The Umbwe route is a short, steep and direct route. The quick ascent is very difficult and recommended for very strong hikers. The dramatic views and blissful solitude are available to trekkers that march to their own uphill beat.

  • Regarded as the most difficult route, and also the shortest if ascending via Western Breach
  • More strenuous on the body due to fast ascension to high altitude with less opportunities for acclimatization (for instance, Umbwe Route reaches Barranco Huts in 2 days compared to 4 days on Lemosho Route)
  • Scenic and dramatic route, including trekking on tree roots on the first day
  • Can have many variations to summit and all descend via Mweka Route
    • Umbwe via Barafu Hut
    • Umbwe via Western Breach
  • We recommend 6 days for the hike but can be shortened to 5 days (however that option is more physically challenging) or extended to 7 days depending on your preference

Umbwe, Kilimanjaro

Below is a sample itinerary for a 5A�dayA�UmbweA�trek. As described above there are many ways to summit and we can help you design the best route to maximize your ability to safely acclimate to the altitude of Kilimanjaro. Please contact our booking specialists to learn more!


Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Cave Campsite

Distance: 6 mi

After breakfast, your guide will meet you at your hotel in Arusha. The morning begins with a drive to Umbwe Gate (5417 ft). Your journey heads to Umbwe Cave Campsite (9659 ft)


Umbwe Cave Campsite to Barranco Hut

Distance: 3 mi

Umbwe Cave Campsite (9659 ft) to Barranco Huts (13077 ft)


Barranco Hut to Barafu Hut

Distance: 5.3 mi

Barranco Huts (13077 ft) to Barafu Huts (15295 ft) via Karanga Valley (13235 ft).


Barafu Huts to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Huts

Distance: 3 mi ascent, 7.2 mi descent

Barafu Huts (15295ft) to Uhuru Peak (19341ft).A�Followed by descent via Barafu Huts to Mweka Huts (10190ft).


Mweka Huts to Mweka Gate

Distance: 5.7 mi

Mweka Huts (10190 ft) to Mweka Gate (5358 ft).

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