6 days Umbwe route

6 days Umbwe route: This 6 days Kilimanjaro Umbwe route is the most stiff with shortest and straight routes to the Southern Glaciers, Western Breach and Uhuru Peak.

It is the most beautiful, quite challenging route on Kilimanjaro. However, it is quite demanding, basically due to the faster ascent to higher altitude, but worth rewarding.

The Kilimanjaro trekking route is quite steep & is suitable for experienced trekkers, due to the fast ascension that does not provide ample time for acclimatization which calls for walking at a slower pace.

Since the route is less congested, the success rate to reach Uhuru peak is less unless an extra day for acclimatization is added. The route can be accomplished in 6 days, although we highly recommend 7  days . This route connects with Machame route, Lemosho & Shira route.

Duration: 6 – 7 days.

Difficulty: Very High

Scenery: Very good

Traffic: Very low

This route is not frequently used, except for those with extensive mountain climbing experience.

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by an expert safari guide from Aloyo safaris, who will brief you about your 6 days Kilimanjaro Umbwe route, after then you will be transferred for dinner and overnight stay at your reserved accommodation.

DAY 1: UMBWE GATE – UMBWE CAVE: 9.6km| 6-8hrs | Moorland

Elevation: 1651m/5417ft to 2944m/9659ft

Altitude gained: 1293m

You will be picked from the hotel  and be transferred to Umbwe gate, where you will take registration procedures, after which, your trek starts through the rainforest, crossing through ridges & valleys into a really thick forest to Umbwe cave campsite where you will find all tents already setup for dinner and overnight. Today you will walk across ridges and valleys into a really thick forest.

DAY 2: UMBWE CAVE – BARRANCO CAMP: 4.75km/3mi | 4-6hrs | Moorland

Elevation: 2944m/9659ft to 3986m/13,077ft

Altitude gained: 1042m

Wake up early in the morning for your hearty breakfast, then depart from the rain forest and ascend through the path, along the Umbwe ridge as it slopes slightly to Barranco camp located in the valley, where temperatures begin to drop.  Dinner & Overnight rest at the Park.

DAY 3: BARRANCO CAMP – KARANGA CAMP: 5.2km/3mi | 3-4hrs | Alpine Desert

Elevation: 3986m/13,077ft to 4034m/13,235ft

Altitude gained: 48m

Have breakfast, and ascend on a steep ridge up the intrepid Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction, which joins the Mweka Trail. This is one of the most beautiful days to experience the power, agility, and ability of your strength over this wall. Dinner & Overnight at Karanga Camp.

DAY 4: KARANGA CAMP – BARAFU CAMP: 3.3km /2 mi | 3-4hrs | Alpine Desert

Elevation: 4034m

On this day, you will proceed upwards towards Barafu Camp, and once reached you will have now completed the Southern Circuit, which offers various stunning views of the summit from various angles. You will have an early dinner and overnight rest at Barafu Camp.

DAY 5: BARAFU CAMP – SUMMIT: 4.86km /3mi up | 5-7hrs | – MWEKA CAMP: 11.5km /7.1mi down | 5-6hrs | Glaciers, Snow Capped Summit

Elevation: 4662m/15,295ft to 5895m/19,341ft

Altitude gain: 1233m

Descent to 3106m/10,190ft

Altitude lost: 2789m

You will wake up early enough at 1200hrs for a cup of tea & snacks, after then depart for the summit. This is regarded as the most mentally & Physically difficult portion of the trek.  You will continue with your climb through the Rebmann & Ratzel glaciers which offers an authentic sense of victory that lies ahead. Continuing in the Northwesten direction, you will ascend ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point the edge of the crater. You will be rewarded with the most stunning sunrise during your short rest here. Faster hikers glimpse the sunrise from the summit. Yet on the last 1 hour, you will ascend to  Uhuru Peak- “The roof of Africa”,  where you are likely to experience snow all the way.

After capturing incredible photos, following your victory, you will embark on your steep descent down to Mweka Camp, with an enroute stop over lunch break at Barafu.  You will then proceed  over for uncooperative loose gravel and volcano ash terrain ( that’s why we strongly recommend gaiter & trekking poles). You will wnjouy your dinner & overnight at Mweka Camp.

DAY 6: MWEKA CAMP – MWEKA GATE – MOSHI: 9.1km/5.7mi |3-4hrs | Rainforest

Elevation: 3106m/10,190ft to 1633m/5358ft

Altitude lost: 1473m

After breakfast, say good bye to the mountain by continuing with the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. The driver guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel of your choice for dinner and an overnight.


Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary

Professional, English-speaking Wilderness First Responder & CPR certified Guide

Proper Ration of Mountain crew (Cook & Porters)

Pre and Post accommodations (2 nights Bed and Breakfast)

Airport Transfers

Meals according to the itinerary

Drinking water and Full Board meals

All National Park & Hut Fees, Crew Permits and VAT

Fair and Sustainable Salary Crew Wages

Gate Transfers

Complimentary Oxygen Cylinder

Portable Private Toilet and Porter

Quality Imported Equipments



Visa fees

Travel  or Medical Insurance  is required and you should ask for Recommendation

Gamow Bag


Tips for porters and mountain crew (20% Industry Standard Recommended)

Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.

Energy food & beverages, alcoholic and soft drinks

Personal hire gear such as trekking poles, sleeping bags, etc.

Additional lodge nights if early decent from the mountain $150 per room