The Umbwe Route is one of the shortest but also the most challenging and demanding routes to reach Uhuru Peak, the highest point of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The cost of climbing via the Umbwe Route can vary significantly depending on various factors such as the trekking agency, the length of the trek, the size of the group, and the level of service, but it typically ranges from $1,928 to $2,460 per person. This umbwe route cost usually includes park fees, camping fees, rescue fees, guide and porter fees, meals, and transportation, but excludes tips, personal trekking gear, and flights.

The Umbwe route is a challenging and less popular route than the Marangu route, and it is therefore also less expensive. This is because the route is shorter and has fewer huts and campsites along the way, which means that there are lower park fees and accommodation costs. Additionally, the Umbwe route is often not guided, which means that you can save money by carrying your gear and hiring porters only when necessary.

Umbwe Route Itinerary

The Umbwe Route is a challenging and less popular route to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. It is known for its steep ascents and diverse landscapes, including dense rainforests, alpine meadows, and rocky scree slopes. The Umbwe Route is a shorter and more direct route to the summit than the other routes, but it is also considered to be more difficult.

Day 1:

Arrive at Umbwe Gate and register with Tanzania National Parks

Hike to Umbwe Cave Camp (2,940m)

Dinner and overnight at Umbwe Cave Camp

Day 2:

Hike to Barranco Camp (3,950m) via the Barranco Wall

Dinner and overnight at Barranco Camp

Day 3:

Hike to Karanga Camp (3,930m)

Dinner and overnight at Karanga Camp

Day 4:

Hike to Barafu Camp (4,600m)

Dinner and overnight at Barafu Camp

Day 5:

Early morning summit attempt to Uhuru Peak (5,895m)

Descend to Mweka Camp (3,100m)

Dinner and overnight at Mweka Camp

Day 6:

Hike to Mweka Gate

Transfer to Moshi

Depart from Moshi


The Umbwe Route offers a less gradual acclimatization process than the other routes, which means that there is a higher risk of altitude sickness. However, the shorter duration of the route means that there is less time for altitude sickness to develop.

Tips for Climbing the Umbwe Route

    • Start training early and gradually increase the intensity of your workouts.
    • Be in good physical condition and have experience hiking at high altitudes.
    • Pack light and comfortable shoes.
    • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
    • Eat a healthy diet to fuel your body.
    • Listen to your body and take breaks when you need them.

Here is a comparison of the costs of the different Kilimanjaro routes: 


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