UMBWE ROUTE


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1UmbweThe Umbwe route is the most difficult route to climb on Mt. Kilimanjaro due to its steepness right from the beginning of the trek. This make Umbwe route less used by trekkers hence less crowded. It’s a jagged combination of routes which begins through the rainforest at Kibosho Village on the south side of the mountain, the path leads to the thick rainforest onto a steeply climbing ridge. One will notice the once upon a time the trail was maintained but vegetations have forced back into the trail.

The first night is right at the border between rain forest and heather zone. On the second day during 30 mins of trekking you will notice the trail to be narrowed and that will be end of maintained trail. From this section the view is stunning and one can see glaciers that run from summit down to great Barranco wall. At the end of day two the trail reaches Barranco camp, this is part of south circuit.

 

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Day 1
Arrive Moshi, Tanzania
Kili Treks stuff member will meet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport upon arrival and transfer you to your lodge.
Overnight: Kaliwa Lodge. 
Day 2
Relax, sort gear and Cultural tour or hiking in Arusha National Park
After a comprehensive climb briefing with your guide, come along for cultural tour or spend a full day exploring Arusha National Park. During your cultural your will visit stunning waterfalls, chagga blacksmiths and market. You will return to you lodge in the afternoon for the cosy rest ready for the next day. In the evening we will all gather at local place for to try local food.
Overnight: Kaliwa Lodge
Day 3
Start Trek to Umbwe Cave Camp
After a hearty breakfast you’ll head to Umbwe gate. You will be introduced to you happy crew then begin the walk to Umbwe cave camp.  You will arrive at your camp for overnight and a hot meal. This camp is set in the heath.
Overnight: Umbwe Cave Camp (9,500FT / 2,900M)
Trekking time: 6-7 hours
Day 4
Umbwe Cave Camp to Barranco Camp
The clouds should clear for a beautiful view of the glaciers hanging from Uhuru Peak down to the beginning of the Great Barranco wall. Scramble around large boulders as you enter the moorland zone, marked by the bizarre lobelia and senecio plants, and volcanic rocks draped with lichen beards which protect wild alpine flowers growing at their bases.
Overnight: Barranco Camp (12,950FT / 3,950M)
Trekking time: 6 – 7 hours
Day 5
Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp (Acclimatization day)
The day begins with a scramble up the steep ‘Breakfast Wall’, then traversing up and down the slopes and valleys which have carved their way into the mountain’s southern face. Kibo’s glaciers loom above to your left.  We reach the Karanga Valley after 3-4 hours of trekking for a hot lunch, afternoon to relax or to take excursions around camp.
Overnight: Karanga Camp (13,100FT / 3,970M)
Trekking time: 3-4 hours

Day 6
Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

This day you’ll hike a steady incline over barren, rocky landscapes. The cold air and mist-shrouded views will revitalise you as you approach basecamp and prepare for a night-time summit bid.

Overnight: Barafu Camp (15,180FT / 4,600M)
Trekking time: 3-4 hours

Day 7
Barafu camp to Uhuru Peak / High (Millennium) Camp.

Dress up for a cold weather and pack very basic items in your pack that you will need on this particular day. After breakfast start trekking “pole pole” uphill on scree and rocks path to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. After about 6 hours of walking, you will come to the edge of the crater; Stella Point, at 18,900ft (5,795M) on the crater rim is the end of the steep track. It takes about 45min to Uhuru Peak from Stella point on a less steep uphill. The trek to Uhuru peak from Stella point involves lots of sightseeing; huge glaciers on the left and deep smooth crater on your right. After great momentous at the summit descend down back to Barafu. Then to Millennium camp

Overnight: Millennium camp (12,500FT. /3,810M)
Trekking time: Barafu Camp to Uhuru peak 6-8 hours / 4-5 hours to Millennium camp

Days 8
Complete Trek / Returning home or continue with adventure

After a restful night’s sleep and after a heartily breakfast you will start to descend to the Mweka gate. Together, the crew sing local songs describing the folk lore around their Mystical Mountain and spiritual homeland. Reluctantly we say our goodbyes and board our vehicles that transport us to the airport for departure. This will be end of journey for those catching flight home. For those staying for safari or Zanzibar your vehicle will take you to the hotel where a shower and a real bed wait!

Overnight / Day Room: Kaliwa Lodge

Trekking time: 5-6 hours

Sal SalineroSal Salinero LODGE

The lodge is situated at a height of 3000 feet on the foothills of Mt.Kilimanjaro and it is just a few minutes away from from Moshi town centre, the only major town that faces the beautiful face of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Here is where you will spend your two nights recovering from jet-lag.

 

 

 

IMG_4387MOUNTAIN TENTS

Due to the physical and mental challenge trekker undergo, a special accommodation is well deserved. Your mountain camps include all-weather tents, with customized ground-sheets and full-ground pads. Our spacious dinning tents with solar-lit, tables and chairs will make your delicious hot meal charming. Our well-trained camping crews will set up and brake down camps each day. For your convenient, you will have a private toilet tents and hot basins of water daily.

The food on our Kilimanjaro treks is exceptionally good. After full trekking days you will be saved a hot meals prepared by the camp’s chef.

Please inform us if you have any special dietary requirements.

 

 

KaliwaKaliwa Lodge

Based at about 4300 feet above sea level. The lodge blends the simplistic elegance with perfect architectural designs, all combined to entice even the most seasoned traveler. After a strenuous Mount Kilimanjaro trekking, shower and nice quite relaxation will perfect your this happy end.


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