6 Days Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route Climbing Itinerary

6 Days Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route Climbing Itinerary – An Unforgettable Adventure with Lyimo Expeditions


Are you ready for an unparalleled adventure, scaling the heights of Africa’s highest peak? The Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route offers an exhilarating climb for the most adventurous spirits. This unique route is known for its steep ascents, dramatic landscapes, and the sheer thrill of conquering Mount Kilimanjaro. Here at Lyimo Expeditions, we pride ourselves on offering a meticulously planned, exhilarating, and safe experience. So, let’s dive into the details of our 6-day Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route climbing itinerary and discover why you should book your Tanzania tours and safaris with us!

Day 1: Arrival in Arusha

Your journey to the roof of Africa begins with your arrival in the charming town of Arusha. Our friendly team from Lyimo Expeditions will meet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport and escort you to your comfortable hotel. Take advantage of this day to relax, acclimatize, and gear up for the adventure ahead.


  • Warm welcome from our Lyimo Expeditions team.
  • Comfortable hotel stay to rest and prepare.
  • Opportunity to explore the vibrant town of Arusha.

Day 2: Arusha to Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp


  • Elevation: 1,400m to 2,850m
  • Distance: Approximately 10km
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Rainforest

After an early breakfast, we embark on a scenic drive to the Umbwe Gate. Upon arrival, you’ll meet our experienced guides and porters, who will ensure you have all the necessary equipment and supplies. The trek starts here, winding its way through the dense and lush rainforest. The trail is steep and challenging, but the beauty of the surrounding nature is truly rewarding.


  • Scenic drive from Arusha to Umbwe Gate.
  • Challenging but rewarding hike through the rainforest.
  • Overnight at Umbwe Camp, surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature.

Day 3: Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp


  • Elevation: 2,850m to 3,950m
  • Distance: Approximately 6km
  • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

After a hearty breakfast, we continue our ascent. The trail becomes steeper and more rugged as we leave the rainforest and enter the moorland zone. The path winds its way through a stunning landscape, dominated by towering cliffs and the iconic Barranco Wall. We’ll arrive at Barranco Camp in the late afternoon, where you can rest and take in the breathtaking views.


  • Transition from rainforest to moorland.
  • Stunning views of towering cliffs and the Barranco Wall.
  • Rest and acclimatize at Barranco Camp.

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp


  • Elevation: 3,950m to 4,200m
  • Distance: Approximately 5km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Today’s trek is shorter but equally challenging as we begin by tackling the Barranco Wall. This section requires some scrambling, but our experienced guides will ensure your safety every step of the way. Once over the wall, the path undulates through a series of valleys and ridges before arriving at Karanga Camp.


  • Exciting scramble up the Barranco Wall.
  • Diverse terrain with stunning views.
  • Acclimatize and prepare for higher altitudes at Karanga Camp.

Day 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp


  • Elevation: 4,200m to 4,640m
  • Distance: Approximately 4km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

As we continue our climb, the landscape becomes more barren, reflecting the alpine desert habitat. Today’s trek is relatively short and designed to allow maximum acclimatization. We’ll arrive at Barafu Camp in the early afternoon, giving you plenty of time to rest and prepare for the final ascent. Make sure to get some sleep, as you’ll be waking up around midnight to begin your summit attempt.


  • Journey through the stark and beautiful alpine desert.
  • Early arrival at Barafu Camp for rest and preparation.
  • Early sleep in anticipation of the midnight summit push.

Day 6: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp


  • Elevation: 4,640m to 5,895m (Uhuru Peak), then to 3,100m
  • Distance: Approximately 16km (7km to the summit, 9km descent)
  • Hiking Time: 10-14 hours
  • Habitat: Arctic to Rainforest

This is the day you’ve been waiting for! We’ll begin our ascent around midnight, navigating the challenging terrain with the help of our expert guides. As you climb higher, the air becomes thinner, but the goal of reaching Uhuru Peak keeps you motivated. Witness a breathtaking sunrise from Stella Point before making the final push to Kilimanjaro’s summit – Uhuru Peak!

After capturing your triumphant moment with photos, we’ll begin our descent to Mweka Camp. The long trek down is demanding, but the sense of accomplishment and the changing scenery make it worthwhile.


  • Midnight ascent to Uhuru Peak.
  • Witness a stunning sunrise from Stella Point.
  • Reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro – Uhuru Peak!
  • Celebrate your achievement and descend to Mweka Camp.

Day 7: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Arusha


  • Elevation: 3,100m to 1,400m
  • Distance: Approximately 10km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rainforest

Your final day on the mountain involves a descent through the lush rainforest. The path is gentler, allowing you to reflect on the incredible journey you’ve undertaken. Upon reaching Mweka Gate, our team will be waiting to congratulate you and present you with a well-deserved certificate of achievement. We’ll then transport you back to Arusha for a celebratory evening.


  • Gentle descent through the rainforest.
  • Receive a certificate of achievement at Mweka Gate.
  • Celebrate your successful climb back in Arusha.

Why Choose Lyimo Expeditions?

At Lyimo Expeditions, we’re not just tour operators; we’re passionate adventurers dedicated to providing you with an unforgettable experience. Here’s why you should book your Tanzania tours and safaris with us:

  1. Expert Guides: Our experienced and knowledgeable guides ensure your safety and provide valuable insights into the flora, fauna, and geology of Kilimanjaro.
  2. Personalized Service: We tailor our expeditions to meet your individual needs and preferences, ensuring a personalized and enjoyable journey.
  3. Commitment to Safety: Your safety is our top priority. Our guides are trained in wilderness first aid, and we use high-quality equipment and maintain stringent safety protocols.
  4. Environmental Responsibility: We operate sustainably, minimizing our environmental impact and supporting local communities.
  5. Unmatched Enthusiasm: We love what we do and are dedicated to sharing our passion for adventure with you.

Book Your Adventure Today!

Embark on the adventure of a lifetime with Lyimo Expeditions! Climbing the Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route is a challenging yet rewarding experience that will leave you with memories to cherish forever. Don’t wait – contact us today to book your Tanzania tours and safaris.

Contact Information:

  • Email: info@lyimoexpeditionskilimanjaro.com
  • Phone: +255718442953

Let’s conquer Kilimanjaro together!