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Umbwe route is the hardest but most spectacular and direct way to reach Uhuru Peak. Extra days can be added to our itinerary to explore or relax along the route or to camp in the Karanga River valley. Accommodation on the mountain is in tents; you will need a sleeping bag and mat. The porters will pitch the tents for you.

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Umbwe route is among the hardest but most spectacular and direct way to reach Uhuru Peak. It follows a forested ridge to the moorlands, and then traverses below the Southern Icefields to reach the Barafu Route which is followed to the summit. An early start is made on the summit day to reach Stella Point, on the Crater Rim at dawn. Uhuru Peak lies a further 40 minutes along the rim.

Accommodation on the mountain is in tents which the porters will pitch for you; you will need a sleeping bag, warm clothes and walking poles. This is a steep, tough and in places slightly exposed trek within the limits of a fit individual used to walking in mountain areas. An extra day can be added to our itinerary to explore or relax along the route, (best taken at the Barranco Hut). If you are not accustomed to camping and mountain walking you could consider the Marangu Route as the most suitable. This follows easy angled paths through magnificent rain forests to the Mandara Hut. Shortly beyond it passes Maundi Crater, a fine view point located at the edge of the forest belt. Above you enter the moorlands with their fine giant heathers stands, groundsels, lobelia and other exotic tropical high altitude plants. The next hut is the Horombo Hut, soon after this hut you reach the Saddle, a high altitude desert separating the rugged Mawenzi summit from Kibo. The final ascent starts from the Kibo Hut and involves steep paths on loose scree. There is fresh running water at all the huts apart from Kibo where it will be carried by your porters. You will be accommodated generally in 4 person clean huts with mattresses.

The other routes are all more demanding as regards steepness and in places involve some scrambling. Accommodation is in tents and there is no running water at the campsites though warm water for washing is provided. The scenery more than compensates for these difficulties. Whichever route you choose it is essential to allow enough time for acclimatization to the altitude.

Although Mt. Kilimanjaro can be climbed throughout the year it is worth avoiding the two rainy seasons (late March to mid-June and October to the beginning of December) when the route becomes slippery. Probably the best time to visit is January to February and September to October when there is usually no cloud.

Mount Kilimanjaro (19340’) (5895m) lies just 3 degrees south of the equator and is one of the highest volcanoes in the world. It rises some (15000’) (4572m) above the surrounding plains and savannahs. The Kilimanjaro National Park covers some 1864 sq. Km (720 sq. miles) The base of this immense mountain has diameter of 80 Km (48 Miles) and the outstanding features are its three major volcanic centers: Shira (4160m) in the west. Mawenzi (5280 m) to the east and the permanently snow-capped Kibo in the middle.

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Umbwe route, the terrain passes from a tropical to an artic clime in just a few days. The encircling rain forest ensures the fertility of the lower lying shambas and is rich in birdlife. Above the rain forest lies the Alpine Meadow, beautiful moorland, offering many splendid views. Exotic plants such as the giant Lobelia and the fork-like Groundsel are to be seen. The latter blooming once every 50 – 70 years. Leaving the Alpine Meadow we reach the Alpine Desert and eventually the ‘’snows of Kilimanjaro’’.  

It is strictly prohibited to sleep inside the caves since it has caused death to some climbers due to slight earthquakes.


Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Rescue procedures
Mount Kilimanjaro climbing is an ultimate challenge of life for both first time and regular climbers. Kilimanjaro unlike other mountains in the world has funny weather to share. In the lowland of Moshi town and around Marangu and other entrance gates the weather is tropical (the temperature ranges from 20oc - 30oc) and much sun on the day. As you climb the altitude changes and here is when the drama starts (at the summit 5oc and below). The Kilimanjaro weather therefore gradually changes and might bring about altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is caused by the failure of the body to adapt quickly enough to the reduced level of oxygen in the air as one gains altitude. It is likely that you will experience some form of mild altitude sickness on a high mountain climbing.

While attempting Kilimanjaro climbing there are many different symptoms but the most common are headaches, light-headedness, nausea, sleeplessness and a loss of appetite, loss of balance and dizziness. In most case these sickness are controlled by painkiller such as panadol and other which are available.

All climbers are however advised to countercheck their body condition and ask as many questions as possible to our professional Mount Kilimanjaro guide(s) if abnormality arise. Our guides are experienced with Kilimanjaro guidance and attends regular train on issues concern Kilimanjaro including rescue.

We highly recommend that you secure your travel insurance, seek for Doctor Advice before departure and on your arrival listen to what your chief guide advice you. Some clients usually take Diamox before attempting Kilimanjaro and others do when they are at the mountain. We recommend that you leave the body to acclimatize itself and if there is a need then you can take the medication.

N.B: The biggest medication on climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a back off algorithm when thing aren’t going in a normal condition forcing issues might bring to a serious illness or case death.

What to do while in Kilimanjaro

Drink lots and eat much: A successful Mount Kilimanjaro climber is supposed to drink as much water as he/she can at least 3 liters per day or more. Altitude sickness or normal condition in Kilimanjaro led most climbers to loss appetite force to eat as you can to generate more energy. Our mountain cooks are well trained and prepares palatable diet for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians.

Walking pace should be slow: We recommend that our clients should take their time to work slowly from one camp/hut to another to maximize full acclimatization as well as reducing tiredness for the next attempt.

Accommodation: With exception of Marangu route where accommodation is on hut bases other routes are supposed to be considered where to camp. Trekking high and sleep on the low level is the best technique as the body acclimatizes on fully perfection. All our Kilimanjaro climbing itineraries have observed this condition for successfully Kilimanjaro climbing.

Precaution: Don’t involve on smoking or drinking alcohol when attempting this mountain as it might bring about losing energy to accomplish this adventure of your life time.

The rescuing procedures
Mountain Kilimanjaro climbing is done by number of experienced mount Kilimanjaro guides, assistant guides as well as porters depending on the size of the group.

If it happens that our extreme client fails to continue and has minor sickness will be assisted by assistant guide return back to the gate else chief guide will be taking care of the matter and leave the group with his assistant to continue. On the arrival at the gate you will find our vehicle and will transfer you to Moshi town for a rest and medication if necessary. While waiting for your colleagues in a hotel we will be monitoring your health as well as keeping you busy with other popular activities around Kilimanjaro region and nearby town of Arusha. But all depends with the itinerary and time available.

If it happens that our extreme client fails to continue and has major sickness will be assisted by chief guide to the gate by wheeled stretcher. At the gate we will be there to transfer you to a hospital in Moshi or Arusha depending on the situation. Or the other option and which is very advanced and reliable is by using helicopter. The company has entered a contract with Intensive Care Air Ambulance (ICAA) which can evacuate you incase of any problem should it arise.


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Hospital admission made easy-well in advance administrative arrangements have been put in place by ICAA so that there are usually no difficulties in the admission and discharge of members.

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