6 Days Umbwe Route

Majali Tours
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.
Private Tour
Trekking in Nature
Wildlife Viewing
Kilimanjaro - Moshi, Tanzania
6 days
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What we'll do


Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport / Other Pickup Destination, where you will meet a Majali guide, and be transferred to the hotel. In the evening there will be a briefing with our managers, who will also make sure you are prepared to trek Kilimanjaro on the Umbwe Route for 6 days by checking your gear and giving you a brief breakdown of the trip.

Day 1: Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Cave Camp

A guide and support crew will arrive at the hotel in the morning in order to meet you and hold another briefing. Then you will travel by vehicle from Moshi to Umbwe Gate ( 1800 m ). The group will stop for a light snack then start the 5-7 hour hike towards the Umbwe Cave Camp (2,930 m). Raincoats are necessary on this day in particular, as you will be walking through the rainforest foothills. By the time you reach the camp, our professional mountain crew will have prepared everything necessary, put tents up and cook dinner for you.

At night you may experience discomfort associated with acclimatization to the high altitude: because of a reduction in your waking breathing pattern, your body gets less oxygen than during the day. Taking altitude into account, you may therefore start feeling sick and have a headache. Pay attention to your own body and tell your guide if you start feeling any symptoms of altitude sickness.

Trekking from Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp:

Change in Elevation: Umbwe Gate (1,800 m) — Umbwe Cave Camp (2,930 m)

Hiking distance: 11 km

Hiking time: 5-7 hour


After breakfast we will follow the Umbwe Ridge into the Barranco Valley. The landscape will change from rainforest to brush with large rock. We will descend to Barranco Camp (3,960 m) around lunch time. Here you can see the famous Barranco Wall, and get to rest and enjoy a warm dinner.

Change in Elevation: Umbwe Camp (2,930 m) — Barranco Camp(3,960 m)

Hiking distance: 6.5 km

Hiking time: 4-5 hours


Early wakeup, breakfast and the start of summiting Barranco Wall. The climb is on a steep ridge, hiking up the gorge wall is not difficult and only takes around an hour. After the climb you can have a rest and take photos in front of the Kibo volcano.

Then you start a more difficult hike to Karanga Camp (4,035 m) , which features numerous ascents and descents during the route. After reaching the camp you will enjoy a warm lunch. Then, after a couple of hours you will begin a short 1 hour acclimatization hike and return to camp where you will enjoy a hot dinner.

Trekking from Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Change in Elevation: Barranco Camp (3,960 m)) — Karanga Camp (4,035 m)

Hiking distance: 5 km

Hiking time: 4-5 hours

Acclimatization hike:

Change in Elevation: Karanga Camp (4,035 m) — Chosen Point (4,200 m)

Hiking distance: 2 km

Hiking time: 1 hour


After Breakfast, you will begin the trek to Barafu Summit Camp (4,640 m), the starting point for a night summiting Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). Our team will set up a camp for you ahead of time, including tents and sleeping bags, so you can relax. We will begin by going through the junction that connects with the Mweka Trail. After we reach the Barafu Hut, we will have completed the southern circuit. After regaining strength, you have to complete an acclimatization hike towards the intermediate Kosovo Summit Camp (4,800 m) and then back to Barafu Camp, where you will be served a hot dinner and be prepared for the climb to the summit. It is better to spend the remainder of the day resting and sleeping.

Trekking from Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Change in Elevation: Karanga Camp (4,035 m)) — Barafu Camp (4,640 m)

Hiking distance: 4 km

Hiking time: 4-5 hours

Acclimatization hike:

Change in Elevation: Barafu Camp (4,640 m) — Kosovo Camp (4,800 m)

Hiking distance: 2 km

Hiking time: 1 hour


Very Early wakeup ( midnight – 2am), We depart from Barafu Camp ( 4,640 m) and begin the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. Each pair of climbers will get a personal guide for the entire ascent to monitor your physical and mental conditions. After your successful ascent to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) – the top of Mount Kilimanjaro and the last point of the climb on the Umbwe Route, you will have reached the highest point in all of Africa — CONGRATULATIONS!

From the Summit, we will begin our descent to Mweka Hut. We will stop at Barafu Camp to rest, and enjoy a warm lunch. You will want to wear gaiters and bring a trekking pole for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is located in the upper forest and mist or rain is to be expected. Later in the evening we will enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well earned sleep.

Change in Elevation: Barafu Camp (4,640 m) — Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) / Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) — Mweka Hut(3,048 m)

Hiking distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent

Hiking time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent


When you wake up, you will feel relief from the reduction of the height and the satisfaction of reaching the summit. After a warm breakfast, you will head for the park’s exit: Mweka Gate (1,650 m). From the gate it is an hour drive to Mweka village. After your descent the whole group will gather at the hotel where we will present you with your commemorative certificates.

Change in Elevation: Mweka Camp (3,048 m) — Moshi ( 1,524 m )

Hiking distance: 10 km

Hiking time: 3-4 hours HOTEL CHECKOUT & DEPARTURE FLIGHT Hotel checkout is at 11am. From there a Majali guide will transfer you to the airport for your flight.

Where we'll go


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Meeting point

Day 0: ARRIVAL Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport / Other Pickup Destination, where you will meet a Majali guide, and be transferred to the hotel. In the evening there will be a briefing with our managers, who will also make sure you are prepared to trek Kilimanjaro on the Umbwe Route for 6 days by checking your gear and giving you a brief breakdown of the trip.

Good to know

Good to know

10% of the total Paments must be done before as a Booking confirmiation,for reservation purporse. Complete the rest payments after arrival before the tour start.

What is included?

  • Transport: - Pick-up and Drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport - Group transfer to the trailhead - Pick-up at the exit from the trailhead and transfer to the hotel.
  • Hiking and safety equipment Oxygen Meters - First Aid Kits - Bottled Oxygen for emergency use only - Four Season 3- person Tents - Dining Tent, Tables, Chairs, Cutlery - Heater for Dining Tent - Portable Shower - Portable Toilet - 4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats; - GPS-tracking service
  • Climbing crew: - Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. All our guides are the holder of Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid certifications. - Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).
  • Entry fees: - Kilimanjaro National Park permits, crew fees, camping/hut fees, rescue fees and Value Added Tax (VAT) and all other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority.
  • Meals: - All meals on the hike. Prepared by our professional cooks. (vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost ) - Celebration dinner after climb - All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, juice, hot chocolate and water).
  • Accommodation: - 2 Nights at a 3 - star hotel with breakfast included ( before and after the climb ) .Please note: All accommodation is on sharing basis (i.e. you will be sharing with your travel companion a twin/double room in the hotel and a tent during the hike. If you travel alone, we will match you with a same-sex adventurer), however a if you prefer a single hotel room or single tent that can be provided at an extra cost. We also offer other amenities for an extra cost such as a heater for your personal tents.

What is not included?

  • Airfare
  • Visas
  • Lunch & Dinner at Hotel
  • Personal Gear & Equipment -
  • Tips for the crew

What to bring

  • Sleeping bag
  • trekking boots
  • walking sticks
  • warm layer
  • summit gears
  • water bottle
  • warm hat
  • sunglass
  • sun lotion
  • rain gears

Cancellation and refund

The booking fee ($45.00 p.p. included in the displayed price) is non-refundable if you cancel your booking. If a local cancels a booking or does not show up at the agreed time and place, you receive a full refund of the booking fee.

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Majali tours Ltd company is Local registered in tourism and operates legally, our company is run by qualified professionals with sufficient knowledge and experience, the aim is to provide the best service to all our guests by providing high quality service regardless of gender, age or physical differences, We offer a wide range of unique services to a wide range of companies from our specialists in different fields depending on your needs based on the expertise we have ,Majali tours Ltd we would like to advise our guests on their trip before, such as weather, different periods, how to do and which way is best at that time, in order to get the right service to our customers, our tour guides have an experienced first Aid certificate with a high standard.

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