Trekkers descend towards the clouds

Kilimanjaro Route: The Machame Route

Photo Credit: Roy Grossinger

A 7-day Machame Route climb is perfect for trekkers on a budget. This popular Kilimanjaro route includes fewer amenities in camp and lower weight limits** on luggage, while still offering the peace of mind you get by choosing Thomson.


  • Additional acclimatization day on Kilimanjaro
  • Challenging nighttime summit bid
  • Private toilet tents & nutritionist-planned meals
  • Perfect for group and charity treks
  • Thomson’s most budget-friendly option
  • Personal porters available to all trekkers*
*Personal porter hire available for an additional fee
**Machame trekkers are allowed 26 lb/person of gear vs. 33 lb/person on our other climbs


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11 days door-to-door

International airfare not included
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Single accommodations: $440
Personal Porter: $385

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Please note: All prices are subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to produce this information accurately. We reserve the right to correct errors.

JAck DeF

Thanks again for a wonderful adventure to the roof of Africa!

We had a great time – couldn’t imagine having better guides, cook/waiter and porters. We had such a good time that I wish to bring my wife back for safari with a side trip to Zanzibar. My lasting impressions of Kilimanjaro include the friendliness and professionalism of the staff and the difficulty of the trek. I’d…

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Square off 2

My family is forever grateful to yours for an epic journey.

A lifelong dream was fulfilled in spectacular fashion with the help of Thomson Safaris and their first class guides and service. Three generations of my family; my son, brother and nearly 70 year old father were seeking expertise and comfort at a relatively modest price in order to achieve a successful summit. Without the help of the Thomson…

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We knew we were in good hands. Your company does an outstanding job.

I hope you are able to send our thanks and most sincere appreciation to Bernard, our guide, psychologist and friend. I will never forget him or Pablo and all the wonderful, amazing porters and the cook who managed to prepare great meals. Thanks to all 21 crew members, my dream of making it to the summit…

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Allison and friend on Kili.

You’ll return home a stronger and more cultured person!

My best advice to anyone climbing Kili is to get to know your guides and ask them tons of questions about Tanzanian culture. Do your research ahead of time, and know what to ask about. Hearing stories about growing up a part of an African tribe firsthand is an experience you won’t find anywhere else,…

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Kris Donna Mack on the trail

Thank you for making a dream come true. It was such a positive experience for me!

The Machame Route was a once in a life time experience. It was hard but very rewarding. We could not have made it without our excellent guides. I summitted because of Thomson Safaris and our head guide Andrew Kitema. His 18 years of experience and safety record put me at ease to trust his guidance.…

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A successful Machame route trekker

I didn’t even look at other companies.

My guide Edward was also absolutely top-of-the-line. He was always responsive to individual needs. The porters, too, were so helpful. The little details, like a hot pre-breakfast drink as the weather got colder further up the mountain, made all the difference.

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