The Umbwe Route is the least used and least crowded route to the mountain, as it is steep, constant and straight to climb the top. The route is mostly avoided since the ascent profile does not give hikers much time to adjust to the altitude.
As the success rate is low, normally seven days is recommended but the route takes six days minimum to complete. The descent is through Mweka, which is on the south-east side of the mountain. Umbwe is not as scenically varied as Machame, Lemosho and Shira.
The Umbwe is an ideal route for those, who want a challenging climb, and are very confident in their ability to trek over consistently steep slopes. Also, Umbwe is for those who want to experience at altitude and confident that the demanding schedule of Umbwe will not obstruct their ability to adjust to the high altitude. Because of a fewer crowd, Umbwe is also for those who want a secluded hike.
Foot Slopes Tours Tanzania invites you to join trekking Kilimanjaro throughUmbwe route is a short, steep and direct route. It is considered to be very difficult and is the most challenging way up Mount Kilimanjaro. Due to the quick ascent, Umbwe does not provide the necessary stages for altitude acclimatization. Although the traffic on this route is very low, the chances of success are also low. The route is offered at a minimum of six days, though seven days is recommended when attempting this route.
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