6-Day Umbwe Route

from $4,490 per person

6 day trek
10 days door-to-door

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A Thomson Safaris trekker climbs the Umbwe Route on Kilimanjaro Photo credit: Peter Gaylord
Thomson Safaris guests on the Umbwe Route Photo credit: Timothy Heffernan

DAYS 1-2
DEPART NORTH AMERICA AND ARRIVE IN ARUSHA, TANZANIA

A staff member will greet you at the airport and escort you to tonight’s comfortable lodge.

Overnight: Rivertrees Country Inn

 

DAY 3
ACCLIMATIZATION & HIKING DAY IN ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK

Explore Arusha National Park on foot with an acclimatization hike where you'll have a chance to see some of Tanzania's most iconic wildlife, including lion, giraffe, zebra, and antelope.

Overnight: Rivertrees Country Inn

 

DAY 4
BEGIN TREK TO UMBWE CAVES CAMP (Rainforest)

After lunch at the trailhead, you'll begin your climb through the lush, fertile rainforest. You'll see black-and-white colobus monkeys swinging through the canopy and hundreds of different bird species feasting on the abundant berries and wild figs.

Overnight: Umbwe Caves Camp (9,500’)
Hours trekking: 6-7

 

DAY 5
UMBWE CAVES TO BARRANCO CAMP (Rainforest-Heath)

Journey above the tree line where dense forests give way to tall grasses, shrubs, and hardy lichens on your way to the Great Barranco Valley.

Overnight: Barranco Camp (13,004’)
Hours trekking: 6-7

 

DAY 6
BARRANCO TO KARANGA CAMP (Heath-Alpine Desert)

Jump-start your day with an invigorating rock scramble up the Barranco Wall, affording panoramic views. Then cross the rolling ridges of Karanga Valley to your next camp, where the glaciers of Kibo—Kili’s tallest volcanic cone—loom in the distance.

Overnight: Karanga Camp (13,231’)
Hours trekking: 4-5

 

DAY 7
KARANGA TO BARAFU CAMP (Alpine Desert)

Hike a steady incline over barren, rocky landscapes, through cold air and mist-shrouded valleys. Eat a hearty dinner and prepare your gear before turning in early; in just a few hours you begin the demanding nighttime bid to the summit.

Overnight: Barafu Camp (15,331’)
Hours trekking: 5-6

 

DAY 8
BARAFU TO THE SUMMIT TO MWEKA MILLENNIUM CAMP (Alpine Desert-Arctic Zone-Heath)

Wake before midnight and begin a challenging ascent to the summit. On the way, stop for hot tea and sunrise views over Mawenzi, Kili’s second-highest volcanic cone. Enjoy the stunning views from Uhuru peak before the long descent to camp.

Overnight: Mweka Millennium Camp (12,500’)
Hours trekking: 6-8 to Summit/4-7 to Mweka Millennium Camp

 

DAYS 9-10
DEPART TANZANIA AND ARRIVE IN NORTH AMERICA

Journey through dense rainforest to Mweka Gate for a farewell lunch with your guides. Transfer to a day room in Arusha where you can relax and shower before your evening flight home.

Day Room: KIA Lodge
Hours trekking:  4-6


Continue your exploration of Tanzania with a wildlife safari extension!
View this itinerary with a 5-day or a 7-day safari add-on.

Extend your discoveries with one of our optional trip extensions. Stroll the colorful streets on the island of Zanzibar … catch intimate glimpses of gorillas in the Virunga Mountains … search for wildlife across uncharted plains in Ruaha National Park … and more.


Additional Details:

Single Accommodations: $330

Personal Porter: $320

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2014
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