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Machu Picchu charity treks: Follow the Inca Trail to the 'Lost City of the Incas' on a Machu Picchu charity challenge.
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MACHU PICCHU & THE Inca Trail charity TREKs


Trekking in the high Andes for charity is exhausting and exhilarating in equal measure, writes timeoutdoors' Challenges Editor Elaine Aronson.

With so many charity challenges jockeying for attention, choosing something a little unusual can bring rewards - and provide an unforgettable experience for the fundraiser. Hiking along the Inca Trail, or other less well-known routes in this part of the Andes, is one such adventure.

Many Machu Picchu charity treks cover a modest distance, but that does not mean they are easy! The terrain is extremely steep, you may be on the go for 10-12 hours each day, while the altitude (over 4,000m) will also take its toll.

The trail will take you through lush montane forests and sub-tropical jungles, high ridges with incredible mountain views, all punctuated by an amazing array of Inca ruins - culminating in Machu Picchu itself.

PLANNING AHEAD
A Peru charity trek gives you a wide range of itineraries to choose from. Most average around ten days in length, and all are well worth the time. You need to prepare for a wide range of conditions while remembering to keep your load as light as possible. Fluids are a must to help battle altitude sickness, and never be afraid to ask for a break - this is seriously hard work!

Take a look through the challenges below and click through for details of the trek and charity/charities. You can enter a few basic details in the grey box on the right-hand side of the screen to be instantly emailed further information.

Kilimanjaro charity climbs

Climb Kilimanjaro, the largest free-standing mountain in the world, for charity. Choose from several different routes and sign up from just £295.
Kilimanjaro charity climbs

Everest base camp charity treks

Trek to the world's most famous base camp at 5,360 meters (17,600 ft), through spectacular Himalayan scenery, with great views of the top of Everest.
Everest base camp charity treks

Great Wall of China challenges

Trek or cycle a section of the Great Wall, extending approximately 6,400 km (4,000 miles) across northern China, on an epic adventure.
Great Wall of China challenges

Charity treks

Short treks, long treks, easy treks, difficult treks - in every corner of the world.
Charity treks
Machu Picchu charity treks overseas... 
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Registration fee Registration fee Minimum sponsorship option Minimum sponsorship option Self funder option Self funder option Payment options explained Payment options explained
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01 Jul 2014 9 days Machu Picchu Salkantay Trek Level 3
Trekking - Cusco, Peru Registration fee £195 Minimum sponsorship option Self funder option
Discover the legendary Lost City of the Incas & UNESCO World Heritage Site Machu Picchu. Trek along quiet Salkantay mountain paths & see the best of Peru including rainforests & glaciers.
Do this challenge for Childreach International
22 Aug 2014 48 km Trek Peru- Lares Valley Level 2
Trekking - Cusco, Peru Registration fee £399 Minimum sponsorship option Self funder option
Our remote and very beautiful 4-day trek starts in the incredible ancient city of Cusco and takes us to the fascinating Machu Picchu ruins.
Do this challenge for selected charities
05 Sep 2014 10 days Trek to Machu Picchu Level 4
Trekking - Cusco, Peru Registration fee £385 Minimum sponsorship option Self funder option
This challenge takes you far from the beaten track and away from the busy Inca Trail. You will witness magnificent scenery as you glimpse a culture which has remained untouched for centuries.
Do this challenge for any charity
06 Sep 2014 11 days Peru - Trek to Machu Picchu Level 2
Trekking - Cusco, Peru Registration fee £500 Minimum sponsorship option Self funder option
Our trek leads us through the stunning scenery of the Peruvian Andes, into the breathtaking Sacred Valley. We will enter the historic city of Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate.
Do this challenge for any charity
19 Sep 2014 48 km Trek Peru- Lares Valley Level 2
Trekking - Cusco, Peru Registration fee £399 Minimum sponsorship option Self funder option
Our remote and very beautiful 4-day trek starts in the incredible ancient city of Cusco and takes us to the fascinating Machu Picchu ruins.
Do this challenge for selected charities
26 Sep 2014 10 days Trek to Machu Picchu Level 4
Trekking - Cusco, Peru Registration fee £385 Minimum sponsorship option Self funder option
This challenge takes you far from the beaten track and away from the busy Inca Trail. You will witness magnificent scenery as you glimpse a culture which has remained untouched for centuries.
Do this challenge for any charity
27 Sep 2014 10 days Peru Trek to Machu Picchu Level 3 Suitable for teams Teams
Trekking - Cusco, Peru Registration fee £399 Minimum sponsorship option
Trek away from the crowds high up in the Lares region of the Peruvian Andes and explore the legendary lost city of the Incas - a great way to raise funds for people with dementia.
Do this challenge for Alzheimers Society
02 Oct 2014 11 days Cycle Machu Picchu to the Amazon Level 3
Mountain biking - Cusco, Peru Registration fee £395 Minimum sponsorship option Self funder option
After a day discovering Cusco and a fantastic train ride to Machu Picchu, your cycling adventure begins in the Sacred Valley of the Incas to cross the Andes and enter the incredible Amazon rainforest.
Do this challenge for any charity
10 Oct 2014 10 days Trek to Machu Picchu Level 4
Trekking - Cusco, Peru Registration fee £385 Minimum sponsorship option Self funder option
This challenge takes you far from the beaten track and away from the busy Inca Trail. You will witness magnificent scenery as you glimpse a culture which has remained untouched for centuries.
Do this challenge for any charity
11 Oct 2014 10 days Andean Trails to Machu Picchu Level 4
Trekking - Cuzco, Peru Registration fee £399 Minimum sponsorship option Self funder option
A variation of the classic Inca Trail trek, this challenge includes high remote mountain trails, Andean village communities and a scenic train journey before exploring Machu Picchu.
Do this challenge for any charity
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