The steepest Kilimanjaro route.
Duration: 5 – 6 days.
The Umbwe route is not a technical route, but it is a very direct, very steep, very tough, and in parts very exposed route.
The Umbwe route joins the Machame route near the Barranco Camp on the second night. On the other routes Barranco Camp is reached on the third or fourth night.
Parts of the trail on the first day are so steep, they can only be negotiated because the tree roots provide something like steps. The tree roots also serve as handle bars to haul yourself up where needed.
The second day is also steep and uphill all the way. The exposed ridge is not for people uncomfortable at heights.
This is the most difficult and demanding of all Kilimanjaro climb routes. Don’t even think about it unless you have experience climbing mountains.
It is a spectacular route!
This route is not used much. The Umbwe route is only suitable for people with mountain climbing experience and who are already well adapted to the altitude.