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7 Days Umbwe Route is the toughest route up the mountain Kilimanjaro. Steep and short, we recommend it only for well experienced climbers. This route can also be done as a 7 days itinerary but people choosing this route are the ones wanting to conquer the toughest challenge possible, so most always the 6 days itinerary is what is chosen for this route.


Our driver will meet you at Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) and take you to your hotel in Moshi. Do not worry if you are slow clearing customs, our driver will be waiting for as long as necessary. After you settle in at your hotel, we will go through an equipment check with you. If any items are lacking, they can be rented at this time. Your guide will meet you for a thorough pre-climb briefing where all questions will be answered. For night time arrivals these things can be done the early the next morning.

  • Overnight Location: Hotel in Moshi
  • Travel Time: 45 minutes drive to Moshi
  • Meals: None

This morning, after breakfast at the hotel, you’ll be picked up and driven to the Umbwe Gate. There will be some registration procedures you’ll have to complete before you start your hike. The trail quickly ascends a steep forest track through the rainforest. You’ll still be under lush tree cover when you arrive at Umbwe Cave Camp for the night.

  • Overnight Location: Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro (2,850m / 9,350’)
  • Distance: 5 to 6 hours, 11 km, 1190m of elevation gain)
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today you’ll notice the forest recede into mountain moorland. You’ll have a steady ascent up the ridge before it flattens into the valley. When you reach Barranco Camp you’ll be joining campers who are hiking the Machame Route.

  • Overnight Location: Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro (3,900m / 9,350’)
  • Distance: 4 to 5 hours, 6 km, 1150m of elevation gain
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Now that you’re at nearly 4000m you’ll begin really feeling the effects of the elevation, especially since your ascent was so fast. Today will be an important day to rest and become more acclimatized before you climb even higher. You can choose to soak in the spectacular views from camp or explore the valley on your own.

  • Overnight Location: Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro (3,900m / 9,350’)
  • Distance: None
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

You’ll be glad to be well-rested this morning as you take on the impressive Barranco Wall. It’s a steep hike up and over, but you’ll enjoy the views from the top as you crest the ridge and descend into the Karanga Valley.

  • Overnight Location: Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro (3,995m / 13,106’)
  • Distance: 3 to 4 hours, 5 km, 50m elevation gain
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Your trail today continues around the Southern Circuit, which means you’ll get to see the inspiring summit from nearly all angles. Head to bed after an early dinner in preparation for your midnight departure and summit attempt tomorrow!

  • Overnight Location: Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro (4,673m / 15,331’)
  • Distance: 3 to 4 hours, 4 km, 650m of elevation gain
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Enjoy those short hours in your sleeping bag because this morning’s hike will be cold and dark as you head out after midnight. The hike this morning will be the most challenging yet, as the steep and loose trail will be cold with very little oxygen. Despite being short of breath, make sure you take a moment to take in Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers as you pass between them and begin the scramble up to Stella Point. Here your efforts will be rewarded with an inspirational sunset before your final hour to the peak. Congratulations! At the summit, you’ve reached Africa’s highest point and have a moment to celebrate. From Uhuru Peak, you’ll begin your descent back down the mountain on Mweka Trail. Although the descent may be tough on your knees, you’ll find it becoming easier to breathe as the elevation decreases.

  • Overnight Location: Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro (3,100m / 10,170)
  • Distance: 10 to 13 hours, 18 km, 1195m of ascent and 2800m of descent
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

After a great sleep, you’ll continue down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate. Once you’ve arrived, your driver will take you back to Moshi.

  • Overnight Location: Hotel in Moshi (included in your climb package)
  • Distance: 3 to 4 hours, 10 km, 1680m of descent
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Breakfast at the hotel is included in the climb package. Our driver will be available at any time to take you to Kilimanjaro Airport. If you have booked a safari, we typically will leave just after breakfast. Checkout time at the hotel is 10am. If you have a flight departing later in the day, we will try to obtain a late checkout for you or arrange for a day room if you desire.

  • Travel Time: 45 minutes drive to Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Meals: Breakfast


We do not compromise on safety and quality, so our prices are not the cheapest. However, it is also not as high as other companies. We take great pride in the value for money we provide to every customer.

The per person prices below are based on the number of people booking the trip together.

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