7-Day Machame Route

2015 - 2017


Kilimanjaro’s Popular Alpine Expedition

Climb one of Kilimanjaro’s most popular routes on the southern side of the mountain. While a more heavily traveled trail, the views are beautiful across the Shira Plateau, throughout the Barranco Valley, and in the alpine desert. A challenging 15-hour nighttime summit bid is rewarded with a summit at dawn.

Trip Highlights:

  • Addition acclimatization day on Kilimanjaro
  • Machame Route: Very popular southern route with steeper trails and nighttime summit bid
  • Lighter alpine amenities for a more rugged trekking experience
  • Ideal for charity climbs or adventurers looking to save
  • Climb with a National Geographic Best Adventure Travel Company on Earth

Days 1-2
Depart North America / Arrive Arusha, Tanzania

A staff member will greet you at the airport and escort you to your scenic lodge, just a short drive away.

Overnight: Rivertrees Country Inn


Day 3
Acclimatization Day in Arusha

Relax and acclimatize today or independently schedule one of the many exciting activities available at your lodge (per availability and paid directly to the lodge).

Overnight: Rivertrees Country Inn


Day 4
Begin Trek to Machame Camp

Begin your journey on narrow rainforest trails, taking a slower pace up steep inclines as you hear “jambo-jambo” from the many porters that accompany groups on this popular trail. Enjoy the beautiful vegetation and unique wildlife of Kilimanjaro’s rainforests!

Overnight: Machame Camp (9,850’)
Hours trekking: 5-7

Day 5
Machame Camp to Shira 2 Camp

Vegetation gets sparser as you ascend into the heath. Alien-looking giant groundsels towering over the rocky plateau make for unforgettable sights!

Overnight: Shira 2 Camp (12,795)
Hours trekking: 4-5


Day 6
Shira 2 to Barranco Camp

Enjoy expansive views of the Barranco Valley from your camp at the base of the Barranco Wall.

Overnight: Barranco Camp (13,004’)
Hours trekking: 6-7


Day 7
Barranco Camp to Karanga

Start your day with a scramble up invigorating switchbacks on the Barranco Wall; the view from the top is truly breathtaking!  Then continue hiking another series of ridges and valleys before hiking steeply up to your camp for the evening.

Overnight: Karanga Camp (13,231’)
Hours trekking: 4-5


Day 8
Karanga to Barafu Camp

As you near the summit, the landscape starts to resemble the surface of the moon. Keep an eye out for towering lava formations, remnants of Kili’s fiery past.

Overnight: Barafu Camp (15,331’)
Hours trekking: 4-5


Day 9
Barafu to Summit/ Mweka Millennium Camp

A trail of headlamps snaking up the mountain will light the path to the summit during your overnight bid. Celebrate your success with a few quick pictures at the top before trekking much of the way back down the mountain.

Overnight: Mweka Millennium Camp (12,500’)
Hours trekking: 6-8 to Summit/ 4-7 to Mweka Millennium Camp


Day 10-11
Complete Trek/ Return to North America

Descend back through the rainforest and enjoy a farewell lunch with your group at Mweka Gate before heading for home. Don’t worry: before your flight you’ll have the chance to use a day room in Arusha, where you can take a well-deserved shower!

Day room: KIA Lodge
Hours trekking: 4-6

Looking to continue your adventure in Tanzania? Add a 5- or 7-day safari extension, starting from Arusha (details below) or add on one of our exciting, trip extensions to exotic Zanzibar, chimpanzee colonies in Mahale, one of Tanzania’s many stunning national parks, and more.

Add a Safari

Learn more about our 5-Day Wildlife Highlights Safari extension.

Learn more about our 7-Day Classic Safari extension.

Rivertrees Country Inn

Reminiscent of its legacy as a former German colonial farm and coffee estate, Rivertrees Country Inn blends simple elegance and modern convenience. Wake up in your farmhouse-style room to the sound of the rushing Usa River, and enjoy a hearty breakfast in an open-air, thatched-roof dining area.

Mountain Camps

A comfortable yet rugged experience on your way to the roof of Africa …

A challenging journey deserves specialized accommodations. Your mountain camps include double-occupancy all-weather tents, with customized fly-sheets, upgraded zippers, and full-ground pads. Camps are set up and broken down each day by your expert porters. Private toilet tents, solar-lit dining tents with tables and chairs, and hot basins of water are all provided daily.

After full trekking days, savor hot meals prepared by the camp’s chef, expertly trained in hygienic food preparation. In the afternoons, piping tea and hearty snacks will be waiting for you. And there’s nothing quite like starting each day with a breath of crisp mountain air.

Season 2015 - 2016

Return from Trek
Depart North America Trek Only + 5-Day Safari + 7-Day Safari Notes
  • 2015
    • Dec 19
      Dec 29
      Jan 03
      Jan 05
  • 2016
    • Jan 10
      Jan 20
      Jan 25
      Jan 27
    • Feb 06
      Feb 16
      Feb 21
      Feb 23
    • Feb 20
      Mar 01
      Mar 06
      Mar 08
    • Mar 18
      Mar 28
      Apr 02
      Apr 04

Season 2016 - 2017

Return from Trek
Depart North America Trek Only + 3-Day Safari + 5-Day Safari Notes
  • 2016
    • Jun 06
      Jun 16
      Jun 19
      Jun 21
      $300 Second-trip discount
    • Jul 11
      Jul 21
      Jul 24
      Jul 26
      $300 Second-trip discount
    • Aug 15
      Aug 25
      Aug 28
      Aug 30
      $300 Second-trip discount
    • Oct 04
      Oct 14
      Oct 17
      Oct 19
      $300 Second-trip discount
    • Dec 22
      Jan 01
      Jan 04
      Jan 06
      $300 Second-trip discount
  • 2017
    • Jan 21
      Jan 31
      Feb 03
      Feb 05
      $300 Second-trip discount
    • Feb 18
      Feb 28
      Mar 03
      Mar 05
      $300 Second-trip discount


Per Person Double Occupancy Land Packages:


Machame Route Trek: $3890
5-Day Wildlife Safari Extension: $3290
7-Day Classic Wildlife Safari Extension: $4490

Single Accommodations:
– Machame Route Trek: $440
– 5 or 7-Day Wildlife Safari Extension: $550

– Personal Porter: $385
– Serengeti Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Safari: $540


Please call us to discuss our competitive Business Class fares.

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This vacation was the best that I’ve ever had.

Thanks goes out to Thomson Safaris and all its personnel that made this a trip of a lifetime. Everyone I encountered was friendly, courteous, and knowledgeable. My expectations were met and then exceeded, and the quality of service was top rated. Kilimanjaro was the ultimate physical and mental test to challenge myself with.  Being exposed […]

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We could not believe the efficiency and thoughtfulness of each and every member of your firm.  Our health and safety was of paramount importance to all members of your company which was very comforting. Everything worked like clockwork throughout the trip and we were blown away by the accommodations at Ndarakwai Camp and Gibbs Farm! […]

We truly enjoyed the trip of a lifetime with Thomson Safaris.

Our head guide, Gabriel, was very professional and thorough. We immediately knew we were in good, competent hands. We also has an amazing crew of 23 unbelievable and hard working men who were there to support us and help us get to the top of this mountain. Gabriel was our head guide and his assistant […]

The most incredible experience of my life!!

Any chance hiking that mountain can be my life’s work?! The guides and staff were incredible and went the extra mile every chance they could. I love those guys. Without a doubt, Thomson Safaris’ Grand Traverse expedition on Mt. Kilimanjaro was the most incredible experience of my life!!

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