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Mount Kilimanjaro / 6 Days Umbwe Route Climbing

Day 1: Arrival into Moshi. Evening briefing in Moshi to prepare you for the climb ahead. Overnight at a hotel in Moshi.

Day 2: Transfer to Umbwe Gate.  Commence climbing Kilimanjaro from the gate (1800m) to Umbwe Cave Camp (2850m) where camp is set at the first escarpment for dinner and overnight stay. Transcend through lush canopied montane rainforest near the base of the mountain for approximately 6 hours. The trail is a tough one which requires maintaining an intense level of concentration so as to avoid tripping over the many roots and stumps which are scattered along the way. Umbwe Cave, the first of many impressive caves located along the route.

Day 3: Leave the enclosure of the rainforest behind and ascend heading through the open moorland habitat in this semi-desert zone to Barranco Camp (3840m) which lies in the Great Barranco Valley. The valley offers terrific views of the sloping landscape and the snowy peak above. The walking time is approximately 4 – 5 hours.

Day 4: After breakfast, leave Barranco Camp (3840m), slowly crossing the floor of the Great Barranco Valley and up on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall; continue across a high desert alpine plateau and drop into  Karanga Valley (3960).  Continue on and pass the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail slowly trekking to Barafu Camp (4600m). You have now joined the Southern Circuit Route, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. From here you will have excellent views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. The camp is situated on an exposed and dangerous ridge, so it is necessary to familiarise yourself with the terrain before dark. Dinner and overnight at Barafu Camp. Approx. 8 hours of walking. Rest and prepare for summit night.

Day 5: In the very early hours of the morning, start to conquer the highest point in Africa. Leave Barafu Camp (4600m) and head in the north western direction winding you way up the steep scree slope to Stella Point (5700m) on the crater rim (about 6-7 hour hike). This is the most mentally and physically demanding part of the trek. After a short rest and an opportunity to see a magnificent sunrise, turn left and heading towards the ice-capped summit of Uhuru Peak (5895m), the roof of Africa (taking 1-2 hours). Follow the same route down to Barafu Hut stopping here for lunch and continue descending to Mweka Camp (3100m) for overnight camp. The descend takes 7 – 8 hours. The vegetation reasserts itself as you began to drop lower towards Mweka Camp which is situated in the upper forest.

Day 6: Descend over 3 – 4 hours from Mweka Camp (3100m) to Mweka Gate (1450). Walk slowly and admire the forest – tall trees, dense tangled patches and sunlit glades where mosses and lichens glow. Register at Mweka Gate to complete your climb and collect your certificate. A vehicle waits to transfer you to Moshi for overnight stay in a hotel.

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