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Umbwe Route

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The Umbwe Route is the least used, least crowded route on the mountain. For good reason, it is also the most difficult route on the mountain. Umbwe is a steep, constant, straight climb to the top.
This route is the hardest but most spectacular and direct way to reach Uhuru Peak.

It follows a forested ridge to the moorlands, then traverses below the Southern Icefields to reach the Barafu Route which is followed to the summit. An early start is made on the summit day to reach Stella Point, on the Crater Rim at dawn. Uhuru Peak lies a further 40 min. along the rim. The Mweka Route is used for the descent.

Accommodation on the mountain is in tents which our team will pitch for you. 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).

Arrive Moshi,

Upon arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Meet your climbing guide for briefing and final gear check. Overnight at the hotel.

Moshi – Forest Cave campsite (9,350ft/2850m),

Drive to park gate for registration then to Umbwe gate where the climb starts and trek through the rain forest to Forest Cave Campsite. Dinner and stay overnight here.

Forest cave camp – Barranco camp (12,960ft/3950m) ,

Forest cave camp – Barranco camp (12,960ft/3950m) Depart for the second day’s rest at Barranco Campsite going through moorland with picnic lunch on the way.

Barranco camp – Arrow Glacier camp (16,000ft/4876m) ,

After breakfast, ascend to Arrow glacier camp beautifully surrounded by glacier streams. Have dinner and get set for the mid-night hike to the summit.

Arrow Glacier – Summit (19,340ft/5895m) – Mweka hut ,

Take the final ascend to Uhuru peak then hike down to Barafu campsite for breakfast then down to Mweka Hut for lunch, dinner and overnight stay.

Mweka hut – Moshi ,

After breakfast, descend to Mweka gate where a vehicle awaits to transfer you. Drive to a town hotel for a well-deserved shower and lunch

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