Mount Kilimanjaro via Umbwe Route

The Umbwe route has a well-deserved reputation of being the most challenging route on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Approaching from the south, the Umbwe route is a short, steep and direct climb.

After reaching Barranco Camp, the trail follows the southern circuit to the summit. The descent is done via the Mweka route.

Umbwe is considered to be very difficult, taxing route - one that should only be attempted by strong hikers who are also confident of their ability to acclimatize to altitude.

Day Start Altitude (m) Altitude (ft) Finish Altitude (m) Altitude (ft) TIme Distance Distance
1 Umbwe Gate 1,600 5,249 Umbewe Camp 2,900 9,514 5-7 11 7
2 Umbewe Camp 2,900 9,514 Barranco Camp 3,976 13,044 4-5 6 4
3 Barranco Camp 3,976 13,044 Karanga Camp 3,995 13,106 4-5 5 3
4 Karanga Camp 3,995 13,106 Barafu Camp 4,673 15,331 4-5 4 2
5 Barafu Camp 4,673 15,331 Uhuru Camp 5,895 19,341 7-8 5 3
Uhuru Camp 5,895 19,341 Mweka Camp 3,068 10,065 4-6 12 7
6 Mweka Camp 3,068 10,065 Mweka Camp 1,640 5,380 3-4 10 6
Total 53 32

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