Some of the options for descending are the Mweka route. The route has low traffic due to its small size and location.
For those that want small groups, here you will not be as crowded as the other routes.
This gate is very small and so are most of the facilities. You will notice that the park offices here will also be relatively small but will still provide all the other services just like all the other gates.
There is shop for you to get some of the small necessitates for you hike but the shops are not as big as those in the other bigger gate areas.
Therefore don’t come here with an intention of shopping most of your equipment of the hike as the shops here many not have everything that you may need.
You are advised to do your shopping in Moshi as it is the major last town you will visit before you get here.
The roads to this gate are well maintained and just basic but because they receive low traffic then they are just fine.
Registration and inspection procedures may include:-
- Verification of Mount Kilimanjaro entry fees
- Passport / Visa verification
- Cross-checking to prove if your mountain guide belongs to a registered Kilimanjaro tour company
- Make sure you have enough resources to support your climb and stay on the mountain such as porters, tents, food, and water
- Cross-checking itinerary for every day spent on Mount Kilimanjaro
If you do not fulfill any of the above requirements, you will be denied entry.
Umbwe is a remote place on the southern footsteps of the Kilimanjaro Mountain. This is where the Umbwe gate is also located. The place a very low population and you will find just a few locals. Most of the people here are farmers.
This area is characterized by a lot of trees that form a canopy at the top since it’s a tropical rain forest. This makes the place a bit cooler since the sun rays cannot hit directly.
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