As recommended on TripAdvisor

Umbwe Route

The hardest and steepest route to reach Kilimanjaro’s summit, Umbwe is recommended only for truly experienced climbers.

The direct route means that very little time is allowed for acclimatizing, and the trying climbing conditions combine with this to make it the route with the lowest success rate.

We discourage using this route.

At a glance

• Approaches from the south of the mountain

• Short, steep and direct route

• Considered the most challenging route up the summit

• Only advised for highly experienced trekkers

• Cons: Quick ascent with very poor acclimatization and very low success rates

• Trek length: 6 to 7 days

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