> Defeat the most difficult trail of the Kilimanjaro
> Almost no traffic on the route
> dazzling sunrise views at the Uhuru Peak (5,985m)
You came to Tanzania because you want to have the greatest adventure? Conquer the roof of Africa over the difficult Umbwe Route and enjoy the deep, pure feeling of satisfaction when you finally reach the Uhuru Peak. Challenge your body to its edges and trek on the route, where you will meet almost nobody, except some other crazy adventurers like you.
In general the traffic on the Umbwe Route is very low, due to its quick ascent and short acclimatization process this trail has to offer. If you already trekked some similar routes and you know how much your body can take, then come and experience this quiet paradise for adrenaline junkies on Mount Kilimanjaro. You will not have to share the phenomenal vistas with a crowd of people, as only a few experienced trekkers will be on the same path as you.
The Umbwe Route leads you through the cloud forests of Kilimanjaro, heaters, wide tall grass landscapes and wildflower sceneries. With every step you ascent, you will discover something new and enjoy the views of the highest mountain in Africa. Open moorlands and the most incredible vistas at the Barranco Camp with its beautiful lobelias and giant senecios, will form unforgettable memories of your trek. Climb higher and higher, gather every piece of energy that is left in your body and challenge your way up to the Barranco Wall. This steep part of the trail requires you to use your hands to further ascent and reach the target of every trekker in Tanzania: the 5,985m high Uhuru Peak.
Now is the time to relax your body, take a seat on a rock and let your muscles cool down a bit, while you are waiting for the sun to come out. Slowly the sun rays will colour your surroundings into beautiful yellow, orange and red shades and the promised feeling of deep satisfaction fills your soul. Enjoy it, you just defeated Umbwe, the most challenging route of the Kilimanjaro.
Today, you face the challenge of conquering the Barranco Wall. While certain sections may demand the use of your hands for improved grip, actual climbing is not required. Your guide will be right alongside you, offering assistance every step of the way. Our video demonstrates that the experience isn't as daunting as some blog posts might suggest.
The route's series of ascents and descents serve as a valuable acclimatization opportunity before reaching the mountain ridge. Walking along this ridge allows you to absorb the stunning landscape, characterized by captivating contrasts between desert and vegetation. Eventually, you'll arrive at the mist-shrouded Karanga Camp, positioned at 4,035 meters (13,240 ft). Even through the clouds, Kibo remains visible, while the call of Uhuru Peak beckons.
Your trekking company is able to pick you up from the airport and bring your to your hotel. A transfer back to the airport is also included in the package.
The transport from your accommodation to the start point is taken care of. This also applies to the way back.
On Mount Kilimanjaro you're staying in our strong and well maintained four season mountain tents. Every time you arrive at your camp the tent has already been set up.
Double layered mats provided by your trekking company will put you to sleep in no time.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared during the trek. Your trekking company is bringing their own cook. Don't be surprised when you see an exclusive three course dinner on your plate.
During the trek you won't have a shortage on drinking water.
Don't expect an extensive shower, but there will be the possibility to use hot water for a decent wash.
The guides carry an altitude sickness kit to monitor your pulse rate, oxygen saturation and heart rate twice a day (very useful for monitoring the symptoms of altitude sickness (AMS) at altitude). Also emergency portable oxygen is carried along. On top of that the guides are qualified Wilderness First Responders.
The fees for the Kilimanjaro Rescue Team are covered. This is managed by KINAPA, Kilimanjaro National Parks. Interesting fact: Kinapa means “We carry each other” in Swahili.
The park entry fees, the crater fee, camping fee and value added tax are included in the price.
The total amount covers not only your own basics, but also those of your guide and porter. No unpleasant surprises.
Per person you generally have a team of 1 guide, 1 cook and 8 porters who will support you in your climb. If you are part of a group of four, you will be able to enjoy 2 guides, 1 cook and 12 porters. Although there will always be enough hands on deck, the exact amount of support staff varies per route.
Visas are required for all visitors, and cost about $50. For most nationalities it is possible to get a visa upon arrival when you arrive at the airport in Tanzania. Check with your local Tanzanian embassy or consulate to see what the requirements are.
The total amount is also exclusive of flights to and from Tanzania. To get an idea of which airlines are visiting Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), it is best to have a look at their website.
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Tanzania.
Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous and read our blog post about tipping when you are planning go trekking in Tanzania.
Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is available for USD 70 for the entire trek.
Whether you stay in Moshi, Arusha or anywhere else, before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation and meals.