6 Days Umbwe Route Kilimanjaro Climbing

6 days / 5 Nights

6 Days Umbwe Route Kilimanjaro Climbing


6 Days Umbwe Route Kilimanjaro Climbing is a short route, providing challenges as it is very difficult to climb due to its steepness. Due to the fast ascension, 6 days hiking Umbwe Route does not provide the enough time for altitude acclimatization so proceeding slowly is vital. Although the traffic on this Route is very low. This Route merges along the way with Machame Route and Lemosho Route in the Western Breach Approach. This path is very beautiful but also very challenging due to its rock’s formations and its steep slope.

trip overview
trip overview
trip overview




Moshi/Arusha to Umbwe Gate to Umbwe cave campsite.

Elevation : 1200m to 1700m to 2850m,
Distance : 11 km,
Hiking time : 6 hours,
Habitat : Montana forest.

Pick up with our vehicle from your hotel, drive to Umbwe gate. Here after completing the gate registration procedures, the hike starts through the rainforest to Umbwe cave campsite where you will find all tents already setup then stop for dinner and overnight. Today you will walk across ridges and valleys into a really thick forest.



Umbwe cave campsite to Barranco hut campsite.

Elevation : 2850m to 3950m,
Distance : 6 km,
Hiking time : 4 hours,
Habitat : Montana forest and heather

This day after breakfast you will hike through the remaining forest to the moorland and heath zone and you will be enjoying some wonderful views of Barranco valleys and ice cap on top of the Mount Kilimanjaro. Then you will arrive to Barranco camp for dinner and overnight.



Barranco campsite to Karanga campsite

Elevation : 3950m to 3900m,
Distance : 6 km,
Hiking time : 4 hours,
Habitat : Moorland

Today you will be having a short-day hike and in the late morning you will start climbing Barranco wall and reach 4200m for acclimatization and continue crossing ridges and valleys to Karanga campsite for hot lunch. After lunch you will have a short rest and get another acclimatization of hiking up the screed slopes towards the Southern ice field then you will return to the camp for dinner and overnight.



Karanga campsite to Barafu campsite

Elevation : 3900m to 4620m,
Distance : 4 km,
Hiking time : 4 hours,
Habitat : Alpine Desert

Today hike up to the Barafu ridge campsite is tough because of altitude. The hiking hours is few because is steep so it need slowly hiking so to avoid fatigue as well as high altitude sickness. You will walk across alpine desert with strong cold wind blowing because there are no trees around as well as getting closer to the Kibo glaciers. You will have lunch and early dinner of around 1700hrs then rest until midnight when you commence you push for the summit at Uhuru Peak.



Barafu hut campsite to Uhuru peak to Mweka hut campsite

Elevation : 4620m to 5895m to 3100m,
Distance : 15km,
Hiking time : 10 – 12 hours,
Habitat : Desert and ice

The day hike to Uhuru Peak starts around midnight with a light breakfast, and then last preparations for your summit ascent. The goal is to hike before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or after sunrise. Leave to the peak at 12:00am, switchback up steep screed or possibly snow, and reach Stella Point on the crater rim at 5,861m between 4 and 5am. At this point, you will have views of the fabled crater and its icecaps facing you and all spectacular all area surrounding you. Then after 1 hour of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the snows takes you to Mount Kilimanjaro true summit, Uhuru Peak. Here you will spend some time for taking photos. After your summit activities done, descend back to the Barafu Huts campsite, have lunch, rest, collect your equipment, and continue your walk down through moorland and heath zone to Mweka Huts campsite, then dinner and overnight at Mweka hut campsite.



Mweka hut campsite to Mweka gate to Arusha/Moshi

Elevation : 3100m to 1700m,
Distance : 9km,
Descending time : 4 hours,
Habitat : Montana forest

After breakfast, today is your last day on the Mountain so you will descend down to Mweka park gate walking across Montana forest this descent will take 4 hours. Then here at the gate you will do sign out and get ready to board the vehicle ready for the transfer back to Moshi/Arusha.



We offer the following hotel options

  • Lindrin Lodge (Single Room) - USD 55 per night

  • Lindrin Lodge (Double Room) - USD 70 per night

  • Lindrin Lodge (Triple Room) - USD 105 per night

  • Keys Hotel (Single Room) - USD 69 per night

  • Keys Hotel (Double Room) - USD 94 per night

  • Keys Hotel (Triple Room) - USD 122 per night

  • Parkview Inn (Single Room) - USD 81 per night

  • Parkview Inn (Double Room) - USD 91 per night

  • Parkview Inn (Triple Room) - USD 170 per night

  • Kilimanjaro Wonders (Single Room) - USD 140 per night

  • Kilimanjaro Wonders (Double Room) - USD 160 per night

Note : if any hotel is booked out or is otherwise unavailable, we will book you in an alternate equivalent hotel.
If you are booking a hotel directly, please do check with us before booking, to make sure we can meet you and pick you up from the hotel.


We offer the following addons to your gear

  • Private Toilet - USD 150

  • Private Tent - USD 5 per day

  • Thicker sleeping mattress - USD 10 per mattress

  • Thermarest - USD 15 per thermarest

Note : Our packages by default include a foam sleeping mattress of 2 inch thickness, if you want a thicker alternative you can opt a 4 inch foam mattress with above mentioned extra cost.


We offer the following transfer optionsr

  • Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) to Moshi (one way) - USD 50 per vehicle

  • Moshi to Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) (one way) - USD 50 per vehicle

  • Arusha to Moshi (one way) - USD 100 per vehicle

  • Moshi to Arusha (one way) - USD 100 per vehicle


  • All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel

  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides

  • Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees

  • Quality, waterproof, four-season mountain sleeping tents (on twin sharing basis)

  • Sleeping Mattress

  • Emergency Oxygen Cylinder

  • All meals while on the Mountain

  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs

  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food

  • Clean, purified drinking water

  • Conservation fees (part of park fees)

  • Camping or Hut fees (part of park fees)

  • Rescue fees (part of park fees)

  • VAT (18% charged by the Government)

  • Kilimanjaro summit certificate


  • Tanzania Visa

  • International and domestic flights

  • Transfers (available as an optional addon)

  • Personal trekking equipment such as sleepings bags, hiking boots, clothes, etc (available for renting)

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Travel insurance

  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)

  • Meals not listed in the itinerary

  • Liquors, beers and bottled beverages

  • Surcharge for online payment of advance and balance (5% on each payment)

Payment Terms

Deposit Payment

  • Deposit is 20% of the total booking amount.

  • Deposit can be paid either via a bank transfer or an online card payment.t

  • A 5% fee is applicable on all card payments (payment gateway charges), this is non-refundable.

  • We offer bank accounts in 10 different currencies for bank transfer.

  • Once you make the advance payment you will receive a booking confirmation.

Balance Payment

  • Balance can be paid via bank transfer, online card payment, or with cash.

  • Bank payment can be done 15 days prior to the tour date (recommended 30 days prior).

  • Card Payment can be done 1 day prior to the tour date (recommended 7 days prior).

  • A 5% fee is applicable on all card payments (payment gateway charge), this is non-refundable.

  • Cash can be paid on arrival (USD printed in or after the year 2009).

Cancellation Policy

8 days and above departure

  • No cancellation fees.

0 to 7 days before departure

  • 50% of the total tour price will be charged as cancellation fees.

  • Trek can be postponed to any new date without any extra cost at any point in time.

  • The 5% surcharge paid for either or both advance and balance payments is non-refundable in case of cancellation of the trek.


  • Off-season supplement = USD 64

Note : Charged for solo trekkers to start a new departure in the month of March, April, May and November. Does not apply if you join an existing group. Does not apply if others trekkers also join your new group


Available discounts for Umbwe - 6 days

  • Children between 5 years and 15 years old

  • Code: 5TO15 - USD 590 per person

  • Expatriates/Residents living in Tanzania

  • Code: RESTAN - USD 210 per person

  • East African Citizens

  • Code: EAC - USD 750 per person

Private Trek

Please find below the prices for organizing a private trek. The prices are based on your group size.

  • Solo Trekker - USD 1730 per person

  • Group of 2 - USD 1612 per person

  • Group of 3 - USD 1562 per person

  • Group of 4 - USD 1562 per person

  • Group of 5 - USD 1538 per person

  • Group of 6 - USD 1536 per person

  • Group of 7 - USD 1534 per person

  • Group of 8 - USD 1533 per person

  • Group of 9 - USD 1524 per person

  • Group of 10 and above - USD 1523 per person

Tour Location

Tour Booking

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