This route is one of the shorter but also one of the more difficult routes to reach Uhuru peak–but quiet spectacular. Umbwe is known for its caves. The first night you actually sleep at the Umbwe Cave Camp with two more caves that can be visited on route the following day. Also sometimes used as a descending route.
The Umbwe route should only be attempted by those who are very strong hikers and are confident in their ability to acclimatize. However, overall, the Umbwe route is not recommended and we discourage its usage for our clients.
Day 1: Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Caves Campsite 2,900m
From Hotel in Arusha Drive to Umbwe Gate, after registration start the trail. It is climbing through steep slopes covered with a dense natural rain forest, which then walk along the narrow ridge between the Lonzo River and Umbwe River to reach Umbwe Caves Campsite. Dinner and overnight at the camp
Day 2: Umbwe Caves to Barranco Hut 3,900m.
The forest ends shortly after leaving the Umbwe Caves, the path continue up past moorland and along a narrow spectacular ridge before reaching Barranco Hut at 3,900m
Day 3: Barranco Hut to Barafu Hut 4,600m
Breakfast at Barranco Hut, and then proceed with a short hard climb over a vertical wall to the top of the Great Barranco (locally known as breakfast), descend through scree and ridges to Karanga Valley, have a break here before climbing over a ridge to the Barafu Hut near glacier stream for overnight stay. This is the hardest part, it might take 8 to 9 hours (see the note below)
Day 4: Barafu Hut to UHURU PEAK 5895
Start climbing early in the morning (normally 01:00 am) to reach the Kibo crater rim at the Stella Point (sometimes it is bitterly cold here) before sunrise. Ascending between glaciers and sometimes it is covered with snow; therefore, an ice-axe or ski stick become useful for balance. Precedes to UHURU PEAK at 5,896m the highest point in Africa. After memorable pictures descend to Barafu Hut for Lunch, then Mweka Hut for overnight
Day 5: Mweka Hut to Mweka Get
After breakfast, descend to Mweka gate and drive back to Arusha
End of Tour
- Overnight stays in mountain Huts
- Professional, experienced, mountain guides:
- Mountain Equipment, Sleeping tents, Kitchen tents, Porters, Guides and Chef
- Tents, Table and Chairs, Food utensils and so on.
- All Park fees
- Rescue fees
- All meals while on the Mountain
- Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
- Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
- Large portions of fresh, healthy nutritious food
- Clean, purified drinking water
- Crisis management and safety procedures
- Fair and ethical treatment of porters
- Airport transfers
- Accommodation in Arusha
- Tanzania Visa
- Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
- Meals not listed above
- Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)