Kilimanjaro climbing 6 days Umbwe route Overview

This 6 days Kilimanjaro Climbing via Umbwe Route is renowned as one of the most challenging and least frequented paths to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. This 6-day itinerary offers an adventurous journey through dense forests, steep ridges, and alpine deserts, culminating in the breathtaking summit of Uhuru Peak. The 6-day Kilimanjaro climb via the Umbwe Route offers an exhilarating and challenging adventure, showcasing diverse landscapes and ecosystems, from dense rainforests to arid alpine deserts. Proper acclimatization and physical fitness are vital for a successful summit.

Umbwe is a short route, providing challenges, as it is very difficult to climb due to its steepness. Due to the fast ascension, this route does not provide enough time for altitude acclimatization, so proceeding slowly is vital. Although the traffic on this route is very low, the chances of success are not as great, unless an acclimatisation day is added. The route is offered at a minimum of six days, and seven days is preferred. This route merges along the way with Machame Route, Lemosho Route and Shira Route. Western Breach Approach

An alternative route to the summit approaches Uhuru Peak from the west, called the Western Breach

Route. The strenuous Western Breach ascends 850 m in about 1.25 miles (2 km), and requires some scrambling (climbing on hands and feet) at certain points. This path is very beautiful, but also very challenging, due to its rocks formations and its steep slope. The Western Breach was gaining popularity by climbers using the Umbwe, Lemosho, Shira and Machame routes until a rockfall claimed the lives of three climbers in January 2006. In response, Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA) closed the Western Breach Route, but in 2007 KINAPA opened it again, with condition that all clients and their supporting members, who want to use this option, sign at the entrance gate that they are doing for their own risk.

6 Days Umbwe Route

Departure / Return Location 

Kilimanjaro International Airport

Departure Time 

Please arrive at least 2 hours before flight.


  • Park fees
  • Camp fees
  •  Rescue fees
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate

Not Included

  • Both National and International flights
  • Medical insurance
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Items of a personal nature
  •  Laundry Services

Kilimanjaro climbing 6 days umbwe route price/cost for 2024 and 2025The cost of the best and most affordable cost of a 6 days kiliamnjaro climbing umbwe route trek can vary depending on a number of factors such as the tour number of climber in a group, the time of year you plan to trek, and the level of comfort you desire during the trek. This price/ cost for a 6 days umbwe route trek in 2024 range from $1300 to $2000 USD per person.

6 days Kilimanjaro climbing Umbwe route tour itinerary

A full detailed 6 days Kilimanjaro climbing Umbwe route day by day itinerary: Day 1: Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp; Day 2: Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp; Day 3: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp; Day 4: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp; Day 5: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Point to Mweka Hut; Day 6: Mweka Camp to Moshi

Day 01:Umbwe Gate (1,640m) to Umbwe Cave Camp (2,940m).

Your expedition kicks off at Umbwe Gate, where you’ll complete registration and meet your experienced guide and porters. Trek through lush rainforests, home to diverse wildlife and vegetation. Reach Umbwe Cave Camp, your first night’s accommodation. Distance: Approximately 11 kilometers. Time: 5-7 hours.

Day 02:Umbwe Cave Camp (2,940m) to Barranco Camp (3,960m).

Depart Umbwe Cave Camp and ascend through the moorland zone. Enjoy panoramic views of the Umbwe Ridge and surrounding landscapes. Arrive at Barranco Camp, your lodging for the night. Distance: Approximately 6 kilometers. Time: 4-5 hours.

Day 03:Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Spend a day at Barranco Camp for essential acclimatization. You can undertake a short acclimatization hike to Lava Tower or relax and acclimatize at Camp. Dieser Day is crucial in preparing your body for the upcoming challenges.

Day 04:Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Your journey from Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (4,673 meters), the base camp for your summit push, takes you through the alpine desert. The landscape becomes increasingly barren as you ascend. Take time to rest and prepare for the summit attempt, which kicks off in the middle of the night.

Day 05:Summit Attempt- Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

Your Summit Attempt commences during the predawn hours. Trek through the cold, dark night, as you make your way to Stella Point (5,685 meters) on the crater rim, where a stunning sunrise awaits. Continue onward to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters), the highest point in Africa, and savor the sense of accomplishment. After reaching the summit, descend to Barafu Camp for a brief rest and a hot meal. The journey continues, as you descend to Mweka Camp (3,100 meters), where you’ll spend your final night on the mountain.  

Day 06:Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate- Return to Moshi

Descend through the captivating rainforest to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters). Here, you’ll sign out and receive your well-earned summit certificates. Your transportation will be waiting to take you back to Moshi, where you can celebrate your Kilimanjaro triumph with a restful and satisfying conclusion to your expedition.  

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