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Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route

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Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route
is a 4 or 5 night trail which approaches the mountain from the southwest.

This route is very poor in terms of altitude acclimatisation. The rule of thumb is to "walk high and sleep low", so all of the best routes take you through a sequence of ever higher walks, descending wherever possible to lower altitude campsites.

Umbwe essentially goes straight up the mountain. Admittedly there are some minor undulations on the third day between Barranco and Karanga, but the rest is more or less straight up.

The chances of summit success are relatively low and the risks of acute sickness are very high.

We therefore do not offer any treks on this trail and recommend that you look at the Rongai Route instead.


Variants ...

Umbwe 4A ... four nights standard route

Night 1 : Umbwe Cave
Night 2 : Barranco Valley
Night 3 : Barafu
Night 4 : Millennium

This is the standard four night Umbwe trek offered by lower quality operators. Although the trail should be very quiet on the first two days, the traffic for the remainder of the trek is likely to be high. Most importantly the trek is very poor for altitude acclimatisation and therefore potentially dangerous.

For a good quality shorter trek it is necessary to switch to the northeast side of the mountain and the five night Rongai 5p trek.


Umbwe 5A ... five nights standard route

Night 1 : Umbwe Cave
Night 2 : Barranco Valley
Night 3 : Karanga Valley
Night 4 : Barafu
Night 5 : Millennium

The addition of a night at Karanga does little to help the situation, this is still a very poor quality trek for altitude acclimatisation and traffic.

For a good quality shorter trek it is necessary to switch to the northeast side of the mountain and the five night Rongai 5p trek.
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