Umbwe Route

Umbwe Route

Travel Style : Active

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Service Level : Camping

Camping most nights with some hotel stays to start and throughout; affordable public and private transport.

Physical Rating : 5 - Challenging

Serious high-altitude hikes, cycling, or other instances of heavy exercise. Come prepared to sweat a bit.

Age requirement : 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Umbwe Route Overview

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The Umbwe route has a well-deserved reputation of being the most challenging route on Mount Kilimanjaro.The Umbwe Route used to be the steepest, shortest and most direct route to Uhuru Peak.FindMore On The Overview Experience Of Umbwe Trail.

Duration: The Umbwe route can be completed in 5 days, however, this is not advised as there are no acclimatisation days and success rates are low. Most itineraries will travel for 6 or 7 days which allows time for acclimatisation.

Location: Getting to the start of the Umbwe trail is uncomplicated. Starting from the south of Mount Kilimanjaro, the route is easily accessible.

Height: The Umbwe route travels to the summit and reaches the Uhuru peak and a height of 5,895 metres (19,341 feet).

Trail conditions: The trail itself is steep, and you will find yourself trekking through rocky outcrops, and in places, you’ll be holding on to tree routes as you haul yourself up to the slope. As you travel to the high alpine zone you will encounter strong winds and will be exposed to the elements.

Why To Choose Umbwe Route?

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6-7 days trekking

The Umbwe route is considered to be very difficult. This short, steep, and direct route can be hiked in 6 or 7 days. By hiking the route in 7 days, the additional acclimatization day will significantly increase your chances of reaching the summit.

The Umbwe route is known mostly for its caves that can be visited during the first few days of the trek. While there is little traffic on this route, it is not recommended due to the fast ascension, low success rates, and mediocre scenery.

70% Success Rate

Umbwe is mostly avoided because the ascent profile does not give climbers much time to adjust to the altitude. The success rate is very low.

Considered to be the most difficult route on Kilimanjaro, the Umbwe route should be attempted only by experienced climbers. The success rate of the route is between 60% and 70%, with higher chances of reaching the summit if you give yourself extra time for acclimatization.

589 Travellers Per Year

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Commonly referred to as the hardest trail on the mountain, the Umbwe trail involves a tough vertical climb through the jungle and in some places, tree roots that act as a natural ladder. The trek is shorter and much more direct than the other trails, however, should not be attempted by novice climbers. And while it is not a technical climb, it's both a physically and mentally challenging journey.

Normally 589 Travellers Per year have been climbing the Mount Kilimanjaro via UmbweRoute.

Low Traffics

The Umbwe Route is the least used, least crowded route on the mountain. For good reason, it is also the most difficult route on the mountain. Umbwe is a steep, constant, straight climb to the top.

Traffic for the first two days on the Umbwe Route is low but picks up as soon as trekkers join Machame climbers at Barranco Camp.

Low Acclimatization Features

Most travel operators offer the Umbwe Route on a five, six or seven day itinerary. The five day Umbwe Route is not recommended as there are no acclimatization days and success rates are low.

The route does not reserve much time for acclimatization, nor does the ascent profile ever cease, right up to the top of the mountain. The ascent takes a minimum of five days, but people often add another day for acclimatization after reaching the Barranco camp.

Steep Western Breach Options

Traditionally the route utilized the steep Western Breach and Arrow’s Glacier path to the summit; however, due to a tragic rock-fall in 2006 that claimed the lives of three trekkers the approach via the Western Breach was closed. It reopened in December 2007 but due to its difficulty and safety risks most travel operators do not offer this route as an option.

Challenging Trail Conditions

The Umbwe is ideal for those who want a challenging climb, and are very confident in their ability trek over consistently steep slopes. Also, Umbwe is for those who are experienced at altitude and thus are confident that the punishing schedule of Umbwe will not impede their ability to adjust to altitude. Umbwe is also for those who want a secluded hike.

Best Tips For Success

  • Altitude sickness often appears on the third day of your hike, so it's best to allow extra time in your itinerary where possible.
  • Before your Kilimanjaro adventure, make sure your shoes are worn in to prevent blisters on your feet. Insoles are a great addition to your packing list, as are proper socks.
  • Trekking poles will become your best friend. Some operators might provide these in your tour price however it is suggested that you enjoy a few hikes beforehand to practice using your poles.
  • Make a packing list and triple check you have everything you need before you go. Rentals will be available through some operators however you’d hate to be missing any essential items.
  • Consume as much water as physically possible as this will help reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness.
  • Most importantly, have fun and don’t forget to enjoy the view.

Best Trail To Climb Kilimanjaro Via Umbwe Route

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Umbwe Route is the steepest, shortest and the most immediate route on Mt. Kilimanjaro. It is named as the most difficult course on Kilimanjaro also.

Umbwe Route is the least swarmed trek route on the mountain. Umbwe because of its lofty, consistent and straight move to the peak makes the odds of achievement on this course low.

The course is suggested for expert explorers or climbers who can adjust rapidly to height.

Be that as it may, the course with couple of trekkers, immaculate woods and strolling separations makes it an ideal trekking choice for fit trekkers.

Because of its quick gain in height the initial two days, it is one of the hardest and least secure Kilimanjaro courses. Climbers are remunerated with uncommon and shocking perspectives, less individuals, and shorter separations. In addition, you will appreciate seeing the astonished look on the essences of local people when you reveal to them that you rose by means of the Umbwe course.

The course starts from the south, before turning eastwards at Barranco Camp, the trail then transverses underneath the Southern Icefield before summiting from Barafu. The drops are made by means of the Mweka course.

Umbwe Route Itinerary For Kilimanjaro

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6 Days Umbwe Route

70% Success Rate

This route is the hardest but most spectacular and direct way to reach Uhuru Peak. It follows a forested ridge to the moorlands, then traverses below the Southern Icefields to reach the Barafu Route which is followed to the summit. An early start is made on the summit day to reach Stella Point, on the Crater Rim at dawn. Uhuru Peak lies a...

Summit Success Chance - Poor
Altitude Profile - Poor
Difficulty - High
Scenery - Good

6 days

Starting from $1,765

7 Days Umbwe Route

70% Success Rate

This route is the hardest but most spectacular and direct way to reach Uhuru Peak. It follows a forested ridge to the moorlands, then traverses below the Southern Ice-fields to reach the Barafu Route which is followed to the summit. An early start is made on the summit day to reach Stella Point, on the Crater Rim at dawn. Uhuru Peak lies...

Summit Success Chance - Poor
Altitude Profile - Poor
Difficulty - High
Scenery - Very Good

7 days

Starting from $1,960

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