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The Umbwe route is one of the shortest routes to the Southern Glaciers and the Western Breach. It is probably the most scenic, non-technical route on Kilimanjaro. It is quite taxing, primarily due to the relatively fast ascent to higher altitude, but the rewards are plentiful. Fewer people, pristine forest and shorter walking distances make it a great option for fit hikers. Add to your experience - OVERNIGHT IN THE CRATER!! Be one of a few fortunate people to spend a night in Africa's largest volcano. This option is highly recommended, as this will be the only opportunity to get close to the beautiful and fascinating glaciers of Kilimanjaro and to be able to visit the ash pit.

Accommodation on the mountain is in tents which the porters will pitch for you; you will need a sleeping bag, warm clothes and walking poles. This is a steep, tough and in places slightly exposed trek within the limits of a fit individual used to walking in mountain areas. An extra day can be added to our itinerary to explore or relax along the route, (best taken at the Barranco Hut).

DAY 01: Umbwe Gate (1800m) - Bivouac (first) camp (2940m)

Hiking time: 5 hours
Habitat: Montane forest.

After breakfast you will be driven to the Umbwe Gate at 1800m, passing through villages with coffee and banana plantations. On arrival at the Parks Gate your guide and porters will meet you. Sign the register before you entre the park for your first step to accomplishing a life-long dream. The air is thick with moisture and the path is usually muddy. The route initially follows a forestry track winding up through the natural rain forest. It then narrows and steepens to climb the ridge between the Lonzo and Umbwe rivers, with huge trees surrounding you. The path offers some spectacular views of deep gorges and if you are lucky, glimpses of Kilimanjaro towering above you in the distance. The camp is perched between huge trees and thick undergrowth.

DAY 02: Bivouac (first) camp (2940m) - Barranco camp (3950m)

Hiking time: 6 hours
Habitat: Montane forest & Moorlands.

Shortly after leaving the camp the forest starts thinning and is replaced by rockier terrain, sparser undergrowth and straggly, moss-covered trees. The path continues along a narrow, but spectacular ridge. As you gain higher altitude, catch glimpses of Kilimanjaro rising majestically ahead of you - etched against the blue sky. The path flattens as you approach Barranco Valley. From the Umbwe ridge the route descends slightly to the Barranco camp. The camp is situated in the valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while your dinner is being prepared.

DAY 03: Barranco camp (3950m) - Lava Tower (4630m) -
Arrow Glacier Camp (4800m)

Habitat: Moorland/Semi desert.
After breakfast you will start your hike towards Lava Tower, a famous landmark on Kilimanjaro. The path is steep and rocky, with views of Mt. Meru, Kilimanjaro's little sister, punching her peak through the clouds. From Lava Tower you turn towards the Western Breach, a steep climb to Arrow Glacier camp (4800m). This is taxing and symptoms of altitude sickness might become noticeable. The campsite is spectacular. Vegetation has now all but disappeared, leaving only rock and scree in varying shades of brown and black. The campsite is very cold and you need to be prepared.
DAY 04: Arrow Glacier (4800m) - Crater (5700m)

Hiking time: 5 hours
Distance: About 15 km's
Habitat: Semi desert/ Snowfields.

From the Arrow Glacier camp steep scree and rocky outcrops requiring a scramble lead up the Western Breach to the crater floor (5700m). This day will be the toughest challenge by far. After snowfalls the route can become icy and in these conditions an ice axe or ski stick may be required. When reaching the crater rim, you will be astonished by the view of snow and glaciers. Visible to you left is the Northern Ice fields of Kilimanjaro with the Furtwangler Glacier in front of you. Walk past this glacier to the Crater camp, situated at the crater rim. If time permits, you can climb to the Ash Pit (1 ½ hour). The Ash Pit is 340m across, 120m deep and is one of the most perfect-formed examples in the world. The campsite is very cold as snow might occur. Be one of a fortunate few to spend a night in the inner crater of Kilimanjaro.

Crater (5700m)-Uhuru Peak (5895m)-Mweka (3100m

Hiking time: 2 hours to reach Uhuru Peak
7/8 hours to descend to Mweka
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit.

You will rise around 04:00, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the early morning darkness. From the crater floor you will probably encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak. Time spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your live. The walk to Barafu camp from the summit, takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well earned but short rest, before heading down to Millennium camp (3100m). The route is not difficult and will take you down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest. The camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Dinner, and washing water will be provided as well as drinking water.

DAY 06: Mweka camp (3100m)- Mweka Gate (1980m)

Hiking time: 3 hours
Distance: About 15 km's
Habitat: FOrest

After an early and well-deserved breakfast, it is a 5-hour, scenic hike back to the Park gate. It is strongly recommended to pay your porters any tips after you and all your gear have reached the gate safely. Click here for more info on tips. At Mweka gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Stella Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village, normally a muddy 3 km (1 hour) hike. In the Mweka village you will be served a delicious hot lunch!! You will then drive back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower and celebrations!! Overnight at the hotel in Moshi.

The itinerary may change at any time due to weather or safety conditions. Hiking times and distances are estimated only, but have been calculated to give the hiker a comfortable pace throughout the hike.

The above itinerary is a guide only and extra days can be added according to your preferences. With the above route you can summit via Barafu camp or via Arrow Glacier.

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Services includes the following :
• Return airport transfers between Kilimanjaro Intl Airport and town
• 2 Nights accommodation in the hotel in Moshi, with breakfast (hikers class)
• Transfer from your hotel to starting point for your climb, and return to your hotel after your climb
• All National Park gate fees
• All camping fees
• Rescue fees (Kilimanjaro rescue team fees)
• Qualified mountain guide, assistant guides, porters and cooks
• Salaries for mountain crew
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner on the mountain
• Hot drinks on the mountain
• Camping equipment (tents, camp chairs & sleeping mat) Toilet tent can be hired
• Climbing permit
• Certificate for your successful summit attempt
• Emergency Portable oxygen (for the duration of your climb)
• Government climbing taxes
• Travel info pack
• Hiking/trekking gear

Excluded from above package rates:
• Items of personal nature
• Extra SPECIAL NIGHT at CRATER costs 250 US $.

• Entry visa for Tanzania (US$50 per passport)
• All health requirements (Hepatitis A, Yellow Fever, Meningitis)
• Optional travel insurance (contact our office for further information)
• Airfares and departure taxes
• Dinner on your arrival evening (can be arranged on request)
Arrival services
• Complimentary meet and greet on arrival at Kilimanjaro Intl Airport
• Pre and post climb basic tourist class accommodation in Arusha/MOshi – Tanzania’s famous Safari town - offering so much more in terms of tourist attractions, restaurants and nightlife
• Upgrade to luxury class accommodation (5*)available at supplementary cost

• Food of a superior quality and variety offered for the duration of your climb
Management of your climb and tour
• Your overall climb will be managed by a well respected safety and Altitude sickness consultant Mountain Guide for the Tanzania- and Kilimanjaro National Parks, with many years of leadership and climbing experience in the Kilimanjaro, Meru and Oldonyo Lengai.

Guides and Porters

• Salaries paid to your guides and porters as recommended TANAPA
• Senior guides extensively trained by TANAPA.
• Guides have knowledge and experience
• Guides have a good record of success on all routes of Kilimanjaro

• Hire of specialist mountaineer clothing designed by our team manager
• Lunch tents & storm proof mountain mess tents
• Storm proof sleeping tents, waterproof sleeping mat, camp table and camping chairs (Toilet tent can be hired as a supplementary extra)

Additional safety precautions
• Uniquely advantageous acclimatization procedures developed from our operational manager's pioneering projects in Kilimanjaro, Meru and Oldonyo Lengai
• Superior logistical arrangements that promote optimal hydration, digestion and rest for the duration of your climb
• First Aid kit (for the duration of your climb)
Other advantages
• Three litre of mineral water for the first day of your hike
• Energy drink on your summit evening
• Celebration dinner (evening after your climb)

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