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

    A staff member will greet you at the airport and escort you to your lodge.

    Overnight: Rivertrees Country Inn

  • Day 3 | Acclimatization Day in Arusha

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

    Overnight: Rivertrees Country Inn

  • Day 4 | Begin Trek to Machame Camp

    Begin your journey on narrow rainforest trails, where you'll set out with many other groups on this popular trail.

    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, where alien-looking giant groundsels tower over the rocky slopes.

    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

    A challenging scramble up the Barranco Wall is rewarded with breathtaking views from the top. Continue over ridges and valleys before a steep hike to camp.

    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: 3-4

  • Day 9 | Barafu to Summit/ Mweka Millennium Camp

    Headlamps snaking up the mountain light your way during an overnight summit 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: 8-10 to Summit/ 4-7 to Mweka Millennium Camp

  • Days 10-11 | Complete Trek/ Return to North America

    Complete your descent through the rainforest to Mweka Gate at 5,364 feet. Land Rovers will be waiting to take you back into town for a shower and some rest before your transfer to the airport this evening.

    Day room: KIA Lodge

    Hours trekking: 4-6

Rivertrees Country Inn

Rivertrees Country Inn

This former coffee plantation blends simple elegance and modern convenience. Farmhouse-style rooms overlook the Usa River. Enjoy hearty meals in a beautiful open-air thatched-roof dining area.

Mountain Camps

Mountain Camps

Camp in comfort in customized all-weather tents with upgraded zippers, flysheets, and closed-cell full-ground pads. Private toilet tents and solar-lit dining tents are provided daily. Hot meals are prepared from fresh ingredients by the camp’s chef. In the afternoons, hot drinks and snacks are provided.

KIA Lodge

KIA Lodge

Enjoy a cozy bungalow set among lush gardens at this Arusha mainstay. Stunning views of Mt. Kilimanjaro make it a perfect place to start or end a trek.


11 days door-to-door

International airfare not included
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Single accommodations: $460
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.

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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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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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