6 DAYS UMBWE ROUTE 

MOUNT KILIMANJARO | 6 DAYS UMBWE ROUTE 

OVERVIEW

This route is steeper and shorter than the Machame Route. Once at the Barranco Hut you continue on with the other Machame hikers. The descent is down the Mweka trail.
Since it is a very short and direct route, it is not recommended for people with little altitude experience.

Umbwe Gate, Hike to Umbwe Cave Camp

ELEVATION (FT)

1660m/5450ft to 2850m/9350ft

DISTANCE

11km/7 miles

Hiking Time

5-6 hours

Habitat

Montane Forest

Drive from Moshi to the Umbwe Gate (about 1 hour). Commence the climb through the rain forest with packed lunch on route. Also you can see some wildlife, including Colobus monkeys.

Halfway up the trail you will have a lunch break and you will reach the Bivouac Camp (2940m) in the late afternoon or early evening.

Accommodation: Budget Lodging-  Umbwe Cave Camp

Umbwe Cave Camp to Barranco Camp

ELEVATION (FT)

2850m/9350ft to 4000m/13,000ft

DISTANCE

6km/4 miles

Hiking Time

4-5 hours

Habitat

Semi-desert

After breakfast, we will leave the glades of the forest and follow an ascending path on the open moorland to Barranco Camp. In the moorland you will spot exotic plants, including giant lobelia and groundsel. As you ascent, the trail provides a spectacular view of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

The trail then flattens and descends into the Barranco Valley until you reach Barranco Camp. At this campsite, you will be next to a stream and have a spectacular view of the Western Breach and the Great Barranco Wall in the East.
Accommodation: Budget Lodging – Barranco Camp

Hike Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

ELEVATION (FT)

4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft

DISTANCE

5km/3miles

Hiking Time

3-4 hours

Habitat

Alpine Desert

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.

At this point of the hike, it is normal for hikers to start feeling the effects from the altitude including headaches and shortness of breath.
Accommodation: Budget Lodging  – Karanga Camp

Hike Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

ELEVATION (FT)

4050m/13,250ft to 4700m/15,350ft

DISTANCE

4km/2miles

Hiking Time

3-4 hours

Habitat

Alpine Desert

We continue up to the Barafu Camp. South Circuit will be completed, this circuits offers views of the summit from many different angles.

Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day.
Accommodation: Budget Lodging  – Barafu Camp

Hike Horombo Hut to Mandara Hut

ELEVATION (FT)

3700m/12200ft to 1700m/5500ft

DISTANCE

20km/12.5miles

Hiking Time

4-5 hours

Habitat

Forest

After breakfast, a descent takes us down through Moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through lush forest path to the National park gate at Marangu. At lower elevation 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). A vehicle will be waiting for you at Marangu gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 1 hr drive).

Hike Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Moshi

ELEVATION (FT)

3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft

DISTANCE

10km/6miles

Hiking Time

3-4 hours

Habitat

Forest

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).
From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi/Arusha

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