Save Time & Find Privacy Hiking This 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.

Umbwe’s Highlights

  • 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

Meet Your Guides

  • 43 years of age
  • Has 9 years of experience as a Kilimanjaro tour guide
  • Has 3 years of experience as a porter on Kilimanjaro
  • Received Wilderness First Responders (WFR) safety training
  • 28 years of age
  • Has 5 years of experience as a Kilimanjaro tour guide
  • Has 3 years of experience as a porter on Kilimanjaro
  • Received Emergency First-Aid training in High Altitude Illnesses, Helicopter Safety & Evacuation Procedures

Safety Material & 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 Protocol On Umbwe Route

  • 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.

Best Time To Hike Umbwe Route

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

Meeting Point

  • You will be met at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to Arusha’s Venus Premier Hotel.
  • 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


Dietary Food Preferences Served On Umbwe

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

Umbwe Route’s 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%
Total$1,027.60

Umbwe Route’s 6 Day Packages & Inclusions

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
  • Sleeping bags & mattress
  • 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

1,886


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
  • Sleeping bags & mattress
  • Dining mess tents
  • Private toilet
  • Flexible 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

2,460


Packages Exclude

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Private Expenses

Payment Process

Paying For Group Hikes

  • Pay a small $200 deposit when booking; then
  • Pay the remaining balance upon arrival; and
  • Get unlimited deferrals at no additional cost

Paying For Private Hikes

  • Pay a $460 deposit when booking; then
  • Pay the remaining balance upon arrival; and
  • Get unlimited deferrals at no additional cost

Umbwe Route 6 Days Itinerary

DAY 1 — ARRIVAL

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.

DAY 2 — UMBWE GATE TO UMBWE CAMP

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.

 

DAY 3 — UMBWE CAMP TO BARRANCO CAMP

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

 

DAY 4 — BARRANCO CAMP TO KARANGA 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.

DAY 5 — KARANGA CAMP TO BARAFU 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.

DAY 6 — BARAFU CAMP TO UHURU PEAK

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.

 

UHURU PEAK TO MWEKA CAMP

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.

DAY 7 — MWEKA CAMP TO MWEKA GATE

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.

DAY 8 — DEPARTURE/TRANSITION

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.

Accommodations

Pre & Post Hike Accommodations


Umbwe Route Accommodations

Kilimanjaro’s Umbwe Route Map

Umbwe Route Map

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Related topics to understand:

The Umbwe routes 6 days hike costs $1,886pax 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.

2 Reviews
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Christine Khor

Couple Traveller

The trek was nice and short. Thanks to Joshua and the team for their guidance and support. We wanted to bring the kids along but decided otherwise last minute. We booked the tour for the free offer but also managed to get incredible service from the team as well.

October 6, 2020

Enrico Dalla Rosa

Group Traveller

Professionalism and experience of all the staff are top level. Passion in all the people we met. Whenever somebody will ask a reference for Kili and Serengeti, we’ll suggest them to choose this company.

February 21, 2020
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