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Mount KilimanjaroTrekking

The Umbwe route stands out as one of the shortest and most challenging paths to reach the Southern Glaciers and the Western Breach on Mount Kilimanjaro.

6 Days

5 Nights

Umbwe Route

Experience Price

From $2,450 per person

Umbwe Route

6 Days

5 Nights

Experience Price

From $2,450 per person


This trail is specifically designed for trekkers seeking a true climbing adventure, away from the crowds that typically populate the more popular routes. While it does not require technical climbing skills, the Umbwe route presents trekkers with steep ascents, rocky terrain, and tree roots to navigate, making it a formidable undertaking. This route is renowned for its direct approach, featuring exposed ridges that demand courage and endurance. Due to its difficulty, the success rate on the Umbwe route tends to be lower compared to other routes.

To fully enjoy this challenging climb, trekkers must be physically fit and well-prepared. The initial days of the ascent involve a continuous uphill march, in contrast to routes that allow for gradual acclimatization through slower and more varied terrain. However, the extraordinary beauty of the surrounding vistas compensates for the arduousness of the journey. Throughout the trail, trekkers are treated to breathtaking panoramas on both sides, offering some of the most stunning views on the entire mountain, rivalling even the summit itself.

Moreover, the Umbwe route boasts a sense of solitude, as it remains one of the least frequented paths up Mount Kilimanjaro. Due to its reputation as a demanding climb, only a few brave souls venture along this trail, leaving it relatively untouched and serene. This seclusion contributes to the unique experience of feeling like the sole conqueror of the mountain until the route merges with the Machame route near Barranco Camp, a few days into the trek. From there, it follows the familiar Southern Circuit below the Southern Ice Field before ascending toward the summit from Barafu Camp. As with most Kilimanjaro climbs, the descent is made along the Mweka Route.

For those in search of unparalleled views and a wilderness experience that pushes their limits, the Umbwe route offers everything one could desire and more. It epitomizes a true mountaineering expedition on Kilimanjaro. Climbing Kilimanjaro provides the option to embark on a 6 or 7-day group or private climb via the Umbwe route. Opting for the seven-day variation includes an additional acclimatization day at Barranco Camp on day 3, ensuring a safer and more comfortable ascent.

Experience Expectation

When embarking on a 6-day Umbwe Route itinerary to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro, climbers can have high expectations for an unforgettable adventure. The Umbwe Route, known for its challenging and steep ascent, offers a thrilling experience for those seeking a true test of physical and mental endurance. With its less-travelled path and stunning scenery, climbers can anticipate a sense of exclusivity and awe-inspiring beauty throughout their journey. Each day brings new landscapes and breathtaking vistas, from the dense rainforest at the beginning of the trek to the stark lunar-like landscape as they approach the summit. This itinerary promises a rewarding and life-changing experience, where climbers can push their limits, embrace the camaraderie of fellow trekkers, and witness the majesty of Kilimanjaro from its most rugged and untouched side.

The 6-day Umbwe Route itinerary on Mount Kilimanjaro holds immense potential for an extraordinary climbing experience. With the allure of a challenging and less-travelled path, climbers can anticipate a true test of their physical and mental capabilities. The steep and demanding terrain requires a high level of fitness and determination, making it an ideal choice for seasoned adventurers seeking a thrilling and rewarding expedition. As climbers ascend through changing landscapes, they will be captivated by the beauty of Kilimanjaro’s diverse ecosystems, from lush rainforests to barren alpine deserts. Along the way, they will forge bonds with fellow trekkers and dedicated guides, sharing in the triumphs and challenges of the climb. This 6-day itinerary promises a once-in-a-lifetime experience, where climbers can immerse themselves in the raw power and magnificence of Africa’s highest peak, leaving them with memories that will last a lifetime.


  • Scenic beauty: Breathtaking views, lush rainforests.
  • Challenging adventure: Steep ascent, experienced climbers.
  • Short duration: Quick ascent, time efficient.
  • Serene wilderness: Remote and less crowded trail.
  • Technical sections: Barranco Wall, thrilling challenges.
  • Sunrise from the summit: Spectacular views at Uhuru Peak.
  • Experienced guides and porters: Safety, knowledge.
  • Unique flora and fauna: Diverse ecosystem, rare species.
  • Personal achievement: Mental and physical strength.
  • Cultural immersion: Interact with locals and Tanzanian culture.

Experience Suitability

  • Climbers looking for a challenging and adventurous trek.
  • Experienced hikers seeking a less crowded route.
  • Individuals with a good level of fitness and stamina.
  • Those who prefer a shorter itinerary.
  • Adventure enthusiasts interested in a steep and direct ascent.
  • Experienced climbers who can handle high altitudes.
  • Hikers who appreciate scenic views and diverse landscapes.
  • Individuals seeking a more remote and secluded trekking experience.

Day to Day Experience

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our team will warmly welcome you and transfer you to your hotel in Moshi. Take this day to rest, relax, and prepare for the exciting journey ahead. Our experienced guide will provide a briefing on the trek and answer any questions you may have.

  • Elevation: Umbwe Gate (5,249 ft) to Umbwe Camp (9,514 ft)
  • Distance: 11 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Rainforest

After an early breakfast, we drive to Umbwe Gate, the starting point of our adventure. The trek begins through the lush rainforest, with its rich biodiversity and fascinating flora. As we ascend, the trail becomes steeper, challenging us physically and mentally. We reach Umbwe Camp, our first overnight campsite, where we rest and enjoy a well-deserved dinner.

  • Elevation: Umbwe Camp (9,514 ft) to Barranco Camp (13,044 ft)
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

Leaving Umbwe Camp, we continue our trek along a steep ridge, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. The trail takes us through the moorland zone, characterized by unique vegetation and rocky terrain. We reach Barranco Camp, nestled in a beautiful valley beneath the impressive Barranco Wall. This campsite provides stunning views of the surrounding peaks, making it a Favorite among trekkers.

  • Elevation: Barranco Camp (13,044 ft) to Karanga Camp (13,231 ft)
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Today’s trek takes us through diverse terrain, including the famous Barranco Wall. With the assistance of our experienced guides, we navigate the challenging sections of the wall and continue along the ridgeline. The trail then descends into the Karanga Valley before ascending to Karanga Camp. Here, we enjoy panoramic views of the glaciers and prepare for the summit push.

  • Elevation: Karanga Camp (13,231 ft) to Barafu Camp (15,331 ft)
  • Distance: 4 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

We leave Karanga Camp and embark on a relatively short but steep trek to Barafu Camp, our final base camp before the summit attempt. As we gain altitude, the landscape becomes more barren, offering expansive views of the surrounding peaks and glaciers. At Barafu Camp, we rest, hydrate, and prepare for the challenging ascent to Uhuru Peak.

  • Elevation: Barafu Camp (15,331 ft) to Uhuru Peak (19,341 ft) to Millennium Camp (12,467 ft)
  • Distance: 18 km (round trip)
  • Hiking Time: 10-14 hours
  • Habitat: Arctic, Moorland

Today is the most challenging and rewarding day of the trek. We start the summit attempt around midnight, braving the cold and darkness. Guided by our experienced team, we ascend through the rocky terrain and scree slopes, eventually reaching Stella Point. From there, it’s a gradual climb to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. After celebrating our achievement, we descend to Millennium Camp for a well-deserved rest.

  • Elevation: Millennium Camp (12,467 ft) to Mweka Gate (5,380 ft)
  • Distance: 12 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Rainforest

After breakfast, we continue our descent through the lush rainforest, enjoying the vibrant flora and fauna along the way. The trail leads us to Mweka Gate, where we receive our summit certificates and bid farewell to our mountain crew. From there, we transfer back to the hotel in Moshi, where you can rest, celebrate your achievement, and reflect on your incredible journey.

After a well-deserved rest and breakfast, our team will provide a transfer from your hotel to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure. Take with you cherished memories, a sense of accomplishment, and the knowledge that you have conquered the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro.

Please note that the Umbwe Route is known for its steep and challenging sections, requiring a good level of fitness and previous trekking experience. The itinerary may be subject to change due to weather conditions, group pace, and the overall well-being of the trekkers. Our experienced guides will make any necessary adjustments to ensure your safety and enhance your trekking experience.

Experience Accommodation

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Upon your arrival in Arusha, you will be accommodated at either the Gran Melia Hotel Arusha or Mount Meru Hotel Arusha. Both hotels offer comfortable and convenient lodging options, providing you with a relaxing environment to rest and prepare for your Kilimanjaro trek.

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During the trek on the Rongai Route, you will experience camping in the pristine wilderness of Mount Kilimanjaro. Our experienced team will set up high-quality camping equipment at designated campsites along the route. The campsites are carefully chosen to offer picturesque surroundings and a serene atmosphere. You will be provided with spacious tents, comfortable sleeping mats, and dining facilities.

Our crew will ensure that your camping experience is comfortable, safe, and enjoyable. The campsites on the Rongai Route are equipped with toilet facilities, and our team will provide hot water for washing. Additionally, our skilled cooks will prepare delicious meals to fuel your journey, offering a variety of local and international dishes. We also accommodate dietary preferences and restrictions, ensuring that you are well-nourished throughout the trek.

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Upon completing your Kilimanjaro trek, you will be transferred back to either the Gran Melia Hotel Arusha or Mount Meru Hotel Arusha, where you can relax and celebrate your accomplishment. Both hotels offer comfortable rooms, modern amenities, and excellent services. Enjoy a hot shower, unwind by the hotel’s facilities, and take the time to reflect on your incredible journey. Indulge in delicious meals and relish the memories of reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Please note that the specific accommodation arrangements may vary depending on availability and other factors. Our team will make every effort to ensure your comfort and provide suitable accommodation options throughout your Kilimanjaro climbing tour.

Rates per Person

  • 1 Person

  • 2- 4 people

  • 5- 7 people

  • 8- 10 people

Experience Inclusion & Exclusion

  • All camping and hut fees
  • All Entry fees.
  • All camping gears.
  • High-Quality 4-inch Sleeping Mattress & Pillow
  • Duffle Bags or Sleeping Bags (- 10°C)
  • Oxygen cylinder
  • Oximeter machine
  • Mobile Communications (for emergency only)
  • Transport to/from the mountain gates
  • Experienced and friendly trek staff (cooks and porters) and their salaries.
  • Meals (3 times per day)
  • Boiled/Purified drinking water.
  • Cook and kitchen utensils.
  • 18% VAT
  • English-speaking guide (certified as a Wilderness First Responder & Emergency Medicine Adult and Child CPR)
  • Special Language Guide (for $20 per guide, per day)
  • First Aid & Injury prevention kits
  • Daily briefing
  • 25% discount on gear rental (the discount applies for online shopping only)
  • Personal Summit Certificate stamped and signed by the National Park and your Guide.
  • International and local flights from back home
  • Tips (Gratuity) to guide and porters.
  • Tanzania Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses (e.g., laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • RT PCR Test (can be arranged)
  • Hotels for before and after trek night (available as an add-on)
  • Airport Transfer (50$ one way per car)
  • Personal mountain gear (We offer high-quality Gear Rental, see below for more info)


Safari Transportation

We understand the importance of comfortable and reliable transportation during your Kilimanjaro climbing tour. To ensure a seamless experience, we provide transportation services for various stages of your journey.

Airport Pickup:

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our professional driver will be waiting to greet you. We offer transportation options depending on the size of your group. For smaller groups or individual travellers, we provide a Toyota Alphard, a spacious and comfortable vehicle ideal for airport transfers. For larger groups, we have a Safari Land Cruiser, which offers ample space for both passengers and luggage. Our experienced driver will safely transport you from the airport to your hotel in Arusha, whether it’s the Gran Melia Hotel Arusha or Mount Meru Hotel Arusha.

Trek Day:

On the day of your trek, we will arrange transportation from your hotel in Arusha to the starting point of your chosen route. We utilize a private Coaster shuttle bus, which provides a comfortable and convenient mode of transport. The shuttle bus is spacious, allowing you to relax and prepare for the exciting adventure ahead. Our experienced driver will ensure a smooth journey as you head towards the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, ready to embark on your trekking expedition.

After Trek:

Upon completing your Kilimanjaro trek, we will arrange transportation from the mountain back to your hotel in Arusha. Our private Coaster shuttle bus will be waiting to pick you up and transfer you safely and comfortably. You can relax and reflect on your incredible achievement as our driver navigates the scenic routes back to your accommodation at either the Gran Melia Hotel Arusha or Mount Meru Hotel Arusha.

Airport Dropoff:

When it’s time to bid farewell to Tanzania, we will arrange transportation from your hotel to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure. For airport drop-off, we offer both the Toyota Alphard and Safari Land Cruiser, depending on the number of clients and their respective transportation needs. Our reliable driver will ensure that you reach the airport in a timely manner, allowing you to catch your flight with ease.

At Alkebulan Travels, we prioritize your comfort and safety throughout your Kilimanjaro climbing tour. Our well-maintained vehicles and experienced drivers will provide a smooth and enjoyable transportation experience, allowing you to focus on immersing yourself in the beauty of Tanzania’s landscapes and the thrill of conquering Mount Kilimanjaro.

Important to Know

The Machame Route is one of the most popular and scenic routes for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Here are some important things to know about the Machame Route:

    1. Difficulty: The Machame Route is considered to be a moderately difficult route. It involves steep sections and varied terrain, including rocky paths and some scrambling. Proper physical fitness and mental preparation are essential for a successful climb.
    2. Scenery: The Machame Route offers stunning scenery throughout the trek. You will pass through different ecological zones, including lush rainforests, moorlands, and alpine deserts. The diverse landscapes and breathtaking views make the climb a memorable experience.
    3. Camping: The Machame Route is a camping route, which means you will spend your nights in tents at designated campsites along the trail. The campsites are well-equipped with facilities such as toilets and dining areas, providing a comfortable camping experience.
    4. Acclimatization: The Machame Route has good acclimatization opportunities, allowing your body to adjust to the increasing altitude gradually. The route includes longer hiking days and multiple camps at different elevations, maximizing your chances of successfully acclimatizing to the high altitude.
    5. Summit Day: The summit attempt on the Machame Route usually starts in the early hours of the morning. It involves a challenging and steep ascent to the summit of Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro. The climb is physically demanding and requires mental resilience, but the rewarding views from the summit make it all worthwhile.
    6. Guide and Support Team: Climbing the Machame Route requires the assistance of experienced guides and a support team. These professionals will provide guidance, and support, and ensure your safety throughout the trek. It is important to choose a reputable tour operator who provides trained and knowledgeable staff.
    7. Packing and Gear: Proper gear and equipment are essential for a successful climb. You will need to pack warm clothing, sturdy hiking boots, a sleeping bag, trekking poles, and other essentials. It is recommended to consult with your tour operator for a detailed packing list and to ensure you have the necessary gear.
    8. Training and Preparation: Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a physically demanding endeavour. It is crucial to engage in pre-trek training and prepare your body for the challenges ahead. Regular cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and hiking at high altitudes can help improve your fitness level and increase your chances of summiting.

Travel Insurance

All our Tours are covered by AMREF Flying Doctors Travel insurance

At Alkebulan Travels, we prioritize the safety and well-being of our clients during their Tanzania safari and Kilimanjaro climb tours. That’s why we have partnered with AMREF Flying Doctors to provide comprehensive tourist insurance coverage for all our trips within Tanzania.


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