Umbwe Route - 6 Days/ 5 Nights

Starting on the southern side of the Mountain at Umbwe Gate, and is a fairly, steep route. Steep forest paths give way to heath and moorland before becoming rocky and where the trek becomes more demanding. To reach the summit is Via Barafu Hut and Stella Point and descending is through Mweka Gate.

Day 1: Arusha – Kilimanjaro National Park Gate – Umbwe – Bivouac
Leave from Arusha or Moshi and drive to Kilimanjaro National Park gate at Umbwe where the climb begins. Ascend up through the forest a long a narrow ridge between the Lonzo and Umbwe rivers to reach Bivouac No. 1 campsite ( 2800m) for dinner and overnight. Taking 4 to 5 hrs walking.

Day 2: Bivouac – Barranco Camp.
Leave Bivouac No. 1 camp the path continues to follow the ridge, passing through Heather and open Moorland. 3 - 4 hrs walking to reach Barranco campsite (3900m) for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Barranco Camp – Barafu Camp
The path climbs steeply out of Barranco valley, struggle up the Barraco walls, Cross the Karanga Valley, then turns north to reach Barafu campsite 6 - 7hrs walking. On midnight trek up to the Summit via Stella point.

Day 4: Barafu Camp Full Day
Enjoying sunrise at the summit ( Uhuru peak 5896m) Photos, horizontal views, then descend to Barafu Hut for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Barafu Camp - Mweka Camp
After breakfast in Barafu Hut descend to Mweka Campsite (3000m) for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Mweka Gate – Arusha
Descend through the forest after breakfast, 3 - 4 hrs walking to Mweka Gate, where you will be transferred Arusha.

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