The Umbwe route is the most demanding route on Kilimanjaro due to the direct approach. This less climbed route begins at Umbwe Gate and ascends the Western side of the mountain until it reaches Barranco Camp. From there it joins the Southern Circuit and the summit ascent is via the Barafu Hut route. Descent is via the Mweka route. This is the most physically demanding of all the routes and should be attempted in no less than 6 days.
mbwe Route Map
|Morning Camp||Evening Camp||Altimeter (ft)||Distance (m)||Time (h)|
|Day 1||Umbwe Gate||Umbwe Camp||5,249 – 9,514||7||5 – 7|
|Day 2||Umbwe Camp||Barranco Camp||9,514 – 13,044||4||4 – 5|
|Day 3||Barranco Camp||Karanga Camp||13,044 – 13,106||3||4 – 5|
|Day 4||Karanga Camp||Barafu Camp||13,106 – 15,331||2||4 – 5|
|Day 5||Barafu Camp||Uhuru Peak||15,331 – 19,340||3||6 – 8|
|Day 5||Uhuru Peak||Mweka Camp||19,340 – 10,065||7||4 – 6|
|Day 6||Mweka Camp||Mweka Gate||10,065 – 5,380||6||3 – 4|
2011 Dates & Prices
Treks on the Umbwe route are available for private groups only, giving you full control and flexibility over the date you climb, the number of days that you climb for and the size of your group. The custom trek prices are based on a minimum group size of four people; if you would like a smaller group, there would be a supplement of £300.00 (payable per group). Please get in touch to discuss availability and prices.