Tour Starts & Ends
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
No. Persons Limit
Minimum 2 passengers to operate. Maximum 7 passengers in each group.
On request (the tour starts at any time if the participants are ready)
Cost of Addtional Services
Extra cost such as tips, oxygen tanks, foods in hotels $ $ $
Umbwe route is mostly avoided because the ascent profile does not give climbers much time to adjust to the altitude. The success rate is very low.
The route takes six days minimum to complete, although seven days is recommended. The descent is down Mweka, on the south-east side of the mountain. Umbwe is not as scenically varied as Machame, Lemosho and Shira, because the path up and down are nearby.
The Umbwe route is ideal for those who want a challenging climb, and are very confident in their ability trek over consistently steep slopes. Also, Umbwe is for those who are experienced at altitude and thus are confident that the punishing schedule of Umbwe will not impede their ability to adjust to altitude. Umbwe route is also for those who want a secluded hike.
For more info on the Umbwe route
Kilimanjaro, at 19,340 ft., is an extreme, high-altitude climb and is perhaps the most underestimated of the seven summits. You should be comfortable walking four to eight hours per day. Summit day is the most demanding portion of the climb, typically involving eight hours for the ascent and six to seven hours for the descent. Our expeditions require strength and endurance. Being in sound physical condition is the single most important aspect for climbers to maximize their climbing potential. The better your physical condition, the more likely you are to perform well and have an enjoyable experience. The most frequent comment we have received over the years is that climbers have underestimated the fitness level needed to fully enjoy their trip. Additionally, inadequate fitness will affect the atmosphere, pace, and overall enjoyment of the climb for all participants. We highly recommend checking with your physician before undertaking any strenuous activity.
So if you’re planning to summit attempt Africa’s highest mountain for your next adventure then here’s a brief top to toe outline of kit essentials:
- HEAD :Woolly hat and a sunhat with brim or a cap
- EYES : Sunglasses with UV protection
- NECK : Buff (a piece of material that can be worn 100 different ways!) or a cotton scarf to cover the back of your neck
- BODY : Base layers – ideal to wear alone or under garments when the temperature drops. Great at keeping moisture away from the skin. Fleece – once the temperature drops an extra layer always helps. Waterproof – for those potential downpours. Down jacket – this becomes your best friend to and from the summit….brrrr
- HANDS : Gloves – don’t forget about those extremities
- LEGS :Lightweight trekking trousers; often useful to have trousers with zip-off legs that can convert into a pair of shorts
- FEET : Socks – these can make or break the comfort of your boot. Wool fabric which is padded in the right places will see you right. Cotton tends to absorb sweat making your feet blister-prone. Trekking boots – leather or waterproof fabric; make sure these are fitted correctly and broken in well before your trip. There’s nothing worse than painful blisters all over your feet whilst trying to summit Mount Kilimanjaro
- SLEEP: Sleeping bag – we suggest a season 4/4+ bag with a comfort level of -10°C. A silk liner will also aid warmth
- SEE :Head torches are very necessary if you don’t want to trip over your neighbours tent at night
- DRINK : Keeping hydrated is essential for your physical welfare. Sigg bottles or Camelbaks are great water accessories
Very high summit success rate
With over 6+ expeditions on Kilimanjaro we have an impressive 98% summit success rate. We believe this is because of our combination of smaller teams, higher guide ratios and using the most experienced High Altitude Expedition Leaders. This combination has shown time and time again that this is the safest approach whilst on the mountain.
We specialize in group climbs and private climbs at a reasonable cost. but a great value for everything you need to have a safe, successful experience.
You do not need to be extremely fit to undertake the trip as you will be walking at a very slow pace on the mountain to acclimatise to the altitude. This is a porter assisted trek therefore you will only be asked to carry a small lightweight day pack
Each group is lead by a fully qualified Kilimanjaro National Park Mountain Guide assisted by porters and cooks. During the hotel stay a representative of the trekking company is always on hand for advice, and they are incredibly accommodating, courteous and friendly.
Elevation: 5,249 ft to 9,514 ft
Distance: 11 km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
The day begins with a 50 minute drive to Machame Gate where registration formalities will be completed. We then transfer through villages and coffee and banana plantations to Umbwe Gate. The trail ascends sharply on a forestry track which winds up the dense rain forest. The path narrows and steepens as we climb the ridge between two rivers surrounded by huge trees. Umbwe Camp is perched between trees and thick undergrowth.