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.
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.
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.
Open challenge
Open challenge
Trekking 48 km Trekking
Cusco, Peru
| Sign up for £399
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.
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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