Umbwe is the least travelled route and is considered the most difficult with the lowest success rates. Although a short route (approaching from the south between the Machame and Marangu routes), it is a constant, steep climb to the top which gives little opportunity to acclimatise. Umbwe is ideal for experienced trekkers looking a challenging climb on a secluded route.
Day 1: Umbwe Gate - Umbwe Cave CampsiteAfter breakfast, your guide will meet you at your hotel in Arusha. The morning begins with a drive to Umbwe Gate (5417 ft). Your journey heads to Umbwe Cave Campsite (9659 ft).
Day 2: Umbwe Cave Campsite - Barranco HutUmbwe Cave Campsite (9659 ft) to Barranco Huts (13077 ft)
Day 3: Barranco Hut - Barafu HutBarranco Huts (13077 ft) to Barafu Huts (15295 ft) via Karanga Valley (13235 ft).
Day 4: Barafu Hut - Uhuru Peak - Mweka HutsBarafu Huts (15295ft) to Uhuru Peak (19341ft). Followed by descent via Barafu Huts to Mweka Huts (10190ft).
Day 5: Mweka Huts - Mweka GateMweka Huts (10190 ft) to Mweka Gate (5358 ft).