Kilimanjaro climb – Umbwe Route
Pick up from the airport (Kilimanjaro airport, JRO), transfer to the Kibo Hotel (or similar) at Marangu.
2 Umbwe gate to Umbwe Cave
At 7:30 a.m., we’ll transfer you to the Umbwe Park Gate at 2,100m. The path begins an a narrow ridge crest between the Lonzo River to the West and the Umbwe River to the East. It is easy to follow as it continues up through the dense forest. The path continues to follow the ridge, rising steadily with some steep sections and scramble rocks. The route takes you to the first tented camp Umbwe Cave (at 2,940m) in 5 to 6 hrs.
3 Umbwe Cave to Barranco
We follow the trail through steep and scramble rock across rainforest to moorland. The path proceed steep to the Southern Glacier Branches, at 4000m we reach our campsite, Barranco, were we overnight. (6-7 hrs)
4 Acclimatisation day
Day for leisure at Barranco Camp.
5 Barranco to Arrow Glacier
The route leads to the Western Breach and continue up to Umbwe ridge, which becomes the western lateral moraine of the peak. The route goes straight towards the Western Breach and then reaches Arrow Glacier which is at 4,800m.
6 Arrow Glacier to Kibo Hut, then ascend to Mweka Hut.
To ascent to summit and descend on this day you may involve between 10 1/2 or 14 1/2 hrs of climbing. We start right after midnight, to see the sunrise from the summit, also to avoid the mist, and the snow on the ascent will still be frozen. So after 3 km. and 6 – 8 hours (an ascend of 1100m) you will reach the top and descent through Barafu to 2800m. The descent to Mweka hut takes 4 – 7 hours of walking.
7 Mweka Hut to Mweka Gate, Oasis Lodge
After breakfast descend steeply through the forest on a narrow path, after 3 – 4 hours walking we will reach Mweka Gate at 1400m. From here we will bring you to Arusha, to the Kibo Hotel, for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
Possible acclimatization day:
Hike – Arrow Glacier 15,800ft 3 hours
This day is a chance to acclimatize and rest before the push to the summit. During the day we will take a hike up the Western Breach Route to familiarize ourselves with it and if necessary kick steps in the snow. This hike will also help with our acclimatization.
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- all meals on the climbs and on Safari, in hotels half board
- airport transfers
- shuttle transfer from Nairobi
- hotel accommodation Arusha and Moshi, Oasis lodge or similar
- mountain tent accommodation
- climb and park fees
- English speaking, professional guide
- full briefing
- AAR Emergency Rescue & Evacuation Insurance
- Kilimanjaro certificate
- Items of a personal nature such as passport, visa, traveler’s insurance
- Tips to guides and porters
- Lunch in hotel
- Airport taxes