UMBWE ROUTE The Umbwe Route is the least used, least crowded route on the mountain. For good reason, it is also the most difficult route on the mountain. Umbwe is a steep, constant, straight climb to the top.
Sample itinerary for the Umbwe route
7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS
DAY 1 Arrive Moshi Upon arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Meet your climbing guide for briefing and final gear check. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 2 Moshi – Forest Cave campsite (9,350ft/2850m) Drive to park gate for registration then to Umbwe gate where the climb starts and trek through the rain forest to Forest Cave Campsite. Dinner and stay overnight here.
DAY 3 Forest cave camp – Barranco camp (12,960ft/3950m) Depart for the second day’s rest at Barranco Campsite going through moorland with picnic lunch on the way.
DAY 4 Barranco camp – Arrow Glacier camp (16,000ft/4876m) After breakfast, ascend to Arrow glacier camp beautifully surrounded by glacier streams. Have dinner and get set for the mid-night hike to the summit.
DAY 5 Arrow Glacier – Summit (19,340ft/5895m) – Mweka hut Take the final ascend to Uhuru peak then hike down to Barafu campsite for breakfast then down to Mweka Hut for lunch, dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 6 Mweka hut – Moshi After breakfast, descend to Mweka gate where a vehicle awaits to transfer you. Drive to a town hotel for a well-deserved shower and lunch.
DAY 7 Depart Moshi Depart Moshi for onward or catch flight back home.