The Umbwe Route

The Umbwe route has a well-deserved reputation of being the most challenging route on Mount Kilimanjaro. Due to the fast ascent to high altitude, this route does not provide the necessary stages for acclimatization. Although the number of people on this trail is very low, the chances of success are also low. Umbwe is considered to be very difficult, taxing route - one that should only be attempted by strong hikers who are confident in their ability to acclimatize quickly to altitude.
                                                                 
Approaching from the south, the Umbwe route is a short, steep and direct climb. After reaching Barranco Camp, the trail turns east and traverses underneath Kilimanjaro's Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route.

Tanzania Horizon Safaris offers Umbwe as a six or seven day private climb. The seven day variation adds an acclimatization day on day three at Barranco Camp.

All Kilimanjaro Routes:

The prices include

  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Moshi (before & after climb)

  • Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro Airport

  • Group transport to and from Moshi to the trail head

  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits, camping/hut fees, rescue fees and Value Added Tax (VAT)

  • Expert guide, assistant guides, cook and porters

  • Private toilet

  • Four season, 3 person mountain tents, double occupancy

  • Sleeping pad, foam, 1.5 inches thick

  • Mess tents, tables, chairs, lanterns

  • Fresh, nutritious meals on the mountain

  • Breakfast at hotel

Not included in price

  • Airfare

  • Lunch or dinner at hotel

  • Beverages at hotel

  • Personal gear and equipment

  • Bottled oxygen (highly recommended, ask us for further information)

  • Tips