Visit Machu Picchu and trek the Inca Trail in Peru a once in a lifetime adventure!

Spectacular scenery, sub-tropical jungle and a mix of Inca ruins are your reward for your physical and mental endeavour.

NEW DATE FOR 2018

25th September to October 4th 2018

Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Puru

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ITINERARY*

Day 1 - Fly from London to Cusco

Day 2 - You will be picked up from the airport and taken to your hotel in Cusco. You will then spend two days in this beautiful UNESCO World heritage City for two days acclimatising. Cuzco sits at around 3,400m above sea level and nestles in the Andes.

Day 3 - Acclimatisation day in Cusco - At 6pm there will be a group welcome meeting at our tour operator who will be our guides for the Inca Trail Trek.

Day 4 - 4.30am!! KM82 - Ayapata Meet our guides in Cusco who will transfer us to KM82 (via a breakfast stop) which is where the big adventure really starts. After registration and formalities we will climb gently up the Cusichaca Valley to the Inca site of Llactapata. Stunning views throughout and we will camp for the night at  Ayapata (3300m) Throughout the day your guides will offer regular education and insights into your surroundings. 14km walking in total.

Day 5  Ayapata - Chaquicocha - Today is the toughest day of the trek with two high passes to navigate including Dead Woman's Pass at 4200m. Most people will feel the effects of altitude here. The views are breathtaking of the high mountain ranges and you'll see a wide variety of plant life in the Polylepsis forest. Our camp is situated at Chaquicocha and will afford beautiful views across the valley. 16km walking in total.

Day 6 - Chaquicocha - Winay Wayna - Having made it over the two tough passes yesterday you are treated to a more relaxing day which contains some of the most beautiful scenery that the Inca Trail has to offer, you will walk through lush and verdant cloud forest and spectacular views of the Andes in the distance. Your guides will again stop at various Inca ruins which you can explore. A fantastic day. We will be settled at our campsite by early afternoon.

Day 7 - The day you have waited for! We arise at 2.30am to get to the checkpoint for 3am where we will wait for 3 hours (gulp!) to be allowed to pass where you will hike to the sun gate with breathtaking views over Machu Picchu. On arrival at Machu Picchu you will have a two hour guided tour of the site. When you are ready you can catch the bus for the short trip to Aguas Caliantes where we will celebrate with drinks and food. At around 3pm you will catch the "glass roofed" train along the river valley back to Ollantaytambo. (The train affords great views above of your walking adventure). A bus will then transfer us back to Cusco.

Day 8 -  Unwind in Cusco - Maybe time to try a roasted Guinea Pig? (A local delicacy!)

Day 9 - Fly home to London (Flight likely to be overnight)

Day 10 - Arrive London Arrive London (this might be the next day due to flights and time zones.)

*Please note, All of the above may be subject to slight change, final details will be fully confirmed at least 2 months before you travel (flight numbers, hotels etc). Prices are based on 2 sharing accommodation when applicable

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

Our Machu Picchu trek is organised through the best tour operator in Cusco who ensure that porters and guides are fairly paid and have to carry a fair amount of equipment per person. The trip will give you the best available experience with quality tents and equipment and a fully qualified chef cooking you delicious filling food each day.   

You will spend three nights in a quality hotel in Cusco with breakfast. The hotel provides a mobile phone to all guests when they leave the premises and will arrange safe and secure transport for you whilst in Cusco.

When comparing prices with other trips ensure that all of the same inclusions are offered!

  • Return economy flights from London to Lima, Peru then Peru to Cuzco.
  • Local Transfers
  • Accommodation in Peru and Cuzco
  • Tented Accommodation
  • All meals on the trek
  • A UK Expedition Leader
  • A fully catered Porter Team
  • Training Guide
  • Kit Guide
  • Fundraising Guide

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

  • Drinks, meals and snacks where not specified in itinerary
  • Entry visa
  • Your spending money
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Tips for local porters & crew (not obligatory but they do work extremely hard)
  • Personal items from the kit list

WHY SHOULD I DO THIS?

  • You will have the greatest adventure of your life. Every second is interesting and educational. You feel like you are on the edge of the earth.
  • Your fitness levels will improve enormously!
  • You will make friends for life!!
  • If you are fundraising you will make a massive difference to your chosen charity and have the opportunity to undertake the trip of a lifetime at very little personal cost!
Our open challenge events give a lot more flexibility in how you fund your challenge and who you fundraise for.

Registration fee (non-refundable): £250
Self Fund: £2750
Minimum Sponsorship: £3500 per person

Payment options:

Self Pay
£250 upon registering. Balance of £2500 on the 31st January 2018
 
Interest Free Monthly Installment options available - please contact us for details.
 
Charity fundraising 
£250 registration fee (non refundable) 
£3,500 sponsorship target. Please select your charity from our list of partners.   
Find out about our charity partners.

When do I have to pay my sponsorship money?

You will need to have achieved at least 50% of your sponsorship by 31st May 2018 with full balance due by 20th October 2018. (This does not include Gift Aid.) You will be contacted after this date if minimum sponsorship is not received.

Please contact one of our team at info@advocateevents.co.uk or call Martyn on 07852 305445 to discuss your requirements.

Where is Machu Picchu?
Machu Picchu is located in Peru in South America the ancient Inca city is positioned in the Andes Mountains on a saddle between the mountains of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. The ruins are located about 13 degrees south of the equator and surrounded on three sides by a loop of the Urubamba River.
How high is Machu Picchu?
Machu Picchu is 2450m/8040ft above sea level - although you will trek to a height of 4215metres (Dead Woman's Pass) en-route to the ruins.
How fit should I be?
This is a tough challenge and requires a good level of fitness as you will be trekking on steep trails at altitude to over 4,000m. With commitment to fitness and training and a positive mental attitude, this challenge is achievable by most people.
We recommend you begin to train and prepare prior to the event in order for you to enjoy this challenge. A fitness guide will be sent to you upon receipt of your deposit.
Trekking the Inca trail requires no specialised mountain climbing skills but it pays to be fit. Locals begin climbing the mountain from the age of three!
What about altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness affects every person differently. Most climbers will experience at least a mild headache, while a very small minority of climbers may be overcome by nausea and vomiting. Others will suffer these symptoms to varying degrees. The headaches can be helped with paracetamol or similar, and plenty of water. But, if you suffer badly from altitude sickness, the only remedy is to return immediately to lower altitude. Your guide is experienced in this area and he will tell you if it's not safe for you to continue.
Who can take part in the Machu Picchu Trek?
The trek is open to people of all ages with average fitness. The minimum age to take part is 16 years, and those under the age of 18 must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult.
Do I need any vaccinations?
You should contact your GP or travel clinic for the latest travel health advice and you must have had a tetanus vaccination in the last ten years. It is advisable to be up to date with Tetanus, Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A and Yellow Fever. Protection against malaria is also recommended.
What support is available for this event?
Advocate Events staff will meet you at the agreed pickup point and with you for the duration of the event.
A guide will also join you on your trek; we work on a ratio of a maximum of 7 trekkers including a member of staff from Advocate Events to one guide.
Although the event is designed to challenge you, we will not put anyone’s safety at risk and support will be available at all times. The Advocate Event’s team is on hand every step of the way, to help and advise you.
How many people will I be walking with?
This will depend on the number of trekkers that sign up for the challenge.
Each group is allocated a guide/s. There are no fast or slow groups and everyone comes off the trek as a group.
What will the pace of walking be like?
The pace set will be accommodating for all. This challenge will not be enjoyable if you rush. The level of fitness will naturally vary throughout the group; therefore whatever pace you adopt you can be sure of company.
The group will be encouraged to work together, with stronger walkers helping those who may be slower. The guides will ensure the group stays together and everyone has a great day, making sure everyone completes this challenge.
In the interest of safety, participants are not allowed to walk in front of the lead guide or fall behind the last guide unless given permission by your guide.
What is the terrain like?
The trek is especially challenging because of the extreme altitude and the weather conditions, which can change rapidly on the mountain. The trip is designed so that there is plenty of time to acclimatise but you may still feel the effects of altitude such as headaches and shortness of breath when trekking. Terrain is varied as the route takes us through overgrown forest paths, moorland, rocky trails and scree. Much of the walking is rough underfoot. There are very few flat sections.
What is the accommodation like?
Before and after the trek, twin rooms in quality hotel accommodation. Camping on the trek.
What weather can I expect?
Temperatures stay relatively consistent throughout the year, with daily highs in the low 20s, and daily lows in the mid single digits. At night, particularly in the winter season, temperatures can drop a few degrees below zero.
Do I need insurance?
You must have adequate travel insurance to take part in this event.
 
Advocate Events strongly advise all participants to take out their own insurance to cover them for the duration of this event as Advocate Events will not be held responsible for any accident, loss, damage or expenses etc.
 
Your insurance should be in place when you register to participant on the event. If you get injured before the event you will then be able to make a claim for the costs we have paid out on your behalf so that you can take a place on a future event.
 
Due to the nature of this outdoor activity, participants should accept a certain element of risk. Our guides will do everything in their power to minimise the risks, where possible. In the interests of safety all participants must abide by any decisions made by the guides.
How will I raise the sponsorship money?
Although we ask you to commit to raising the minimum sponsorship to take part in this challenge, fundraising needn't be daunting or hard work!
Once you start telling people what you're doing and why, you will be amazed at people’s generosity and support. When you sign up we will send you an invaluable fundraising pack bursting with ideas to get you started. This is a great way to meet new people and get in touch with old friends.
All it takes is a little inspiration and organisation and the money will begin to roll in. Think about your hobbies and interests - they could be the key to your success!
A great tip is to break down your sponsorship target into smaller, bite-sized chunks and be proud of what you are doing.
When do I have to pay my sponsorship money?
Once you have completed and returned the registration document you are committed to the event and you must ensure your entire fundraising target is with your chosen charity one month prior to your event. This does not include Gift Aid. You will be contacted after this date if minimum sponsorship is not received To participate in the challenge, participants must raise the minimum sponsorship at least in addition to paying the non-refundable registration fee.
Who can I contact before the event with any queries?
Please email joanna@advocateevents.co.uk or martyn@advocateevents.co.uk or call Martyn on 07852 305445 and we will be delighted to answer any questions.