Peru·August

Machu Picchu Trek

Journey to the Infamous Lost City of Machu Picchu...

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Overview

One of the 7 modern wonders of the world, the lost city of Machu Picchu rests hidden within the Peruvian Andes. On our 6-day expedition you will venture from the historic market town of Cusco on a spectacular adventure through the glaciers and mountains of Salkantay, ancient Inca paths and dense jungle as you journey to the fabled ruins. Challenge Level 3/5 - Challenging! This is a challenging multi-day expedition, reaching altitudes of over 4,600m. You will need to be in good physical shape to complete the challenge

Highlights

Discovering Cusco!

Discovering Cusco!

Once capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco is an incredible city known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture. Plaza de Armas is the central square in the old city, with arcades, carved wooden balconies and Incan wall ruins.

The Salkantay Pass

The Salkantay Pass

On day 3 of the trek you reach around 4,600m in altitude as we pass the legendary Salkantay pass

Visit local coffee makers!

Visit local coffee makers!

Midway through the trek we pass a local coffee farm, where we stop and get to learn more about the history of one of Peru's largest exports

Camping under the stars!

Camping under the stars!

Schedule

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Day 0 - Travel to Cusco

Departure from the UK on a long-haul flight to Cusco, Peru, with at least one stop.

You are responsible for arranging suitable flights to and from the challenge, however the team at Endeavours will provide timings, indicative pricing and any support you need with booking flights.  


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Day 1 - Airport Transfer and "Locals guide to Cusco" Tour

On arrival at the airport, you will be met and travel by minibus to your hotel. After time to check in and acclimatise, we will introduce you to the city with a "Locals' guide to Cusco" tour.

This short walking tour is a great way to get your bearings and also helps you get used to the altitude, with Cusco being at 3,399m. 

The beautiful historic centre was declared a World Heritage Site in 1983 with Inca and colonial architecture evident all around. Later in the day, your guide will give you a full briefing for the adventure ahead.

Included

Lunch

Accommodation

Transport

City Tour

Not Included

Breakfast

Dinner

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Day 2 - Acclimatisation Day

You will be able to enjoy a free day exploring the historic centre of Cusco and its sites, and to rest and recuperate before the adventure begins. Whether your interest is exploring Inca ruins, visiting colonial churches, bargain hunting in artisan markets, chocolate museums or just relaxing over a cappuccino on a terrace overlooking the Plaza de Armas, Cusco has it all.

Included

Breakfast

Dinner

Not Included

Lunch

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Day 3 - Trek Begins!

An early pick up this morning from your hotel as you depart on a 4-hour journey to Marcojasa - the start of the trek. You will start your hike from here, following the path along the aqueduct to Soraypampa with a picnic lunch en-route. Depending on the pace of your group, we will arrive at the campsite at Soraypampa in the late afternoon.

Here you will have dinner and stay overnight in tented accommodation.


Included

Accommodation

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Transport

Guide

Mule Support

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Day 4 - Salkantaypampa Glacier

You will ascend from your campsite in Soraypampa (3760m) to one of the most beautiful lakes in the region at the base of the Humantay glacier (4200m).

After descending back down to the campsite for lunch, you will then begin the 2-hour trek to Salktantaypampa, where we will set up camp for the second night.

Included

Tented Accomodation

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Guide

Mule Support

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Day 5 - Salkantay Mountain Pass

After breakfast, you will depart on a long and tough ascent towards the Salkantay Mountain Pass at an altitude of 4650m. The views as you walk this day will be spectacular, with the looming shadow of the sacred mountain Nevado Salkantay dominating the glaciated valley through which you will pass.

Lunch will be taken just after the highpoint of the pass before we make a slow descent to Collpapampa, arriving mid-afternoon.

Included

Accommodation

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Guide

Mule Support

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Day 6 - Lucmabamba Campsite

After breakfast, you will continue down the Santa Teresa Valley, through tropical cloud forest and coffee plantations to your campsite at Lucmabamba. From here, you shall have fantastic views over Peru’s coffee plantations and fruit trees.

Included

Accommodation

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Guide

Mule Support

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Day 7 - Inca Trail to Llactapata

Your final day of hiking takes you through the lush vegetation of coffee and tropical fruit plantations and up into pristine cloud forest. We follow an ancient Inca Trail to Llactapata, an Inca site that has only recently been excavated. We will also have a truly amazing view of Machu Picchu that few tourists get to see, in our unique location from behind. From here, it is a short hike down to the hydroelectric plant where you will sign into Machu Picchu National Park.

After lunch, the trek will continue through semi-jungle for around 3 hours, until you arrive at Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu. Here participants can check into the hostel in the early afternoon and rest for the final ascent.

Included

Accommodation

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Guide

Mule Support

Park Entrance Fee

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Day 8 - Machu Picchu!

You will wake this morning for a very early breakfast before setting off for Machu Picchu while it is still dark, arriving at the ruins in time for sunrise.

There will be a guided tour of Machu Picchu and a boxed lunch will be provided. After your visit, you can choose to either walk back down to Aguas Calientes or you can hop on the local bus (an additional cost). Later, you will take the train back to Cuzco, arriving mid-evening for hot showers and if time permits a chance to explore Cusco's excellent night life.

Included

Accommodation

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Transport

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Day 9 - Cusco Free Day / Recovery and Return Home

Your will have the chance to unwind and recover from the challenge prior to the start of the extension or your return journey home! Grab a coffee in the square, explore ancient nearby ruins or sit back and relax.

Included

Accommodation

Breakfast

Transport to Airport

What's Included

What's Included

Transfers as mentioned

Accommodation as mentioned

Meals as mentioned

All national park fees

Safe drinking water throughout the hike

Mule support throughout trek

24/7 Emergency Support

All camping equipment required throughout the trek (Excluding sleeping bag and roll matt)

Return flights to the start of the challenge

Vaccinations

Tips and Gratuities

Meals and Drinks other than as mentioned in the itinerary

Excursions outside of those listed in the itinerary

Personal items

Visa's (If required)

Sign Up Options

Standard Registration Fee

Standard Registration Fee

Our standard sign up option - £395 Registration (Payment plans available) | £1695 Fundraising Target

FLEXI 1  - Lower Registration - Higher Fundraising

FLEXI 1 - Lower Registration - Higher Fundraising

Our lower sign fee up option with a slightly higher fundraising target - £195 Registration (Payment plans available) | £2100 Fundraising Target

FLEXI 2  - Higher Registration - Lower Fundraising Target

FLEXI 2 - Higher Registration - Lower Fundraising Target

Our highest registration fee option with the lowest fundraising - £790 Registration (Payment plans available) | £925 Fundraising Target

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FAQs

Group sizes normally range from between 10-35 participants from across the UK. With our university challenge groups comprised of fellow students (and your future friends!) from one, or multiple organisations. 

We partner with accredited, respected and trusted in-country English-Speaking guides with multiple years of experience. They make sure you are safe, healthy and prepared for each day, and are more than happy to share with you their stories and an insight into Peruvian culture.

We place safety at the heart of what we do. Whilst an element of risk always exists within each challenge, we have worked with our partners in country and implemented our own procedures to minimise risk whilst still ensuring you have an incredible challenge experience! 

All our challenges are risked assessed in line with BS8848 British Standards of Trekking.

At Endeavours Adventures, we value sustainability and responsible tourism at the highest level to deliver a fulfilling, enjoyable experience whilst supporting local communities. 

We work with all stakeholders to monitor our operations and strive to continually improve what we do and encourage all our participants make an effort to reduce single use plastics by bringing reusable water bottles and minimising plastic use where possible. 

You can find out more about our responsible tourism here.

Yes! In signing up and paying the registration fee for this challenge, you are given the option to either be SELF-FUNDED, or choose from one of 3 FUNDRAISE options for a chosen charity. If a FUNDRSAISE option is selected, after completing your registration payment (s) you must also reach your fundraising target to guarantee your place on the challenge. 

But fear not! We have an expert team of fundraising guides and support available to help you alongside the incredible support you shall receive directly from the charity.

If you have not reached your target by the final fundraising deadline date, you can defer your place on the challenge to next year and pay a deferral fee (varies depending on challenge).

If you reached 80% of your fundraising target by the final deadline, you may be allowed to go on the challenge in the current year, and then fundraise the remaining amount of money once you are back.

However, if you have not reached your target and have not been in communication with us, the Endeavours Adventures team will cancel your place on the challenge.

Flights to and from the challenge are not included in the registration fee, as this gives you the chance to arrive before or stay after the challenge and explore Peru / South America, whilst also meaning you can enjoy the benefit of finding discounted or reduced flights to save money.

Example flight options, costs and top tips are provided for each of our overseas challenges, so you are never alone in this, with the team on hand should you need any support with booking the best flights possible. 


We strongly recommend that you practice some form of hiking before you embark on this challenge and start training 6-8 weeks before the challenge date. If this is not possible for you to do, we would recommend going on regular walks with different types of ground, steepness, and even practice walking with the bag you will wear on the challenge, as well as your walking boots. All of this will help prepare your body. 

There are no specific exercise routines that you must follow, as everyone is different. However, doing squats regularly as well as step-up exercises, such as the stair master at the gym, is recommended. 

You will receive a kit list for your challenge between 16-12 weeks before your challenge date. 

Absolutely! Participants can join our adventure and culture filled extension trip, or are welcome to make their own plans. 

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