Are you up for a challenge? Explore one of the most iconic sights in South America as you trek along the fascinating Peruvian Andes scattered with Inca ruins, is a demanding trek as you acclimatize to the high altitude before ascending to Dead Woman’s Pass at 4200m. The final stretch coming into the Sun Gate, will provide your first magical glimpse overlooking Machu Picchu, providing an unforgettable reward for your efforts. This is also a great opportunity to give back to your industry peers whilst raising funds through your industries charity.
3rd - 12th September 2022
- Return transport from London to Cuzco
- Internal flight departure taxes
- All meals except where specified, accommodation and camping equipment
- UK and local guides, porters, doctors and cooks
- Local support and back-up equipment
- Sleeping mat
- Entrance to Machu Picchu and other sites visited as part of the itinerary
- 10 Nights accommodation
- Charity branded t-shirt
- Fundraising page set up assistance
- Recognition on all charity social media platforms and online publications
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Itinerary (10 days, 35 Hours trek max.)
- Day 1: Fly London to Lima.
- Day 2: Arrive to Cuzco at 3400m, after a trip briefing, the afternoon is free to explore the sites of this historic city, or simply adjust to the altitude by watching the world go by in one of the numerous cafés on the Plaza de Armas.
- Day 3: The first day’s trek takes you from Tambo Machay, an ancient ruin high in the hills above Cuzco. You pass some of the amazing Inca sites in the surrounding country-side and walk downhill to Sacsayhuaman, the huge and impressive Inca ruin on the outskirts of Cuzco. As well as beautiful scenery and fascinating ruins, today’s trekking offers excellent acclimatisation to the altitude. Trek approx 5 hours.
- Day 4: After a second night at altitude we should all be feeling ready for action! We leave Cuzco behind us, heading out along the Sacred Valley via Ollantaytambo to the Trail’s starting-point at Km82. The first half-day walk is fairly easy and on an undulating path which follows the Urubamba River for much of the way. After lunch a gentle climb takes us to our camp at Wayllabamba. There are a couple of steep drops and climbs into gullies along the way, with great views of Mt Veronica standing at 5000m. We pass a couple of small places to buy cokes. The path is dusty but firm and there are no steps. Night camp (3000m). trek approx 5-6 hours.
- Day 5: Rising from camp all the way to Dead Woman’s Pass at 4200m. This is a relentless and steep climb on narrow trails, first through grassland, then cloud forest (where some people start to feel the altitude), where the path is steeper and can be muddy. Eventually it opens out onto pasture where we will have lunch with snowcapped mountains behind us and a distant view up to the top of the pass, still several hours ahead. The final stretch to the top of the pass is well maintained with steps but the pace is slow because of the altitude. From the top we descend on steps to our evening's campsite at Pacamayo, below the ruins of Runkurakay. Night camp (3500m). Trek approx 8-12 hours.
- Day 6: The path is mostly steps which are steep in places and there are ruins every mile or so along the way. We have the second high pass at 4000m, again with steps leading up to the top and down the other side. From here the trail is very pretty, wide and easy-going with interesting fragments of cloud forest en route. The third pass is reached easily after passing through an Inca tunnel in the rock and a gentle climb. Continue on to the ruins of Puyupatamarca and then descend steep steps to the campsite at Winay Wayna. Trek approx 8-10 hours.
- Day 7: Start early and have a three hour walk to Inti Punku, the Sun Gate, along a beautiful stretch of trail, scattered with ruins and some steep flights of steps, with a few large drops down the side to the Urubamba River. You should arrive at Machu Picchu before the crowds arrive from Cuzco. Enjoy a guided tour around this extraordinary site, and then have plenty of time to soak up the unique atmosphere. Trek approx 3 hours.
- Day 8: After a good night’s sleep and a relaxing lie-in, you have the remainder of the day free to explore Cuzco or do any last minute shopping. Tonight, there is a nice dinner to celebrate your achievement.
- Day 9: Depart Cuzco, return flight back to London.
- Day 10: Arrive London.