Climb to the Rooftop of Africa Umbwe Route
The Umbwe route is deserved to be considered as the most challenging route and that should be attempted by strong and real adventurer team. This is because the trail is not well opened due to low traffic. The route does not give necessary stage to acclimatization due to the fast ascent to high altitude which may lead to altitude sickness. The success rate to this route at Afro Tanzanite Star Tours is 85%. The Umbwe route start with short drive from Moshi town to Umbwe gate where the hikes begins, later join with Machame, Lemosho and Shira route at Baranco and head to East south at Barafu camp before summit. Its first day is covered with real adventure experience on a thick, health forest and wet trail. We offer this route for private hike only and can be climbed in 6 days or one can choose 7 days for better off acclimatization day spent at Baranco Camp.
Tour Start Location
Kilimanjaro International Airport
Tour End Location
Kilimanjaro International Airport
Comfortable athletic clothing, shoes, jacket.
- 3 meals daily while on the mountain
- 4 Season mountain tents
- Chemical Flushed Portable toilet and toilet Crew.
- Cookware and Stove
- Dinning tent for shared in group.
- Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
- Filtered water throughout the trek
- Oxygen tank and oximeter for health and safety purpose.
- Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
- Sleeping Mats
- Both International and local flights
- Items of a personal nature
- Laundry Services
- Tips to mountain crew
You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your arranged hotel in Moshi town. You will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day.
The climb starts from Umbwe Gate, where the path follows a ridge between two deep valleys up through the dense montane forest. The camp is perched between huge trees and thick undergrowth. There is no water available at this campsite, so we must carry from the gate all the water needed for drinking, food preparation and cleaning.
The path gets steeper on this section, as you get out of the forest along the Umbwe ridge the route descends slightly to the Barranco camp situated in the valley. In this camp you will meet with other trekkers from Machame route and Lemosho route. The camp will be so busy due to the joining with other three famous route.
Our day starts by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It's a climb over rock, not technical but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley. From here we have a steep climb up from Karanga valley to our night's camp at Karanga camp, set at 3963m. For those feeling strong we will go for a mid-afternoon acclimatization trek up to around 4200m before descending back to camp for the night.
After a good night's rest and breakfast, we set off on our walk to Barafu camp at 4640m. The climb will take us across desolate scree slopes with no vegetation around us at all. It's a tough steep walk made more difficult by the altitude. On arriving at camp, we eat and spend the afternoon resting as we prepare for a long night and day ahead. It is important to keep hydrated and warm. We have an early dinner and then try to get some sleep as we will be getting up at between 11pm and 12pm to start the climb to the summit.
We start off at around midnight and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour's walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Mweka Camp for a long well-earned rest.
A gentle trek takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower then celebrate with cold drinks. Overnight at your arranged Hotel
This day left for your next destination. If you have safari, then might be used to beginning your safari or fly to Zanzibar or fly back home. Our vehicle will be ready to take you to the airport at your time.
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In order to be safe and comfortable throughout your Mount Kilimanjaro climb, you'll need to bring important gear and supplies with you. We have put together a comprehensive Kilimanjaro Packing list to help you prepare for your climb.
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Group join climbs are great if you are traveling solo, a couple, or just wish to experience climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with other travelers from all over the world. Our groups usually range from 2-12 persons. The maximum number of clients in a group climb is 12-18 persons depending on the route chosen.