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Trekking Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route, Tanzania - 6 days

Kilimanjaro Trekking on the Umbwe Route

6 Days / 5 Nights Kilimanjaro Climbing Umbwe Route

Day 1: Umbwe Gate (1614m) – Umbwe Cave camp (2850m)

Hiking time: 6 Hours

Distance: Approximately 10.3 km

Habitat: Forest (Montane)

After breakfast you will be driven to the Machame gate where registration formalities will be completed. From the Machame gate you will be transferred to the Umbwe Gate (1641m), passing through villages with coffee and banana plantations. The air is thick with moisture and the path is usually muddy. The route initially follows a forestry track winding up through the natural rain forest. It then narrows and steepens to climb the ridge between the Lonzo and Umbwe rivers, with huge trees surrounding you. The path offers some spectacular views of deep gorges and if you are lucky, glimpses of Kilimanjaro towering above you in the distance. The camp is perched between huge trees and thick undergrowth. Enjoy dinner and overnight at the Umbwe Cave Camp (2 850m).

Day 2: Umbwe Cave camp (2850m) – Barranco camp (3985m)

Hiking time: 6 hours

Distance: Approximately 6.3 km

Habitat: Moorland

Shortly after leaving the camp the forest starts thinning and is replaced by rockier terrain, sparser undergrowth and straggly, moss-covered trees. The path continues along a narrow, but spectacular ridge. As you gain higher altitude, catch glimpses of Kilimanjaro rising majestically ahead of you – etched against the blue sky. The path flattens as you approach Barranco Valley.

From the 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.

Day 3: Barranco camp (3985m) – Karanga Camp (4040m)

Hiking time: 6 hours

Distance: Approximately 6 km

Habitat: Moorland / Semi desert

After spending a night at the great Barranco Wall (a very imposing sight at first), you make your way up this awesome looking obstacle, 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 intervening 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. Enjoy dinner and overnight at the Karanga camp.

Day 4: Karanga camp (4040m) – Barafu camp (4681m)

Hiking time: 4 hours

Distance: Approximately 3.4km

Habitat:Alpine desert

Breakfast at Karanga camp and after breakfast turn left up the ridge and the route ascends 640m towards Barafu Camp. Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice” and it is a bleak and inhospitable camping area to spend the night. Totally exposed to the ever-present gales, the tents are pitched on a narrow, stony, and dangerous ridge. Make sure that you familiarise yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents.

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 available as well. 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.

Day 5: – summit attempt

Barafu camp (4681m)-Uhuru Peak (5895m)-Mweka (3090m)

Hiking time: 7 to 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 6 to 8 hours to descend to Mweka Camp

Distance: Approximately 4.5 km ascent and 10.8 km descent

Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

You will get up around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. You will head in a north-westerly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. For many climbers the 6-hour walk to Stella point is mentally and physically the most challenging on the route. At Stella Point (5739m) you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point you will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak.

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Food: Included
Country: Tanzania
Transfer: Included
Airport: Moshi - Kilimanjaro International Airport
Registered Member of Tourism board of: Tanzania
Testimonials (Website,TripAdvisor, etc.): Yes
Link to reviews:
Guide Languages:
Experience Level: Moderate
Tour operator name: Kilimanjaro Guides Expeditions
Min group size: 2
Max group size: 7
Duration: 6
Provided Accommodation: Tent and Hostel/Hotel
Included in service: 2 transfers from Moshi to Machame Park gate – return. 3 meals per day while trekking – vegetarian/non-vegetarian. 7 days Kilimanjaro trek – Machame route. 6 nights accommodation camping style while trekking Machame Route. 2 nights hotel accommodation bed and breakfast in Moshi before and after climb. All park entrance fees and government Levies. English speaking mountain guide and assistant. Porters – Minimum 2 per client. First Aid Kit including Oxygen Kit. Airport transfers
Not included in Service: Tips for guides and porters Sleeping bags and personal items Personal expenses (visas, Internet, etc.)
Equipment to bring: Clothing - 1 - Waterproof Jacket, breathable with hood - 1 - Insulated Jacket, synthetic or down - 1 - Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell - 2 - Long Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric - 1 - Short Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric - 1 - Waterproof Pants, breathable (side-zipper recommended) - 2 - Hiking Pants (convertible to shorts recommended) - 1 - Fleece Pants - 1 - Shorts (optional) - 1 - Long Underwear (moisture-wicking fabric recommended) - 3 - Underwear, briefs (moisture-wicking fabric recommended) - 2 - Sport Bra (women) Footwear - 1 - Hiking Boots, warm, waterproof, broken-in, with spare laces - 1 - Gym Shoes, to wear at camp (optional) - 3 - Socks, thick, wool or synthetic - 3 - Sock Liners, tight, thin, synthetic, worn under socks to prevent blisters (optional) - 1 - Gaiters, waterproof (optional) Equipment - 1 - Sleeping Bag, warm, four seasons - 1 - Sleeping Bag Liner, for added warmth (optional) - 1 - Sleeping Pad, self-inflating or closed-cell foam - 1 - Trekking Poles (highly recommended) - 1 - Head lamp, with extra batteries - 1 - Duffel bag, for porters to carry your equipment - 1 - Daypack, for you to carry your personal gear Paperwork - Trip Receipt - Passport - Visa (available at JRO) - Yellow fever certificate - Insurance Documents including emergency phone number Headwear - 1 - Brimmed Hat, for sun protection - 1 - Knit Hat, for warmth - 1 - Balaclava, for face coverage (optional) - 1 - Bandana (optional) Handwear - 1 - Gloves, warm (waterproof recommended) - 1 - Glove Liners, thin, synthetic, worn under gloves for added warmth (optional) Accessories - 1 - Sunglasses or Goggles - 1 - Backpack Cover, waterproof (optional) - 1 - Poncho, during rainy season (optional) - 1 - Water Bottle (Nalgene, 32 oz. recommended) - 1 - Water Bladder, Camelbak type (optional) - 1 - Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional) - 1 - Pee Bottle, to avoid leaving tent at night (highly recommended) - Stuff Sacks or Plastic Bags, various sizes, to keep gear dry and separate Other - Toiletries - Prescriptions - Sunscreen - Lip Balm - Insect Repellent, containing DEET - First Aid Kit - Hand Sanitizer - Toilet Paper - Wet Wipes (recommended) - Snacks, light-weight, high calorie, high energy (optional) - Pencil and Notebook, miniature, for trip log (optional) - Camera, with extra batteries (optional)
Recommended Season:
Guaranteed departure dates: Daily departure
Remarks: None
Terms and Conditions: Cancellation: 42 days before arrival 100 % refund, 41-22 days before 70 % refund less than there weeks before arrival 0 % refund
Listing created Jan 31, 2016

Public discussion (6)



1 years ago

Great value ~ even greater customized customer service and attention!

(Review in English/Spanish and Chinese)

Just came back from my 52nd country adventures~ decided to go n wanted to climb Kilimanjaro in Sept then started reading guide books and tripadvisor to shop around for a local operator. After comparing many companies I decided to go with Kilimanjaro Guides Expeditions for the Machame route 7 days starting Nov 13 2016.

My personal experience with David’s company was wonderful! David was communicative with me, very professional and proactive. David worked with my own individual schedule as I was travelling solo.. David was very knowledgeable of this and other national parks. Top notch service..

He and Mark my guide came to pick me up and settled me at the hotel room, where he gave me a brief intro… the next day morning he came with the crew and introduced me to them all. Mark, Joseph the cook and the porters: Amos, Samwell, Lucas and Alphanse. We began the trek and the entire team were super sweet and friendly and made their ultimate goal to get me up to the top of the mountain! … and down..

Mark was the only one fluent in English and he was with me at all times made sure to make me go really slow step by step to acclimatize…as I tend to walk NYC pace and kept reminding me to go “Pole pole”

Joseph churned out really good meals.. but always too much for me.. my appetite at the mountain was not as usual, but they encouraged me to eat and keep up with my energy. I brought granola bars as backup which didn’t really need at all!

As I was the oldest of our crew … I had them calling me “Dada” or big sis.. ;-) they were a bunch of sweet, good natured and hard working guys.. who taught me many Swahili words.

Getting to Uhuru peak is a once in lifetime experience.. you should try to get my entire crew ~ anyone who is planning to go 

I highly encourage you to book the trip with this company…. You want to deal with people who have climbed the mountain and not just “desk guys” David has worked on all the jobs related to climbing.. guides for more than a decade. So take advantage of his know-how and ask all necessary questions.



1 years ago

I also took a 2nd luggage to drop off for donations at orphanages.. and David helped me work out the logistics so that we can spread the items out to 3 locations.. really appreciate his big heart and taking more of his personal time to help me in this effort. For those who are able to.. try to get some used shoes, white socks.. or maybe buy food locally to donate. There’re around 7 orphanages in Moshi: anything U can help out with would be wonderful for those sweet kids.

I would unreservedly recommend Kilimanjaro Guides Expeditions to help anyone with your Tanzania Kilimanjaro climbing and tours.


Regrese a NY despues de visitar pais #52. Decidi viajar a Africa y en Septiembre me dije que iba a incluir la subida a la montana Kilimanjaro.. comenze a leer las guias y tripadvisor para comparer precios por un operador local. Despues de comparar varias companias decidi ir con Kilimanjaro Guides Expeditions para la ruta Machame de 7 dias comenzando el 13 de Noviembre 2016.

Mi experiencia con la compania de David fue excelente! David se comunico profesionalmente y fue proactivo. David y Mark mi guia me fueron a recoger y dejar en el hotel.. donde me dio un briefing~ la siguiente manana vino con el equipo entero y me introdujo. Mark, Joseph mi cocinero y los 4 porteros.. Amos, Samwell, Lucas y Alphanse.. comenzamos a subir a la montana esa manana.. el equipo fueron super amistosos y tiernos.. pusieron como su prioridad que llegue a la cima y baje…

Mark era el unico que habla bien el Ingles~y estuvo conmigo todo el tiempo asegurando que vaya super lento paso por paso.. ya que suelo caminar rapidamente en NYC y a cada rato me decia “Pole Pole”.. “lento”

Joseph cocino comidas deliciosas pero las porciones fueron demasiadas grandes para mi.. mi apetito bajo en la montana.. pero ellos me recordaban que tenia que comer y mantener mi fuerza y energia..lleve baritas de cereal.. pero no las necesite.

Como todos eran menor que yo.. les dije me que llamen “Dada” o hermana major :P eran un grupo de gente dulce, sincera y trabajadora~ me ensenaron muchas palabras en Swahili ~ saque leciones de idioma gratis ;-P

Llegar a la cima de Uhuru es una experience unica en la vida.. si tienen chance de ir.. traten de obtener mi equipo ;-P

Recomiendo booquear la subida a la montana con esta compania.. quieres lidear con gente que han subido a la Montana y que no solo trabajan tras escritorios.. David ha hecho todos los tipos de trabajos relacionado con la subida ha sido guia por mas de una decada.. tomen ventaja de su experiencia y conocimiento y preguntele lo que es necesario.



1 years ago

El servicio que ellos brindan es de primera caliber.. despues de confirmer pague 300 para reservar y el resto en efectivo cuando llegue.

Recomiendo sin reservaciones a Kilimanjaro Guides Expeditions para ayudar a quien les busque con Tanzania subir a Kilimanjaro y tours en general.

Yo habia llevado una 2nda maleta para dejarla como donaciones en los orfelinatos y David me ayudo a trabajar en las logisticas para separar y dejar las cosas en 3 lugares necesitados.. aprecio su gran Corazon de tomar mas de su tiempo personal para ayudarme en esto.. para la gente que pueda hacerlo.. lleven zapatos usados, medias blancas (para las escuelas) o simplemente compren comida alla para donarla.. hay como 7 orfelinatos en el pueblo de Moshi.. y todo lo que puedas contribuir ayudaria a esos ninios dulces y inocentes es algo.

Saludos a todos,


Sorry~我的中文不是那麼好~ 剛從我的第52國家冒險回來 

Kilimanjaro Guides Expedition 非常棒的 客戶服務和關注 David 很積極,對於行程安排給了我很多建議,態度也很好,給的價格最優惠…我當時去的時候只有一個人


第二天早上,他帶著船員來介紹我給他們。Mark,Joseph廚師和4挑夫: Amos, Samwell, Lucas and Alphanse. 我們開始了跋涉,整個團隊是超級友好的,並使他們的最終目標,讓我到山頂!...和下來..



1 years ago

Mark是唯一一個流利的英語,他與我在任何時候都確保讓我走一步真的慢慢適應. 因為我傾向於走紐約的步伐,不斷提醒我去”Pole Pole” 慢慢



到達Uhuru峰值是一生一次的體驗.. 任何人打算去…你應該盡量讓獲得我的整個舊團隊

我強烈鼓勵你與這家公司預訂旅行...。你想要處理的人誰爬上了山,而不僅僅是“桌子的傢伙”David已經從事所有與攀登相關的工作.. 導游十多年。所以利用他的專業知識,並提出所有必要的問題。



我推薦Kilimanjaro Guides Expeditions幫助你的 坦桑尼亞乞力馬扎羅山攀登和旅遊。


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1 years ago

We killed the Kili. Und das nur, weil wir super Guides hatten. Mark und David haben alles aus uns raus geholt, uns immer wieder motiviert und uns bis auf die Spitze des Kilimandscharos gebracht. Eine wahnsinns Erfahrungen. Das ganze Team drum herum war exzellent. Mudi der beste Koch den man sich auf solch einen Trip wünschen kann und Machario unser "privater Kellner" der uns immer ein Lächeln ins Gesicht gezaubert hat. In allem, sehr zu empfehlen. Ein großes Danke - asante sana vom Herzen. Jenny und lena.

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1 years ago

Im Juni 2015 bestiegen wir zu 8t den Kilimanjaro über die Maranguroute mit David und aeinem Team! Kilimanjaro ist eine Reise wert und falls mal wieder, dann auf jeden Fall wieder mit David, der unsere Reise von A bis Z organisierte und viele zusätzliche Ausflüge anbot!!! Das gesamte Team war äußerst zuvorkommend und kein Wunsch blieb offen...

Leute, kann euch den Kili in Verbindung mit diesem Team nur wärmstens empfehlen!

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