Peru – Inca Trail

This is truly one of the most iconic and magical treks that this world has to offer…

Exceptionally challenging, the Inca Trail reaches an altitude of over 4,200 m and consists of hiking through sub-tropical vegetation, cloud forest and embracing snow-capped peaks. The days trekking will be hard, but the spectacular views of river valleys far below, Phuyupatamarca (“the town at the edge of the clouds”), and reaching the lost city will never be forgotten. This is one of the most challenging but satisfying events to date. Join Team CAFT on this mystical Inca challenge!

HIGHLIGHTS

Voted one of the Worlds Top Ten trekking trails • Experience the pilgrimage of the Inca’s and trek to Machu Picchu – THE REAL INCA TRAIL • Explore Machu Picchu – one of the New Seven Wonders of the World • Permits limited and restricted – the most responsible way to reach Machu Picchu

OVERVIEW
• Duration: 10 days • Trekking days: 5 • Distance trekked: 52km • Accommodation: Hotels and 3 nights camping • Challenge grading: Tough (2/3)

ITINERARY

Day 1 9th June 2023
We depart the UK on our flight to Cusco arriving the next day.

Day 2 10th June 2023 – Cusco (3,380m)
We arrive in Cusco and are met by our local guides and transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is free for participants to acclimatise to the high altitude. Dinner will be had as a group later in the day and participants do as they wish for lunch.

Day 3 11th June –  Acclimatisation Trek – Inca Sites
Today it is essential participants take some exercise to adjust to the high altitude. We have a fairly early breakfast before transferring to the Inca ruins high above Cusco – Tambo Machay. We then trek down having our lunch en-route to Sacsayhuaman for a tour and then back down to Cusco.
Trekking distance – approx. 8km

Day 4 12th June – Cusco – KM82 (2,650m) to Wayllabamba (3,000m)
We travel by road to KM82 – the start of the Inca Trail. On the way we will see beautiful landscapes such as the Vilcabamba Range with one of the highest Peaks, Salkantay (6,200m) and the Urubamba Range with its highest Peak called Veronica (5,800m). We finally reach Ollantaytambo – a beautiful Inca town where we take a short break before continuing to our start point. At KM82 the challenge begins! First we must register at the checkpoint before crossing the Piscacucho Bridge to connect with the Inca Trail. For the first hour we follow the Urubamba River, a flat section with two Inca Sites to see. The trail continues undulating for the next 20 minutes or so before reaching the Patallacta lookout, from where we will have the impressive view down to the Inca town of Patallacta (2,700m). Continuing to the Kusichaca Valley, we pass the communities of Tarayoq, Hatunchaca, and Wayllabamba, which is our first campsite (3,000m).
Trekking distance – approx. 11km

Day 5 13th June – Wayllabamba (3,000m) to Pacaymayo (3,600m)
Today is the most challenging day; we climb steadily up from 3,000m to 4,200m, until reaching the first Pass called “Warmihuañusca” or “Dead Woman’s Pass”. On the way we will be see impressive cloud forest, beautiful queuñales (Queuña forest and indigenous trees), beautiful likens, bromeliads, orchids and birds. On top of “Dead Woman Pass”, we are going to see the second section of the Inca Trail and the second pass called Runkuraqay. From this point it is only approx. one more hour to reach the Pacaymayo Valley Campsite at 3600m.
Trekking distance – approx. 11km

Day 6 14th June – Pacaymayo (3,600m) to Winayhuayna (2,700m)
Today we will see ourselves conquer the 2 remaining mountain passes. To begin with, we will ascend from 3,600 to 3,950m to reach a beautiful Inca construction called Runkuraqay. We then push on to the top of the second pass. From here the Inca Trail heads downhill for 1 hour to reach, “Sayacmarka”, another archaeological site at 3,600m. On the way to the third pass, Phuyupatamarka, we are going to pass through our first Inca tunnel.

Day 7 15th June – Pacaymayo (3,600m) to Winayhuayna (2,700m) cont.
The views on this part of the trail are truly memorable and unforgettable with lush green mountains as far as the eye can see. Once we’ve broke the third pass, we then descend to Winayhuayna, the last campsite on the way to Machu Picchu. Continuing down the original stairway for one hour passing through another Inca tunnel, we will begin a flat section of the trail. From here, we will finally reach the last campsite in approx. 2-3 hours.
Trekking distance – approx. 16km

Day 8 16th June – Winayhuayna (2,700m) to Machu Picchu (2,400m)
We wake very early in order to reach the Sungate and here we will see our first glimpse of the lost city of Machu Picchu and we can take a rest and take in that classic view of one of the worlds greatest sights. After a short break we descend to the ruined city of Machu Picchu. After our tour of Machu Picchu, we will need to meet at the designated point in Aguas Calientes town. In mid/late afternoon, we board your train for the return to Cusco. We then transfer back to our hotel.
Trekking distance – approx. 6km

Day 9 17th June – Cusco
There is so much to see and do in Cusco that we spend the day doing just that (and giving our legs a rest!). The day is free at leisure to do as we wish. In the evening, we all get together for our celebratory meal and to reflect on our achievements.

Day 10 18th June
We transfer to Cusco Airport for our flight back to the UK.

Registration options…

Minimum-sponsorship (£299 registration, £200 Inca Trail permit in September 2022, £250 Airport Tax and Fuel Surcharges contribution 8 weeks prior to the event, £3,600 minimum sponsorship);

Self-funding (£299 registration, £200 Inca Trail permit in September 2022, £1998 10 weeks prior to the event, £250 Airport Tax and Fuel Surcharges contribution 8 weeks prior to the event) and fundraise as much as you can; recommended target £1,000.

Included
• Return flights from UK to Cusco • All meals except lunch on day 2, dinner day 7 and lunch on day 8 • All accommodation • All transfers • Trekking tour and site permits for day 3 • Professional, English speaking local guides throughout whole stay in Peru • Camping equipment – tents and inflatable sleeping mattresses • Porters and Inca Trail Guides • UK doctor

Not included
• Inca Trail permit per person – £200 • Airport tax and fuel surcharge contribution of £250  • Departure Taxes in Lima and Cuzco ($30 – Lima / $6 Cuzco) • Alcoholic drinks • Lunch on day 2, dinner day 7 and lunch on day 8 • Travel insurance • Visa (if applicable)

Contact jure@caft.co.uk for brochure or more information.

Register here: https://booking.globaladventurechallenges.com/?id=144&d=IT09062023&r=1&charity=484

Date

09 Jun 2023 - 18 Jun 2023

Time

8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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