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We'll get acclimatised in Cusco, the ancient Inca capital, before heading towards the remote Lares Valley. This makes for a great alternative to the busy Inca Trail, as it is well off the beaten track and offers trekkers a different view of the diverse surroundings & traditional Peruvian cultures.
The uncrowded Ancascocha route has a bit of everything; spectacular mountains, raging rivers, glacial lakes, Inca ruins and remote mountain communities.
Day 1: International departure from London.
Day 2: Domestic flight from Lima to Cusco (3,350m).
Day 3: Acclimatization walk - approx. 3 hours.
We'll spend the day walking around the Cusco region and enjoy a picnic lunch. Later we’ll head back to the city for dinner, before returning to our three-star hotel.
Day 4: Cusco to Chilipahua (3,840m) - approx. 7 hours trekking.
Rise and shine for an early morning drive to Parpishu, from where the challenge will commence. Along the way, you will slowly ascend to the Watuq’asa pass where you find an Inca wall and an amazing viewpoint of Cusco. After lunch, it’s a long hike to the small village of Chilipahua, where you’ll camp for the night.
Day 5: Chilipahua to Ancascocha (4,500m) - approx. 8 hours trekking.
After breakfast, you ascend to Quencomayo and then up to the Quchusqasa pass at 4,500m, the highest point of your trek. Spot the alpacas and llamas roaming along the way, though be careful they don’t try to share your picnic lunch! After lunch, you descend into the river gulley to camp, where there are spectacular views of the Huayanay Glacier.
Day 6: Ancascocha to Camicancha 2,800m) – approx. 7 hours trekking.
Awake with the rising sun, you trek beside the Silque River towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas. There is fantastic flora and fauna to be seen along the way. In the afternoon, you reach the community of Camicancha where you camp for the night. Make sure to check out the view of the ‘La Veronica’ mountain.
Day 7: Camicancha to Machu Picchu via Sun Gate - approx. 6-7 hours trekking.
It’s an early train journey to Km 104 (along the railway from Cusco), 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 catch your first awe-inspiring view of the sacred site of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate. There’ll be plenty of time for photographs before heading to Aguas Calientes for the evening. Overnight in hotel in Aguas Calientes.
Day 8: Machu Picchu to Cusco.
It’s back to Machu Picchu to spend the morning exploring the extraordinary Inca remains. You’ll catch an early afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo, before boarding a bus bound for Cusco. It’s party time later at a local restaurant, as you and the group celebrate achieving your Charity Challenge goal and discovering the majesty of Machu Picchu. Overnight at a hotel in Cusco.
Day 9: Fly Cusco to Lima. Depart Lima to the UK.
Day 10: Arrive back in the UK.