Umbwe Route

Umbwe Route has a bad reputation for being the shortest and steepest route on Umbwe. Climbing through this route is truly challenging, especially for first-time climbers. Generally, for the first-time climber, Lemosho or Norther-circuit route is ideal.

Umbwe route can be only recommended to experienced climbers and those who want to challenge their ability on climbing difficult terrains. The reason why we call it the steepest, it offers poor acclimatisation, which is this route is used by a tiny percentage of hikers.

The Umbwe Route approaches Umbwe from the south. Talking about how scenic beauty, Umbwe is not as scenic as Lemosho or Machame Route. Still, if you climb through this route, you can get some stunning views of the rainforest, moorland and high-altitude deserts.

Having a bad reputation for being the hardest route, Umbwe is also the least crowded route on Umbwe. This is a big advantage for those who want a peaceful climbing experience. Talking about the weather conditions, the Umbwe route experiences a varied climate pattern. the lower section of the Umbwe route has a wet and humid climate, as it passes through a rainforest. As you start to ascend, you will see a transition in the weather pattern, the temperature starts falling, and on the upper level of this route, you will see the alpine desert.

Despite knowing the steepness of the Umbwe route, if you still want to climb Umbwe, then plan your climb in the dry season from January to mid-March and June to October.

Climbing through the Umbwe route is no doubt challenging and yet rewarding too. The remote atmosphere coupled with diverse landscapes makes the Umbwe route still an ideal choice for Umbwe Climbing. But it’s only for experienced climbers!

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Umbwe Route has a bad reputation for being the shortest and steepest route on Umbwe.

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Umbwe At A Glance


Umbwe Route is 53 km//33 miles.


 It takes 5-7 days to complete the Umbwe Route.

Success Rate

The Umbwe route has the lowest success rate out of all other routes. The average success rate of the Umbwe route is just 50%. The reason for having such a lower success rate is the lower quality of acclimatisation it offers.


Umbwe Route reaches the summit at Uhuru Peak at a height of 5895 meters/1931 feet.

Difficulty Level

The difficulty level on Umbwe Route is high. And this route is not suitable for those who are not physically fit enough for steep climbing. Moreover, this route should be avoided by people who are afraid of heights.

Umbwe Travel Faq

1 What is some uniqueness of Umbwe Route?

  • Umbwe route is perfect for those who want to escape the crowds and wants more peaceful climbing.
  • The total length of this route is only 57km making it the shortest Kilimanjaro route.

2 What kind of accommodation is available on Umbwe Route?

The Umbwe route offers camping accommodations.

3 What are the climbing requirements for Umbwe Routes?

Here are some general requirements you need before climbing on Umbwe Route –

  • Proper gear, and warm clothing, high-standard hiking boots
  • A good amount of physical fitness and previous climbing experience.
  • A professional guide and a Porter team
  • A valid climbing permits

4 What is the cost of climbing through the Umbwe route?

$2200-$2500, is the typical cost of climbing through the Umbwe Route. This cost includes six nights on Kilimanjaro Mountain.


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