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8-Day Kilimanjaro Adventure (6-Day Climbing) - Umbwe Route

Tour Code: 092-1015
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8 Days 7 Nights

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Highlights: Takes you to Kilimanjaro's true summit, Uhuru Peak and you can start your trek any day of the year! This Umbwe is a steep, spectacular, and direct route to reach Uhuru Peak. You can add an extra day to your itinerary to explore or relax along the route.

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    Mount Kilimanjaro is located three degrees south of the equator in Northeastern Tanzania. It is the tallest mountain in Africa and is the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Of the famous highest seven peaks in the world, this is the easiest to get to and the easiest to climb. It requires no technical climbing experience, and any moderately fit person can summit the mountain.

    Duration

    6 days trekking from Moshi; 4 and a half days ascending, 1 and a half days descending

    Length

    81 km/50 mi total; 43 km/27 mi to summit; 38 km/24 mi descent from summit

    Elevation

    4,095 m/13,435 ft net gain; 3,915 m/12,845 ft descent Umbwe Gate (1,800 m/5,905 ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/19,340 ft) and descent to Mweka Gate (1,980 m/6,500 ft)

    Description

    This Umbwe is the most spectacular and direct way to reach Uhuru Peak. This route became famous when it was featured in the dramatic IMAX film Kilimanjaro - To the Roof of Africa. On the Umbwe, you pass through strange landscapes as you climb through five climate zones ranging from rainforest to the summitís glaciers. The route follows a forested ridge to the moorlands, then traverses below the southern icefields to reach the Machame Route, which you follow to the summit. This steep, tough, and in places slightly exposed trek is suitable for a fit individual used to walking in mountain areas. Because of the routeís steepness, it is seldom used, and trekking poles are useful on the steep, slippery slopes in the rainforest. All your equipment and supplies are carried by porters and a cook prepares all your meals. Unlike the Marangu Route where you sleep in huts, on the Umbwe you sleep in tents (tents are included), and the porters will pitch your tent for you. Meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside. You can add an extra day to your itinerary to explore or relax along the route (best taken at the Barranco Camp).

    If you arrive at the Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha (airport transfer is not inclueded in the tour fare, $20/person/way from JRO, $50/person/way from DAR). We recommend at least one rest day before starting your trek. If you are transferring from Nairobi, this can act as your rest day.

    Your guide will provide a briefing the evening before your trek, and you must separate one bag for the trek from your other luggage. Rental equipment is available. Extra luggage can be stored in a locked storage room at your Moshi hotel at no charge.

    The next morning, enjoy a hearty breakfast before last-minute trip preparations at the trekking office. Depending on the route you take, the drive to the trailhead can take up to one hour and can be very bumpy.

    Once you reach the park gate, climbers are requested to make their final preparations for the climb and sign the national park registration book. Porters will be seen arranging their packs containing the food, water, and other equipment. Make sure that you have all your day pack items with you as the porters travel very quickly. Your guide will be pleased to assist with any additional information.

    The average hiking day begins between 8-9am and is about 5 to 6 hours, walking very, very slowly. The distances you will hike each day are very moderate so as to acclimate a little at a time. Your guides will repeat over and over, "pole pole" (po-ly, po-ly), which means "go slowly" in Swahili.

    The terrain lower down is absolutely gorgeous and fascinating. Higher up, the views are vast. There is little to do at the camps themselves, so take advantage of the slow pace to absorb the scenery and take every photo opportunity.

    The hike to the summit starts around midnight depending on your route and speed of your group. You will go as high as you feel fit. Some people stop at the crater rim, and others continue to the very highest point on the mountain. Your guides will then take you down as quickly as possible to minimize any altitude problems. You will continue past your last campsite to the next one for overnight.

    Day 1

    Moshi - Arrival

    Today guests will arrive, be met at the airport, and transferred to their hotel in Moshi for an overnight stay.
    Standard Hotel: Springlands Hotel
    Day 2

    Moshi - Umbwe Gate - Umbwe Camp

    Today guests will begin their day early with a briefing, followed by breakfast and an hour drive from Moshi to Umbwe Village, where the guides and porters will pack our equipment and supplies, and provide us with a lunch pack. We will start their ascent at the small Umbwe Gate just above the village and follow a gentle winding vehicle track for an hour to a signboard that announces the small steep Umbwe trail. Next, guests will climb up for several hours through a dense forest of rubber trees and giant fig trees. We will overnight at the Umbwe Camp and enjoy a hot meal in the evening.

    More» Moshi, in the very northeast of Tanzania, sits on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa and a dormant volcano. Many hikers and climbers stay in Moshi before exploring the famous mountain on which is resides. «Less

    Day 3

    Umbwe Camp - Barranco Camp

    We will begin our day with breakfast and then begin a steep climb through thinning forest glades. As we climb further up the ridge, we will be able to catch a view of the Uhuru Peak looming overhead. After lunch, we will hike into a zone of giant groundsels (also known as Senecio Kilimanjaro): one of Kilimanjaro's most unique garden treasures. We will arrive and overnight at Barranco Camp.
    Day 4

    Barranco Camp - Karanga Camp

    After breakfast, we will continue up a steep ridge to the great Barranco Wall and arrive just below the Heim Glacier. From here we can truly appreciate Kilimanjaro's natural beauty. With Kibo's Glaciers soaring overhead, we will descend into the lush Karanga Valley Campsite. From the camp, we can look east and see the jagged peaks of Mawenzi jutting into the African sky. After a hot lunch at camp, we will have free-time to rest or explore the surrounding area. After two long days hiking, this short day is very important for acclimatization, since we will embark on summit push the following day.

    Optional: Extra Day
    Guests can add an extra day to their trek by staying at Barranco Camp for two nights. Guests will hike to the Karanga Valley Camp on Day 5, the Barafu Camp on Day 6, the summit on Day 7, and finish the descent on Day 8. Adding this day will ease effort, and amplify your acclimatization.
    Day 5

    Karanga Camp - Barafu Camp

    In the morning, we will hike east over intervening ridges and valleys to join the Mweka Route, which will be the descent route. After hiking up the ridge through a sparse landscape for another hour, we will receive a hot lunch at the Barafu Hut. The last water on the route is in the Karanga Valley; there is no water at Barafu Camp, even though Barafu is the Swahili word for "ice." The famous snows of Kilimanjaro are far above Barafu Camp near the summit of the mountain. We will pitch a tent on a narrow, stony, wind-swept ridge.

    **It is essential that guests familiarize themselves with the terrain before dark to avoid accidents. Additionally, guests should prepare equipment and wear warm clothing for the summit climb, and drink plenty of fluids.

    After an early dinner, we will have the chance to relax and enjoy a few hours of precious sleep.
    Day 6

    Barafu Camp - Uhuru Peak - Mweka Camp

    After a breakfast of tea and biscuits, we will begin the 6-hour climb to the summit at approximately 11:30 p.m. Heading northwest, through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers, we will arrive at the most challenging portion of the route at Stella Point. Here, we will stop for a short rest and a chance to see a breathtaking sunrise. From Stella Point, we journey to the top of Marangu Route to Uhuru Peak. At the top of the summit, we can take in the surrounding scenery, and enjoy a deep sense of satisfaction and personal accomplishing from the mountain tops.

    After the 3-hour descent from the summit back to Barafu Camp, we will take a short rest and collect our gear before hiking into the forest to Mweka Camp. Located in the upper forest, we can expect mist or rainfall in the late afternoon. Dinner and washing water will be prepared and we can purchase drinking water, soft drinks, chocolate and beer at the camp office. We will spend the night at Mweka Camp.
    Day 7

    Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate - Moshi

    After a well-deserved breakfast, we will take a 3-hour hike back to the Mweka Gate. Here we will have an opportunity to sign their name and add details to the park register, and successful climbers will receive summit certificates. Climbers who reached Stella Point will be issued green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak will receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate, we will continue down to the Mweka Village (if the road is deemed too muddy for vehicles, we will be required to hike 1-hour to Mweka Village). Here, we can enjoy a hot lunch. Finally, we will be driven back to their hotel in Moshi where we can enjoy an overdue hot shower and comfortable accommodations for the evening.

    Note: Guests are encouraged to wait until all of their gear has arrived at the Mweka Gate before tipping park staff.

    More» Moshi, in the very northeast of Tanzania, sits on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa and a dormant volcano. Many hikers and climbers stay in Moshi before exploring the famous mountain on which is resides. «Less

    Day 8

    Moshi (departure)

    Today guests will depart from Moshi. Please see "Departure and Return" for more detailed information regarding pickup and drop-off times and locations.
    • Departure & Return

    • Airport transfer is available at an extra cost.
    • Price Includes

    • 7 nights accommodation(s)
    • Ground transportation
    • Tour guide service (English, Spanish, French, and German speaking guide available)
    • Porters
    • Price Excludes

    • Ground transportation
    • Air travel, country entry or departure fees, airport porter fees, visas, phones, valet, all items of a personal nature and beverages and food unless otherwise stated.
    • Transfer from and to Kilimanjaro Airport ($25/ per person, one-way)
    • Transfer from Arusha to Moshi, per private car hire ($140 one-way)
    • Gratuities for tour guide and porters
    • Additional Note

    • Airport Transfer: Airport transfers available at an extra cost. From JRO to Springlands hotel we charge US $25 per person per one way.
    • Food: The staple foods in Tanzania are meats, starches, and fruits. Some western foods are difficult to find locally (herbal tea, soy products, specialty items). You may want to bring some of the items with you as well as comfort foods (like chocolate), and high-energy foods (Power bars, Gatorade, etc.). Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea are provided on the trek. All meals will have some sort of fruit like bananas, oranges, papayas, and watermelon. Most meals will also have a selection of hot drinks like instant coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.

      Vegetarian and other special diets can be accommodated. Please let us know ahead of time and remind your guide during your trek briefing. Protein options may be minimal on a vegetarian diet, so you may want to bring protein supplements.

      Because of the exercise and high altitude, you is recommended that you drink at least 3 liters of water a day. The porters will purify water for you at each camp. Altitude may diminish your appetite, but it is very important to keep eating.

      At your Moshi or Arusha hotel, only breakfasts are included. Lunches and dinners are available at an extra charge.
    • Money: The local currency is Tanzanian shillings. U.S. dollars, Euros, and credit cards may be accepted by larger stores and hotels, but the exchange rate is better with shillings. ATM's are only available in larger towns like Moshi and Arusha. Most people bring the bulk of their money in travelers cheques, but will also bring some cash including smaller bills. For travelers cheques, there is often a $1/cheque fee, and the exchange rate is better for $100 cheques. When you exchange money, be sure to get some smaller bills as change is not always available.

      A local guide is required to hike Kilimanjaro. We have guides that speak English, Spanish, French and German. Porters will also go on the trip to carry your luggage, food, and other equipment. You will only have to carry a day pack with your daily essentials.
    • Gratuities: You will want to hand out tips for guides and porters on Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru at camp the morning of the last day of the trek. You can use U.S. dollars, Euros, TZ shillings, or a combination of these. It helps if you have small bills to tip everyone individually. The typical tip is $20/day for guides, $12/day for assistant guides and $8/day for cooks, $6/porter/day for porters. This is from the whole group, not per hiker. Expect 1 guide per 8 hikers, 1 assistant guide per 3 hikers, and 1 cook per 8 hikers. Porters as follows:
      • 2 porters per hiker on the 5-day Marangu Route (minimum of 4 porters)
      • 3 porters per hiker on a 6 or 7-day trek (minimum of 5 porters)
      • 4 porters per hiker on the 8-day Lemosho Route (minimum of 8 porters)
      • Sometimes extra porters are required based on the weight of the luggage.
      • Budget $200 per hiker for tips for a 6-day trek.
      • Gifts: Guides and porters also appreciate your warm clothing, shoes, and packs. You may want to bring some older clothing items just for this purpose.
      • Celebration: You are also welcome to invite your guides back to the Springlands Hotel for drinks and/or dinner (on you) as a thank-you in addition to their tip.
      Expectations Tips should not be dependent on whether you summit or not, but rather whether they were professional and had your best interests in mind.
    • Recommended Gear List: Kilimanjaro Climber's packing list notes as follows:
      • The pack that the porters carry is limited to 15 kg (35 pounds). Overweight or extra luggage will require an extra porter at $5/day
      • Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags (double sealed if possible)
      • Wrap clothing in plastic bags
      • In the day pack, take along water, sunglasses, camera, binoculars, rain pants, and jacket at a minimum. Add any other items you might need during the day, since you may not see your porters until the end of the day.
      • You may want to bring some older items of warm clothing as gifts for your guides and porters or donations to the Mount Kilimanjaro Porters Society.
      • You can leave extra luggage in a locked storage room at the Springlands Hotel for no charge.
      • You can leave valuables in a safe deposit box at the Springlands Hotel for $1/day.
      Baggage:
      • Day pack, for you to carry
      • Large duffel bag or backpack, for porters to carry
      • Plastic bags
      Clothing You want your inner layer to be wicking - no cotton. Your next layer should be insulating and warm, and your top layer should be water proof but breathable. You will need clothes for hiking during the day, lounging in the evening, and for sleeping. Layers are important as temperatures vary greatly. Kilimanjaro may be near the equator, but it gets cold up there!
      • Shorts, for first and last day only
      • Pants, for hiking and for lounging in the evenings
      • Short-sleeved or t-shirts
      • Long-sleeved shirts, for hiking and for lounging in the evenings
      • Long underwear
      • Fleece jacket or wool sweater
      • Fleece pants
      • Down jacket or ski parka (for temperatures well below freezing plus wind)
      • Rain jacket, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
      • Rain pants, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
      • Underwear
      • Sport bras, for women
      Cold Weather Accessories
      • Mittens and/or gloves (waterproof, one thin pair, one thick pair that can be layered)
      • Wool or pile hat
      • Balaclava or neck gaitor
      • Hand and foot warmers (chemical activated)
      Footwear
      • Be sure to break in your shoes before the hike!
      • Trekking shoes for hiking during the day, preferably warm, waterproof, and with ankle-support - not too light and not too heavy
      • Tennis shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening
      • Gaiters
      • Hiking socks for warmer conditions
      • Wool socks for colder conditions
      • Sock liners to wick away moisture
      Sleeping
      • Sleeping bag (Rated -25 degrees C/-10 degrees F or colder is recommended)
      • Sleeping pad and repair kit
      • Tents are supplied by us at no charge
      • Foam sleeping pads are provided by us at no charge (Thermarest is highly recommended, however)
      Other
      • Water bottles and Camelback (2-3).
      • Get 3 liters of bottled water before the trip (available at the Springlands Hotel). Your guides will boil water for you along the route, or use steripens for water sanitation.
      • To prevent water from freezing on summit day, keep your water source inside your jacket. For Camelbacks, blow air back into the bladder after each sip and drink often.
      • Gatorade or other drink mix helps with taste and minerals.
      • Water filter or iodine purification tablets
      • Sun hat with brim
      • Sunglasses
      • Bandana
      • Money ($400 or more in cash and/or travelers cheques, including some small U.S., Euro, or Tanzanian bills)
      • Ski or trekking poles
      • Headlamp or flashlight
      • Camera, film, tripod; Video camera, tapes
      • Batteries. Bring extra sets for headlamp/flashlight and camera as cold weather shortens their life
      • Binoculars
      • Notebook, journal, pencil, and pen
      • Pocket knife
      • Electricity adapter
      • Energy bars, hard candy, snacks, and comfort foods
      • Playing cards, games, books, frisbee, football, kite
      • Chocolate or pens for village children, momentos for guides, porters, and other climbers
      • Umbrella, particularly useful in the rainy season, can be purchased in the market for around $2
      • Plastic bags and zip-lock bags for waterproofing
      • Sewing kit
      • Salt, pepper, and spices for bland food
      • Business cards
      • Alarm clock
      • Calculator (for currency conversion)
      • Swim suit for hotel swimming pool
      Toiletries
      • Toilet paper (and baggie to carry used paper while on trail)
      • Small towel, soap
      • Toothbrush and toothpaste
      • Handi-wipes (moist towelettes for cleaning)
      • Hand sanitizer
      • Lotion
      • Glasses, contacts, solution (take contacts out each night to prevent blurred vision)
      • Comb, mirror
      Documents
      • Passport
      • Yellow fever certificate
      • Tanzania Visa
      • Medical insurance
      • Address book
      • Vaccination records
      • Airline tickets
      • Cash, travellers cheques, credit cards
      • Maps, guidebooks
      • Make copies of passport, TZ visa, airline tickets/schedule, and travellers cheques numbers. Leave a copy with someone at home and put a copy in a separate place in your luggage.
      First Aid
      • Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, or Aspirin
      • Throat lozenges
      • Band-aids
      • Moleskin
      • Sunscreen (SPF 15+)
      • Lip balm with sunscreen
      • Insect repellent
      • Disinfectant, Antiseptic cream
      • Bandages and tape
      • Diarrhea medicine
      • Antihistamines
      • Ace bandage
      • Melatonin (1-3mg) or other sleep aid
      • Malaria pills (talk to your doctor)
      • Antibiotics (talk to your doctor)
      • Prescription drugs (talk to your doctor)
      • Diamox (talk to your doctor)
      Gifts for Guides, Porters, Locals
      • Shoes
      • Any warm clothing
      • T-shirts
      • Hats
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