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UMBWE ROUTE CLIMBING KILIMANJARO

 

Mount Kilimanjaro stands on the East African plateau, on the Tanzanian side of the Kenya border, overshadowing its smaller sister volcano, Mount Meru. Mount Kilimanjaro is deemed to be a dormant volcano, created during the formation of the Great Rift Valley in the Pleistocene era.

 

Kilimanjaro National Park comprises all of the mountain above the tree line. The name 'Kilimanjaro' has varying interpretations, from "Mountain of Greatness", Mountain of Whiteness", "Mountain of Caravans", and "Small Mountain of Caravans" which are all names derived from the Swahili, or Chagga dialects. In addition, there is a word in Swahili, “kilima” which means top of the hill. An additional claim is that it comes from the word "kilemakyaro" in the Chagga language, meaning "impossible journey".

 

The Umbwe route is one of the shortest but steepest routes to the Southern Glaciers, affording one views of the forests, valleys, magnificent vegetation and glaciers. However, it is only recommended for very fitclimbers as you gain altitude very quickly over a shorter distance. Unfortunately, while the traditional route followed up through arrow glacier, this route is now closed.

 

Umbwe  Route itinerary

 

Day 1: Arrive

Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight hotel.

 

DAY 2: Umbwe Gate (1800m) - Bivouac (first) camp (2940m): After breakfast you will be driven to the Umbwe Gate at 1800m, passing through villages with banana and coffee plantations. On arrival at the Parks Gate your guide and porters will meet you. You will have to sign the register before you enter the park. As you head into the forest, temperature scan rise to about 35 degrees C, but as you quickly rise in altitude, they will progressively drop, by about 1 degree for each 200m climbed. The paths can also be quite muddy. The route initially follows a forestry track winding up through the natural rain forest. It then narrows and becomes steeper as you climb the ridge between the Lonzo and Umbwe rivers, with huge trees surrounding you. 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: Bivouac (first) camp (2940m) - Barranco camp (3950m): Shortly after leaving the camp the forest starts thinning and is replaced by rockier terrain, sparser undergrowth and straggly, moss-covered trees. The path continues along a narrow, but spectacular ridge and as it ascends through the heath, the ridge narrows and sharpens quite quickly. As you gain higher altitude, you will note how quickly the various vegetation zones change. Sighting of Lammergeyer are quite common. 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.

 

DAY 4: Acclimatisation Day: This day will be spent at Barranco camp to aid with acclimatisation. You can spend the day walking around to explore the surrounding areas such as up to the Barranco wall, take in sights of the magnificent Scenecio's, or just rest.

 

Day 5: Barranco camp (3950m) - Barafu Camp (4600m): After breakfast you will begin the scramble up the Great Baranco Wall and then begin the traverse over the scree towards the Karanga Valley at 4000m. It is here that you will get the incredible views of the Heim, Kersten and Decken glaciers. After leaving the Karanga Valley , you will continue along the trail to Barafu Hut. You will now find yourself completely in the alpine desert of crushed stone and scree. The campsite is very cold and gets buffeted by the wind.

 

Day 6: Barafu - Summit (5895m) to Mweka: You will wake around 23h00 and after a cup of tea and a biscuit, shuffle off into the night for the summit of Kilimanjaro. The route heads up between between the Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers towards Stella Point and then on to Uhuru Peak where you will enjoy the magnificent views and a well deserve photo opportunity.

You will then descend back down to Barafu camp from the summit, which takes about 3 hours. The route is not difficult and will take you down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest. Mweka camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Dinner, and washing water will be provided as well as drinking water.

 

DAY 7: Mweka camp (3100m)- Mweka Gate (1980m): After an early and well-deserved breakfast, it is a 2-3 hour, scenic hike back to the Park gate.  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 were too tired to continue from the crater floor and diverted back down via 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, normally a muddy 3 km (50min) hike. You will then drive back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower and celebrations!! Overnight in the hotel

 

Day 8: Depart

After breakfast, transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your departure flight home.

 

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FOR A MAP OF THE DIFFERENT ROUTES GO HERE: KILIMANJARO ROUTE MAP

 

For details of costs, or to send an enquiry, click on the e-mail link telephone and email link on the right

 

 

Location: Tanzania

Total Tour Duration: 8 Days

Accommodation: Hotel, Tents

Minimum Group Size: 1

Departures: All Year

Best : Dec – March, June to October

 

Notes

Distance: approx 100km

Group size: minimum of 1 person

Altitude : High - risk of altitude sickness

Non technical trek

Fully guided by registered mountain guide

Porter climber ratio: approx 4 to 1

 

Kilimanjaro

Northern Circuit

Machame Route

Umbwe Route

Rongai Route

Shira Route

Lemosho Route

Marangu Route

Kilimanjaro short treks

Full Moon dates

Trekking Map

Meals on the Mountain

For details of costs, or to send an enquiry, click on the e-mail link below:

Umbwe Route

 

Mt Kilimanjaro Difficulty Indicator: 

Extended trek with some climbing required over rock, or snow. High altitude trekking but not technical expertise required. Altitude climbed per day is 1000m

 

 

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Uganda Rwanda Safari

Kibeho Pilgrimage

Kenya Safari

Cycling in Kenya

Mt Kenya

Tanzania Safari

Kilimanjaro

Mt Meru

 

 


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