7-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Umbwe Route
7-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Umbwe Route

7-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Umbwe Route

9 days

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Challenge yourself on one of Mount Kilimanjaro’s steepest routes

The Umbwe Route is one of the steepest and most challenging ways to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. This trek is recommended for a seasoned hiker with plenty of experience at high altitudes. Allow your experienced guides, porters, cook, and extra day of rest help you realize your goal of reaching the top of Uhuru Peak.

You’ll ascend through the various mountain climates quite quickly as you hike the steep trail up the mountain. By night two you’ll already be at nearly 4000m! This itinerary allows you to spend an extra night at this elevation to acclimatize. Barranco Camp is a great home base for a day of rest and exploration since the views are stunning. You’ll appreciate being well-rested when you take on the imposing Barranco Wall. This guided hiking tour will circle the peak on the Southern Circuit, giving you many views of the summit and surrounding peaks. Your summit day will be the ultimate highlight of your tour. Starting with a challenging midnight climb, you’ll cross between spectacular glaciers through heavy scree to Stella Point. Allow the sunrise to inspire your final push to the summit and be rewarded with the view from the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. You’ll start your descent quickly and spend your final night at a much more comfortable altitude. Complete your journey with a pick up from Mweka Gate and drive back to Moshi. You did it!

Highlights of the 7-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Umbwe Route

Hike through lush rainforest, scenic valleys, and across dramatic ridges.
Keep your strength up with healthy meals prepared for you and your companions by your cook.
Tackle the Barranco Wall and complete the Southern Circuit.
Watch a once in a lifetime sunrise from Stella Point before you push yourself to the summit.

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7-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Umbwe Route

7-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Umbwe Route Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive the day before for pre-trek briefing

We recommend you arrive a minimum of one night before you begin your tour. This will allow you time to attend the pre-trek briefing, have your equipment assessed, and rent any additional gear you may require. You have the option to add a hotel night in Moshi, as well as your airport transfers from Moshi or Kilimanjaro International airport.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Moshi
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Drive to Umbwe Gate and begin your trek

This morning you’ll be picked up from your hotel in Moshi and driven to the Umbwe Gate.
There will be some registration procedures you’ll have to complete before you start your hike.
The trail quickly ascends a steep forest track through the rainforest. You’ll still be under lush tree cover when you arrive at Umbwe Cave Camp for the night.
Overnight Location: Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro (2,850m / 9,350’)
Distance: 5 to 6 hours, 11 km, 1190m of elevation gain)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 Hike up Umbwe Ridge and through Barranco Valley

Today you’ll notice the forest recede into mountain moorland. You’ll have a steady ascent up the ridge before it flattens into the valley. When you reach Barranco Camp you’ll be joining campers who are hiking the Machame Route.
Overnight Location: Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro (3,900m / 9,350’)
Distance: 4 to 5 hours, 6 km, 1150m of elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 Explore or relax at Barranco Camp

Now that you’re at nearly 4000m you’ll begin really feeling the effects of the elevation, especially since your ascent was so fast. Today will be an important day to rest and become more acclimatized before you climb even higher. You can choose to soak in the spectacular views from camp or explore the valley on your own.
Overnight Location: Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro (3,900m / 9,350’)
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 Climb over the Barranco Wall and into Karanga Valley

You’ll be glad to be well-rested this morning as you take on the impressive Barranco Wall. It’s a steep hike up and over, but you’ll enjoy the views from the top as you crest the ridge and descend into the Karanga Valley.
Overnight Location: Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro (3,995m / 13,106’)
Distance: 3 to 4 hours, 5 km, 50m elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 Hike to Barafu Camp and complete the Southern Circuit

Your trail today continues around the Southern Circuit, which means you’ll get to see the inspiring summit from nearly all angles. Head to bed after an early dinner in preparation for your midnight departure and summit attempt tomorrow!
Overnight Location: Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro (4,673m / 15,331’)
Distance: 3 to 4 hours, 4 km, 650m of elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 Sunrise, summit, and start descending

Enjoy those short hours in your sleeping bag because this morning’s hike will be cold and dark as you head out after midnight. The hike this morning will be the most challenging yet, as the steep and loose trail will be cold with very little oxygen. Despite being short of breath, make sure you take a moment to take in Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers as you pass between them and begin the scramble up to Stella Point. Here your efforts will be rewarded with an inspirational sunset before your final hour to the peak.

Congratulations! At the summit, you’ve reached Africa’s highest point and have a moment to celebrate. From Uhuru Peak, you’ll begin your descent back down the mountain on Mweka Trail. Although the descent may be tough on your knees, you’ll find it becoming easier to breathe as the elevation decreases.
Overnight Location: Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro (3,100m / 10,170)
Distance: 10 to 13 hours, 18 km, 1195m of ascent and 2800m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8 Trek back into the rainforest and return to Moshi

After a great sleep, you’ll continue down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate. Once you’ve arrived, you’ll receive your summit certificate, and your driver will take you back to Moshi.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Moshi
Distance: 3 to 4 hours, 10 km, 1680m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 Departure day

Say your goodbyes to the beautiful Kilimanjaro and head to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight home or to for your next adventure.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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7-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Umbwe Route Price and Dates

This guided hiking tour of Mount Kilimanjaro is always run as a custom tour for your group only and the pricing depends on your group size.

The best time to travel to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro is when the weather is warmest and driest, which tends to be December-March and June-October.

Private Guided 7-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Umbwe Route

Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person:

  • Solo travellers: $2,098 USD
  • Guided groups of 2: $1,869 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 3: $1,809 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 4: $1,776 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 5: $1,793 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 6: $1,777 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 7: $1,775 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 8: $1,766 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 9: $1,765 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 10+: $1,758 USD per person
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Accommodation on the 7-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Umbwe Route Tour

All the included accommodations are camping tents at designated camps along the trail. Tents are good quality and waterproof with a sleeping pad. The provided tents are double occupancy. Private tents and private toilets can be rented as additional gear. You’ll also spend two nights in the hotel in Moshi.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
When travelling with your group, you can pay a supplement of $30 USD to have a single room in a hotel in Moshi, and $5 USD per day for a private tent while trekking.

Hotels on Standard Tour

K's Lodge in Moshi

This beautiful lodge near Moshi is a perfect spot to relax before and after your adventure to Kilimanjaro. Cozy rooms, nice area and all the amenities needed to guarantee comfortable stay!

Night 2

Umbwe Cave Camp

Enjoy the biodiversity as this is the only camp on the itinerary that is surrounded by trees and lush vegetation.

Night 3-4

Barranco Camp

Barranco Camp is set in a rocky valley. Hopefully the view of the Barranco Wall in the distance will help motivate you for the upcoming journey.

Night 5

Karanga Camp

Set high just above the beautiful Karanga Valley, this site is a great place to explore or relax at the end of another long day on the trail.

Night 6

Barafu Camp

Tonight, you’re sleeping at over 4,600m above sea level with the summit in sight.

Night 7

Mweka Camp

You’ll enjoy an abundance of fresh air at the much lower altitude Mweka Camp, where you’ll celebrate your climb with fellow campers.

K's Lodge in Moshi

This beautiful lodge near Moshi is a perfect spot to relax before and after your adventure to Kilimanjaro. Cozy rooms, nice area and all the amenities needed to guarantee comfortable stay!

What’s included in the 7-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Umbwe Route Tour?

Meals

8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, and purified drinking water are included.

Accommodations

Camping accommodations for 6 nights are included. 2 accommodations before and after the tour in Moshi are included too.

Transportation during the Tour

This tour includes all the airport transfers and the transfers between Moshi and the trailhead before and after the tour.

Also Included

  • Experienced mountain guides
  • Porter and cook
  • Park fees
  • Quality four-season tents (based on twin share)
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Emergency oxygen cylinder
  • Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Conservation, camping and rescue fees
  • VAT (18% charged by the government)

Not included

  • Visas if required
  • Flights to and from Tanzania
  • Personal equipment such as sleeping bag, trekking poles, etc. (rental options are available)
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages

Not included

  • Extra nights in Moshi or Arusha
  • Private toilet rental added to your gear: $100 USD
  • Additional equipment rentals (available locally)
  • Private tent rental is $5 USD per day
  • Add-on bundles are available

Frequently Asked Questions about 7-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Umbwe Route

Monkey Adventures is an East African (Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda) operator offering Safari Tours, Kilimanjaro climbs, and Gorilla tracking (Uganda). They have offices in Kenya, Tanzania & Uganda. The company offers Kilimanjaro climbs over different routes with a duration of 5 days to 9 days and all their departures are guaranteed. You can opt for a group joining trek (depending on if there is a group on that day) or a private trek just for your group.

Monkey Adventures is proud to share that the Tanzania National Parks Authority, Government of Tanzania recently presented them with the "Best Tour Operator" award for 2018/2019 and the company has also been recognized as the Travellers' Choice Winner - 2020 by Tripadvisor. In the past, Monkey Adventures have also won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2018 and 2019.

Monkey Adventures guides hold certifications such as Kilimanjaro Guide Licence, Wilderness First Aid Responder, Tourism College Certificates, Kilimanjaro search and rescue, High altitude Medicine Skills Acquisition Program for Mountain Guide, and more.

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 5 / 5. The Umbwe Route is short and steep with little time to acclimatize to the elevation. It is recommended that only hikers with a lot of experience at high elevations attempt this route. The extra day to acclimatize will help increase your chances of success. No technical climbing skills are required, but the trail can be very steep with challenging footing in some sections.

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