Machu Picchu Trek
Our 10 day trek is very varied, our route is on a rarely used Inca highway, a well kept secret which takes us through some of the most stunning scenery in the world.
Starting in the heart of the Urubamba Valley, we follow in the footsteps of the Incas and pass snow capped mountains and glacial peaks. We end the trek at Machu Picchu, Peru's most famous Inca ruin.
5-15 September 2019
What are the costs?
Registration fee of £299
The minimum fundrasing target is £3500, we do have a self-funding option available (see more on the FAQ's tab).
Your trekking route takes you on a peaceful and incrowded little used Inca trail, taking you through some of the most stunning scenery in the world. Starting in the heart of Urubamba Valley you will follow in the footsteps of the Incas.
You will be walking along a mixture of long steep climbs and descents, on trails that range from well-maintained Inca highways, to rocky, dirt paths. Your challenge ends walking into the lost city of Machu Picchu; Peru's most famous Inca ruin.
How many participants will there be on this trek?
We can take up to 60 people on this trek. As it is a very popular destination we would expect to fill most of our places so the final group size should be between 40 and 60 trekkers.
How fit do I need to be to do this trek?
This challenge requires a good level of fitness. The trek is not just a walk; it is a demanding trek in places at altitude. The amount of training you will need to do will depend on your current level of fitness. The more you prepare, the more you will enjoy yourself! This trek is graded tough and is achievable by most people with training. Once you have registered, we will provide you with a training programme and will also be in regular contact to make sure that things are going to plan.
Can I join if I am over 65 years old?
If you are over 65, the only additional requirement is that you provide a medical certificate from your doctor confirming that you are fit and healthy to participate in the challenge.
What support will Alzheimer's Society provide?
Before the trip
We will support you with both challenges of raising your sponsorship money and getting fit. We provide fundraising support, sponsorship forms and publicity tips. Our training plan will help you achieve the level of fitness you'll need and we'll keep in touch regularly to hear how you are getting on. We also organise a pre-event information day which is a great opportunity to find out more about the challenge, meet fellow participants and share tips on fundraising and training.
On the trip
You will be travelling with experienced guides and support staff, and a doctor will be with you throughout the journey. All luggage is transported by vehicle to the next overnight stop. All you need to carry are the items you need during the day. These should be carried in a 25 litre day pack.
What will the weather be like?
Peru’s dry season runs from May – September. The climate should be fairly mild, with strong mountain sun and daytime temperatures reaching around 20-25ºC, although it will be colder on higher passes.
Do I need any vaccinations?
Typhoid and Hepatitis A vaccinations are advisable. Tetanus and Polio vaccinations should be up to date. Yellow fever and anti-Malaria protection is also advisable if people are staying on and travelling to the jungle area. You should contact your GP or travel clinic for the latest travel health advice.
What will the trekking be like?
The trek is challenging mainly because of the altitude. The trip is designed so that there is plenty of time to acclimatise but you may still feel effects such as headaches and shortness of breath when trekking. Terrain is varied as the route takes us through valleys and over mountain passes. Paths are generally good. There are very few flat sections.
Do we bring our luggage in a normal suitcase?
Soft bags rather than suitcases are preferred as luggage is transported on top of vehicles. On the trek you will be given a sturdy bag to just pack the items you will need for the trek. This is transported by horses or porters.
Do I need insurance?
You must have adequate travel insurance to take part in this trip. We strongly recommend the highest levels of cover and that should include as a minimum air evacuation, medical expenses and repatriation.
What is included in the trip and what else do I need to pay for?
What is included in the trip?
• Return flights from London
• All accommodation and transfers
• Leader, local guides and English doctor
• Luggage transfer
• All meals except lunch on day three
What is not included?
• Travel insurance and Visa (£60 – 85)
• £150 - £200 for personal expenses
• Fuel surcharge of £300 - this could be cheaper but won't be confirmed until 8 weeks before the trip)
• Tips for local guides (£25 - £30 per participant)
• Any optional sightseeing
What is the accommodation like?
The room configuration is likely to be twin share. Whilst we are trekking we will be sleeping in two person tents. If you wish to share a room with someone please specify this upon registration.
How and when do I pay for the trek?
There are two ways of funding your place on this trip. For both options we require a non-refundable registration fee of £299.
Sponsorship option 1
You commit to raising a minimum sponsorship of £3,500 per person. £2,750 of this amount must be sent to the charity ten weeks prior to the trip and out of this we pay the balance of your trip costs. The rest of your fundraising should be sent in within six weeks of your return.
Self-funding option 2
You may prefer to cover all of the trip costs yourself. If you wish to do this we will send you a payment form three months before the trip to collect the balance of the costs of £1,750. This needs to be paid ten weeks prior to the trip date. You also pledge to raise a minimum sponsorship of £1,750 and to aim to get as much as possible in before the trip and within six weeks of your return.
Can I change payment options after I have registered?
It is possible to change from payment option 1 (paying out of sponsorship) to option 2 but not the other way around. This is because you would have told all your sponsors that all of their money was benefitting the charity so you can't then use some of it to fund your place. If you have not started fundraising and want to change from option 2 to option 1 this will be possible.
Is the fundraising target per person?
In order to cover the cost of your place, you will need to individually raise the target. We do encourage teams to sign up, but each individual team member will be required to hit the overall target.
What is the age limit?
You will need to be 18 prior to the departure of the trip.