Umbwe Route to Mount Kilimanjaro

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Umbwe Route to Mount Kilimanjaro is a 44.9 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Kibosho Magharibi, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania that offers the chance to see wildlife and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from December until March.

DISTANCE
44.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
9698 m
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

views

wildlife

muddy

rocky

scramble

no dogs

The Umbwe route is the least travelled, shortest and steepest trail. Not all outfitters offer this trek. In the first two days, you will gain over 4,000' of elevation up to 13,000 at Barranco. From there, your options are 13,200 at Karanga camp, or if your guide deems safe, skip it and go direct to Barafu camp at 15,000'. Your final summit bid will most likely be very early in the morning, when you battle the effects of altitude, lack of appetite, and a strenuous 4,000' climb to the summit of Uhuru Peak. Very worthwhile, and be ready for a long, descent from the summit (10,000' down at least). There are two possible camps on the descent, which are very busy due to the only descent route (Mellenium, and Mwenka).

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

...shortest but toughest route...there was no one else at our starting trail head for a reason...6 days total up and down including 1 acclimation day...