SAFARI TO UMBWE ROUTE HIKING ADVENTURE
The Umbwe Route is widely regarded as the hardest trail. It’s a tough, sometimes near-vertical slog through the jungle. The Umbwe Route has a short and steep beginning profile up to Barranco camp where trekkers join climbers from the Lemosho, Shira and Machame routes. In the areas you will pass through, you will use the tree roots like rungs on a ladder.
After reaching the Southern Circular Route, trekkers have options to choose just exactly like Machame and Lemosho trekkers. The first option is to continue north-west to tackle Kibo from the west and the difficult Western Breach Route.
The second option is to head east to Barafu and approach the summit from there. The entire walk up and down takes a minimum of five days whether going via the Barafu Campsite or via the Western Breach/Arrow Glacier.
Although the route has a bad reputation as the most difficult climb, Umbwe is still just a trek. In other wards, there is no actual climbing involved with the trekkers. It is steep, and in places you will be holding on to tree roots as you haul yourself up the slope. Despite of the above facts, the rewards in terms of scenery and solitude are more than ample