Meet our crew and your fellow trekkers at London Heathrow for our journey to Peru. Depending on airline schedule we may stay overnight in Lima.
Upon arrival we'll meet our local Peruvian crew and transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax and explore this beautiful city whilst adjusting to the altitude. This evening there will be a trip briefing to prepare us for the coming days.
Tambo Machay - Cusco
Today we will start our trekking at Tambo Machay, the ancient ruins high above Cusco. As we walk downhill to Sacsayhuaman, the huge and impressive Incan ruin on the outskirts of Cusco, we pass amazing Inca sites in the surrounding countryside. As well as the stunning scenery around us, today’s trek gives us a great opportunity to acclimatise to the altitude.
Approx. 5 hours trekking.
Cusco – Lares - Kunkani
We start our day with a bus journey to the mountain town of Lares at 3,650m where we have lunch and can visit the local hot springs. In the afternoon we hike to the village of Kunkani which is a lovely introduction into the life of the local Peruvians who live in these remote areas.
Approx. 4 hours trekking.
Kunkani – Cruzcasa - Chacchapata
After breakfast we begin our hike to Cruzcasa pass at 4,200 metres. From here we can see the highest peak in the mountain range, Mount Veronica, as she towers above us at 5,800m above sea level. Lunch is taken at the beautiful lake Yanacocha and here we have a chance to relax whilst taking in the stunning scenery. After lunch we continue towards our final climb of the day to our campsite situated at 3,900 metres.
Approx. 7 hours trekking.
Chacchapata – Hatun Paso – Yanahuara Alto
This morning we continue our journey through the mountains and forests of this amazing country. Our first challenge of the day is a hike up the mountain of Hatun Paso (4,600m) where the summit of the magical Pumahuanca will come into view at a dizzying 5,600m above us. We then change our course down the mountain to Aurora lake and then on to Yuraq lake. We turn into the Quena forest where we stop in the shade for our lunch. After lunch we carry on our course down hill still through the forest to Yanahuara Alto (3,100m).
Approx. 7 hours trekking.
Yanahuara Alto – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu
We wake this morning happy in the knowledge that our exertions these past few days will be rewarded today with a visit to the incredible Machu Picchu! A short hike this morning will take us to Yanahuara where we hop on a bus and then a train to Aguas Calientes, the gate way to Machu Picchu! After enjoying a tour of the Incan ruins we’ll have free time to relax and take in this amazing spectacle.
Aguas Calientes – Cusco
This morning we journey back to Cusco where we will have time to relax or explore the city. This evening we'll enjoy a celebration dinner to toast our achievements and reminisce about the week's hiking and spectacular scenery.
Depart Cusco for London
It’s time to say goodbye to Cusco and the mountains today as we start our journey back to the UK.
Arrival in London
Due to the nature of the challenge, this itinerary is subject to change.