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Tanzania - Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

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Umbwe Route .

Starting on the southern side of the mountain at Umbwe gate this is a fairly steep route and is recommended for the very fit or practiced trekker. Steep forest paths give way to heath and moorland before becoming rocky and where the trek becomes more demanding. Approach to the summit is via Barafu and Stella Point with descent being via Mweka.

ST - 02 8 days & 7 nights ( 6 days on trek)

Arrive at Mountain Inn in time for an early evening pre-climb briefing on the trek, dinner and overnight stay.

Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park gate at Umbwe for the first section of the climb through the forest along a narrow ridge between the Lonzo and Umbwe rivers to reach Bivouac No 1 at 9400ft/2800m taking for overnight camp taking 4-5 hours. Overnight Bivouac No 1 Camp

Leaving the forest the path continues to follow the ridge, passing through heather and open moorland to reach Barranco Camp at, 13000ft/3900m for overnight camp taking 3 to 4 hours. Overnight Barranco Camp

The path climbs steeply out of the Barranco Valley, crosses the Karanga Valley. Overnight Karanga Valley.

The path turns north to reach Barafu campsite at 15500ft/4600m for overnight camp taking 7-8 hours. Overnight Barafu camp

A long day and an early start to reach Stella Point in time for sunrise. Continue on to Uhuru Peak the highest point in Africa at 19340/5896m. Descend to Mweka campsite at 10000ft/3000m for overnight camp taking 6-8 hours ascent and 5-7 hours descent. Overnight Mweka camp

Descend through the forest to the park gate at Mweka Wildlife College taking 3-4 hours to be met and transferred back to Mountain Inn for dinner and overnight stay.

Breakfast at Mountain Inn - End of tour.

climbing mt kilimanjaro via umbwe route


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