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. The Major reason that Umbwe route is considered to be very difficult is its steepness in the first two days and its short time of acclimatization. This route is attempted by strong hikers who are also confident of their ability to acclimatize to the altitude.

Arrival at the Airport and Pick Up

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro or Arusha Airport you will be met by Genius Expedition Safaris team for your transfer to your hotel in Arusha. The rest of the day will be spent relaxing at the hotel or exploring the town of Arusha. In the evening you will be met by our team for briefing about the hike. You will have dinner and rest for the night.



  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
  • Professional English/French/Spanish guide
  • Mountain crew (cook & porters)
  • All Camping equipment
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water
  • All national park fees
  • Transfer charges

Items excluded:

  • Flights
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

Day 1. Arusha _ Umbwe Gate (1,614 masl) – Umbwe Cave Camp (2,850 masl)

Your hike starts on day 1. Our destination today is the Umbwe Cave Camp. After breakfast Genius Expedition Safaris team will drive you from your hotel in Arusha to Kilimanjaro National Park, a 2 hours’ drive. You will pass through Machame gate where you will complete all legal registrations before you begin your hike. After registration you will be driven to Umbwe gate which is your starting point. You will use a maximum of 5 to 7 hours, lunch included, to reach the destination. The hike will take you through the rain forest. Dinner will be served at Umbwe Cave Campsite where you will also spend the night.

Day 2 – Umbwe Cave Camp (2,850 masl) – Barranco Camp (3950 masl)

On the second day of your hike, the first section of the trail continues following the ridge. After leaving the forest, you will continue through open moorlands heading toward Baranco camp. The hike will take us about 5 hours including lunch. Barranco Camp is generally regarded as the most scenic campsite on the Umbwe Trail as it is surrounded by giant lobelias. Barranco Camp is in a valley and therefore the sun rises later than at the other camps. You will have your dinner and spend the night at the Barranco Camp.

Day 3 Barranco Camp(3950 m) – Karanga Camp (4050 m)

Today is a short hiking day meant for acclimatization. After an early morning breakfast served by Genius Expedition Safaris chief chef, it is now time to conquer the Great Barranco Wall! At the top of the Wall, you will have a view of Heim Glacier. You will be above the clouds! The trail then winds up and down in the Karanga Valley. You will spend the night at Karanga Camp and enjoy dinner.

Day 4 Karanga Camp (4050 masl) – Barafu Camp (4600 masl)

After breakfast, you will begin your ascent to Barafu Camp. The trail intersects with the Mweka Route, which is the trail used to descend on the final two days. As you continue hiking for about 1 to 2 hours, you will reach Barafu Camp which is located on a rocky, exposed ridge. Tents will be exposed to wind and rocks. You will familiarize yourself with the campsite before it gets dark. In the early evening you will have your dinner and rest before attempting the summit the same night. Genius Expedition Safaris guides will brief you in detail on how to prepare for the summit night.

Day 5.Barafu Camp (4600 masl) –Uhuru Peak (5,895m) – Mweka Camp (3,100 masl)

On arrival at Barafu Camp, which is the base camp, Genius Expedition Safaris team will serve you with dinner after which you will be allowed to rest in readiness for the summit night. You will be woken up around midnight by our guides with a warm cup of tea and biscuits to get you ready for your final ascent. Your headlamps, and on lucky nights the moonlight, will be your only source of light as you make your way up to Stella Point at 5,730 metres above sea level reaching the crater rim in about 5 to 7 hours. Another 1 to 2 hours will take you to Uhuru Peak, where you can enjoy the sun rising at the roof of Africa. After capturing this incredible view and achievement on film you will start your descent along the same route back to Barafu Camp, where Genius Expedition Safaris team will be waiting for you with some snacks and refreshments. You will rest for a while before making your way to Mweka Camp for dinner and an overnight stay. This is your last night on this magnificent mountain. You will have dinner after which you will retire to bed.

Day 6.Mweka Camp (3,100 masl) -Mweka Gate (1,830 masl) – Arusha

This is the last day  of your adventure with Genius Expedition Safaris. After breakfast our team will host a traditional farewell ceremony for you. You will then begin your final descent from Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, a journey of about 2 to 3 hours. At Mweka gate you will be awarded certificates and sign out. You will then be driven to Arusha for dinner and overnight stay.

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