hot shower! Take some time out for a bit of celebrating before getting to the bed. Altitude range: 3,100 meters (10,200 ft) – 1670 meters (6,500 ft) Hiking time: 3 hours Distance: About 10 km’s (9 miles) Habitat: Forest
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