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Umbwe route 6 days is a short route, providing challenges as it is very difficult to climb due to its steepness. Due to the fast ascension, this route does not provide enough time for altitude acclimatization so proceeding slowly is vital. Although the traffic on this route is very low, the chances of success are not as great unless an acclimatization day is added.
Umbwe route is offered at a minimum of 6 days, and 7 days is preferred. This route merges along the way with the Machame route, Lemosho route, and Shira route.
An alternative route to the summit approaches Uhuru Peak from the West, called the Western Breach Route. The strenuous Western Breach ascends 850m in about 1.25 miles (2 km), and requires some scrambling (climbing on hands and feet) at certain points.
The path is very beautiful but also very challenging due to its rock formations and its steep slope. The Western Breach was gaining popularity by climbers using the Umbwe, Lemosho, Shira, and Machame routes until a rockfall claimed the lives of three climbers in January 2006.
Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA) closed the Western Breach Route but in 2007 KINAPA open it again with condition that all clients and their supporting members who want to use this option must sign at the entrance gate that they are doing for their own risk.
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
2 Hours Before Flight Time
Sote Tours staff will pick you up and escort you to the waiting vehicle for loading your luggage then drive you to the Hotel in Moshi town. After checking in the hotel you will get a briefing about your next day’s trek then your mountain guide will check your gears. The rest of the day can be spent relaxing at the pool or exploring the town of Moshi if will arrive in the morning or afternoon.
Overnight at Panama Garden Resort
Pick up with our vehicle from the hotel, drive to Machame gate forv45 minutes and process the permit then drive to Umbwe gate one hour. Hereafter completing the gate registration procedures, the trek starts through the rain forest to Umbwe cave campsite where you will find all tents already set up then stop for dinner and overnight. Today you will walk across ridges and valleys into a really thick forest.
Elevation: 1,800m to 2,940m.
Distance: 11 km.
Hiking time: 6-7 hours.
Habitat: Montane forest.
This day after breakfast you will trek through the remaining forest to the moorland and heath zone and you will be enjoying some wonderful views of Barranco valleys and the ice cap on top of the mountain. Then you will arrive at Barranco camp for dinner and overnight.
Elevation: 2,940m to 3,950m
Distance: 6.5 km
Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Montane forest and heather
A steep climb up the Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the Southern Ice fields. The terrain changes to scree, with pockets of lush vegetation in sheltered hollows, and there is only a short distance to our camp at Karanga (4,000 m.), the last water point on the approach to Barafu, in a narrow valley. There is plenty of time to rest, or for a short optional acclimatization walk in the afternoon up the valley above the camp.
Elevation: 3,950m to 4,235m
Distance: 5 km
Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Today trek up to the Barafu ridge campsite is tough because of the altitude. The walking hours are few because is steep so it need slowly walk so to avoid fatigue as well as high altitude sickness. You will walk across an alpine desert with a strong cold wind blowing because there are no trees around as well as getting closer to the Kibo glaciers. You will have lunch and early dinner of around 1700hrs then rest until midnight when you commence you push for the summit.
Elevation: 4,235m to 4,600m
Distance: 4 km.
Hiking time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
The day starts around midnight with a light breakfast, and then last preparations for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or after sunrise. Leave to the peak at 23: 30 pm, switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Stella Point on the crater rim at 5,861m between 4 and 5 am at this point, you will have views of the fabled crater and its icecaps facing you and all spectacular all area surrounding you.
Then after 1 hour of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro’s true summit, Uhuru Peak. Here you will spend some time taking photos. After your summit activities are done, descend back to the Barafu campsite, have lunch, rest, collect your equipment, and continue your walk down through moorland and heath zone to Mweka campsite, then dinner and overnight at Mweka campsite.
Summit attempt of Umbwe 6 days route, 5 nights Umbwe route
Elevation: 4,600m to 5,895m to 3,100m
Hiking time: 10 – 12 hours
Habitat: Desert and ice
After breakfast, today is your last day on the mountain so you will descend down to Mweka park gate walking across Montane forest this descent will take 3-4 hours. Then here at the gate, you will do sign out and get ready to board the vehicle ready for the transfer back to the hotel in Moshi for a certificate presentation and a well-deserved celebration.
Elevation: 3,100m to 1,980m
Descending time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Montane forest
Transfer to the airport will be arranged depends on flight time, please remind Sote Tours staff about any changes of the flight.
You can extend your stay by going to safari or relaxing on Zanzibar beach.
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