Machu Picchu & the Inca Trail charity treks

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 and click for details of the trek and charity/charities. You can enter a few basic details to be instantly emailed further information.

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Childreach International
Childreach International
Trekking 16 days Trekking
Cusco, Peru
| Sign up for £295
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.
Open challenge
Open challenge
Trekking 68 km Trekking
Cusco, Peru
| Sign up for £399
Setting off from the city of Cusco, this adventure leads us along one of the most iconic trails on Earth, to the mystifying ruins of the home of the Incas- Machu Picchu.
Open challenge
Open challenge
Trekking 68 km Trekking
Cusco, Peru
| Sign up for £399
Setting off from the city of Cusco, this adventure leads us along one of the most iconic trails on Earth, to the mystifying ruins of the home of the Incas- Machu Picchu.
Open challenge
Open challenge
Trekking 10 days Trekking
Cusco, Peru
| Sign up for £249
Peru is one of South America's most fascinating countries, and with its breathtaking scenery and stunning landscapes- it's the home of one of the most famous footpaths on Earth - The Inca Trail.
Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support
Trekking 10 days Trekking
Cusco, Peru
| Sign up for £450
Join Macmillan Cancer Support and hike the Inca Trail. A truly memorable trek along high, remote mountain trails and experience the first sight of the legendary Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu.
Open challenge
Open challenge
Trekking 10 days Trekking
Cusco, Peru
| Sign up for £350
The REAL Inca Trail trek which allows you to trek the official trail. A limited availability permit is required for the official trail & this is run by one of the only tour operators to offer it.
British Heart Foundation
British Heart Foundation
Trekking 10 days Trekking
Cusco, Peru
| Sign up for £350
Follow the ancient paths of the Incas to explore one of the world's most fascinating and important archaeological finds - Machu Picchu, the magnificent Lost City of the Inca civilisation.
Open challenge
Open challenge
Trekking 10 days Trekking
Cusco, Peru
| Sign up for £395
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.
Open challenge
Open challenge
Trekking 11 days Trekking
Cusco, Peru
| Sign up for £345
The 'Lost City of the Incas,' Machu Picchu, is one of the ancient world's most enigmatic and beautiful sites. This trek is a tough test of endurance, but the rewards are spectacular!
Open challenge
Open challenge
Trekking 10 days Trekking
Cusco, Peru
| Sign up for £395
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.
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Trek Canada Rockies

This fantastic 9-day Canadian adventure gives us the amazing chance to trek through the diverse and stunning landscape of the spectacular Rocky Mountains.

Kilimanjaro Challenge 10 Day Machame Route

This trek sees us following the Machame route, one of the most popular and interesting routes up the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro.

Cycle Vietnam - Cambodia

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.

London to Paris On-Road Bike Ride

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+.

Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Route

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.

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