The umbwe route is known as the most challenging Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Route. Because hikers get to a high altitude within a very short time, it does not offer enough time for acclimatization. The trail is used by very few hikers and the success rate to the summit is very low. The Umbwe Route is generally very challenging and tough, and should be attempted by only determined hikers who are assured of their ability to quickly acclimatize to high altitude.
The route approached the summit from the south, and it is the shortest route offering a short but steep climb. Once you reach the Barranco camp, you will head south and traverse below the southern ice field trail also known as the southern Circuit. From there, you will summit the mountain from Barafu. The descent takes the Mweka route.
Umbwe Route can be completed in six or seven days. The seven days’ itinerary comes with an additional day at Barranco Camp on day three for acclimatization.