Our favourite route up the mountain involves starting our climb on the Umbwe Route, well known as a challenging yet breathtakingly beautiful trekking path. The views are nothing short of spectacular, and the trail is quieter than other routes because of its sharp inclines. From Barranco onwards, we will then follow the Machame Route to get to the summit in order to take full advantage of the phenomenal views it provides!
The Umbwe route is also renowned as being the shortest and most direct route by which to ascend Kilimanjaro, which means that we will take additional precautions when it comes to acclimatization. We insist on an additional TWO acclimatization days to counterbalance the rapid gain in altitude over the first few days. This dramatically increases your chances of reaching the summit, while also providing opportunities to relax and take in your breathtaking surroundings!
As the toughest of all climbs, the Umbwe Route demands high levels of fitness and stamina. That being said, there is no “technical climbing” involved along the way – just sheer grit and determination to get to the top! You will also need to be comfortable trekking with a 5kg daypack for 4 – 8 hours over hilly terrain.
Approaching from the south, the Umbwe route begins with a climb through the rain forest to Barranco Camp. After a full rest day, we tackle the steep climb to the Arrow Glacier Camp at 4950m in order to acclimatize, before heading back to Barranco Camp for the night. The following day sees us move to Karanga Valley Camp at 3950m for the night, before heading up to Barafu Camp (4600m) the following day to prepare for our summit attempt! We head out early the next morning to summit Kilimanjaro at 5895m before heading down to Mweka Camp at 3100m. Our final day on the mountain includes a descent back down through the rain forest to Mweka Gate (1800m) and back to our hotel for a well-deserved celebration dinner!
|Elevation:||5895 m | 19 341 ft|
|Rates:||From USD$2,995 to USD$3,295|
- Conservation/National Park fees and all Government taxes
- All climbing permits
- Three nights’ hotel accommodation in Marangu/ Moshi on a bed-and-breakfast basis (twin beds sharing)
- Visit to the Chagga museum, lunch with our main guide and a visit to the local market
- All airport/hotel/airport transfers
- Three course meals three times a day whilst on the mountain
- Hot drinks – tea, coffee, hot chocolate, juice and boiled water
- Western leader/facilitator
- Experienced main guide
- Assistant guides as required
- Porters as required
- Insurance for all Tanzanian staff
- General first aid kit
- 2-man tents, groundsheets and mattresses while on the mountain
- Dining tent at the various camps
- Celebration Meal after the climb
- International airfares and departure taxes
- Items of a personal nature – personal gear, telephone calls, laundry etc.
- Travel and Medical Rescue Insurance
- Staff/ guide gratuities
- Alcohol, soft drinks and mineral water
- Personal medical expenses, medical and evacuation insurance
- Any costs arising from flight cancellation/ delays, political disturbance or natural disasters.
Tourist entry visas can be obtained at Kilimanjaro International Airport on your arrival in Tanzania for US$50.00. You need 2 colour photos for your entry visa (bring 5 in total as you will need additional colour photos for trekking permits etc.) South African passport holders no longer require a visa.
- You are legally required to have a Yellow Fever Vaccination TWO WEEKS BEFORE YOU LEAVE for the trip. An International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever is now an administrative requirement for entry to Tanzania.
- Local Travel Clinics also recommend that you have a Tetanus and Typhoid vaccination before you head to Kilimanjaro. These can be done at the same time as your Yellow Fever Vaccination.
- Malaria Tablets are highly recommended – chat to your Travel Clinic about the various tablets that are available and when you should begin taking them. Some tablets can be taken a week before your trip, others two days before and others the day before.
Preparation for a successful climb
This training information is intended as a guideline and should be used as such. If you are unsure about anything, please communicate with me individually, but most important of all, before you embark on any exercise program, please consult your doctor or exercise physiologist to make sure that you are ready for the increased work load. A focused training program should begin 3 – 4 months before the expedition, but working on your base fitness before that is important as it lays a good foundation for the harder work that will follow.
Climbing big mountains requires cardiovascular endurance (via aerobic training), strength endurance (through strength conditioning) and climbing-specific training (i.e. hiking with a pack). Being in strong physical shape is one of the most important aspects for a successful climb of Everest. During your training, you should be planning to progressively increase your aerobic training and speed of weekly training hikes to give you climbing-specific conditioning that cannot be matched by any other sort of training.
Suggested activities include running, cycling, mountain biking, swimming, walking on an inclined treadmill, doing stair stepping or stepmill training, trail running, walking up and down hills or participating in step aerobic classes. When first beginning a cardiovascular training program, begin with three workouts (i.e,. Monday, Wednesday and Friday) of 30 minutes of sustained activity at a moderate intensity, and build up to 4-5 aerobic sessions of sustained effort for at least 45 – 60 minutes (taking Wednesday and Sunday as rest days, for example).
Be sure to include a 5-10 minute gentle warm-up before working at your target heart rate for the day. For most workouts, choose a level of exertion that allows you to connect a few words together in a phrase, but leaves you feeling comfortably tired at the end of the workout. Remember to cool down with 5-10 minutes of appropriate stretching of the muscles you use most in your activity, including lower back, calves, hamstrings, hips and quadriceps.
Training with weights, backpacks and gym machines will help you build overall strength, particularly in the
lower back, abdominals, upper back, shoulders and legs. Developing strength in your upper back and
shoulders will help with carrying a pack and using trekking poles. The calves, hips, quads, hamstrings and glutes are all involved in ascending and descending steep sections and snow and ice slopes, which will be encountered on Everest.
Before embarking on any weight training, please consult with a qualified gym instructor so that you are well briefed in terms of using the equipment. Most important in strength training is to be sure that you maintain proper form at all times in order to prevent injury or strain.
This involves hiking steep outdoor trails, going up and down stairs or training on an inclined treadmill. In
the months leading up to the expedition, it would be important to do some long walks in the mountains.
Remember our summit day is likely to be 15 – 18 hours long, involving steep inclines and descents. On
our summit push, we will ascend about 900 vertical metres and descend about 900 vertical metres the
Remember: All of your training is geared towards giving you the strength and endurance to stand on the roof of the world and successfully get down again.
- International travel
- All personal climbing gear
- Emergency evacuation
- Personal expenses
- Tips and summit bonus. (Please check with the office regarding our recommended gratuity.)
- Personal medical expenses, medical and evacuation insurance
- Any costs arising from flight cancellation/ delays, political disturbance or natural disasters. “