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Umbwe Route 6 Days – Kilimanjaro Trekking

Overview

The Marangu Route, affectionately known as the “Coca-Cola” route, is the oldest and most established path to Mount Kilimanjaro’s summit. Renowned for its relatively gentle gradient and well-maintained trails, it is the only route offering hut accommodations, providing trekkers with added comfort at Mandara, Horombo, and Kibo Huts.

Our 6-day climb begins at the lush rainforest of Marangu Gate, ascending through diverse ecological zones. Starting with the vibrant rainforest, the trail transitions into moorlands where you’ll encounter striking giant lobelias and groundsels. Continuing upward, you will traverse the surreal alpine desert before finally reaching the snowy summit of Uhuru Peak.

Key highlights of this route include the serene Mandara Hut nestled in the rainforest, the stunning panoramic views from Horombo Hut, and the vast moonscape of the Saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi. The awe-inspiring sunrise at Gillman’s Point is a prelude to the triumphant moment of reaching Africa’s highest point, Uhuru Peak.

The extra acclimatization day at Horombo Huts enhances your chances of a successful summit. The descent retraces the upward journey, allowing you to experience the varied landscapes from a new perspective. The adventure concludes with a celebratory return to Moshi, where you’ll reflect on an unforgettable journey to the roof of Africa.

Route Highligts

Itinerary

Arrival Day: Kilimanjaro International Airport to Moshi
Kilimanjaro International Airport

Welcome to your adventure with Williamson Adventures! Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our friendly representative will be there to greet you. You’ll be transferred to your hotel in Moshi, which is situated at an elevation of 890m/2,920ft.

Once settled in, you’ll meet with your guide for a comprehensive climb briefing. This session will cover the upcoming trek, ensuring you are well-prepared and informed. After the briefing, we’ll conduct an equipment check to make sure you have everything needed for a successful and safe climb. Any missing gear can be rented or purchased at our Store.

The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore Moshi, relax, and prepare for the adventure ahead. Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at your hotel, where you can rest and acclimate to the local climate.

  • Distance: 9.6 km / 6 mi
  • Duration: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland
  • Elevation: 1651m/5417ft to 2944m/9659ft
  • Altitude Gained: 1293m

Depart from Moshi and drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. After obtaining permits, begin the trek through rainforest scenery and windy trails. The trail follows a ridge between two deep valleys, ascending through dense montane forest to reach Umbwe Cave Camp, perched between huge trees and thick undergrowth.
  • Distance: 4.75 km / 3 mi
  • Duration: 4-6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland
  • Elevation: 2944m/9659ft to 3986m/13,077ft
  • Altitude Gained: 1042m

After a good night’s sleep and breakfast, emerge from the rainforest onto a steep ascending path along the Umbwe ridge. Descend slightly to Barranco Camp situated in the valley. Temperatures begin to drop.

  • Distance: 5.2 km / 3 mi
  • Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Elevation: 3986m/13,077ft to 4034m/13,235ft
  • Altitude Gained: 48m

Continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction connecting with the Mweka Trail. Overnight at Karanga Camp.
  • Distance: 3.3 km / 2 mi
  • Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Elevation: 4034m/13,235ft to 4662m/15,295ft
  • Altitude Gained: 628m

Continue up toward Barafu Camp, completing the South Circuit, which offers breathtaking views of the summit from different angles. Rest early in preparation for summit night.
  • Distance Up: 4.86 km / 3 mi
  • Duration Up: 5-7 hours
  • Distance Down: 11.5 km / 7.1 mi
  • Duration Down: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Glaciers, Snow-Capped Summit
  • Elevation Up: 4662m/15,295ft to 5895m/19,341ft
  • Altitude Gained: 1233m
  • Descent to: 3106m/10,190ft
  • Altitude Lost: 2789m

Start the ascent between midnight and 2 a.m. Continue to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. Reach Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa, and celebrate before descending to Mweka Camp. Rest and overnight at Mweka Camp.
  • Distance: 9.1 km / 5.7 mi
  • Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Elevation: 3106m/10,190ft to 1633m/5358ft
  • Altitude Lost: 1473m

After breakfast and a ceremony of appreciation with your crew, descend to Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. Continue to Mweka Village, where a vehicle will drive you back to your hotel in Moshi. Enjoy a hot shower, dinner, and celebrations!

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Payment Terms

Deposit Payment
  • Deposit is 20% of the total booking amount.
  • Deposit can be paid either via a bank transfer or an online card payment.
  • A 5% fee is applicable on all card payments (payment gateway charges), this is non-refundable.
  • We offer bank accounts in 10 different currencies for bank transfer.
  • Once you make the advance payment you will receive a booking confirmation.
Balance Payment
  • Balance can be paid via bank transfer, online card payment, or with cash.
  • Bank payment can be done 15 days prior to the tour date (recommended 30 days prior).
  • Card Payment can be done 1 day prior to the tour date (recommended 7 days prior).
  • A 5% fee is applicable on all card payments (payment gateway charge), this is non-refundable.
  • Cash can be paid on arrival (USD printed in or after the year 2009).

Cancellation Policy

8 days and above departure
  • No cancellation fees.
0 to 7 days before departure
  • 50% of the total tour price will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • Trek can be postponed to any new date without any extra cost at any point in time.
  • The 5% surcharge paid for either or both advance and balance payments is non-refundable in case of cancellation of the trek.

Supplements

  • Off-season supplement = USD 90
    Charged for solo trekkers looking to start a new departure in March, April, May, and November. Does not apply if you join an existing group. Does not apply if other trekkers also join your new group.

$ 1820

Starting from $ 1820 per Person Sharing

Private Trek

Solo Trekker
$ 1820 USD*
2 Persons
$ 1672 USD*
4 Persons
$ 1622 USD*
6 Persons
$ 1596 USD*
8 Persons
$ 1593 USD*
10+ Persons
$ 1583 USD*

Available Discounts

  • Children between 5 years and 15 years old
    Code: CHILDKILI10 – USD 590 per person
  • Expatriates/Residents living in Tanzania
    Code: EXPATKILI10 – USD 210 per person
  • East African Citizens
    Code: EACKILI10 – USD 750 per person

ADDONS

HOTELS

Enhance your Kilimanjaro adventure with our comfortable addon hotels. Perfect for pre and post-climbing accommodation, offering relaxation, modern amenities, and seamless transitions for an unforgettable journey.

GEAR

Enhance your Kilimanjaro adventure with our addon gear options. Ensure you’re fully equipped with high-quality trekking gear, including jackets, boots, poles, and more, for a safe and comfortable climb.

TRANSFERS

Make your Kilimanjaro adventure seamless with our addon transfer options. Enjoy hassle-free airport transfers to and from your hotel, ensuring comfort, safety, and convenience at the start and end of your journey
 
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HOTELS

LODGE
SINGLE ROOM
DOUBLE ROOM
TRIPLE ROOM
Lindrin Lodge
$ 55
$ 70
$ 105
Keys Hotel
$ 69
$ 94
$ 122
Park View Inn
$ 81
$ 91
$ 170
Kiliwonders Hotel
$ 140
$ 160

Kili Luxury Camp

$ 140
$ 160

Please note that if any hotel is booked out or is otherwise unavailable, we will book you in an alternate equivalent hotel.

If you are booking a hotel directly, please do check with us before booking, to make sure we can meet you and pick you up from the hotel.

GEAR

GEAR
PRICE
Private Toilet
$ 150
Thicker sleeping mattress
$ 10 per Mattress
Thermarest
$ 15

Our packages by default include a foam sleeping mattress of 2 inch thickness, if you want a thicker alternative you can opt a 4 inch foam mattress with above mentioned extra cost.

All Equipments Subject to Availability

TRANSFERS

ROUTE OPTIONS
PRICE
Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) to Moshi (one way)
$ 50
Moshi to Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) (one way)
$ 50
Arusha to Moshi (one way)
$ 100
Moshi to Arusha (one way)
$ 100

Our packages by default include a foam sleeping mattress of 2 inch thickness, if you want a thicker alternative you can opt a 4 inch foam mattress with above mentioned extra cost.

All Equipments Subject to Availability