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7-Day Umbwe Route Kilimanjaro Climbing: Explore Your Ultimate Journey


per person
  • 7 Days / 6 Night
  • Group : 4+
  • Tanzania

Discover the thrill of a 7-day Kilimanjaro climbing adventure along the Umbwe Route, offering an unparalleled journey of exploration and excitement. This renowned trail leads you through captivating landscapes and diverse terrains, promising an unforgettable odyssey to Africa's highest peak.

Experience an incredible climbing escapade as you traverse lush rainforests, scenic alpine meadows, and challenging rocky paths, all while soaking in the breathtaking vistas of Mount Kilimanjaro's majestic summits. Whether you're an experienced climber or a novice seeking new challenges, this adventure is designed to help you conquer new heights and forge enduring memories.

With seasoned guides and meticulously crafted schedules, you'll have the chance to immerse yourself in Tanzania's vibrant culture and natural splendor while conquering one of the globe's most iconic summits. Prepare for an exhilarating expedition filled with camaraderie, stunning panoramas, and a profound sense of achievement that only a Kilimanjaro climb can deliver.

Highlights of the 7-Day Umbwe Route Kilimanjaro Climbing Expedition

  • Conquer Africa's towering summit, Mount Kilimanjaro, guided by our experienced team of mountaineering experts.
  • Journey through a myriad of ecosystems, from verdant rainforests to expansive alpine deserts, along the awe-inspiring Umbwe Route.
  • Experience the exhilaration of reaching Uhuru Peak, standing proudly at 5,895 meters above sea level, and revel in your extraordinary accomplishment.
  • Indulge in comfortable accommodations nestled in mountain huts, and savor delectable meals meticulously prepared by our skilled culinary team throughout your ascent.
  • Immerse yourself in the warm hospitality of the Chagga communities along the route, gaining profound cultural insights and fostering meaningful connections.
  • Capture breathtaking panoramas of glaciers, volcanic formations, and the sweeping vistas of the African landscapes from various vantage points along the Umbwe Route.
  • Engage in sustainable tourism practices, minimizing environmental impact, and actively contributing to the well-being of local communities and ecosystems.


If you've chosen the optional airport transfers, our team will arrange to pick you up either from Kilimanjaro Airport or Arusha Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Moshi.

Once you've settled in, we'll schedule a pre-trek briefing at your hotel in Moshi. It's recommended to arrive at least one day before the trek begins to ensure you're well-rested and prepared. During the briefing, we'll discuss the itinerary in detail, review your equipment, and provide any necessary rentals to ensure you have everything needed for a successful trek

  • Meals On your own
  • AccommodationHotel/lordge in Moshi

Begin your 6-day Umbwe Route expedition by driving from Moshi to Umbwe Gate (1,800 meters) for park registration. As you commence the trek, immerse yourself in the lush rainforest, where you'll have the chance to spot unique wildlife and vibrant flora along the trail. Cap off your day's adventure by reaching Umbwe Camp (2,850 meters), where a satisfying dinner and a restful overnight stay await. This engaging and immersive journey promises a perfect blend of adventure and natural beauty, ensuring an unforgettable experience for hikers of all skill levels.

  • Elevation Gain: From 1830m/6000ft to 2650m/8700ft
  • Distance Covered: 6km/4mi
  • Estimated Trekking Time: 2-3 hours
  • Habitat Type: Montane Forest
  • Meals Provided: Lunch and Dinner

Ascend to Lava Tower (4,600 meters) for acclimatization and stunning vistas. Descend through the famed Barranco Wall, arriving at Barranco Camp (3,960 meters). Relax and enjoy dinner amidst breathtaking mountain panoramas. This strategic rest spot offers both rejuvenation and captivating views, enhancing your Umbwe Route adventure.

  • Elevation Gain: From 3050m/9950ft to 3850m/12,600ft
  • Distance Covered: 5km/3mi
  • Walking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat Type: Moorland
  • Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 3 of your Umbwe Route adventure is dedicated to crucial altitude acclimatization, featuring a scenic day hike to Lava Tower at 4,600m (15,091ft) above sea level. Afterward, enjoy a satisfying lunch and relaxation at Barranco Camp. Opt for additional exploration, like conquering the Barranco Wall, to enrich your trek and embrace the majestic surroundings of Mount Kilimanjaro.

  • Elevation: 4050m/13,250ft
  • Distance: 0km/0mi
  • Hiking Time: 0 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Depart from Barranco Camp, taking in stunning mountain views as you hike through varied landscapes and rocky trails. Traverse picturesque valleys on your way to Karanga Camp, situated at 3,995 meters. Enjoy a revitalizing lunch break and rest amidst the high-altitude environment, preparing yourself for the exhilarating ascent to Barafu Camp. It's a day filled with adventure and serenity, offering a unique experience of Kilimanjaro's diverse terrain and breathtaking scenery.

  • Elevation Gain: From 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft
  • Distance Covered: 8km/5mi
  • Walking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat Type: Semi-desert
  • Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Begin the day with a trek to Barafu Camp (4,673 meters), the base camp for the summit attempt, ascending through alpine desert terrain with spectacular views. Arrive at Barafu Camp in the afternoon to rest, hydrate, and prepare for the summit push. Enjoy an early dinner and settle in for an overnight stay at Barafu Camp, readying yourself for the challenging but rewarding summit climb.

  • Elevation Gain: From 4000m/13,000ft to 4700m/15,350ft
  • Distance Covered: 9km/5mi
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat Type: Alpine Desert
  • Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Begin your summit attempt by ascending to Stella Point early in the morning, followed by the final push to Uhuru Peak, Africa's highest point at 5,895 meters. After conquering the summit, descend to Barafu Camp for a brief rest before continuing down to Mweka Camp for the night

  • Elevation Gain: From 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft (ascent), Descending to 3090m/10,150ft
  • Distance Covered: 5km/3mi ascent, 13km/8mi descent
  • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent, 5-6 hours descent
  • Habitat Type: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
  • Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

On Day 7, begin your descent from Mweka Camp, winding through the lush rainforest and taking a moment to appreciate your successful summit climb. As you reach Mweka Gate at 1,640 meters, collect your well-deserved summit certificates, marking the culmination of your Kilimanjaro adventure. Afterward, head back to Moshi for a joyful celebration and some well-deserved relaxation, cherishing the memories of your remarkable journey.

  • Elevation Loss: From 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft
  • Distance Covered: 10km/6mi
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat Type: Forest
  • Meals Provided: Breakfast

Included and Excluded

  • Experienced guide with safety certifications.
  • Accommodations with breakfast before and after trek.
  • Hassle-free airport transfers.
  • Nutritious meals throughout the trek.
  • Complimentary drinking water and full-board meals.
  • All-inclusive fees and permits.
  • Fair wages for mountain crew.
  • Portable private toilet and porter services.
  • Flights to and from the trek starting point.
  • Visa fees.
  • Travel or Medical Insurance is mandatory and recommended; please seek recommendations.
  • Medications.
  • Tips and gratuities for the porters and mountain crew (20% industry standard recommended).
  • Personal expenses for souvenirs or other purchases.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The 7-day Mount Kilimanjaro hiking via the Umbwe Route typically takes around 7 days, including ascent and descent days.

Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro via the Umbwe Route is considered challenging due to its steep and direct ascent. It's recommended for experienced hikers.

The best time to hike Mount Kilimanjaro via the Umbwe Route is during the dry season, typically from July to October and January to March.

Essential items for hiking Mount Kilimanjaro via the Umbwe Route include appropriate clothing, sturdy hiking boots, sleeping bag, trekking poles, and hydration supplies.

Yes, it's highly recommended to hire an experienced guide for hiking Mount Kilimanjaro via the Umbwe Route to ensure safety and navigation.

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