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Follow the ancient route of the Incas, explore the Andes and uncover the mysteries of Machu Picchu. A spectacular trek through the Andes Mountains to discover the lost city of the Incas...
This challenge begins in the Inca capital of Cusco – a fascinating city full of colonial charm, hidden deep in the Andes Mountains. There are many trails throughout Peru, but only the original Inca Trail leads us along gushing rivers, through ancient tunnels and over high mountain passes to the Sun Gate.
The sight of the magnificent, lost city of Machu Picchu appearing through the morning mist is one that will live with you forever!
We depart the UK for our flight to Cusco..
We arrive in Cusco and are met by our local guides and transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is free to acclimatise to the high altitude and explore this fascinating city, hidden deep in the Andes Mountains.
Today it is essential that we take some exercise to adjust to the high altitude. We have a fairly early breakfast before transferring to Tambo Machay, the Inca ruins high above Cusco. We trek down to Sacsayhuaman, having our lunch en-route, then return to Cusco.
A full trek briefing will be held before our challenge tomorrow – The Inca Trail!
Trekking distance - approx. 8km.
Following breakfast, we transfer to KM 82 where we register at the checkpoint for our Inca Trail permits. En route, we’ll make a short stop at Ollantaytambo where there will be time to do some last minute shopping for trekking provisions - crackers, cookies, walking sticks.
Once we arrive at KM 82, we begin our trekking adventure! We follow the Urubamba River before the trail becomes more undulating and reaches the Patallacta lookout, from where we will have the impressive view down to the Inca town of Patallacta (2,700m). We then continue to the Kusichaca Valley, through Tarayoq and Hatunchaca to Wayllabamba, which is our first campsite.
Trekking distance - approx. 11km.
Our most challenging day as we climb steadily from 3,000m to 4,200m, to Warmihuañusca or ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’. On the way we will see impressive cloud forest, beautiful lichens, bromeliads, orchids, birds, also the Huayanay glacier and part of the Vilcabamba mountain range.
The ascent will take approximately 5/6 hours but the feeling of elation on conquering the pass will stay with you forever.
From this point we trek for another hour and descend into Pacaymayu Valley, our campsite for the night.
This is another tough day when we conquer the two remaining mountain passes.
Once we reach the second pass at Runkurakay (3,950m), the trail heads downhill for approximately one hour until we reach Sayacmarka, another archeological site.
On the way to the third pass, Phuyupatamarka (3,600m), we’ll pass through our first Inca tunnel. The views today are truly unforgettable with lush green mountains and snowy peaks as far as the eye can see!
Continuing down the original Inca stairway and passing through another Inca tunnel, we descend to Wiñaywhuayna, our last campsite on the way to Machu Picchu.
Trekking distance - approx. 16km.
We wake early in order to reach the Sun Gate for the optimum view of Machu Picchu in the morning. There is one last steep push on Inca steps until we catch our first glimpse of the famous lost city of the Incas and rest awhile to take in one of the world’s most breathtaking sights. We then descend to explore the fascinating buildings and ruins that make this city in the clouds so special. Our guide will explain the history and there will be some free time for exploration!
Glowing with success, we catch the bus down to Aguas Calientes - a bustling market town hidden below Machu Picchu - then board our train back to Cusco.
Trekking distance - approx. 5km.
There is so much to see in Cusco that we spend the day doing just that (and giving our legs a rest!). The day is free at leisure to do as you wish. In the evening, we all get together for our celebratory meal and to reflect on our achievements.
Following our early breakfast, we transfer to Cusco Airport for flights back to London.
Arrive into UK.
(Please note, this is a complex itinerary and subject to change)
Saturday 25 April - Monday 4 May 2015Saturday 8 August - Monday 17 August 2015Saturday 7 November - Monday 16 November 2015
Costs option A:Registration Fee £249 + Trekking Permit £200 + Min Sponsorship £3200
Cost option B:Registration Fee £249 + Trekking Permit £200 + Self Funding £1599 + Sponsorship
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