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Shira Route

The Umbwe Route is widely regarded as the hardest trail, a tough vertical slog through the jungle, in places using the tree roots as makeshift rungs on a ladder. Having reached the Southern Circular Route, trekkers can continue north-west to tackle Kibo from the west and the difficult Arrow Glacier Route

DAY 1: UMBWE GATE (1614M) – UMBWE CAVE CAMP (2850M)

After breakfast you will be driven to the Machame gate where registration formalities will be completed. From the Machame gate you will be transferred to the Umbwe Gate (1641m), The route initially follows a forestry track winding up through the natural rain forest. 

 

DAY 2: UMBWE CAVE CAMP (2850M) – BARRANCO CAMP (3985M)

hortly after leaving the camp the forest starts thinning and is replaced by rockier terrain, sparser undergrowth and straggly. 

The path flattens as you approach Barranco Valley. From the Umbwe ridge the route descends slightly to the Barranco camp. The camp is situated in the valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall

 

DAY 3: BARRANCO CAMP (3985M) – KARANGA CAMP (4040M)

 The route heads down through the Karanga Valley over intervening ridges and valleys, and then joins up with the Mweka route. This is the preferred route down from the summit, so remember it. The last water stop on the route is the Karanga Valley, as there is no water available at Barafu camp. 

 

DAY 4: KARANGA CAMP (4040M) – BARAFU CAMP (4681M)

After breakfast turn left up the ridge and the route ascends 640m towards Barafu Camp. Make sure that you familiarise yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents.

 

DAY 5: BARAFU CAMP (4681M) – UHURU PEAK (5895M)-MWEKA (3090M)

You will get up around 23h20, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night.

You will head in a north-westerly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim.
For many climbers the 6-hour walk to Stella point is mentally and physically the most challenging on the route.

From Stella Point you will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak. Here you will have a well earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear, before heading down to Mweka hut (3090m).

 

DAY 6: MWEKA CAMP (3090M) – MWEKA GATE (1641M)

After an early and well-deserved breakfast, it is a short 4 to 6 hour and scenic hike back to the Park gate.  At Mweka gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village, normally a muddy 3 km (1 hour) hike. In the Mweka village you will be served a delicious hot lunch!! 

 

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