Umbwe Route Up To Kilimanjaro

Dear friends,

some of you might remember our post about the Marangu Route up to Mt Kilimanjaro.
Today we present you the Umbwe Route.

The Umbwe Route is one of seven routes on which you can climb Mount Kilimanjaro – the roof of Africa.
It is a short and direct route, but that doesn’t mean that it is easy – far from it!
Actually it is the considered to be very difficult and probably the most challenging way to the top.

This is because of the rapid ascent which causes a poor altitude acclimatization.
That is why it is recommended to take at least seven days for this tour instead of the minimum of six days.

The success rate is lower than for example on Marangu or Machame Route, but this is because often people overestimate their own capabilities. Umbwe Route should really only be attempted by strong hikers who are confident with their ability to acclimatize!

One of the clear advantages of this route is that it is very quiet and remote. You won’t find many other tourists and can enjoy the beautiful landscape of silence.

You spend the nights in small camps which are like on all routes fully catered.


As mentioned above, the minimum is six days to take this route up to Kilimanjaro.
The different steps are:

Day 1) Umbwe Gate (1800m) – Bivouac Camp (2940m)

Day 2) Bivouac Camp (2940m) – Barranco camp (3950m)

Day 3) Barranco camp (3950m) – Lava Tower (4630m) – Arrow Glacier Camp (4800m)

Day 4) Arrow Glacier (4800m) – Crater (5700m)

Day 5) Crater (5700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m)

Day 6) Mweka camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m)

If you feel strong and experienced enough to take this adventure – please contact us.
You can also check our website for the detailed itinerary or descriptions of the other routes.

Yours, World Air Travel & Tours


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