- Date 2018-12-20
- Departure Kilimanjaro
Umbwe Route is the steepest, shortest and the most direct route on Mt. Kilimanjaro. It is dubbed as the most challenging route on Kilimanjaro.
Umbwe Route is the least crowded route on the mountain. Umbwe due to its steep, constant and straight climb to the top makes the chances of success on this route very low.
The route is recommended for professional hikers or climbers who have the ability to acclimatize quickly to altitude.
However, the route with few trekkers, untouched forests and walking distances makes it a perfect trekking option for fit trekkers.
Popote Africa provides 6 days Umbwe tours for its client who wants to enjoy an adventurous trek to Mt Kilimanjaro.
The route begins from the south, before turning eastwards at Barranco Camp, the trail then transverses beneath the Southern Icefield before summiting from Barafu. The descents are made via the Mweka route.
Steep ridges, rocky outcrops, giant heathers, lava cones, porous volcanic rocks, craters, desert and heather zones, glacial sheets typify the hardy geological exterior of the route which has aptly earned the title of the most difficult trail on the mountain
Historically the most daunting route, it made a mark as the fastest ascent to the Uhuru peak and combined with (Western Breach) Route it was a world-class expedition that attracted adrenaline climbers from all over the world. But in recent times the Western breach has earned a "dangerous" reputation though conditions have somewhat improved.
Initially navigation would be through natural rainforests so humid conditions will prevail. As you move on to the moorland the climate will get temperamental and you will feel the vagaries of extreme day and night temperatures. As you gain altitude you will hit the alpine zones and will be exposed to dipping temperatures made worse with strong gusts of winds. As when you peak it will be in the midst of glacier conditions.
You shouldn’t actually unless you are a seasoned backpacker with heaps of experience in adventure mountain climbing. If you have a compulsion to fuel the adrenaline then do go for this route because the rewards are breathtaking vistas at every stage of the journey.