8 days Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route

8 days Kilimanjaro Trekking Umbwe Route

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The notorious 8 Days Umbwe Route is our newest tour and the toughest route to tame the summit of Kilimanjaro. If you’re an experienced, bold climber you’ll relish challenging yourself on the unforgiving but uncrowded and beautiful terrain. You’ll enjoy breathtaking sights that few travellers see. You’ll experience the raw, primitive beauty of sun bleached rocky outcrops and balance along knife-edge ridges with water-carved ravines swooping giddily below. You’ll clamber upon the gnarled tree roots of ancient rainforest trails, traverse ice fields shimmering like frosted diamonds in the African sun, and sleep under sweeping star-filled skies. You’ll skirt round the dangerous mist-clad Western Breach, crossing each grade of alpine and glacier zone. Every moment will be a feast to your senses and a challenge to your body and character. The Umbwe Route is like no other; a test of endurance amongst the majesty and grace of Kilimanjaro. As you stand proudly on Uhuru Peak at sunrise, you can say that you have conquered Umbwe. Although not technical, this route is arduous and the steep but short physical climb early on in the tour means there’s no time for altitude acclimatization. If you’re undecided or less experienced, try our Machame Route; more gentle but just as amazing.

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Day 1:
Arrival at Kilimanjaro international Airport We will pick you up at Kilimanjaro Airport and transfer to Hotel followed by briefing
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Day 2:
Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Umbwe Gate, Hike to Umbwe Cave Camp Visiting: Moshi to Kilimanjaro Drive from Moshi to the Umbwe Gate (about 1 hour). Commence the climb through the rain forest with packed lunch on route. Elevation: 1660m/5450ft to 2850m/9350ft Distance: 11km/7mi Hiking Time: 5-6 hours Habitat: Montane Forest Meals: LD Budget Lodging: Umbwe Cave Cam
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Day 3:
Umbwe Cave Camp to Barranco Camp Visiting: Kilimanjaro After breakfast, we leave the glades of the forest and follow an ascending path on the open moorland to Barranco Camp. Elevation: 2850m/9350ft to 4000m/13,000ft Distance: 6km/4mi Walking Time: 4-5 hours Habitat: Semi-desert Meals: BLD Budget Lodging: Barranco Camp
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Day 4:
Hike Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp Visiting: Kilimanjaro After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.
Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft Distance: 5km/3mi Hiking Time: 34 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert Meals: BLD Budget Lodging: Karanga Camp
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Day 5:
Hike Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp Visiting: Kilimanjaro We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. Elevation: 4050m/13,250ft to 4700m/15,350ft Distance: 4km/2mi Hiking Time: 3-4 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert Meals: BLD Budget Lodging: Barafu Camp
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Day 6:
Hike Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp Visiting: Kilimanjaro Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa! From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain. Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft Down to 3090m/10,150ft Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit Meals: BLD Budget Lodging: Mweka Camp
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Day 7:
Hike Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Moshi Visiting: Kilimanjaro to Moshi After breakfast we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes). Don't forget to tip your guides and porters. Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft Distance: 10km/6mi Hiking Time: 3-4 hours Habitat: Forest Meals: B
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Day 8:
End of trip End of service, transfer to Airport for your flight home or extend your stay for safari