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Kilimanjaro 2019

Kilimanjaro -The Umbwe Route

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Sept.30-Oct.9, 2019

Member $3,895
Non-Member $4,250



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Trip Leader:
Jay Cordes



Trip Description


The Umbwe Route is one of the least traveled routes on Kilimanjaro.  It features spectacular views of gorges, ridgelines, and waterfalls that offer some insight into this mountain’s exciting geologic past and are unique to all other routes.  Beginning with a gradual ascent through rain forests it emerges onto the wide-open views of the moorland.  We then traverse underneath the Western Breach Wall with views of the Heim Glacier and South Face before ascending into the alpine environment. 

During this “Roof of Africa” ascent we are supported by Chagga porters allowing us to carry light day packs. The Chagga have lived at the base of Kilimanjaro for many centuries and members of this tribe have accompanied expeditions to this mountain dating back to the earliest exploratory trips.


We start hiking in a jungle canopy at 6,500 feet. Over the course of seven days we will hike through different temperate zones each offering its own unique scenery and climate with plenty of good acclimatization scheduled. Our route brings us past some of the most spectacular scenery on the mountain including views of the Western Breach Wall and Heim Glacier. We descend via the Mweka Route.  ​

Historically this route was known for being “untamed”, “steep” and “unmaintained”.  Today it is a remote and overlooked route discovered by relatively few Kilimanjaro climbers.  After Day 2, this route intersects with the more heavily trafficked Machame, Shira, and Lemosho routes for the remainder of the climb along the South Circuit Path at Barranco Camp. 

Come and enjoy an epic and challenging experience on Tanzania's, Kilimanjaro!



Activities / Difficulty

Trip Highlights

  • Hiking Kilimanjaro - The Umbwe Route
  • Summiting Kilimanjaro at 19,340' 
  • Soak in the spectacular mountain scenery of the Western Breach Wall and Heim Glacier. 
  • Explore Moshi, Tanzania and soak up the local culture.

What’s Included

  • 7-day Guide and Porter supported climb of Kilimanjaro
  • All breakfasts and lunches and dinners while on climb
  • Airport transfers (if you arrive and depart with the group)
  • All transportation in country
  • An English-speaking hiking guide throughout the trip 
  • Medical Evacuation Benefit
  • American Alpine Club Membership (6mths)
  • CMC customized soft-shell expedition jacket
  • Personal porters during the climb
  • Two pre-trip video conferences with Jay and one with the outfitter.

What’s NOT Included

  • Round Trip airfare to/from Moshi, Tanzania
  • Travel (cancellation/interruption/etc.) and travel medical insurance
  • Beverages not included except those served with meals 
  • Laundry
  • International telephone calls
  • Any additional meals you wish to purchase
  • Porter and guide gratuities

Pre-Trip Activities

  • Pre-trip planning meeting via conference
  • Optional get-to-know-you training hikes 

Minimum Participant Requirements

  • Passport valid 6 months past return date
  • Visa for Tanzania
  • Willingness to travel at group pace and participate in group activities
  • Experience hiking with elevation gains of up to 3000' over multiple miles
  • Ablility to carry a daypack with personal gear, lunch, and water
  • Participation in pre-trip Activities

Final Payment

The balance due after deposit is made, is payable by check or credit card and must be made by July 29, 2019.

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