This route is the steepest with the shortest and most direct routes to the Southern Glaciers, Western Breach and Uhuru Peak. It is probably the most scenic, non-technical route on Kilimanjaro. However it is quite taxing, primarily due to the relatively fast ascent to higher altitude, but the rewards are plentiful. Very steep route best suited to experienced trekkers.

Duration: 6 – 7 days.
Difficulty: Very High
Scenery: Very good
Traffic: Very low

This route is not used much. The Umbwe route is only suitable for people with extensive mountain climbing experience.

Day 1: Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp

Elevation: 1600m to 2900m, 11km, 5-7 hours, habitat: rainforest/heath

The trail ascents on a forestry track and continues through the rainforest. You will continue on a steep path to Umbwe Camp, which is located in the middle of the trees.

Moana Tanzania Umbwe (6)

Day 2: Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp

Elevation: 2900m to 3950m, 6km, hiking time: 4-5 hours, habitat: alpine desert

The second day of this trek is rockier and is located between moss-covered trees. You will continue to Barranco Camp which and stay there for the night.

Day 3: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Elevation: 3950m to 4040m, distance: 5 km, hiking time: 4-5 hours, habitat: alpine desert

During the trek we pass the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley. You will stay overnight at the Karanga Camp.

Day 4: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Elevation: 4040m to 4700m, distance: 4 km, hiking time: 4-5 hours, habitat: alpine desert

In the morning we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. You have now completed the south circuit and you will rest and prepare for the summit at Baragu camp.

Day 5: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka camp

Elevation: 4700m to 5895m and down again to 3100m, hiking time 5-7 hours up, 5-7 hours down, habitat: icy summit

You will start to summit between the Rebmann and Ratzell glaciers, making your way up to the Stella Point. Then you will summit the Uhuru peak, after which there will be time to celebrate and make pictures. After that, you will start the descent to Mweka Hut where you will stay overnight.

Day 6: Mweka camp to Mweka gate and back to Moshi

Elevation: 3100m down to 1650m, hiking time: 3-4 hours, habitat: forest

At this last day of the trek, you will continue your descent from Mweka hut straight to Mweka gate.

Included and excluded in the Mt. Kilimanjaro itinerary


  • Private transport to & from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your accommodation
  • Transportation to & from the Kilimanjaro gate
  • Park entry fees
  • Accommodation fees for on the mountain
  • Rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • Accommodation on the mountain (in huts if you take the Marangu route, otherwise in tents). If you stay in tents: mattresses and sleeping bags are included.
  • Friendly and professional mountain guides, cook and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Drinking water throughout the trek
  • Hot water for washing
  • Government taxes
  • Portable oxygen tanks & ox meter
  • Emergency first-aid kit


  • Accommodation in Moshi before and after the mountain trek (but we can arrange accommodation for you for a good price)
  • Lunches, dinners and drinks at your accommodation before and after your mountain trek
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Laundry Service
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Tips for guides, porters and cook

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