Day 1: Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Cave Camp
The starting point for Umbwe is the closest from Moshi town- after a short drive you will arrive at the gate where you will sign in to the National Park. The first couple of hours are a sharp uphill walk along a 4WD track, passing through the rainforest. After approx. 2 hours trekking the road ends and the ërealí trail starts. This is where the fun begins as you spend the rest of the day scrambling up over tree roots- reaching out for bits of shrubbery around to pull yourselves up some of the more vertical sections. Your legs may be sore but you will no doubt be distracted by the beauty of the forest around you. Eventually, you will emerge from the forest to see Umbwe Cave Camp, where a lovely hot dinner will be awaiting you (and you can finally put your feet up!).
Day 2: Umbwe Cave Camp to Barranco Camp
This day takes you through one of the most scenic areas on the mountain. Today you will start in the forest, come out into heathland then pass into moorland, before arriving at Barranco Camp on the border of the alpine desert ecosystem. This is one of the many wanders of climbing Kilimanjaro encountering several ecosystems in one day. Following lunch the path gets rockier and vegetation changes as the path steadily climbs before a short downhill to arrive at Barranco Camp.
Day 3: Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp
On your way to Barafu camp you will pass over the alpine forest and volcanic rocks from previous explosions where you will be able to view the entire landscape of the mountain. You will arrive at Barafu camp around 5pm for dinner and then rest up and get some sleep in preparation for your summit night! Although warmer during the day, the Barafu camp really lives up to its name once the sun goes down.
Summit Night: Your friendly guide will give you a warm wakeup call at approximately 11pm (depending how well you have fared so far you may get up earlier or later!). From here you will start your ascent to the summit. This is the final push to the top therefore your guide will take you at a much slower pace compared to your trekking the previous days. This will make sure that you have the best chance of getting to the peak, giving your body time to cope with the high altitude. Once you reach Stella Point at 5735m you will have earned your certificate but donít let that stop you- itís only another 45 minutes until you will find yourself at Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. Enjoy your time here, take in what will surely be your most memorable sunrise and celebrate with your guide before heading back down.
Day 4: The Summit to Mweka Camp
From the summit you will descend back down to Barafu Camp where you will be welcomed by the rest of the crew and enjoy a short break and breakfast. Here you can have a nap for a couple of hours if you wish and depending on the time you arrive. From Barafu Camp you will make your way down to Mweka Camp, passing from desert to moorland terrain. You will reach Mweka Camp at approximately 5pm. Thereís always a great atmosphere at camp this night ñ the hard work is over and now you can pat yourself on the back! Celebrations wonít go on for too long as you will no doubt want to head into the tent early.
Day 5: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
Passing through the montane forest, similar to your first day trekking, you will make your way down to Mweka Gate, stopping to watch the monkeys and spot turaco birds or hornbills. Upon reaching the gate you will sign out and exit Kilimanjaro National Park. From here you will be picked up by our company transport and transferred back to our office in town where you will be presented with your certificate before returning to your hotel for a well-deserved rest .