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The Umbwe Route guarantees an epic thrilling adventure. It is perhaps the most challenging Kilimanjaro Route. Though it’s a steep uphill climb, the Umbwe route promises some breathtaking views of the ridges. After the first two days, the hiking trails eventually join with the Machame Route and Lemosho Route, and carry on up the Great Barranco Wall to Karanga Valley and Barafu Camp and finally the summit point of Uhuru Peak.

Why Choose Umbwe Route For Your Kilimanjaro Climbing Expedition?

The Umbwe Route is the shortest and steepest route to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the most direct route on the mountain, it ascends steeply through the forest up to Barranco Camp on the south side. Therefore, it would be the hardest to adapt to in terms of acclimatisation. That’s probably the reason only 589 people trek via the Umbwe route each year. As this route approaches from the south, camping is the only available accommodation option. If you’re choosing this route then we recommend you to pre-acclimatize properly.

The Kilimanjaro National Park designated this route to be a descent route some years ago. It offers an easier and quicker descent profile. Nowadays, it’s commonly used by porters to deliver food supplies up to Barranco Camp. Moreover, it can be a quiet retreat for people who are sick at either Barranco or Karanga Camp.

Days

It is the shortest Kilimanjaro Climbing Route. You can Climb Kilimanjaro via the Umbwe route within 5 days. But Kilimanjaro Treks strongly recommends a six-day itinerary because the extra time is helpful to your acclimatisation. Remember, climbing Kilimanjaro isn’t a race – take your time, enjoy the views, and, most importantly, pole pole!

Pros And Cons Of The Umbwe Route
Given its steep ascent, the Umbwe route doesn’t offer much time to acclimatise and so has a low summit success rate. Athletes or professional hikers with a knack for quick acclimatisation generally choose this route. Kilimanjaro Treks recommends pre-acclimatization for climbing Kilimanjaro via the Umbwe Route.
  • Panoramic views
  • A challenge for seasoned climbers
  • Promises thrilling adventure
  • Shorter acclimatisation period
  • Low Kilimanjaro summit success rate
  • Comparatively less scenic
  • Steep climb

Umbwe Route Summit Success Rate

The Umbwe Route is the shortest, most direct Kilimanjaro Routes. Meaning not enough time for acclimatisation. The Kilimanjaro Summit success is low.

  • 5-day Itinerary- 50%
  • 6-day Itinerary- 65%.

Umbwe Route Accommodations

You’ll be staying overnight at tented campsites. Kilimanjaro Treks offers accommodation for you the night before and after as well as the to and fro transport. Kilimanjaro Treks provides all camping equipment as a part of their Kilimanjaro Climbing Package including your tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, and pillow. Visit our website today to find out more about our Guided Tour To Climb Kilimanjaro.

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