The Umbwe Route is called the whisky route because it is among the hardest routes.
Day 1: Umbwe Gate (5,905ft/1800m) to Umbwe Cave
Camp (/9,350ft/2850m) 4 to 6 hours
After the breakfast at the hotel, the guide will pick you at 9:00am and drive you to Umbwe Gate. There you will get registration and see the crews, (all porters and guides) ready for the hiking. The
hiking will take 4 to 5 hours in the rain forest or dense forest where you will see flora and fauna. And it’s extremely steep day. After having our lunch in a half way we will proceed to our camp
where we will find tents are already setup. You get a rest, warm up yourself and having dinner before sleep.
Day 2: Umbwe Cave (9,350ft/ 2850m) to Barranco Camp
(12,960ft/3950m) 5 to 6 hours
After breakfast, we will hike leaving back the rainforest and get into moorland zone where you can start getting a view of different valleys, also this day is going to be a steep day too. The trail
is on top of the valley between Barranco and Shira sides Valley. We will get a lunch in half way again and proceeding to the camp, rest on our tents and enjoy the views and beautiful scenery of Moshi
town during night. Have dinner and sleep.
Day 3: Barranco Camp (12,960ft / 3,950m/) to
Karanga Valley (13,780ft / 4,035m): 7 km, 3 to 4 hours, Moorland, Semi Desert
Once we leave Barranco Camp we will climb Barranco Wall, nicknamed Breakfast Wall because hikers climb the wall after breakfast. While the climb looks daunting, it is a fairly easy climb; it is not a
technical climb and there usually is a lot of guides and porters around to provide assistance when needed. Climbing Barranco wall only takes 45 minutes to 1 hour. From there we will hike up and down
to Karanga camp 13780ft/4035m. Because it is a short hiking day, hot lunch will be served at the camp and there will be plenty of time to rest and acclimatize.
Day 4: Karanga Camp (/13,780ft / 4,035m) to Barafu
Camp (15,100ft / 4,600m/): 6 km, 6 to 7 hours, Moorland and Semi Desert
After breakfast, we will begin the hike to Barafu Camp. On the way to Barafu, you will catch several views of Kibo's glaciers, Mawenzi Peak as well as the junction that connects Mweka route, the
descending route. Although the trail to Barafu passes through alpine desert with little vegetation, Barafu Camp offers stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Try to sleep as soon as you finish
dinner as you will awake before midnight for your summit hike. You may want to sleep in most of your warm gear in preparation for the summit.
Day 5: Barafu Camp (15,100ft /4,600m) to Uhuru Peak
(19,340ft / 5,895m) to Mweka Camp (10,170ft / 3,100m): 18 km, Semi Desert, Glacier, Semi Desert
This day is a challenging day! Today is the summit day (Uhuru Peak 19340ft). It will be cold and you may experience the effects of the altitude; for example, you may feel a little headache or
nauseous. We will serve you a light breakfast a little before midnight. In preparing for the summit, make sure you have warm gear/ clothes with you.
It will take about 5 hours to reach Stella point 14000ft/ 5730m which is at the rim of the crater. And from Stella Point to UHURU Peak, the highest peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. Ideally, we will summit
around 6:00am to 7:00am during the sunrise. We will spend time taking pictures and you can congratulate yourself for reaching Africa’s highest peak. Afterward, we will descend back to Barafu Camp and
have lunch before descending to Mweka Camp where we will have dinner and rest.
Day 6: Mweka Camp (10,170ft / 3,100m/) to Mweka
Gate (4,920ft / 1500m/): 10 km, 3 to 4 hours, Rainforest, Savanna
After camping and overnight at Mweka Camp we will start descending to Mweka Gate, crossing the rainforest again. Watch your step because the trail can be slippery. It is customary to tip your guides,
cooks, and porters at this time, since you will be leaving them here. The guides will take you back to the hotel, where it is definitely time for celebration!