Umbwe route is the hardest mut most magnificent and shortest way to reach Uhuru peak. A less-frequented route, which is very steep and suitable only for experienced trekkers.
Day 1: Nairobi-Moshi
Take the shuttle bus from Nairobi at 0800 hrs and proceed to Arusha arriving at 1300hrs. Depart for Moshi at 1400hrs arriving at 1530hrs. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Moshi or (pick from Kilimanjaro airport and transfer to hotel in Moshi)
Day 2: After breakfast drive to Kilimanjaro National Park gate at Umbwe for starting the climb. From here hike within the forest through a narrow ridge between Umbwe and Lonzo rivers reaching Bivouac No.1 (known as Forest Caves at 2850m – camp and overnight.
Day 3: The path continues following the ridge, then leaving the forest through open moorlands to reach Barranco Hut at 3900m. Camp and overnight.
Day 4: This day starts off with a steep climb out of Barranco valley crossing Karanga Valley and finally reaching Barafu Hut at 4600m. Camp and overnight.
Day 5: Early morning start to reach the crater rim at Stella point, continuing to Uhuru Peak at (5,896m). Descend to Mweka Camp.
Day 6: The day is spent in descending down to the park gates – overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Board shuttle bus to Nairobi