Starting on the Southern side of the mountain at Umbwe gate this is a fairly steep route and is recommended for the very fit or practiced trekker. Steep forest paths give way to heath and moorland before becoming rocky and where the trek becomes more demanding. Approach to the summit is Via Barafu and Stella point with the descent being Via Mweka.
DAY 1: Drive to the Kilimanjaro National park gate Umbwe. For the first section of the climb through the forest along a narrow ridge between the Lonzo and Umbwe rivers to reach bivouac No. 1 taking 4 to 5 hours, at 9400ft/2800m for over night Camp. Overnight Bivouac No. 1 Camp.
DAY 2: Leaving the forest the path continues to follow the ridge, passing through heather and open moorland to reach Barranco Camp at 13000ft/3900m for overnight camp taking 3 to 4 hours. Overnight Barranco Camp.
DAY 3: The climbs steeply, out of the Barranco Valley, crosses the Karanga Valley and turns North to reach Barafu Camp at 15500ft/4600m taking 8 to 9 hours. Overnight Barafu Camp.
DAY 4: A very early starts to reach Stella point in time for sunrise. Then to Uhuru Peak 19340ft/5896m the highest point in Africa taking 6 to 8 hours. Descend Via Barafu campsite through the forest to Mweka camposite at 10000ft/300m. For overnight camp taking 5 to 7 hours Overnight Mweka Camp.
DAY 5: Descend through the forest to the park gate at Mweka gate taking 3 to 4 hours to meet and transferred to the Hotel for overnight stay.