Discover Kilimanjaro

Code: TBS/KIL/BUD/09
7 Days Tour
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The Umbwe route has a well-deserved reputation of being the most challenging route on Mount Kilimanjaro. Due to the fast ascent to high altitude, this route does not provide the necessary stages for acclimatization. Although the number of people on this trail is very low, the chances of success are also low. Umbwe is considered to be a very difficult, taxing route - one that should only be attempted by strong hikers who are confident in their ability to acclimate quickly to altitude.

Approaching from the south, the Umbwe route is a short, steep and direct climb. After reaching Barranco Camp, the trail turns east and traverses underneath Kilimanjaro's Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route. Tanzania Best Safaris offers Umbwe as a six days or seven days private climb.

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ARRIVAL AT KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Once you have arrived safely at Kilimanjaro airport you will be met by one of our friendly driver who will transfer you to a wonderful hotel reserved for you in Moshi. Should you arrive early you can explore the small town of Moshi, which is only a short taxi ride away, or you can just relax at the lodge and get ready for the days ahead. You will also meet with one of our operations staff and Guide who will explain everything you need to know regarding your trek and check all your equipment.

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DAY 1: MOSHI- UMBWE GATE- UMBWE CAVE CAMP

Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp Elevation: 5,249 ft to 9,514 ft Distance: 11 km/7 miles Hiking Time: 5-7 hours Habitat: Heath. The day begins with a 50 minutes’ drive to Machame Gate where registration formalities will be completed. We then transfer through villages and coffee and banana plantations to Umbwe Gate. The trail ascends sharply on a forestry track which winds up the dense rain forest. The path narrows and steepens as we climb the ridge between two rivers surrounded by huge trees. Umbwe Camp is perched between trees and thick undergrowth.

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DAY 2: UMBWE CAVE CAMP- BARRANCO CAMP

Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp Elevation: 9,514 ft to 13,044 ft Distance: 6 km/4 miles Hiking Time: 4-5 hours Habitat: Heath. The second day of the trek follows rockier terrain with sparse undergrowth and straggly, moss-covered trees. As we gain elevation, glimpses of Kilimanjaro can be seen. The path flattens as we approach Barranco Valley. From Umbwe ridge, the route descends to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest.

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DAY 3: BARRANCO CAMP- ACCLIMATIZATION DAY

You will spend Day 3 exploring near Barranco Camp for much-needed acclimatization. Keep your camera handy to capture the scenery of the groundsel-clad campsite. Many trekkers rank this as their favorite camp on this trail, which another reason this is perfect spot for your acclimatization day. If you are highly confident in your body’s ability to acclimatize well, you can choose the 6-Day Umbwe Itinerary. Meals: Breakast, Lunch & Dinner Accommodation: Barranco Camp.

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DAY 4: BARRANCO CAMP- KARANGA CAMP

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft Distance: 5 km/3 miles Hiking Time: 4-5 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert. We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One steeper climb up leads us to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization.

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DAY 5: KARANGA CAMP- BARAFU CAMP

Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp Elevation: 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft Distance: 4 km/2 miles Hiking Time: 4-5 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert. We leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position.

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DAY 6: BARAFU CAMP- UHURU PEAK- MWEKA CAMP

Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft Distance: 5 km/3 miles Hiking Time: 7-8 hours Habitat: Arctic. Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft Distance: 12 km/7 miles Hiking Time: 4-6 hours Habitat: Rain Forest. Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

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DAY 7: MWEKA CAMP- MWEKA GATE- MOSHI

On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.

The accommodation of this package is Kilimanjaro White House Hotel in Kilimanjaro.

INCLUDED
PARK FEES, CAMPING FEES & RESCUE FEES 18% VAT ON TOUR FEE AND SERVICES
MOUNTAIN TENTS SLEEPING MATS
TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM MOUNTAIN GATE PROFESSIONAL MOUNTAIN GUIDES, COOKS AND PORTERS
3 MEALS DAILY WHILE ON THE MOUNTAIN FAIR WAGES FOR THE MOUNTAIN CREW AS APPROVED BY THE KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY (KINAPA), KILIMANJARO ASSOCIATION OF TOUR OPERATORS (KIATO)
SUPPLEMENTAL OXYGEN AND PULSE OXIMETER PRE AND POST SAFARI ACCOMMODATION (2 NIGHTS) AT MOSHI
FREE PHOTOSHOOT AND VIDEO DOCUMENTARY THROUGHOUT THE SAFARI
NOT INCLUDED
INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL FLIGHTS
TIPS TO MOUNTAIN CREW AND DRIVER GUIDE
ITEMS OF PERSONAL NATURE
LAUNDRY SERVICES
HEALTH INSURANCE
PORTABLE FLUSH TOILET WITH A TOILET TENT IS EXTRA (US$100 PER TOILET + TOILET TENT)
VISA
TRAVEL INSURANCE

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