- TOUR TITLE – OHTL – 03 – UMBWE ROUTE.
- TOUR CATEGORY – CAMPING ACCOMMODATION.
- TOUR LENGTH – 5 NIGHTS – 6 DAYS.
Day – 0 – Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, where we are met on arrival and transferred to Arusha Hotel formerly new Arusha Hotel. The Hotel is situated at the center of Africa half way from Cairo and Cape Town for overnight (Bed and breakfast.)
Day – 1 – Via Barafu Hut or Arrow Glacier.
After breakfast the day starts at dawn with a 01h45 minutes drive from Arusha to Umbwe Gate. On arrival at the Parks Gate you are met by your guides and porters. You will now commence on a four-five hour walk through the spectacular forest to the first camp, Bivouac No 1. (2900m) with access to water.
This path begins at (2100m) and generally keeps to the narrow ridge crest between the Lonzo River on the west and the Umbwe on the east. The path gains altitude quickly, and offers some spectacular views of deep gorges.
Day – 2 – Via Barafu Hut or Arrow Glacier.
After breakfast walk to Bivouac No. 2 (3780m) just under the first head-on view of the peak. If you are feeling strong, then you may continue to Barranco Hut (3950m.) The path is fairly steep through the forest, heading along a sharp ridge, before it flattens as you approach Barranco Hut in the moor land zone.
Day – 3 – Via Barafu Hut.
The morning starts with scramble up the Barranco Wall to an altitude of (4200m) and crosses through the south-western slopes to reach the Karranga valley after three hours, before reaching the camp at Karranga valley below (4000m.) The path offers great views of Heim glacier, Kersten and Decken glaciers that forms part of the southern Ice fields.
Day – 4 – Via Barafu Hut.
This is the last water stop on the route; there is no water at all at Barafu Hut (4600m) so you should take care and stock up your water supply. After breakfast you continue in a south-easterly direction to the junction before turning north to reach Barafu hut after about four hours. On a clear day the Saddle and Mawenzi can be seen to the east. Barafu Hut is situated on an exposed dangerous ridge, familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any tragedies. You will be able to rest and acclimatize at Barafu gathering strength for the summit. As every other day, the porters erect the tents and prepare dinner, while this is happening you can arrange your gear for the summit bid towards midnight, ensure that you replace your headlamp and camera batteries. Because it is so incredibly cold, it would be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask to avoid it freezing into one solid and useless icicle.
Day – 5 – Via Barafu Hut.
At around midnight you will head in a north-westerly direction up the South East Valley towards Stella Point on the Crater rim. The night is very cold with the footpath rocky and steep in places. The six hour long walk to Stella Point is a mental and physical challenge with a steep face just below Stella posing the ultimate challenge.
Depending on weather conditions you could encounter snow and ice from below Stella Point all the way to Uhuru for about one hour and offers views of Rebmann, Decken, Kersten and Heim Glaciers. From Uhuru Peak you can also see Furtwangler glacier to the north and the Eastern Ice Fields to the northeast.
The time you spend on the summit is determined by weather and wind conditions, these could cause temperatures to plummet well below minus 30 degrees Celsius. The walk back to Barafu Hut from the summit for short rest and collect the rest of your gear before heading down to Mweka Hut your final camp on the mountan can take over three hours.
Day – 6 – Via Barafu Hut.
Early breakfast and depart for the three hour long descent to the Park’s gate, there is a strong chance of the footpath through the forest being wet, muddy and slippery, but after constantly slipping and sliding you eventually arrive at the Park’s gate where your particulars are entered in the register. The guides are issued with green certificates for climbers who reached Stella Point and gold certificates for those who reached Uhuru Peak.
After all formalities are over, continue your descent to Mweka village where transport awaits to transfer you to the Hotel in Arusha where certificates are presented during dinner. The drive takes about 01h45 minutes.
End of our Trek.
Our Price is based on the remarks below:
Minimum number – Two persons USD.1,800 per person.
The above prices are based on a minimum of 2 persons sharing costs.
A price reduction is available for numbers above two persons sharing costs.
From 3 to 5 persons booking a Climb with us a saving of USD.400 per person.
Six persons may enjoy up to USD 500 saving on the per person rate.
Outstanding features are fewer people travels this route,
Pristine untamed forest,
Greater chance of seeing wildlife and bird life in the lower levels.
- 1 night Hotel accommodation in town hotels.
- Transfers to and from the Airport.
- Mountain huts accommodation.
- Guides and Porters salaries, accommodation, meals and entry fees.
- Park entry fees.
- Park rescue fees.
- Kilimanjaro certificates.
- Last Night accommodation in town hotels.
- Transfers to and from the Mountain base.
- Visa and vaccination fees.
- International and domestic flight tickets.
- Things of personal nature.
- Tips to driver guide, Hotel and Lodge staff.