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UMBWE ROUTE

UMBWE - 10 Days

Though the Umbwe Route may be the shortest path up Kilimanjaro (just 27.9-miles/45-km gate to gate), it’s not short on adventure. Your unforgettable 10-day expedition starts in villages with banana groves and coffee plantations. Follow the winding trail up through the rain-forest to the Umbwe Cave. Climb the ridge between the Lonzo and Umbwe rivers beneath the massive tree canopy. Tap into your strength on the Barranco Wall.

Take a full day to acclimatize to the higher altitudes before our sunrise summit to Uhuru Peak – the highest point in Africa (19,341-ft/5,895-m). The warm daylight and majestic views create a more enjoyable hike up the mountain’s steepest and most demanding path.

Our outstanding Crew carries all your equipment, sets up scenic camps, and cooks regionally-inspired eats to nourish your body and feed your soul. With nearly 50 years of experience, we’re proud to have Kilimanjaro’s most elite guiding team of medically trained High Altitude First Responder guides.

Keep reading to discover what else you’ll accomplish on this once-in-a-lifetime journey.

Tusker Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route Map

ROUTE STATS

        • Distance: 27.9-miles or 45-km gate to gate.
        • Duration:  10 days total, 7 days climbing gate to gate
  • Daily trekking time: 3 to 7 hours (plus 5 on summit day)
  • Tusker's Umbwe route success rate:  95%
Machame Route Kilimanjaro Trek

"Incredible trip with Tusker Trail" - "I was extremely impressed with the professionalism of the office staff and the guides on the trail. The attention to detail and personal safety far exceeded my expectations. The views, physical challenge, and feeling of accomplishment will continue to be memorable!"  --  "Craig"

DAILY ITINERARY

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DAY 1 ~ MOSHI

3,000-ft/914-m

Machame Climbing Route Day 1 After arriving at Kilimanjaro Airport you meet your driver after clearing immigration, and then take a drive to the Bristol Cottages Hotel in Moshi.

You stay two nights here to get fully relaxed and focused before your ultimate challenge on Kilimanjaro. A delicious meal, a hot shower and a warm bed is all you need at this moment.

Meals Included:  Dinner

Lodging:  Bristol Cottages Hotel

DAY 2 ~ MOSHI

3,000-ft/914-m • Meet your guides

You meet your Tusker mountain guides for your climb orientation and a final equipment check. This is a great opportunity to get to know your team leaders, talk about the climb, and gather any extra gear or supplies you may need.

Explore Moshi

After gear check one the guides takes the group for lunch in Moshi. This is a nice chance to wander around town getting a taste of Moshi, the bustling Tanzanian town of the north. He'll also show you around the colorful Moshi market at the foot of Kilimanjaro.

Meals Included:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lodging:  Bristol Cottages Hotel

DAY 3 ~ UMBWE CAVE

9,360-ft/2,853-m • 6.83 miles/11 km • 5-6 hours

Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route Day 3 Umbwe Cave After breakfast we have a short drive from our hotel to the Umbwe Gate at 4,590 ft., passing through villages with small banana groves and coffee plantations. After signing in at the gate, we follow the winding trail up through the rain forest.

We climb the ridge between the Lonzo and Umbwe rivers beneath the massive tree canopy. The path offers some spectacular views of deep gorges and glimpses of Kilimanjaro off in the distance. Our scenic camp is perched between huge trees and thick undergrowth.

Meals Included:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lodging:  Signature Mountain Camp

DAY 4 ~ BARRANCO

12,950-ft/3,950-m • 4 miles/6.4 km • 4-5 hours

Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route Day 4 Not far from camp you'll notice that the forest starts thinning out. We find more rocky terrain with undergrowth and trees draped with witches beard. We follow the ridge, gaining altitude, occasionally seeing Kibo peak towering in the distance.

As we approach Barranco, the path flattens out a bit and then descends into Barranco camp. Our camp is situated beneath the Western Breach and the Barranco wall.

Meals Included:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lodging:  Signature Mountain Camp

DAY 5 ~ BARRANCO

12,950-ft/3,950-m

Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route Day 8-B Millennium We spend 2 nights at Barranco to acclimatize. At almost 13,000-ft you begin to appreciate the view from Kilimanjaro's slopes that will become even more majestic as you approach the summit.

Today we hike up 1,500 ft. towards Lava Tower for a beautiful view of the Barranco and its unusual flora such as Giant Senecio and Lobelia.

Meals Included:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lodging:  Signature Mountain Camp

DAY 6 ~ KARANGA

13,230-ft/4,033-m • 3.6 miles/5.8 km • 4-5 hours

Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route Day 5 Karanga Our first challenge of the day is to breach the 500 ft. Barranco Wall - not too tough, but a challenge, nonetheless. Most of the day is spent skirting the base of Kibo peak over our left shoulder.

We descend down into the Karanga Valley, and climb up the other side, where we rest up for the night before the tough climb up to Barafu hut.

Meals Included:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lodging:  Signature Mountain Camp

DAY 7 ~ BARAFU HIGH CAMP

14,950-ft/4,556-m • 2.1 miles/3.4 km • 4 hours

The air starts getting quite thin, and you will be running short of breath. It's a tough, but a rewarding uphill climb to the rocky, craggy slopes at the camp. "Barafu" means, "ice" in Swahili, and it is extremely cold at this altitude.

There is a buzz of excitement in the air, as climbers anticipate the toughest day just ahead. The clouds move in and out, revealing the eroded peak of Mawenzi, painted with colors of the African sun.

Meals Included:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lodging:  Signature Mountain Camp

DAY 8 ~ URUHU PEAK to MILLENIUM

Summit: 19,341-ft/5,895-m • 2.55 miles/4.1 km • 6-7 hours
Millennium: 12,590-ft/3,837-m • 6.3 miles/10.1 km • 5-6 hours

We start climbing a couple of hours before sunrise. That way you climb during daylight on the steepest and most demanding part of the mountain, reaching the Crater rim around mid-day. Over your shoulder Mawenzi Peak is a thrilling sight, while the crater's ice-walls loom ahead above you. We now continue to Uhuru Peak (1-2 hours) – the highest point in Africa (19,341-ft/5,895-m.)

After admiring the breathtaking views and taking your iconic summit photos we prepare our descent to Millennium camp on Kilimanjaro's southeastern slope. The feeling of euphoria is intense and the descent is invigorating. We continue down to Barafu Camp for rest and refreshment then to Millennium Camp for your last night on Kilimanjaro.

Meals Included:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lodging:  Signature Mountain Camp

DAY 9 ~ MOSHI

Mweka Gate: 5,500-ft/1,676-m • 7.5 miles/12 km • 6 hours ~ Drive Moshi • 30 mins

Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route Day 9 - Gate and MoshiAfter breakfast it's a 6-hour leisurely walk from Millennium Camp to Mweka, the national park gate at 5,500-ft/1,676-m. We sign out, have a final lunch and celebrate with our guides and porters before jumping into the vehicle for a short ride back to the Bristol Cottages Hotel in Moshi where a hot shower and a cold drink await your arrival.

We all enjoy a celebratory meal in the evening.

Meals Included:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lodging: Bristol Cottages Hotel

DAY 10 ~ WILDLIFE SAFARI - ZANZIBAR or FLY HOME

WILDLIFE SAFARI

Tusker-African-SafariContinue on an incredible Wildlife Safari through some of the most spectacular animal reserves on the planet, such as Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks. Talk to our trips planners to add a Wildlife Safari.










ZANZIBAR

Zanzibar - Tanzania After your climb immerse yourself in a fascinating journey back in time to the magical island of Zanzibar in the Indian ocean.

Get lost in the historical maze of ancient alleyways, and enjoy the most beautiful beaches on earth. Talk to our trips planners to add a stay in Zanzibar.

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AFTER-CLIMB ADVENTURES

Once you're down off your climb, extend your adventure with a mind blowing Safari, exploring the epic wildlife parks of East Africa. If you're craving a beach experience, opt for a total cultural immersion as you travel back in time to mystical Zanzibar, an island just off Tanzania’s coast.

To view a more detailed itinerary of our African Safari or our magical Zanzibar trips, visit Tusker's After Climb Trips Page

WILDLIFE SAFARI or ZANZIBAR

Here on our 5-day safari, you discover an incredible array of wildlife. And if you time it right, you might even find yourself surrounded by millions of animals during the great migration, which occurs twice a year.  You will marvel at the incredible feeling you experience as you immerse yourself in the spectacle and the magic of the African savannah.

For more information about our world class safari's visit Tusker's Safari Trip Page.

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DAY 1 ~ LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK


African Safari Trip Day 1Rise early to connect with your safari flight from the Moshi Airport to the Manyara Airstrip, where you meet your safari guide. Lake Manyara National Park is very different from the other parks with a huge diversity of habitats. It is home to the unusual tree-bound lions and the elusive forest primate, the blue monkey, along with many other species of animals.

The Lake supports a large array of bird life, such as yellow-billed storks, white-necked cormorants, pelicans, and Egyptian geese. We overnight at Kirurumu Manyara Tented Camp.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

DAY 2 ~ NGORONGORO CRATER


African Safari Trip Day 2The awe-inspiring Ngorongoro Crater is a 110 square-mile volcanic caldera, which collapsed two million years ago. It is encircled by 2000-ft. sheer walls. We drive down the narrow track to the crater floor, for a full day exploring this lush animal paradise.

The crater swarms with 30,000 head of wild game, stalked by great prides of lion, jackal, hyena and leopard. Ngorongoro is one of the few places left on earth where you can see the almost extinct black rhinos in their natural habitat.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

DAY 3 ~ SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK


African Safari Serengeti Adventure The Serengeti National Park is the world’s oldest ecosystem, It is a sanctuary with the highest concentration of large mammals, containing over 1.5 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebras, 300,000 Thomson’s gazelles, and over 2,500 lions.

Every year, the Serengeti hosts one of the most dramatic spectacles on earth:  The Great Migration. During this time, millions of wildebeests, zebra, and Thomson’s gazelle migrate non-stop through the Grumeti and Mara Rivers in search of fresh grazing, following an ancient pattern of survival.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging varies depending on the migratory season.

DAY 4 ~ SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK


African Safari Trip Day 4In the morning, wake to the call of amazing birdlife, or the first sunrays splaying across the endless plains. These timeless sights and sounds signal the dawn of a new exciting day on safari.

The Serengeti is famous for its predators. On our daily game-runs with expert safari guides, you can expect excellent lion and cheetah sightings, and exciting lion hunts.  You can also spot leopards regularly. Other predators include serval cats, golden and black-backed jackal, African wild dog and spotted hyena.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging varies depending on the migratory season.

DAY 5 ~ SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK / DEPART


African Safari Trip Day 5After breakfast, we head out for our final game-run in the park. Afterwards, you drive to the the airstrip to connect with your flight to Kilimanjaro airport.

At Kilimanjaro International a Tusker Trail representative will meet you with your climbing gear that you stored in Moshi. Depart Kilimanjaro Airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Fly home

SAFARI & ZANZIBAR PRICES

WILDLIFE SAFARI

 Tailored to the Season

Trip Length

3-5 Days

Land Cost

$2,300 to $4,700 (plus local flights)
Trip cost depends on season and duration.

ZANZIBAR

 Custom Duration

Trip Length

3-5 Days

Land Cost

$1,100 to $3,200 (plus local flights)
Trip cost depends on duration and activities.

BOOKING YOUR SAFARI & ZANZIBAR JOURNEY

We've been planning and coordinating our Wildlife Safaris and Zanzibar trips for over four decades.  Our trek coordinators will help you celebrate your success on Kilimanjaro with the most amazing experience you can imagine. For your after-climb adventure just give us a call when you book your Kilimanjaro Climb.

SAFARI
When we plan your Wildlife Safari, we factor in important variables to maximize your adventure experience.  We plan for the best locations based on the season, the amount of time you wish to spend in the bush, and the type of accommodation you’d like to use. 

ZANZIBAR
Zanzibar is always amazing, regardless of when you visit. But if you want some tips the greatest food, the best place for snorkeling a coral reef, or where to go to enjoy the most incredible sunset, give us a call.

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YOUR EXPERT GUIDES

Your guides are the heart and soul of your successful Kilimanjaro summit challenge. EDDIE FRANK, Tusker’s founder, built Tusker's elite team of guides using the same techniques he used when training the US Army’s Special Forces. Our elite team has led over 10,000 triumphant Tusker climbers to the summit for decades.

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Machame Route Guide

EDDIE TALKS... 

Kilimanjaro Climb Company Founding Guide Eddie Frank


"I first climbed the Machame route after climbing Kilimanjaro for a few years.  I realized that camping on the great mountain uncovered a different facet of Kilimanjaro’s ethereal character,  as I was able to see, smell and hear Kilimanjaro’s spectacular ambience –  24 hours a day, under cover of a billion stars, when nature really stirs."

YOUR CLIMBING CREW


One of the keys to the success of your climb is your climbing crew. They are the backbone of your adventure and ensure that your camp and gear is set up at each new location on the climbing route. The team is made up of porters and chefs that are fiercely loyal to Tusker Trail and who have been part of our family for decades.

Your porters and chefs also provide an incredible window into Tanzanian culture. They introduce you to the inspiring music of Kilimanjaro which will inspire you to put one foot in front of the other. All in all, you and your team are part of one big family, on a trek to the top of Africa.

Tusker Spiral Route Kilimanjaro Crew
Kilimanjaro Guides and Porters
Tusker Spiral Route Kilimanjaro Crew
Kilimanjaro Guides and Porters
Tusker Spiral Route Kilimanjaro Crew

WHAT'S INCLUDED

        • Professional guides & dedicated crew
        • Transfers on arrival and departure
        • Ripcord evacuation membership
        • Lodging as per daily itinerary
        • Meals & activities as per itinerary
        • National Park Fees
        • 4-season WALK-IN all weather tents
  • 2-inch air/foam mattresses
  • 4-season base-camp dining tents
  • Dining tables & comfy chairs
  • Gas lighting in dining tents
  • Purified water
  • Private toilet tents
  • Drybag (to protect your duffel)

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CLIMB REVIEWS

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"Amazing experience with Tusker Trail" -- "I signed up with Tusker Trail for the adventure, challenge and excitement of climbing Kilimanjaro. Which I accomplished. What I didn’t expect was the overwhelming support, kindness and safety measures provided by Tusker; which was above and beyond anything I could ever imagine." -- "Daydream2"

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