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5. Umbwe route
• Location
♣ Northern circuit
• Nearest Airport
♣ Kilimanjaro international airport
• Comfort Level
Sal Salinero hotel
♣ 2 stars
♣ Best value, clean and comfortable
• Highlights
♣ Trekking Mt. Kilimanjaro
• Trip Description

Umbwe route Kili trek safari package is a six day trekking safari. This is another route which organizes through their professional mountain guides. Given the fact that this route is tough and difficult we recommend only those who are good on climbing and very athletic should use this route. The Umbwe route approaches Kilimanjaro from the southern part. The route is a short, steep and direct one. Due to the fast ascension, this route does not provide the necessary stages for altitude acclimatization. The route is offered at a minimum of six days, and preferable 7days.
• Highlights
♣ Trekking Mt. Kilimanjaro
• Accommodation
∗ Location

∗ Facilities at
Sal Salinero Hotel
♣ Bar
♣ Restaurant
♣ Garden
♣ Swimming pool

∗ Activities
Sal Salinero Hotel
♣ Kilimanjaro trekking

• Day to day itinerary
This is another route which organizes through their professional mountain guides. Given the fact that this route is tough and difficult we recommend only those who are good on climbing should use this route. The Umbwe route approaches Kilimanjaro from the southern part. The route is a short, steep and direct one. Due to the fast ascension, this route does not provide the necessary stages for altitude acclimatization. The route is offered at a minimum of six days, and preferable 7days.
6 Days Umbwe route Itinerary:
Day 1
The climb starts from Umbwe Gate (1,400 m.) The path follows a ridge between two deep valleys up through the dense montane forest. On sunny days, and especially in the dry season, this section is very lush and beautiful; it can also be a very muddy experience, particularly if it has rained recently! It’s a steep and rough walk up to our first camp, Umbwe Cave at 3,000 m. [6-8 hours walking]
Day 2
The path gets steeper on this section, as you get out of the forest. One place it’s necessary to do a bit of climbing / scrambling past a 10 meter rock, but after that the path gets easier. The views start to open up, and the vegetation is now the typical moorland, with giant senecios around, and the ice fields at Kibo is now clearly visible.
Day 3
A steep climb up the Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the Southern Ice fields. The terrain changes to scree, with pockets of lush vegetation in sheltered hollows, and there is only a short distance to our camp at Karanga (4,000 m.), the last water point on the approach to Barafu, in a narrow valley. There is plenty of time to rest, or for a short optional acclimatization walk in the afternoon up the valley above the camp. [4-5 hours walking]
Day 4
A short but steep climb out of Karanga, and an easy path on compacted scree with wide views to reach Mweka Junction (4,150 m), you then climb steadily to reach the Barafu campsite (4,600 m.) and continue to the plateau at the bottom of the South-East valley (4,800 m.)
Day 5
You will start ascent by torchlight around midnight so that you can be up on the Crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zigzags and a slow but steady pace will take you to Stella Point (5,735 m.), in about five or six hours. You will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshment, you continue to descend to reach your final campsite (3,800 m) Millennium. Most of you will be too tired to notice the beauty of the forest surroundings.
The crowded campsite, [11-15 hours walking]

Day 6
A sustained descent through lovely forest with lush undergrowth takes you to the National Park gate at Mweka (1,650 m.); and on through coffee and banana farms to Mweka village. [4-6 hours walking]. Later you will be transfer to Moshi to Sal Salinero Hotel for dinner and overnight.