The best Umbwe route 6 days Itinerary Kilimanjaro climbing Overview

The 6 days Kilimanjaro climbing expedition via the Umbwe route offers adventurers a thrilling and challenging experience to conquer Africa’s highest peak.

This lesser-known trail provides a sense of exclusivity as it takes climbers through dense rainforests, steep ridges, and rugged terrain.

As hikers ascend the mountain, they will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes and diverse ecosystems.

The 6 days Kilimanjaro Umbwe route demands a high level of fitness and determination, making it suitable for experienced hikers seeking an adrenaline-filled adventure.

With the guidance of experienced guides and porters, climbers will navigate through varying altitudes, camp in picturesque locations, and ultimately reach the majestic summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, standing at an impressive 5,895 meters (19,341 feet) above sea level.

Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route 6 Days

The best 6 days Kilimanjaro Umbwe route success rate

The best successful Kilimanjaro summit rate of the 6 days Umbwe route is from 60% to 70% reaching at the 5,895 meters Uhuru peak and descending back.

This 6 days Umbwe route on Kilimanjaro climbing summit rate is relatively low because this trail is considered more difficult and most challenging route on Mount Kilimanjaro lowering its success rates of reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro.

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

The price to climb Kilimanjaro 6 days Umbwe route

The best and most affordable price for 6 days Kilimanjaro climbing via Umbwe route is from $1200 to $2000 per climber which enables you to successful summit at 19,341’ Kilimanjaro and descending back.

These 6 days Umbwe route costs on Kilimanjaro climbing vary depending on accommodations before and after the climb, number of people in a group trek, budget and luxury climbing services offered.

The Kilimanjaro Umbwe route price and fees are paid in Euros, Dollars, Pounds, and Tanzania Shillings.

The best full-detailed itinerary for 6 days Kilimanjaro climbing via Umbwe route

The best full detailed day-by-day itinerary for 6 days Kilimanjaro climbing via Umbwe route:

Day 1: Umbwe Gate (5,249 ft) to Umbwe Camp (9,514 ft) | 5-7 hours | 11 km;

Day 2: Umbwe Camp (9,514 ft) to Barranco Camp (13,044 ft) | 4-5 hours | 6 km;

Day 3: Barranco Camp (13,044 ft) to Karanga Camp (13,106 ft) | 4-5 hours | 5 km;

Day 4: Karanga Camp (13,106 ft) to Barafu Camp (15,331 ft) | 4-5 hours | 4 km;

Day 5: Barafu Camp (15,331 ft) to Uhuru Point (19,341 ft) to Mweka Camp (10,065 ft) | 11-14 hours | 17 km;

Day 6: Mweka Camp (10,065 ft) to Mweka Gate (5,380 ft) | 3-4 hours | 10 km.

Day 01: Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp

Distance: 11 kilometers Elevation (ft): 5,249 ft to 9,514 ftHiking Time: 5-7 hours Habitat: Rain Forest When we arrive at the Umbwe Gate, we make sure that we finish the registration paperwork and prepare the expedition gear.

The journey begins with a gradually inclining 4WD path that ends with a sign that reads “Umbwe Trail.” From here, we ascend through a dense forest on a steep and sometimes muddy path until we reach Umbwe Camp.  

Day 02: Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp

Elevation (ft): 9,514 ft to 13,044 ft 6 km distance Hiking Time: 4-5 hours Habitat: Heath The trek begins steeply as we ascend higher into the heat zone.

Here, the landscape changes quickly to sparse vegetation, rocky outcrops, and giant heathers.

The trail leads up a narrow ridge then flattens as it nears Barranco Valley, which offers great views of Kibo Peak and Moshi. Once at camp, there will be some extra time to explore the area.  

Day 03:Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Elevation (ft): 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft (5 km) distance Hiking Time: 4-5 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert Our first challenge is a climb and scramble over the volcanic rock of the 1,200-foot Barranco Wall.

On reaching the top, we take a well-earned lunch break and enjoy fantastic views of Barafu and Mount Meru.

We continue across the ridges and valleys to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for acclimatization.  

Day 04:Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Elevation (ft): 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft4 km distanceHiking Time: 4-5 hoursHabitat: Alpine DesertAfter breakfast, we leave Karanga and hit the junction, which connects with the Mweka Trail.

We continue up to Barafu Hut. At this point, we have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy an early dinner, and prepare for the summit day.

The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are visible from this site.

Day 05:Barafu Camp to Uhuru Point to Mweka Hut

Elevation (ft): 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft Distance: 17 kilometers Hiking Time: 11–14 hours Habitat: Arctic Very early in the morning (midnight), we put on many layers of clothing and begin our climb to the summit.

We head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim.

This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point (18,600 ft), we stop for a short rest and will be honored with the most magnificent sunrise you are likely to see.

From Stella Point, we have just one more hour before reaching the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit. We now make our descent, continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch.

Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-deserved sleep.  

Day 06: Mweka Camp to Moshi

Elevation (ft): 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft Distance: 10 kilometers Hiking Time: 3-4 hours Habitat: Rain Forest After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates.

At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

Our driver will be waiting for you at the Mweka gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi.  

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