Mt. Kilimanjaro; Umbwe Route

23 June, 2021

Mt. Kilimanjaro; Umbwe Route

Available Dates: 19th to 26th February 2022 | Any other private date


Mt. Kilimanjaro is an amazing spectacle. Rising to 5,895 Metres above sea level, it is the highest point in Africa. The mountain is also the highest free-standing mountain in the world. The views from its base are stunning as the mountain rises freely from the flat plains below.

Itinerary Summary

Day 1: Nairobi – Moshi

Day 2: Umbwe Gate (1,600m) to Umbwe Camp (2,900m)
Distance:11KM | Trekking Time 5-7 hours | Habitat: Heath
We assemble early to leave for Machame Gate. The villages, coffee & banana plantations are welcoming sites to Umbwe Gate. We will then ascend with the trail that leads to the ridge between two rivers, surrounded by trees, and there in between we meet Umbwe Camp, time to settle in.

Day 3:Umbwe Camp (2,900m) to Barranco Camp (3,983m)
Distance: 6KM | Trekking Time:4-5 hours | Habitat: Heath
An early rise that will have us trek the rocky terrains, sparsely grown, moss-covered trees. Here, there is a citation of Mt.Kilimanjaro as we keep ascending. The route begins to flatten, then descends to Barranco Camp through the beautiful scenic forest.

Day 4: Barranco Camp (3,983m) to Karanga Camp (4,050m)
Distance:5KM | Trekking Time: 4-5 hours | Habitat: Alpine Desert
The day’s activity will have us take a descending trail to the Great Barranco Wall. After a while, we will meet a nearly 900 ft clip that we will climb to the top. From the top of the Barranco Wall, we will cross hills and valleys to then descend a trail leading into Karanga Valley. From the valley, we will then climb up a trail leading us to Karanga Camp.

Day 5: Karanga Camp(4,050m) to Barafu Camp (4,673m)
Distance:4KM | Trekking Time:4-5 hours | Habitat: Alpine Desert
We will leave camp early to take a junction that leads to Mweka trails. We will keep ascending the rocky section to Barafu hut. This point marks the completion of the southern circuit, which offers sublime views of the summit from different angles.
We will set camp here for an early dinner as we enjoy the views, the two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo will be viewable from this point.

Day 6: Barafu Camp (4,673m) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m) to Mweka Camp(3,100m)
Distance:17KM | Hiking Time 10-12 hours | Habitat Arctic & Rain Forest
We rise extremely early to begin our hike to the summit. This will be the most mentally and physically challenging part of the hike. The wind and the cold at the time can be extreme.
We will keep ascending through the dusk for several hours while taking frequent, short breaks. Near Stella Point towards early morning, you will be rewarded with the most magnificent almost magical sunrise over Mawenzi Peak.
Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak -the highest point on Mt.Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

From the Summit, we begin to descend straight down to Mweka Hut Campsite, stopping at Barafu for lunch. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. The trail leading to the camp is extremely rocky and can be straining on the knees, trekking poles are highly recommended for this point. Later in the evening, we will enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned rest.

Day 7:Mweka Camp (3,100m) to Mweka Gate(1,700m)
Distance:10KM | Trekking Time :3-4 hours | Habitat: Rain Forest
The last day of the marvelous experience is here. We will proceed to descend to Mweka Gate to collect the summit certificates. The lower elevations can be slippery as it’s wet and muddy. From the gate, we will continue for another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us there to drive us back to our hotel in Moshi.
The end of a remarkable hike.

Day 8: Moshi to Nairobi


Due to the nature of the exercise, you need to prepare your body well. It is recommended you do daily cardio-based exercises before the hike.  Pre hikes are organized every weekend and private on weekdays and it would be great to attend them. Contact the Bucketlist team for the calendar on this. We have prep hikes lined up every weekend for your support.


Our team is highly skilled in handling health and safety while on high peaks. Safety equipment including oxygen tanks, first aid kit, pulse oximeter is available with competent first responders on the team. We will also help you procure an emergency evacuation cover that can be deployed in case of emergencies while on the expedition.


Meals will be provided, as well as snacks and fruits during meals. You may carry small snack packs because we really give you enough food to keep you going. Main meals are prepared and served at camp. They include common starch, vegetables, soup, and meat. Any special dietary requirements such as diabetic, vegetarian, lactose intolerant, non-beef must be communicated in advance.


Item/ Quantity
1. Backpack/rucksack for porters – 1 Pc
2. Day pack Bag properly padded – 1 Pc
3. Sleeping bag (-0 to -20 degrees) – 1 Bag
4. Waterproof Hiking Boots – 1 Pair
5. Marvin/Balaclava /Warm Hat – 1 Pc
6. Sunglasses – 1 Pc
7. Slim hot water flask – 1 Pc
8. T-Shirts – Polyester quick-dry – 4 Pcs
9. Warm Jacket – 1 Pc
10. Long Raincoat or Poncho – 1 Pc
11. Walking pants – 3 Pcs
12. Warm Pants for evenings – 1Pc

13. Waterproof windbreaker pants / Rain Trousers – 1 Pc
14. Heavy woolen socks – 6 Pcs
15. Gloves (Warm Ski gloves) – 1 Pc
16. Light woolen gloves -11 Pcs
17. Fleece – 1 -2Pcs
18. Thermal underwear (Top & Bottom) – 1-2 Pairs
19. Camelbak Hydration pack /Water bottles: Carrying Capacity of over 3 Litres
20. Bathroom Kit (Recommended Wet Wipes, SunScreen, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, etc)
21. Headlamp with Extra Batteries – 1 Pcs
22. Personal First aid items/medicine if any
24. Wide Brimmed sun hat/Baseball cap – 1 Pc
25. Snacks to last all days (Personal Discretion)
27. Passport/National ID/Alien ID & Yellow Fever certificate
28. Summit Ski Trouser – 1 Pc
29. Disclaimer & Health self-assessment form submitted.
30. Emergency evacuation cover
31. Walking poles
32.Power Bank/Solar Charger /Cameras
33. Snow gaiters
34. Ankle support and knee support
35. Book or portable games to use
36. Money for Crew Tips
– All the above items can be sourced with the help of our team.

Expedition Charges

Budget Package: Kes. 59,500 | Non Citizens – USD 1,580

Comfort Package: Kes. 65,500 | Non Citizens – USD 1,640

Package Includes

  • All meals on the Mountain.
  • Accommodation for the night before and after the climb.
  • Camping Accommodation on the mountain.
  • Statutory Park entry fees.
  • Guide fees
  • Group Porters for your personal rucksack
  • Mountain chef and catering team.
  • Return Transport to and from Nairobi CBD in a comfortable Bus.
  • Certificate of Achievement

Package Excludes

  • Visa fees for Non-East African Citizens.
  • International Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate (Mandatory)
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Personal Climbing Gear
  • Water and Drinks (Though clean water is available for refills you need to carry water purification tablets)
  • En-route meals on the first and the last day.

Booking & Payments

A deposit secures your slot on the trip.  For Bank, payments contact our team. For MPESA: Use Paybill Number 695596 and input your name as the Account Number

For any Queries contact our Expeditions Director on 0725157834/0729 995059 or email [email protected]

Booking Terms & Conditions

All our adventure bookings are subject to Bucketlist Adventures Booking policy as outlined on the link below:

Guided Tour
At a glance

Mt. Kilimanjaro is the ultimate hiking adventure in Africa. A journey to the roof of Africa is on top of the bucket list for many hikers and fitness enthusiasts. We will work with you to prepare for this formidable feat and ensure you won’t stress about the logistics of your adventure. This hike follows the adventurous and scenic Umbwe route.
The Umbwe Route is the shortest and least traveled trail. It is a steep, constant, and straight climb to the top.
The route takes a minimum of 5 days to complete, but we will however be tacking this adventurous route with a 6day itinerary to help acclimatize and increase chances of summitting.

  • Umbwe Route
  • Ksh 59,500
  • USD 1,580
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