The Umbwe Route provides the shortest route,
and toughest, to the Southern Glaciers of Kilimanjaro
and Western Breach of Kibo. An ascent of Kibo by Umbwe route is
one of the finest non-technical mountaineering expeditions. It is
a challenging route, unsuitable for the solitary or the inexperienced,
and a route off the beaten track.
||Kibo hut (summit), Mweka Hut
Day 1: Arrival day in Arusha
(or from any other place)
Upon our arrival in Arusha we'll meet you at the airport and transfer
you to the Hotel Arusha Backpackers , for an introductory briefing. Dinner and
overnight in the Hotel Arusha Backpackers.
Day 2: Umbwe gate to Umbwe Cave
At 7:30 a.m., we'll transfer you to the Umbwe Park Gate at 2,100m.
The path begins an a narrow ridge crest between the Lonzo River
to the West and the Umbwe River to the East. It is easy to follow
as it continues up through the dense forest. The path continues
to follow the ridge, rising steadily with some steep sections and
scramble rocks. The route takes you to the first tented camp Umbwe
Cave (at 2,940m) in 5 to 6 hrs.
Day 3: Umbwe Cave to Barranco
We follow the trail through steep and scramble rock across rainforest
to moorland. The path proceed steep to the Southern Glacier Branches,
at 4000m we reach our campsite, Barranco, were we overnight. (6-7
Day 4: Barranco Acclimatization
This is a good place to rest a day to acclimatize; you may spend
your time at camp relaxing or you nay explore the surroundings.
This acclimatization day is important for you to get used to the
height and increases the chances of reaching the summit.
Day 5: Barranco to Arrow Glacier
The route leads to the Western Breach and continue up to Umbwe ridge,
which becomes the western lateral moraine of the peak. The route
goes straight towards the Western Breach and then reaches Arrow
Glacier which is at 4,800m.
Day 6: Arrow Glacier to Kibo Hut, then
ascend to Mweka Hut.
To ascent to summit and descend on this day you may involve between
10 1/2 or 14 1/2 hrs of climbing. We start right after midnight,
to see the sunrise from the summit, also to avoid the mist, and
the snow on the ascent will still be frozen. So after 3 km. and
6 - 8 hours (an ascend of 1100m) you will reach the top and descent
through Barafu to 2800m. The descent to Mweka hut takes 4 - 7 hours
Day 7: Mweka Hut to Mweka Gate, Arumeru
After breakfast descend steeply through the forest on a narrow path,
after 3 - 4 hours walking we will reach Mweka Gate at 1400m. From
here we will bring you to Arusha, to the Arumeru
River Lodge, for dinner
Day 8: Departure
After breakfast transfer to airport or Safari extension.
Tanzania - best time to climb, precautions, checklist, medicine,
find here a list of equipment that we can rent: