Umbwe route 6 days 5 nights
We will drive you to Umbwe Gate and introduce you to your guides, the cook and the porters. The trek starts above Umbwe Village along a gentle track and continues ascending through a dense forest of rubber trees and giant fig trees, scrambling up steep sections of roots and rock until we arrive at Umbwe Cave Camp (there are some caves nearby) where we will stay overnight. Dinner is delicious and will be served in the tent. We will have climbed up to 2800m by the end of the day.
The ridgeline forms steeply and on either side of the trail the ground drops away. At some point the forest and the clouds will part to give us a fabulous view of Uhuru Peak. We will stay overnight in a stunning valley: There are numerous tiny waterfalls around Barranco Camp, fed by streams coming down the Great Barranco Valley. Hanging glaciers glint in the sunshine above, amidst an eerie landscape of groundsels and the endemic Giant Lobelia. We will have climbed up to 3900m by the end of the day.
The third day starts with a scramble up the steep ‘Barranco Wall’. Then we traverse up and down the slopes of valleys, which have carved their way into the mountain’s southern face. Kibo’s glaciers loom above to our left and the jagged Mawenzi peak appears just over Kibo’s southern slope. We stop in Karanga valley where we stay overnight in Karanga Camp. We will have climbed up to 4250m by the end of the day.
This morning the trail turns steadily uphill. The temperature will grow colder and the landscape more sparse as we approach Barafu Camp. It’s set on an exposed ridge and the starting point for the final climb to the summit. But first you have to eat and drink as much as possible and take a rest. At midnight the guide will wake you up. We will have walked up to 4600m by the end of the day.
Day 5 Summit
We get up at midnight and start climbing after a light breakfast. Our plan is to reach the summit by daybreak. The next hours will be very challenging. You are about to make a lifetime exoperience. Congartulations! You reached Uhuru Peak, at 5895m the highest point of the African continent. Let’s enjoy the moment and the view at sunrise and then then start descending the steep Mweka route to Barafu camp for lunch. After a rest we will descend to Mweka Camp, a beautiful place nestled in thick heather. We will have trekked about 13 hours and be back to 3095m by the end of the day.
We will complete our way down through the rainforest and have our last lunch on the mountain. Time to bid farewell to your porters and guide team at Mweka Gate, you will be rewarded with a certificate attesting your success at climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. There will be our car waiting for you and we’ll bring you back to the comforts of your hotel in Arusha and a dinner hosted in celebration of your achievement.