6 Days Umbwe Route
Duration 6 Days: Tour using the Umbwe Route
6 Days Umbwe Route , this is the steepest route up or down Kilimanjaro, thus those few people who use this route do use this route to descend rather than ascending. The route also offers scenery. Umbwe route is usually recommended for descent only. Hardly anyone climbs it. It is extremely steep and offers incredible views of Kibo, the Great Western Breach (a huge stone mass protruding from Kibo) and the Baranco. Umbwe route is the hardest but most magnificent and shortest way to reach Uhuru Peak . A Less-frequented route, which is very steep and suitable only for experienced trekkers. Additional days can be added to our program to discover or lighten up along the route or camp in the Karanga valley. Warm clothes, sleeping bag, walking poles and medical insurance cover are highly recommended for the 6 days itinerary via Umbwe.
Day-by-day program for: 6 Days Umbwe Route
Pick up at Kilimanjaro Airport, the final location of a previous building block or other location. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Arusha or Moshi.
Umbwe gate to Umbwe cave, from the 2,100m the path begins.
The route takes you to the fast camp Umbwe cave. (Bivouac I at 2,940m) in 4-6hrs
Umbwe cave to Barranco, keep ascent through steep and scramble rock across rain forest to moorland, which may take 4-5hrs to reach Bivouac II at 3,780m. After 1hr walk you will reach to 3,900m and you will see the end of tree line. The path proceed cairn to the southern glacier branches right contouring into Baranco situated at 4,000m, 2hrs from Bivouc II
Barranco acclimatization, this is a good place to rest a day to acclimatize. You may spend your day at camp and snooze in the sun all day. If you are feeling fit you may walk to high altitude and come down to relax in low altitude this will help you to get acclimatized.
Barranco to Arrow glacier, the route to the Western Breach from the tree lines and then continues up to Umbwe ridge, which becomes the Western. Lateral Moraine of the peak and the routes goes straight towards the Western Breach and then reach to the Arrow glacier, which is situated at 4,800m.
To ascent to the summit on this day you may involve between 10½ or 14½hrs. Usually you start this day’s walking early in the morning for the idea to see sun rise and also to avoid the mist, screen and snow on the ascent will still be frozen. So after 3km walk and 6-8hrs in 110m of ascent you will reach the top and descent through Barafu in 2,800m for 4-7hrs of walking in 12km, you will reach the Mweka hut.
After breakfast descend steeply through the forest on a narrow path in 10km of walking and 3-4hrd to reach the Mweka gate after 1400m of descent. Depart for your next destination, which is optional.
Items included in : 6 Days Umbwe Route
• Meet and greet services
• Assistance at the airport
• Mountain guide and porters
• Transfers as specified
• All pre and post climb accommodation as mentioned
• All accommodation and meals on the mountain
• All park fees, hut/camp fees and rescue fees
• Government taxes
Items excluded in: 6 Days Umbwe Route
• International flights
• Airport tax (pay direct)
• Driver guide, mountain guide and porters gratuities
• Climbing gear – if required can be hired locally
• Drinks, dining rooms tips, porterage, personal travel and baggage insurance
• Telephone bill, laundry and any items of a personal nature
We may have to reroute the itinerary or accommodate in similar lodges in case of non-availability.
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