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 shortes 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 programme to discover or lighten up along the route or camp in the Karanga valley.
Day 1: Arriving Day,
Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Moshi or (Pick up from Kilimanjaro airport and transfer to hotel in Moshi)
Day 2: Park Gate - Forest Camp
After breakfast drive to Kilimanjaro National Park gate at Umbwe for starting the climb. From here hike within the forest through a narrow ridge between Umbwe and Lonzo rivers reachin Bivouac No. 1 (known as Forest Caves at 2850m - Camp and overnight.
Day 3: Forest Camp - Barranco Hut
The Path continues following the ridge, then leaving the forest through open moorlands to reach Barranco Hut at 395m. Camp and overnight.
Day 4: Barranco Hut - Barafu Hut
This day stars off with a steep climb out of Barranco valley crossing Karanga Valley and finally reaching Barafu Hut at 4600m. Camp overnight.
Day 5: Barafu Hut to the Summit and Back to Mweka Camp
Early morning start to reach the crater rim at Stella point, continuing to Uhuru Peak at 589m. Decend to Mweka Camp.
Day 6: Mweka Camp to Park Gates / Hotel
The day is spent in descending down to the park Gates - Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Start of Safari or Departure Day