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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A trek through the stunning foothills of the Indian Himalayas from Dharamsala, home of the Dalai Lama.
An incredible charity trek to the foot of the highest mountain on Earth, and the summit of Kala Patthar - a mountain near Everest Base Camp, giving us the BEST views of this majestic peak.
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.
Join this unique and exciting opportunity to be amongst the buzz and atmosphere of the 2015 Tour De France Grand Depart.
A great fun bike challenge adventure covering around 290 miles. An ideal itinerary for a first cycling challenge - as the hills are very few and far between!
Send a Cow give communities and families the hope and the means to secure their own futures from the land.
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