6 Days Umbwe Route

6 Days Umbwe Route: Africa Natural Tours (For Kilimanjaro, Serengeti and Zanzibar) Tanzania safari company in Moshi
Specialized in:  Wildlife safaris, Mountain climbing, Cultural tourism and Beach holidays in East Africa
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Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking
Kilimanjaro Umbwe route is a short route, providing challenges as it is very difficult to climb due to its steepness. Due to the fast ascension, this route does not provide the enough time for altitude acclimatization so proceeding slowly is vital. Although the traffic on this route is very low, the chances of success are not as great unless an acclimatization day is added. The route is offered at a minimum of six days, and seven days is preferred. This route merges along the way with Machame route, Lemosho route and Shira route. Western Breach Approach-An alternative route to the summit approaches Uhuru Peak from the west, called the Western Breach Route. The strenuous Western Breach ascends 850m in about 1.25 miles(2 km), and requires some scrambling (climbing on hands and feet) at certain points. This path is very beautiful but also very challenging due to its rocks formations and its steep slope. The Western Breach was gaining popularity by climbers using the Umbwe, Lemosho, Shira and Machame routes until a rock fall claimed the lives of three climbers in January 20166. In response, Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA) closed the Western Breach Route but in 2017 KINAPA open it again with condition that all clients and their supporting members who want to use this option must sign at the entrance gate that they are doing for their own risk.

Day 1: From hotel to Umbwe cave campsite.
Elevation: 1200m to 1700m to 2850m. Distance: 10 km. hiking time: 4-5 hours. Habitat: Montana forest.

Day 3: Barranco campsite to Karanga campsite
Elevation: 3950m to 3900m Distance: 6 km Hiking time: 4-5 hours Habitat: Moorland

Day 4: Karanga campsite to Barafu campsite
Elevation: 3900m to 4620m Distance: 5 km. Hiking time: 3-4 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 5: Barafu hut campsite to Uhuru peak to Mweka hut campsite
Elevation: 4620m to 5895m to 3100m Distance: 15km Hiking time: 10 – 12 hours Habitat: Desert and ice

Day 6: Mweka hut campsite to Mweka gate
Elevation: 3100m to 1700m Distance: 9km Descending time: 3-4 hours Habitat: Montana forest

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