Day 1: After an early breakfast drive to the Umbwe Road, head at 1800 m. The route initially follows a forestry track winding up through the natural rain forest. Then it narrows and steepened to climb the ridge between the Lonzo and Umbwe rivers. Within about five to six hours you arrive at the first campsite, which is in the forest by some rock overhangs at 2940 m.
Day 2: After breakfast continue walking, shortly after leaving the camp site the forest ends and the path continues along a narrow spectacular ridge. Above, the sheer 1000 m 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 and it takes five to six hours to reach the camp site in the valley floor at 3900 m.
Day 3: Early in the morning, a short scramble to the top of the Great Barranco and then traverse over scree and ridges to the Karanga Valley (4000 m), which will take about three hours, then beneath the ice falls of the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. After climbing out of the Karanga Valley the trail ascends a ridge for three hours to the Barafu Hut, a bleak location with little vegetation at 4600 m.
Day 4: An early start for the ascent to the rim of the Kibo Crater between the Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers, for about four hours. From here a further hour leads to Uhuru Peak, 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.
Day 5: A three to four hours descent through beautiful forest brings you to the Park Gate and your waiting transport. Drive back to the hotel.
- Extra days can be added to our itinerary to explore or relax along the route or to camp in the Karanga River valley.
- Accommodation on this route is in tents, so you will need a sleeping bag and mat.
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