Umbwe Route 6-Day Itinerary

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6 Days
Availability : Jan - Dec
Kilimanjaro International Airport
Kilimanjaro National Park
Min Age : 6+
Max People : 25

Compare 6-day Umbwe tours & save time hiking this Umbwe route 6-day itinerary. This especially applies if you’re an experienced mountaineer with a hiking history above 4,000m/13,000ft.

The Umbwe route often attracts a much younger crowd and is often used, along with the Marangu route, as a record-breaking route. The trails are raw, unkempt and are very steep until Barranco camp. Unless acclimatized at 4,000m/13,000ft prior to your trek, chances of reaching the summit using this route are extremely low.

If this is your first-time hiking at high elevations (above 3,000m/9,900ft), you should know that the most effective way to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is to properly acclimatize during your hike. Short and uneven routes like the 6-day Umbwe route are terrible for acclimatization systems to be utilized. See, on Kilimanjaro, there are 2 systems that prevent altitude sickness:

  • The first method, Pole Pole (Slow-Slow in English), requires you to be on the mountain long enough for your body to acclimate to various altitudes.
  • The second method, Trek-High & Sleep-Low, calls for trails to have gradual inclines in order for you to trek to high elevations and sleep at lower altitudes. This method conditions your body to anticipate elevation changes while helping you adjust during your sleep.

Unless you’re an experienced mountaineer, you should seriously consider trekking Lemosho route’s 8-day variation. This will give you ample time to adjust to elevation changes and will make for a much better hiking experience. The 8-day Lemosho program, unlike the 6-day Umbwe hike, performs extremely well with hikers that are under 40 years of age and have no hiking experience to high elevations.

Highlights From This Long-Distance Trail

  • Performs exceptionally well with experienced mountaineers
  • The route’s less crowded
  • Not time-consuming
  • Has a 60% summit success rate
Umbwe Route 6 Days Itinerary Mount Kilimanjaro Hike Distance And Elevation Gains

Best Time To Hike Umbwe Route

  •  January through Mid-March
  •  Mid-June through October
  • December

Dietary Food Menus Served On Mount Kilimanjaro

All of your meals on Kilimanjaro are freshly cooked by excellent chefs and served according to your dietary preference.

  • Normal diet
  • Vegan diet
  • Vegetarian diet
  • Halal diet
  • Gluten-free diet

Meet Your Tanzanian Tour Guide

  • 46 years of age
  • Has been leading Kilimanjaro expeditions since 2010.
  • Has 3 years of experience as a porter on Kilimanjaro
  • Received Wilderness First Responders (WFR) safety training

Safety Trekking Materials & Hiking Equipment

High-Altitude Kits

  • Supplemental Oxygen
  • Pulse Oximeter

Medication & Sanitary Treatments

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Anti-Acid Tablets
  • Throat Lozenges
  • Eye Drops
  • Loperamide Tablets
  • Insect Sting Relief Treatment
  • Glucose
  • Oral Rehydration Salts
  • Dexamethasone
  • Phenergan
  • Soap
  • Hydrogen Peroxide

Wraps, Splints & Wound Coverings

  • Triangular Cravat Bandages
  • Rolled Gauze
  • Homeostatic Gauze
  • First-Aid Cleansing Pads With Topical Anesthetic

Tools & Supplies

  • Paramedic Shears
  • Standard Thermometer
  • Small Mirror
  • Surgical Gloves
  • Small Notepad & Pencil
  • Headlamp
  • Stethoscope
  • Portable Stretcher

Evacuation Protocols On This Walking Tour

  • Evacuations on Kilimanjaro are initially on foot and are accompanied by an assistant guide however if you’re unable to walk, 2 assistant guides will carry you with a stretcher up to the nearest point an ambulance or helicopter can be reached.
  • Once in an ambulance, you’ll be transferred to the nearest gate to be picked up or KCMC hospital for treatment. If your condition is severe, you’ll be accompanied by an assistant guide to the hospital where he’ll monitor your condition and write a report. As you undergo medical attention, your family and Embassy will be notified about your health condition. They’ll continue to receive daily reports until you either recover or a close family member arrives.
  • Helicopter evacuations are extremely rare however, in light of an event, you’ll be picked up at Barafu (4,570m/15,000ft) or Kibo (4,724m/15,500ft) and transferred to KCMC hospital along with an assistant guide. These sites are very high and can be extremely dangerous during evacuations so, rescues out of these sites will be conducted on pilot discretion.

Transportation & Meeting Points

  • You will be met at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to Venus Premier Hotel in Arusha City.
  • The next day, you’ll be picked up and taken to Mount Kilimanjaro, where your Kilimanjaro trek will begin.
  • Please keep in mind that the price includes both the hotel and the transfers (airport + trailheads). 

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Kilimanjaro National Park Fees

Kilimanjaro National Park fees
Conservation Fees$70/Per Day
Camping Fees$50/Per Night
Rescue Fees$20/Per Hiker
Guide and Porter Entrance Fees$2/Per Supporting Crew
Forest Entry Fees$10/Per Hiker
Forest Vehicle Entry Fees$20/Per Vehicle
Forest Support Crew Entry Fees$1/Per Supporting Crew
Tourism Value Added Tax (VAT)18%
Retail Value Added Tax (VAT)18%

Compare Umbwe Route’s 6-Day Prices & Package Tours

Open Group Treks

Save Costs Hiking Umbwe Route’s 6 Day Tour With A Kilimanjaro Group. Package includes:

  • Park Fees & Taxes
  • Lodging before and after the hike
  • Camping tents during the hike
  • Mattresses
  • Dining mess tents
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation to and from the hotel and trailhead
  • Breakfast before and after the climb
  • 3 meals per day during the hike
  • Water during the hike
  • Supplemental Oxygen
  • Support team (certified guides, porters, and cooks)
  • Kilimanjaro evacuation insurance


Private Treks

Get Kilimanjaro Privacy & Flexibility Hiking This 6 Day Umbwe Private Tour. Package includes:

  • Park Fees & Taxes
  • Lodging before and after the hike
  • Camping tents during the hike
  • Mattresses
  • Dining mess tents
  • Private toilet
  • Flexible travel itinerary during your hike
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation to and from the hotel and trailhead
  • Breakfast before and after the climb
  • 3 meals per day during the hike
  • Water during the hike
  • Supplemental Oxygen
  • Private support team (certified guides, porters, and cooks)
  • Kilimanjaro evacuation insurance


Package Tours Exclude

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Private Expenses

How To Book A Package Tour

  • Step 1: Go to the booking engine on this page and choose your trekking date, package tier, number of travelers joining the expedition, and click on the “Proceed Booking” button.
  • Step 2: Fill in your personal details accurately, including your dietary preference and/or special requirements for the trip, under the “Additional Notes” section. Once you have finished, click on the “Next” button.
  • Step 3: At checkout, click on the “Book Now And Pay Later” button and wait to receive a list of wire transfer details from the official business booking email.
  • Important Notice: Please ensure that wire transfers are made according to the transaction details suitable for your region. Details will be listed in the booking confirmation email sent after registration.

Payment Process

Paying For Group Treks

  • Pay a small $200 deposit, when booking; then
  • Pay the remaining balance upon arrival; and
  • If you can’t make your trek date, youll get unlimited deferrals at no additional cost

Paying For Private Treks

  • Pay a $550 deposit, when booking; then
  • Pay the remaining balance upon arrival; and
  • If you can’t make your trek date, youll get unlimited deferrals at no additional cost

6-Day Mountain Climbing Itinerary & Cumulative Elevation Gains


All trekkers will have to arrange their own flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and apply for their own visas through the online immigration portal. Visa guidelines are also available on the official immigration website.

Note, if you’re arriving from a country subject to yellow fever, you will be required to show proof of vaccination. A 72-hour PCR test is required for entry.

A transfer will be arranged to drop off you and your luggage at the hotel to unwind from your travels. Briefing will take place in the evening or early morning.


Your day begins with a 1 hour drive to the Machame Gate for registrations while the posters gather belongings for the trip. The trail starts off through a forest and sharply ascends up the mountain as the route narrows towards a ridge. Expect unkempt trails on this route.


Your second day follows a rocket terrain as you gain elevation. The trail flattens as you near Barranco Valley before descending to Barranco camp. 


After breakfast, you’ll descend down a ravine toward the base of Barranco Wall just prior to climbing the steep 900ft cliff. This day is designed for acclimatization. From the great Barranco wall, you’ll cross a series of hills and valleys as you descend Karanga Valley to retire at Karanga camp.


After an early breakfast, you’ll hit the trails crossing the junction descending down to Mweka Gate before resuming up the rocky interval leading to Barafu Hut. This is a strong indication that you’ve made it past the southern circuit. This point offers views of the summit from many angles. You’ll rest and dine here as you prepare for the summit day.


Around midnight, you’ll begin your push toward the summit. You’re required to be mentally and physically keen as this will be the most challenging section of your trek. Expect extreme wind and cold weather as you ascend in darkness for several hours. You’ll have frequent breaks along the path past Stella Point before arriving at your summit at Uhuru Peak.


Once you make your way to the highest point of the mountain, you’ll be guided down to Mweka Hut after having your lunch at Barafu.


Your last day on the mountain will be awarded with a certificate at Mweka Gate. Once at the gate, you’ll continue down Mweka village before arriving at a vehicle that will transport you back to Moshi town.


If you have booked a Wildlife Safari or Zanzibar Beach Holiday package with us, you’ll  be transferred to the next chapter of your journey. If you have not booked an additional trip with XPATS International, you’ll be transferred to the airport.


Overnight Stays At The Hotel Before & After Your Hike

Camping Tents At The Mountain’s Campsites

Trekking Map Of The Umbwe Route On Kilimanjaro

Umbwe Route Map

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Related topics to understand:

The Umbwe routes 6 days hike costs $1,928pax for open group treks and $2,460 for standard group treks. Private group treks also cost anywhere from $2,460 and above depending on the operator.

The Umbwe route is the hardest route on Mount Kilimanjaro. Though this is the case, the trail still ranks 5th on the mountain and holds a 60% success rate.

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Asad Ali Memon & Aisha

Solo Traveller

Xpats has been very essential in making Mr. Asad Ali Memon to reach his goal in making a world record.
John Baron assisted us in the most welcoming and helpful way throughout the trip.
The support we received was thorough and timely and our issues were addressed in a single interaction.
The real test to the competence and care of this agency came from the personal contact which was kept throughout the trip

24 Hour Umbwe Program
Hiked Kilimanjaro on February 14, 2021


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April 20, 2022