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Mt Kilimanjaro Climbing - 6 Days Umbwe Route

Mt Kilimanjaro Climbing - 6 Days Umbwe Route

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 5 - 7 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 25 people
Destination(s): Tanzania  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking   Mountain/Rock Climbing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1450 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1850 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Drive to the Umbwe Roadhead at 1800m. The route initially follows a forestry track winding up through the natural rain forest. It then narrows and steepens to climb the ridge between the Lonzo and Umbwe rivers. The first campsite is in the forest by some rock overhangs at 2940 m, (5-6 hours walking).

Day 2: Shortly after leaving the camp the forest ends and the path continues along a narrow spectacular ridge. Above, the sheer 1000m of the Breach Wall appears and disappears as the afternoon mists roll up the Great Barranco. From the Umbwe ridge the route descends slightly to the Barranco Hut and our camp in the valley floor at 3900 m, (5-6 hours walking).

Day 3: Scramble easily to the top of the Great Barranco and then a traverse over screes and ridges to the Karanga Valley campsite (3h, 4000 m.), beneath the icefalls of the Southern Glaciers.

Day 4: After climbing out of the Karanga Valley the trail ascends a ridge to the Barafu Hut, a bleak location with little vegetation at 4600 m, (3 hours walking).

Day 5: An early start for the ascent to the rim of the Kibo Crater between the Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers, (4 hours); the last section before the rim can sometimes be snow-covered and an ice-axe or ski stick is useful for balance. From here a further hour leads to Uhuru Peak, from where there are often fine views of Meru to the west and the jagged peak of Mawenzi to the east. After a short time on the summit you descend to the Barafu Hut for a rest and lunch before continuing on down to camp at Mweka Hut in the giant heather zone on the Mweka route. Those with energy on the summit may wish to descend to the Reutsh Crater and visit the dramatic ice pinnacles of the Eastern Icefields.

Day 6: A 3-4 hours descent through beautiful forest brings you to the Park gate and your waiting transport. Drive back to the hotel near Moshi.

- Climbing certificates are issued by the Kilimanjaro National Park for successful climbers.
- Make Sure that you drink at least 3 - 4 liters of liquid a day, preferably water. You will lose a large amount of fluid through the lungs and by sweating.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Guarantee price and departure
- Free scheduled bus shuttle Nairobi - Arusha - Moshi - Nairobi
- 2 nights accommodations in a mid-class hotel (Bed and Breakfast) before and after the climb
- Accommodation in mountain tents/huts
- Meals (3 meals a day)
- All park fees, including mountain rescue fees, and government taxes
- Services of our own trained English-speaking mountain guide, and a skilled cook, and enough numbers of porters for your luggage
- Transport from your hotel to the mountain, and back to your hotel.

Price Excludes:
- Item of personal nature
- Tips to guide and porters.

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