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7 Days Umbwe Route Kilimanjaro Luxury Climb

Starting at: $2 860

  • 7 DAYS UMBWE ROUTE

    The Umbwe route is a short, steep and direct route. It is considered to be very difficult and is the most challenging way up Mount Kilimanjaro. Due to the quick ascent, Umbwe does not provide the necessary stages for altitude acclimatization. Although the traffic on this route is very low, the chances of success are also low. The route is offered at a minimum of six days, though seven days is recommended when attempting this route.

    The Umbwe route should only be attempted by those who are very strong hikers and are confident in their ability to acclimatize.

    Highlight
    Umbwe route is one of the express but sharpest routes to the Southern Glaciers, affording one view of the forests, valleys, magnificent vegetation, and glaciers. Though, hikers must be pre-acclimatized prior to trying this route particularly if one opts to summit via Western Breach as you gain altitude very rapidly over a smaller distance. This, however, does not make the Umbwe Route a technical route up Kilimanjaro just physically challenging.

    That thought, not may climbers select for this route. As for stats, only about 200 hikers try this route a year related to tens of thousands on the likes of the Machame and Marangu routes. The rewards this route offers is not only the physical challenge but you also get the luxury of trekking in privacy at slightest till you meet up with the other explorers at Barranco Camp. From there, you can opt to follow others around to Barafu or via Western Breach.

    Uphill Treks and Safaris offers this package as a unique Kilimanjaro Climb for Luxury Kilimanjaro climbers as it is less popular route to the roof of Africa. Choose Kilimanjaro luxury climbs with Uphill treks!

    Day 0: arrival to Tanzania.

    You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro international airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi town; 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. The missing gear can be rented on this day .

    DAY 1: MOSHI (915 M/3,000 FT) -TO UMBWE GATE (1,800 M/5,905 FT) -TO UMBWE CAMP (2,800 M/9,190 FT) -8 KM, -5-7 HOURS

    MONTANE FOREST

    Your day starts early with a briefing, followed by breakfast and an hour drive from Moshi to Umbwe Village (1,490 m/4,890 ft) where your guides and porters pack your equipment and supplies, and give you a lunch pack. You start your ascent at the small Umbwe Gate just above the village and follow a gentle winding vehicle track for an hour to a signboard that announces the small steep Umbwe trail. The introduction is over, and you now climb up for several hours through a dense forest of rubber trees and giant fig trees. In places, you must scamper up steep sections of roots and rock. The Umbwe Camp is in the forest, and there are some caves nearby. You will be greeted here with a graciously served hot meal.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.

    DAY 2: UMBWE CAMP (2,800 M/9,190 FT) -TO BARRANCO CAMP (3,900 M/12,800 FT) -8 KM, -4-5 HOURS

    SEMI-DESERT

    Your day starts early with a steaming cup of tea or coffee. After breakfast, you will climb steeply through thinning forest glades to Giant Erica, Heather, and drier air. You continue up a ridge that drops steeply on both sides, and hopefully, the clouds will part to reward you with a view of Uhuru Peak looming overhead. After lunch, you enter a zone of giant groundsels (Scenario Kilimanjaro) that seem to guard the heights, and this garden is one of Kilimanjaros special treasures.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

    DAY 3: BARRANCO CAMP (3,900 M/12,800 FT)

    Extra Day for Acclimatization. Adding this day will ease your effort, and amplify your acclimatization.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

    DAY 4: BARRANCO CAMP (3,900 M/12,800 FT) -TO KARANGA CAMP (4,200 M/13,780 FT) -7 KM, - 4 HOURS

    ALPINE DESERT

    After breakfast, we continue up a steep ridge to the great Barranco Wall, and then you climb this imposing obstacle, which turns out to be easier than it looks. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you can now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. With Kibo's glaciers soaring overhead, you descend into the lush Karanga Valley to the Karanga Valley campsite. From the camp, you can look east and see the jagged peaks of Mawenzi jutting into the African sky. After a hot lunch in camp, your afternoon is at leisure for resting or exploring. This short day is very important for your acclimatization, since your summit push is about to start. Scramble easily to the top of the Great Barranco and then a traverse over screes and ridges to the Karanga Valley campsite (3h, 4000m.), beneath the icefalls of the Southern Glaciers.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.

    DAY 5: KARANGA CAMP (4,200 M/13,780 FT) -TO BARAFU CAMP (4,550 M/14,930 FT) -13 KM, -8 HOURS

    ALPINE DESERT

    In the morning, you hike east over intervening ridges and valleys to join the Mweka Route, which will be your descent route. Turn left toward the mountain and hike up the ridge through a sparse landscape for another hour to the Barafu Hut where you will receive a hot lunch. The last water on the route is in the Karanga Valley; there is no water at Barafu Camp, even though Barafu is the Swahili word for ice. The famous snows of Kilimanjaro are far above Barafu Camp near the summit of the mountain. Your tent will be pitched on a narrow, stony, wind-swept ridge, so make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. Prepare your equipment and warm clothing for your summit climb, and drink a lot of fluids. After an early dinner, go to bed for a few hours of precious sleep

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.

    DAY 6: SUMMIT DAY! BARAFU CAMP (4,550 M/14,930 FT) -TO UHURU PEAK (5,895 M/19,340 FT) -TO MWEKA CAMP (3,100 M/10,170 FT)-7 KM UP, -23 KM DOWN -8 HOURS UP, 7-8 HOURS DOWN

    SCREE AND SEASONAL SNOW

    You will rise around 11:30 PM, and after some steaming tea and biscuits, you shuffle off into the night. Your 6-hour climb northwest up through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to Stella Point on the crater rim is the most challenging part of the route for most climbers. At Stella Point (5,685 m/18,650 ft) you stop for a short rest and a chance to see a supremely sanguine sunrise. At Stella Point you join the top part of the Marangu Route, but do not stop here too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Depending on the season and recent storms, you may encounter snow on your remaining hike along the rim to Uhuru Peak. On the summit, you can enjoy your accomplishment and know that you are creating a day that you will remember for the rest of your life. After your 3-hour descent from the summit back to Barafu Camp, you will have a well-earned but short rest, collect your gear, and hike down a rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest to Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft). This camp is in the upper forest, so you can expect mist or rain in the late afternoon. Dinner, and washing water will be prepared, and the camp office sells drinking water, soft drinks, chocolates, and beer!

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.

    DAY 7: MWEKA CAMP (3,100 M/10,170 FT) -TO MWEKA GATE (1,980 M/6,500 FT) -TO MOSHI (890 M/2,920 FT) 15 KM, 3 HOURS

    FOREST

    After a well-deserved breakfast, it is a short, scenic, 3-hour hike back to the park gate. Don't give your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely, but do remember to tip your staff at the gate. At Mweka Gate, you can sign your name and add details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Climbers who reached Stella Point are issued green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate, you will continue down to the Mweka Village, possibly a muddy, 3 km, 1 hour hike if the road is too muddy for vehicles. In the Mweka Village you will be served a delicious hot lunch after which you are driven back to Moshi for an overdue hot shower and comfortable night at your hotel in Moshi.

    Remember to tip your guides, cooks, and porters, since you will be leaving them here. A vehicle will take you back to your hotel in Moshi, where it is definitely time for celebration!

    Breakfast & Lunch. Dinner Not included.

    * The climb cost includes

    • Private transport to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your accommodation in Moshi town.
    • 2 nights of accommodation in Moshi.
    • Park entry fees.
    • Accommodation in wooden cabins on the mountain.
    • Camping fees.
    • 18% VAT on tour fees and services.
    • 4 season mountain tents.
    • Double layered sleeping mats.
    • Friendly and professional mountain guides, cook and porter.
    • 3 hot meals daily while on the mountain.
    • Enough treated and filtered drinking water throughout the trek.
    • Hot water for washing.
    • Fair wages for mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro national park and Kilimanjaro association tour operator.
    • Government taxes.
    • Portable oxygen tanks and ox-meter.
    • Emergence first aid kit.

    * Not includes

      • Lunches, dinners and drinks at your hotel before and after climb.
      • Travel insurance.
      • Flights.
      • Laundry [available in hotel]
      • Personal items at toiletries.
      • Tips for guides, porters and cook.

        • * Tips on Mount Kilimanjaro are recommended for group sharing as following:
        • * guide $ 15-20/guide/day
        • * cook $ 10-15/day
        • * Porter $ 8-10/porter/day
    • Country tour Tanzania, United Republic of
      City of excursion Moshi
      Languages spoken by the guide en English
      Duration of the tour 7 Days
      Creation Date Monday, 11 May 2020
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