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.
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!
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This fantastic 9-day Canadian adventure gives us the amazing chance to trek through the diverse and stunning landscape of the spectacular Rocky Mountains.
This trek sees us following the Machame route, one of the most popular and interesting routes up the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro.
This adventure joins two countries which remain untouched by modernisation. Both are lands of symbolisation, spirituality and symmetry. A fairly tough but ultimately achievable challenge.
Be part of an amazing cycle ride that takes you over 250 miles in 3 days, through some of the best countryside that England & France have to offer. Age 16+.
The Lemosho Trail approaches Mt. Kilimanjaro from the Lemosho glades in the west, beginning in the beautiful rainforest and then crossing the spectacular Shira plateau.
The UK's leading veterinary charity; celebrating almost 100 years of caring for the sick and injured animals of people in need.
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