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8 days & 6 nights (6 days on trek) – Umbwe Route

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Tour Details

Starting on the southern side of the mountain at Umbwe gate this is a fairly steep route and is recommended for the very fit or practiced trekker. Steep forest paths give way to heath and moorland before becoming rocky and where the trek becomes more demanding. Approach to the summit is via Barafu and Stella Point with the descent being via Mweka.


Day 1

Arrive at Tarn Hut Resort / Leopard Hotel in time for an early evening pre-climb briefing on the trek, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2

Drive to the Umbel Gate at 1800m. From where a forestry track leads through natural rain forest to a narrow and steep forested ridge and the first campsite by some rock overhangs at 2940m, (5- 6h).

Day 3

Continue till the forest ends and the path continues along a spectacular ridge with superb views of the icy Breach Wall above and the Great Barranco gorge below. The campsite is not far from the Barranco Hut. (5-6h, 3940m)

Day 4:

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

Day 5

The trail ascends a ridge to a campsite by the Barafu Hut, an airy location with little vegetation (3h, 4600m.),

Day 6

Start just after midnight for the ascent of the screes leading to Stella Point (6h, 5725m.).

From here a further 40mins. Leads to Uhuru Peak. Descend to the Barafu Hut for a rest and brunch before continuing down to camp at Mweka Hut at 3100m, (11-14h total walking time). Those with energy on the summit may wish to descend to the Reutsh Crater and visit the dramatic ice pinnacles of the Eastern Ice fields.

Day 7

A 3-4 hour descent through beautiful forest brings you to the Park Gate. Drive back to Tarn Hut Resort

Day 8

Leave hotel after breakfast

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