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We'll avoid the crowds as we follow the lightly-trodden Lares Valley route, surrounded by snow-capped peaks, raging rivers, hot springs and remote mountain communities.
It's a demanding yet highly rewarding experience as you take on a once-in-a-lifetime journey with like-minded people. Exhaustion will turn to euphoria as you step through the Sun Gate to witness Machu Picchu for the first time, making every step worthwhile and leaving you with memories to last a lifetime.
“Trekking to Machu Picchu was one of the most amazing and rewarding things I have ever done. I would recommend this challenge to anyone, I promise you will not regret it!” - Lauren Feast.
You'll have the afternoon free to take things at your own pace as you begin to acclimatise to the altitude. Relax in one of the many cafés overlooking the plaza, visit the Incan monument Qoricancha (Temple of the Sun), or head to the vibrant market to soak up the surroundings before a full briefing and the first team dinner.
Your challenge will commence from the Sacred Valley, stopping at a local market and the famous Lares hot springs along the way. After lunch, it’s a long hike to the small village of Cuncani, where you’ll camp for the night.
After breakfast, it’s a long hike to the small community of Huacahuasi. Spot the alpacas and llamas roaming along the way, though be careful they might try to share your picnic lunch! You'll spend the night in a campsite by the river in Huacahuasi.
You'll gradually gain height along the less-trodden route through the Ranrayoc valley, and it’s time to dig deep for the high pass at 4,600m before enjoying the incredible views. Lunch will be served at 4,378m in the shadow of snowy Mount Tirijhuay. From here it’s about a three-hour descent, followed by an hour driving to the campsite on the outskirts of Ollantaytambo.
You'll take an early train journey to Km 104, where you’ll be dropped for your trek towards the famous Sun Gate. It’s a 3,000 step climb following the traditional Inca path before you get your first glimpse of the awe-inspiring sacred site of Machu Picchu. There will be plenty of time for photographs before returning to Aguas Calientes for the evening.
Day 8: Machu Picchu to Cusco.
It’s back to Machu Picchu to spend the morning exploring the extraordinary Inca remains. Back in Cusco, It’s party time at a local restaurant, as you and the group celebrate achieving your goal and discovering the majesty of Machu Picchu.
Day 9: Fly Cusco to Lima. Depart Lima to the UK.
Day 10: Arrive back in the UK
Together we will defeat meningitis and septicaemia.
Meningitis Research Foundation is a leading UK and international charity that brings together people and expertise to defeat meningitis and septicaemia wherever it exists.
Meningitis is fast acting and devastating. It can kill an otherwise healthy person within 24 hours and kills 1 in 10 people who contract it. Meningitis Research Foundation fund research into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia, provide life-saving awareness information and support people who have lost a loved one or are coping with after effects.
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