8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route is one of the shortest routes to the Southern Glaciers and the Western Breach. The 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route is probably the most scenic, non-technical route on Kilimanjaro. It is quite taxing due to the relatively fast ascent to higher altitude, but the rewards are plentiful. Very steep route best suited to experienced trekkers.

This 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route is the most challenging route and it is the newest route to tame the summit of Kilimanjaro. Umbwe Route 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.

8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route

If you’re an experienced, bold climber you’ll relish challenging yourself on the unforgiving but uncrowded and beautiful terrain. You’ll enjoy breathtaking sights that few travelers see. You’ll experience the raw, primitive beauty of sun bleached rocky outcrops and balance along knife-edge ridges with water-carved ravines swooping giddily below. You’ll clamber upon the gnarled tree roots of ancient rain forest trails, traverse ice fields shimmering like frosted diamonds in the African sun, and sleep under sweeping star-filled skies.

8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route is widely regarded as the hardest trail, a tough vertical slog through the jungle, in places using the tree roots as makeshift rungs on a ladder. Having reached the Southern Circular Route, trekkers can continue north-west to tackle Kibo from the west and the difficult Arrow Glacier Route; or you can follow the Southern Circular Route east round to Barafu and approach the summit from there.

8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or from the Hotel
DEPARTURE TIME Please be ready by 7:30 AM for a prompt departure at 8:00 AM.
RETURN TIME Approximately 5:30 PM.
WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
Professional instructor Meals
1 hour of free time Transportation in mini-coach
Instructor gratuity

What to Expect on 8 Days Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route

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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.

Our camp staff will carry your gear; keep you well fed and comfortable. They will do their absolute utmost to get you wisely to the summit. However, your experience of legendary Kilimanjaro will be entrenched in your memory for years to come.


Prices are based on per person sharing.

  • 2 Persons in a private sharing safari – US$ 1450 per person
  • 4 Persons in a private sharing safari – US$ 1300 per person
  • 6 Persons in a private sharing safari – US$ 1230 per person


Prices are “from” per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travelers are available on request – please inquire.

8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route price includes:

  • Transfer to and from the base of the mountain
  • Leshomo Route trek as per the itinerary
  • Full board accommodation in tents/huts whilst on the trek.
  • Two porters are assigned to each climber. Camp crew is responsible for camp arrangements
  • 2 nights hotel accommodations in Arusha before and after the trek and in huts on the mountain as per the itinerary
  • All park entrance fees to include government taxes
  • Service of an English speaking professional Mountain guide on the mountain, porters and skilled cook/s
  • All services begin and end at Kilimanjaro Airport as per the itinerary
  • Return airport transfers from/to Kilimanjaro Airport or Nairobi Return Shutle transfers

Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route price Excludes:

  • Tips, laundry, sleeping bags, drinks and climbing gears
  • Medical evacuation, USD 30 per person value
  • International flights and taxes
  • Visas
  • Items of a personal nature and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary.

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8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania

Upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to Mountain Inn in Moshi for an overnight stay. In the early evening, you will have pre–climb briefing on the trek. Overnight at Mountain Inn Moshi booked on dinner

Day 2: Moshi – Umbwe

After breakfast depart for Umbwe Gate at 1800m, passing through villages with coffee and banana plantations. The route initially follows a forestry track winding up through the natural rain forest. It then narrows down and steepness to climb the ridge between the Lonzo and Umbwe rivers. The path offers some spectacular views of deep gorges and if you are lucky, glimpses of Kilimanjaro towering above you in the distance. The camp is perched between huge trees and thick undergrowth.

Day 3: Umbwe – Baranco Hut

Shortly after leaving the camp the forest starts thinning and is replaced by rockier terrain. The path continues along a narrow, but spectacular ridge. As you gain higher altitude, catch glimpses of Kilimanjaro rising majestically ahead of you. The path flattens as you approach Barranco Valley. From the Umbwe ridge the route descends slightly to the Barranco camp. The camp is situated in the valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while your dinner is being prepared.

Day 4: Barranco camp (3950m) – Lava Tower (4630m) – Arrow Glacier Camp (4800m)

After breakfast start your hike towards Lava Tower, a famous landmark on Kilimanjaro. The path is steep and rocky, with views of Mt. Meru. From Lava Tower you turn towards the Western Breach, a steep climb to Arrow Glacier camp (4800m). This is taxing and symptoms of altitude sickness might become noticeable. The campsite is spectacular. Vegetation has now all but disappeared, leaving only rock and scree in varying shades of brown and black. The campsite is very cold and you need to be prepared.

Day 5: Arrow Glacier (4800m) – Crater (5700m)

From the Arrow Glacier camp steep scree and rocky outcrops requiring a scramble lead up the Western Breach to the crater floor (5700m). This day will be the toughest challenge by far. After snowfalls the route can become icy and in these conditions an ice axe or ski stick may be required. When reaching the crater rim, you will be astonished by the view of snow and glaciers.

Visible to you left is the Northern Ice fields of Kilimanjaro with the Furtwangler Glacier in front of you. Walk past this glacier to the Crater camp, situated at the crater rim. The campsite is very cold as snow might occur. Be one of a fortunate few to spend a night in the inner crater of Kilimanjaro.

Day 6: Summit attempt – Crater (5700m)-Uhuru Peak (5895m)-Mweka (3100m

You will rise at 04:00, and shuffle off into the early morning darkness. From the crater floor you will probably encounter snow all the way on your 2hours ascent to Uhuru Peak. Time spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue.

Day 7: Mweka camp (3100m)- Mweka Gate (1980m)

After breakfast, hike back to the Park gate. It is strongly recommended to pay your porters any tips after you and all your gear have reached the gate safely. At Mweka gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates.

Those climbers who reached Stella Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village. In the Mweka village you will be served with hot delicious lunch before driving back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower and celebrations!! Overnight in a hotel

Day 8: Kibo Hut –Arusha

After breakfast leave for Arusha by the morning shuttle bus where your tour ends


  • Transportation to and from your selected route
  • All land transport
  • Quality, Waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tent
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Certified, experienced, English speaking mountain guides:
  • Government Climbing Taxes
  • Climbing permits
  • All hot Meals prepared by our cook while on Mountain
  • Guides, Porters and Cook Salaries
  • Fair and ethical treatment of Porters
  • Enough porters to carry your luggage
  • Safety Equipment:
  • Emergency Oxygen
  • Pulse Ox meter
  • Hot drinks at every meal
  • Water provided on climb, mineral water for the first day and boiled water every day
  • Emergency rescue fees
  • Personal Summit Certificate signed by the National Park and your Guide


  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Tips for guides, porters and cook (this is a guide to tipping on the mountain
  • Tipping on Kilimanjaro from the trekking group (not per climber):
  • International airfares and departure taxes
  • All items of person nature such as telephone call, fax, email etc
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Laundry services
  • Visa and International flight tickets fees.

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