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Umbwe

$2,650.00$3,300.00

Often touted as the hardest trekking route due to its unrelenting steep ascent, the Umbwe route offers dramatic views, blessed solitude and some terrific, calf burning, invigorating trekking – and all without the clutter and chatter of other trekkers. Those who know the mountain consider it Kili’s best-kept secret. Read the full itinerary here or add this item to your cart to book.

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Machame is a challenging and at times steep trek with stunning scenery as it traverses through Kilimanjaros 5 diverse climatic zones. This route provides the opportunity to “trek high and sleep low” which is considered important in minimizing the potential for altitude sickness.

The climb starts above the picturesque mountain village of Machame to the south of Kilimanjaro. After passing through the Machame forest and into the moorland zone, we scramble up and over some rocks and eventually emerge onto the Shira Plateau. We then advance counter-clockwise traversing below the southern face of Kibo, climb Lava Tower for magnificent 360 degree panoramas, ascend the Great Barranco Wall, a challenging and exhilarating rock scramble, and approach Uhuru Summit from Barafu or Kossovo Camp and the ridge that abuts the Southeast Valley. The climb from Barafu offers incredible views of Mawenzi Peak and Kilimanjaro’s remnant volcanic cone.


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Overview

Umbwe

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Day 1

Day 1: Arrive Tanzania

Trekkers arrive from their respective countries at Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha if transferring by bus from Nairobi. A member of our staff will be at Kilimanjaro airport arrivals or the Arusha shuttle bus terminus holding a Trekili Eco Expeditions placard. You will then be transferred to your accommodation located just outside of Arusha.

Day 2

Day 2: Arusha 1400m (4593’)

At a mutually convenient time, your guide will provide a pre-trek briefing, carry out a gear check, review the route with you and answer any questions you may have. The rest of the day is yours to relax and unwind from your long journey to Tanzania.

Day 3

Day 3: Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Cave Camp

After breakfast and a comprehensive trek briefing, we take a 2 hour drive to the Umbwe Gate at 1800m (5905ft) where you will meet your guides and mountain crew as we take care of all National Park formalities, registering all climbers and the weighing of all duffle bags to ensure the load carried by each porter does not exceed the mandatory 20kgs limit.

Our trek begins following a forestry track winding through natural rain forest under the canopy of moss-coated vines where you will hear the calls of many exotic birds and if we are lucky we may see blue monkeys and hear the grunting calls of the magnificent black colobus monkeyswith their long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing white tail.

Proceeding ever upwards, the path narrows and steepens to climb the ridge between the Lonzo and Umbwe rivers, with huge trees surrounding you. The path offers spectacular views of deep gorges to either side as we make our way to the Umbwe Caves camp located in the lower heather zone.

Today’s Stats
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Total Distance: 8 km
Starting Altitude: 1800m (5905ft)
Final Altitude: 2956m (9698ft)
Environment: Montane Forest

Day 4

Day 4: Umbwe Cave Camp to Barranco Camp

Shortly after leaving camp the forest starts thinning and is replaced by rockier terrain, sparser undergrowth and straggly, moss-covered trees and Giant Heather and Erica.

The path continues along a narrow, but spectacular ridge. As you gain higher altitude you may catch glimpses of Kilimanjaro rising majestically ahead of you – etched against the blue sky.

Transitioning to the moorland zone you will encounter giant lobelia and grounsels. As you approach the Barranco Valley the path flattens along the Umbwe ridge and then you descend a short distance to Barranco Camp.

Today’s Stats
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Total Distance: 8 km
Starting Altitude: 2956m (9698ft)
Final Altitude: 3978m 
(13054ft)
Environment: Lower heather zone

Day 5

Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Valley Camp

Today we undertake the Great Barranco Wall – an imposing face above Barranco camp. A steady climb up the eastern wall takes us just below the Heim Glacier, where we may have some breathtaking views of the Heim Glacier and Mt. Kilimanjaro depending upon the weather and any cloud cover.

Our trail continues down into the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley, where we finish this second acclimatization day at Karanga Camp (4046m).

Today’s Stats
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Total Distance: 8 km
Starting Altitude: 3978m 
(13054ft)
Final Altitude: 4046m (13277ft)
Environment: Alpine Desert

Day 6

Day 6: Karanga Valley Camp to Barafu Camp

We begin the day trekking through the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley. Here the temperature will grow colder as we follow the trail climbing through this barren and dry landscape up to the Barafu camp.

Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice”, and the camping area is on a ridge in a narrow and exposed flat area. Here there are ever-present powerful winds blowing down from the mountain peaks.  Our campsite at 4600m offers spectacular views of the nearby peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi.

In preparation for your final ascent tonight, you will familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark, and prepare your equipment and thermal clothing for the summit attempt. Sleep will be difficult and you will to retire to your tents after dinner to rest for the 1385m final ascent to the roof of Africa.

Today’s Stats
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Total Distance: 3.5 km
Starting Altitude: 4039m (13250ft)
Final Altitude: 4600m (15200ft) (option Kossovo Camp 15900ft)
Environment: Alpine Desert

Day 7

Day 7: Barafu Camp 
to Uhuru Peak to Millennium Camp

We will rise early to leave camp at around 12am and after a warm drink and a light snack, you will begin the most difficult though most rewarding day of the trek – your hike to the roof of Africa. After approximately 6 hours of slow but strenuous hiking, you will reach the rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5685m. 

At this point we stop to rest, eat lunch and take in the views over the clouds.

From Stella Point the trail is normally snow-covered, and every step of the 2 hour final ascent to Uhuru peak is challenging. Passing alongside the iridescent blue Rebmann and Tarzel glaciers we reach Elveda Point (5882) we can see Uhuru Peak now only minutes away. The roof of Africa is within your grasp.

Arriving at the summit you feel a huge sense of elation and accomplishment you have done it, you have made it to the highest point in Africa. We spend as much time as you need to appreciate your accomplishment, as this is a day to remember for the rest of your life! The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions and temperature.

We start back down the same trail, and descend to Barafu camp. Here you will have a well earned but short rest and remove some of your many layers of clothing as the day begins to heat up.

We head down the rock and scree path into the moorland zone, reaching the forest, and eventually arriving at Millennium Camp in the early afternoon where a hot shower and meal awaits. Today is the longest, and the most mentally and physically challenging of the trek. But a life changing day that will stay with you forever, as you conquered the heights of Kilimanjaro.

Today’s Stats
Hiking Time: 7 hours to summit, 7-8 hours descent
Total Distance: 7km to summit, 23km descent
Starting Altitude: 4682m (15360ft)
Summit Altitude: 5895m – Uhuru Peak
Final Altitude: 3819m(12530ft)
Environment: Stone Scree, Ice capped summit, Alpine desert, Mooreland

Day 8

Day 8: Millennium Camp to Mweka Gate

Today your legs will be further tested as the trail descends steeply through the lush Mweka rain forest. The trail is steep in places and the going slippery if wet.

The route follows the crest of a broad ridge separating two river valleys until it meets with a road that leads us for the last 40 mins to the Mweka Park Gates where we stop for a well deserved picnic lunch where successful hikers will receive their summit certificates (gold for Uhuru Peale, Green for Stella point) from the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority.

Post celebrations, we are taken by either private bus or Jeep to our hotel in Arusha.

Today’s Stats
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
Total Distance: 13.5 km
Starting Altitude: 3819m 
(15530ft)
Final Altitude: 1652m (5420ft)
Environment: Montane Rain Forest

Day 9

Day 9: Depart Tanzania

Depart Tanzania or continue your dream with an amazing safari extension.

For trekkers not continuing with a safari we provide transfers to Kilimanjaro International Airport or bus station for your onward journey.


Package

Included in tour

Transfers to/from Kilimanjaro International Airport, Arusha shuttle bus terminus and to/from park entrance/exit gates for your selected route

All accommodation in Tanzania (double occupancy 3* Hotel) including breakfast
 (1 night before and one night after your climb-two nights total)

Kilimanjaro National Park entrance, camping, and rescue fees

Services of trip leader, climbing guides, and mountain crew

All dining and camping equipment (excluding sleeping bag unless rented)

All meals on the mountain

Filtered water (we use the Katadyn KFT Expedition filtration system) during the climb; tea, coffee, cocoa, milk and juices as required.

Portable private toilet with biodegradable waste system at all camps
. Clean Mountain Can used to remove all waste from high camps for correct disposal.

Pressure Altitude Chamber (portable hyperbaric chamber) and oxygen on all climbs
 (for use in the event of an emergency)

Petzl Elios helmets ‐ required on the Western Breach ascent

Safety Equipment:

First aid kit

Emergency Oxygen

Pulse Oximeter

Medsled Rescue stretcher

Personal Summit Certificate signed by the National Park for successful trekkers

Excluded in tour

Costs of visas

Immunizations

International airfare, excess baggage charges, airport departure taxes

Travel insurance, medical insurance

Personal expenses such as beverages (other than those included with meals, as listed in each itinerary), room service, souvenirs, laundry, communication charges, medical or extra evacuation fees, staff gratuities and any meals not listed in the itinerary.

Additional transportation, accommodation, and meals incurred by a client unable to continue a planned itinerary due to illness, health, medical conditions or due to airline schedule changes.



Additional Information

Occupancy

Single supplement +US$250.00, Double occupancy (no additional charge)

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