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Trek the OFFICIAL Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Sign up to trek the official Inca Trail - back by popular demand.
Our charity trek follows the official Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - the Lost City of the Incas. It is one of the world’s most fascinating and important archaeological finds and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The Inca Trail is rated amongst the ten best trekking trails on the planet due to its striking beauty, ancient Inca ruins and diverse ecological zones.
We’re one of the only challenge event operators to offer the official route. A limited number of permits are available each day and we can secure them as part of our service. This permit helps to preserve the trail for future generations to enjoy.
(Please Note: This trek is at altitude - highest point 4200 metres).
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- Trek the REAL Inca Trail - the classic route to Machu Picchu
- Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas
- Witness sunrise over Machu Picchu
- Marvel at the Lost City of the Incas
- Discover historic Cusco
Flights to / from Peru, accommodation (hotels & 3 nights camping), transfers, full medical support, experienced guides, support staff, water & all meals except lunch on days 3, 4, 9 & dinner on day 9.
What's Not Included
Airport tax - £150 approx.(November 2016), Inca Trail Permit - £100 approx. (November 2016)
Travel insurance, lunch on days 3, 4, 9 & dinner on day 9, optional tours, gratuities & spending money.
How To Take Part
To sign up for this challenge you will need to pay a registration fee and pick from one of the following two payment options:
- Option 1 (Minimum Sponsorship) - You pay a £349 registration fee and agree to raise the £3450 sponsorship. Additional costs include: Airport tax (approx. £150) and Inca Trail Permit (approx. £100)
- Option 2 (Own Place) - You pay a £349 registration fee, plus pay the £1705 tour cost yourself. You will be invoiced for the £1705 tour cost plus airport tax (approx. £150) and Inca Trail Permit (approx. £100) approx. 10 weeks prior to departure
UPDATE ON COSTS ***** Places booked after 1 November 2016 will be subject to availability and may incur an additional fee due to higher airfares. This is approximately £60.
* For more information on these options take a look at our booking conditions.
All costs correct at the time of writing, subject to change
Day 1: 14 May 2017 - London - Cusco
Overnight flight from London to Cusco, indirect.
Day 2: 15 May 2017 - Cusco
Arrive late morning in the historical city of Cusco (3400m above sea level) where we spend the next two nights. This afternoon is free to explore independently or take part in an optional walking tour of Cusco. Tonight after dinner we hear more about the challenge ahead.
Day 3: 16 May 2017 - Cusco & Sacred Valley of the Incas
A fascinating day spent exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the area around Cusco in order to help acclimatise to the altitude. The full day optional tour includes a warm up hike over part of the Inca trail and a visit to the Inca site and market town of Pisac. After lunch we visit the remote community of Yucapata where farmers cultivate herds of Alpacas. It is a great opportunity to experience the historical culture of Peru.
Day 4: 17 May 2017 - Cusco
More acclimatisation today as well as some preparations for the trek, including weighing our kit bags ready for the porters to carry along the Inca Trail. It’s an early night – our last for a while in a proper bed – ready for the start of the challenge tomorrow.
Day 5: 18 May 2017 - Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Huayllabamba
We take an early morning coach transfer to the market town of Ollantaytambo. This is the last town before the trail and there’s a chance to stock up on last minute supplies. Our coach continues to ‘Kilometre 82’, from where we set off at an altitude of 2500m. After a couple of hours trekking beside the River Urubamba, we reach the first of the Inca ruins - Llaqtapata. From there it’s another 2- 3 hours to the overnight camp at Huayllabamba (3000m). 4 - 5 hours trekking approx.
Day 6: 19 May 2017 - Huayllabamba - Warmiwanuska (Dead Woman’s Pass) - River Paqaymayo
The trail from Huayllabamba climbs steeply along the banks of the River Llullucha and up into beautiful cloud forest at Lulluchapampa (3850m). The toughest part of today’s trek is reaching the highest point of the challenge at Warmiwanuska (Dead Woman’s Pass), 4200m above sea level – an incredible achievement. This is followed by a steep descent through picturesque surroundings to the River Paqaymayo (3600m) and our camp site. 7 - 8 hours trekking approx.
Day 7: 20 May 2017 - River Paqaymayo - Runkuracay - Phuyupatamarca - Winay Wayna
Another spectacular day lies ahead which starts with a steep ascent to Runkuracay (3800m), a small archaeological site. After a cultural talk by the local guides we continue to the Runkuracay Pass at 4000m. Sayaqmarca (3600m) is an hour’s descent down steps from Runkuracay Pass and home to the second site of Inca ruins we see on this trek. Beyond Sayaqmarca the landscape gives way to a lush forest valley and leads to our lunch spot at Chaquiqocha (dry lake). Afterwards it’s a steep ascent to the beautifully named Phuyu Pata Marca (Town Above the Clouds). The stunning views at this altitude and the beautiful cloud forest to follow are the highlights of the day. The trail then descends towards our campsite. Today is a long and difficult day, with the combination of steep ascents and altitude but the incredible views will make our exertions worthwhile. 8 - 10 hours trekking approx.
Day 8: 21 May 2017 - Winay Wayna - Intipunku - Machu Pcchu - Aguas Calientes - Cusco
It’s a very early start (we wake at 4.00am) in order to reach Intipunku (Gates of the Sun) for sunrise. The trail is undulating with a series of very steep steps up to Intipunku. From there we catch our first glimpse of the awe-inspiring Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu and pose for a group photo. We enjoy a 2-3 hour guided visit around the ancient ruins to learn more about this mysterious and magical place. This is followed by lunch at the nearby town of Aguas Calientes before we board a train through dramatic mountain scenery to Ollantaytambo. Our day finishes in the familiar surroundings of Cusco where we enjoy a celebratory meal and reflect on an incredible achievement. 3 hours trekking approx.
Day 9: 22 May 2017 - Cusco - London
We bid farewell to the remote city of Cusco and take an overnight flight to London, indirect service.
Day 10: 23 May 2017 - London
Arrive in the UK.
Please Note: This is a complex itinerary & may be subject to change