UK – Lima – Cusco
Travel to Peru
On day one your adventure begins. We'll depart London on a flight via Madrid or Sao Paulo, connecting with an onward flight to Lima.
After arriving in Lima, we take a 1 hour flight to Cusco, where we will be staying for two nights. After lunch, you'll have the afternoon to spend at your leisure and acclimatise to the rarefied air of the High Andes. We'll dine at a local restaurant and have a full trek briefing of the exciting days to come.
On day three, after breakfast at our hotel, you have a free day to explore the fascinating city of Cusco. Visit the Inca fortress of Sascuayhuaman and spend soe time in the colourful markets. In the evening, we'll dine at a local resturant.
Cusco - Chilipahua
5-6 hours trekking
Our trek begins! After an early breaksfast, we are transferred to Papichu Bridge where we join our local guides and mules. The trail climbs via a small 'pampa' at Amparaki to the Watuq'asa pass at 3900m.
Here you'll see an Inca wall and fortress known as Qosqoq'awarina - 'the place where once can see Cusco'. There are also great views of the Vilcabamba massif - Pumahuanca, Chicon, and Veronika.
We descend the pass to a small valley with a stream running through it called Anapahua, and then head up the valley to our first campsite at the small settlement of Chilipahua at 3700m.
Chilipahua - Irway
8-9 hours trekking
This is the longest day of our trek. After around five hours of walking, we cross the Pampaq'asa pass at 4650 metres and continue down to the Silque river valley towards the mighty Mount Veronica, which dominates the landscape.
After lunch and a good rest, we ascend again to our campsite above Ankascocha Lake at 4500m.
Irway - Kamicancha
6-8 hours trekking
We continue down the Silque Valley with the glacial Mount Veronica looming larger in front of us as the day goes on. We follow narrow paths above the river for around 5 hours, descending over 1000m. Our trail takes us through gorges with stunning cascades with the best opportunities to view the mighty condor along with many birds of prey and humming birds. The flora is also stunning, with scores of different species of orchid adorning the cliffs.
After lunch, we have a shorter 2.5 hours trek across farmland and cactus fields. From here, we see our first views of the Sacred Valley. Our campsite is in the settlement of Kamicancha at 3500m.
Kamikancha – Chillca – Machu Picchu
3-4 hours trekking (day 7), 6 hours trekking (day 8)
On day seven we start with a short visit to a local school and the chance to explore Kamikancha. Afterwards, we trek across farmland to reach our campsite next to the Urumbamba River by lunch time. We have the afternoon to relax and prepare for our final trek to the incredible Machu Picchu tomorrow.
On day eight it's an early start as we catch the train along the Urubamba Valley to our starting point at Chachabamba. We hike up to the Chachabamba site, with time for a brief visit before tacking the long 3 hour climb up to the famous Inca ruins at Winay Wayna. Here we join the Inca Trail which cutes across the ridge to Intipunku - the 'door of the sun' - and catch our first glimpse of Machu Picchu.
From Intipunku, we head downhill through the stunning 'lost city'. A short bus transfer takes us to the bustling town of Aguas Calientes which lies beside the Urubamba valley, where we will be staying overnight in a guesthouse.
Tonight we celebrate all of our achievements over the past couple of days with a special gala dinner!
Machu Picchu and Cusco – UK
The morning of day nine we have time to explore the fabled citadel of Machu Picchu before catching the train back through the Urubamba Valley to Ollantambo. Our coaches will be waiting her to drive us to Cusco where we will stay overnight.
On day ten we say goodbye to Peru and our amazing adventure, taking back incredible memories of our trek.
After breakfast at the hotel, we are transferred to the airport for a 1 hour flight to Lima. Here we catch an overnight connecting flight to Madrid.
We arrive in Madrid the following day and connect with an onward flight to London, arriving mid afternoon.
How the money you raise helps
£180 pays for someone with a terminal illness to attend the day therapy unit at the hospice.
£400 pays for someone to stay in a Marie Curie Hospice for 24 hours, so that they can receive the hands-on care they need in their final days.
£1,250 pays for a portable oxygen system that will relieve distressing symptoms, so a person doesn’t have to be confined to bed.
Frequently asked questions
Do I need to sign up online?
Signing up online is quick and easy to do and it saves us vital money to put towards supporting people living with a terminal illness. The registration form is also available to download and print. If you are not able to sign up right now, why not save this page to your favourites so you can sign up online later?
Who can take part?
People over the age of 18 who are looking for a challenge are able to take part. The group size will be approximately 25-30 with people of all ages and from all backgrounds. The majority will be on their own, but some will go with friends, partners or relatives.
The event will be tough and exhilarating, but it will be fantastically rewarding and is suitable for anyone with a bit of grit, determination and willingness to work as part of a team.
How fit do I have to be?
All our trekking challenges are designed to suit people who are fit and have trained to take part - the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the adventure. We will walk approximately 12-14 kilometres per day (7-8 hours).
Will I need specialist kit?
We will send you a recommended packing list in your welcome pack which will detail any specialist equipment you may need.
What’s not included?
-Tips and gratuities
-Personal spending money.
What will we eat and drink?
Breakfast will consist of cereals and/or bread with something hot such as porridge or pancakes, with tea and coffee. A typical lunch will be soup with cheese and salad. For our evening meal, there will be soup followed by a main course with rice and vegetables. Again hot drinks will be served. Meals will be substantial but it is a good idea to bring favourite snacks and energy bars to keep you going during the day. All water on the trek will be boiled and safe to drink.
Please let us know in advance of any special dietary requirements.
What about vaccinations?
Typhoid and Hepatitis A vaccinations are advisable, and tetanus and polio vaccinations should be up to date. If you are staying on after the trek and travelling to the jungle area, yellow fever and anti-Malaria protection is also advisable.
These are guidelines only and we recommend you seek professional medical advice from your GP or local travel clinc.
How will I be supported?
Beforehand: You will be sent a fundraising pack with great tips on how to meet your sponsorship target. We will be in touch regularly and will organise a briefing day where you’ll meet other trekkers and hear more about the challenge.
During the trip: Your group will be accompanied by a doctor and trek leader, as well as a Marie Curie representative. Local guides will escort the group along the route. Your luggage will be transported by vehicle to each camp.
Can I cover the cost of the trip myself?
We ask you to raise a minimum of £3,950. A minimum of £1,835* will go directly to Marie Curie, as well as anything you raise over the minimum sponsorship. If you would like to pay for the trip yourself please contact us on 0800 716 146 for further information.
* Based on minimum participant numbers
What will the weather be like?
Peru's dry season starts in May. The climate should be fairly mild with strong mountain sun with daytime temperatures reaching around 20-25°C, although it will be colder on the higher passes. At night, temperatures will be very cold, around freezing.
Weather can be unpredictable, so be prepared for all conditions.
Passports and visas
Participants should have at least six months’ validity on their passports from the date of return to the UK. A visa is not required for British passport holders. When we enter Peru, we will be asked to fill our an embarkation card which must be retained until final departure.
Can I extend my stay?
Anyone wanting to stay on after the trek can arrange to do so through The Ultimate Travel Company at an additional cost and subject to availability.
What are the deadlines for my sponsorship money?
We require the 80% minimum of £3,160 by 20 February 2019. The remainder of the sponsorship is due four weeks after you return from the event.
How can I help limit the environmental impact of this trek?
Marie Curie is committed to responsible tourism. This challenge is organised by our tour operator, The Ultimate Travel Company, which will provide guidelines on responsible tourism. They offer a carbon offset scheme for anyone who wishes to offset their flights.
The Ultimate Travel Company
This challenge is organised through the Ultimate Travel Company. Ultimate Travel have over 16 years running pioneering charity challenges including Kilimanjaro and the Inca Trail. They use the best ground agents, the most experienced trek staff and doctors to ensure you have a safe and memorable challenge.