Challenge for a Cause fundraising event
Explore one of the most iconic sights in South America as you trek along the fascinating Peruvian Andes scattered with Inca ruins, this is a demanding trek as you acclimatise 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. Are you up to the challenge?
This challenge event will help to raise the much-needed money in our next big Challenge for a Cause appeal in 2019. After the great success of our very first Challenge for a Cause, Mount Kilimanjaro in 2017 – for the Hendrie Family and the amazing support received for the second Challenge for a Cause, Arctic Adventure in 2018 – for the Dickinson family, you too can join us an incredible journey in 2019 and help us to create a brighter future for the electrical and energy industries.
Limited places available for this challenge trek. Permits for the Inca Trail are restricted and must be secured by October 2018, register your interest today!
Date: 6th-15th September 2019
Registration fee: £450
Minimum fundraising amount: £3,900
- Return transport from London to Cuzco
- Internal flight departure taxes
- All meals except where specified
- All accommodation and camping equipment
- Trip leaders, doctor with group of 15 or more participants, local guides, porters and cooks
- Local support and back-up equipment
- Charity branded materials
- Fundraising support and publicity across charity platforms
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 you should all be feeling ready for action! 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 undulating path which follows the Urubamba River for much of the way. After lunch a gentle climb takes you to 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. 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 you have lunch with snowcapped mountains behind and a distant view up to the top of the pass. From the top you descend on steps to the evening's campsite at Pacamayo, below the ruins of Runkurakay. 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
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