Umbwe Route


Umbwe Route is the shortest and steepest of the Kilimanjaro routes

With the reputation for being the most challenging route on Kilimanjaro, the Umbwe Route is the shortest and steepest of the Kilimanjaro routes and accordingly has a poor acclimatization profile. Therefore this route is taken up by experienced climbers and is one of the least used trails on the mountain. While approaching the summit from the south Umbwe Route has only camping available as an accommodation option.

Umbwe Route variations

Umbwe Route 6 days is the most popular choice among the packages, although Umbwe Route 7 days is recommended. Traffic for the first two days on the Umbwe Route is low but picks up as soon as trekkers join Machame climbers at Barranco Camp.

Compared to Machame, Lemosho, and Shira, Umbwe is not that scenically varied.  There is an additional day of acclimatization at Barranco Camp that differs between the six and seven-day climbing plans.

Suricata Safaris offer the Umbwe Route cost as a six-day group or private climb. The range of plans starts from $2,000 per person (based on double occupancy). This includes seven days on the mountain and one day either side at our beautiful partner lodge in Moshi. Gecko Adventures guides you for the complete Kilimanjaro Hiking cost to provide the best travel experience.

Umbwe Route tips

— Prepare a perfect playlist of your favorite songs to listen while climbing the summit.

— Try to stay positive even when the journey seems impossible as climbing can be physically and mentally challenging.

— Be sure to wear your hiking boots before your adventure to Kilimanjaro to avoid blisters.

— Be sure to pack a generous supply of wet wipes and be prepared not to shower for a week.

— To reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness, you must consume as much water as physically possible.

— You should also be mentally prepared for case of altitude sickness. Altitude sickness occurs on the third day of your hike; therefore, it is best to allow extra time in your itinerary where possible.

— We suggest you to add an extra night to your journey to reduce the impact of altitude sickness.

— Try to spend a few weekends camping to get familiar with using limited facilities so that it mentally prepares for the Kilimanjaro climbing and helps you overcome any small barriers you might encounter.

— The best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro is from June to October.

Suricata Safaris will help you determine the best time to hike Kilimanjaro. We also help our clients in applying for Tanzania Visa and provide them with accurate equipment and a documents list so that they have all the necessary items required for the travel.

Almost all our clients have reported a high Kilimanjaro Success Rate which was possible due to the constant guidance and support preparing the travel and on site, with our guides, porters, Kilimanjaro rangers, and the entire crew. We work tirelessly to make your Kilimanjaro hike a grand success.


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