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The Umbwe Gate (Entrance) of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

This is of course the gate way to the Umbwe route of the Kilimanjaro National Park. This route s also among those that are only used to ascend and you will have to use a different route to descent.

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.

Gate Facilities

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:-

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.


Most gates to the Kilimanjaro National Park are located at the base of the mountain and therefore they are all at the edge of the Montane forest zone vegetation of the mountain.

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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