13th November 2020
£299 registration fee
Machu Picchu, Peru
Discover Machu Picchu, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, while raising money for The Myton Hospices!
Discover Machu Picchu, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, while raising money for The Myton Hospices!
Our overseas challenge for 2020 will see a team of intrepid fundraisers travel to South America and spend five days walking the incredible Inca Trail! You will cover 52km and reach heights of 3,600km while exploring the majestic Sun Gate and fascinating ruins of Machu Picchu.
The trek encompasses mountain passes and sub-tropical vegetation, cloud forest and snow-capped peaks. It is undoubtedly a challenge, but the sight of Machu Picchu, mirrored with breathtaking views across the Andes, makes the effort more than worthwhile!
Global Adventure Challenges – the same team who help us trek along the Great Wall of China – are renowned for providing an unbeatable and unforgettable trip. With exceptional support from the porters and chefs to the medics and guides along with your fellow trekkers, everyone on this trek will be in great hands!
Experience Cusco and celebrate your achievements
There will also be the opportunity to immerse yourself in Peruvian culture as you explore the city of Cusco – a fitting reward after 5 days of trekking!
Everyone will pay a non-refundable registration fee of £299 when they sign up to the Inca Trail challenge, then we are giving participants two price options:
Self-Funded: You pay £2,406 on top of your registration fee to take part in the trek, but there is no minimum sponsorship - we just ask you raise as much as you can!
Minimum Sponsorship: You only pay your registration fee, but you must commit to raising £3,900 in sponsorship. (80% of this will be due 10 weeks before, and the remaining 20% due 6 weeks after the event)
Join Team Myton for an experience of a lifetime; and discover one of the new Seven Wonders of the World!
Sign up for Inca Trek today
Is this trip for me?
Absolutely! This trek is suitable for all abilities with the correct training. The minimum age for this trek is 18 years old (14-17 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian). The one thing everyone will have in common is a great sense of adventure and the desire to help a charity. Whether you are taking part as an individual or as a team with friends, team spirit will be flying high on the challenge.
How fit do I need to be?
This challenge has been graded as Tough (2) on our challenge grading scheme meaning the trek has been designed to be challenging but achievable as long as you train beforehand. You will be trekking for 5 consecutive days, and at high altitude and in varying temperatures, good cardiovascular fitness is required – the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the challenge! We will provide you with a full training guide once you register, this is also available to download via our website. Why not join one of our challenge training weekends – it’s a great opportunity for you to meet our team and other participants, and train together prior to the event.
What is the challenge grading scheme?
All of our challenges are graded on a scale from 1 to 3 to indicate the level of diﬀiculty, 1 being the lowest challenge grade and 3 being the most challenging. (1 = Challenging, 2 = Tough and 3 = Extreme).
Where will we stay?
While in Cusco we will stay in hotel accommodation, in twin rooms with en-suite facilities. Whilst on trek we will be camping – 2 persons per tent. All tents, camping equipment and sleeping mattresses will be provided but participants are expected to bring their own sleeping bags.
Do I need specialist kit?
We will supply you with a kit list of what to take once you register to take part. Apart from broken in trekking boots, some trekking poles and a good quality sleeping bag you do not need any specialist kit.
Do I have to carry my own luggage?
No. Participants will only have to carry a day pack (for items such as sunscreen, water, sun hat, camera, etc.) A small kit bag will be issued to you in Cusco and this is for you to fill with items you require for your trek and will be carried from camp to camp by our porters. You will be able to leave your main piece of luggage at the hotel in Cusco.
All meals will be provided except for dinner on day 7 and lunch on days 2 and 8. We can cater for most dietary requirements as long as we know in advance – just fill in the appropriate section on your registration form. Peruvian food is very varied and nutritious with plenty of vegetables and potatoes.
- Return flights from London Airport to Cusco
- All accommodation and transfers
- Tents and other camping equipment (participants must bring their own sleeping bags)
- All meals and celebratory dinner (except dinner on day 7 and lunch on day 2 and 8)
- Porters to carry kit bag
- Cooks and professional English speaking local guides
- Global Adventure Challenges Leader
- Local English speaking medic for the Inca Trail
- Airport taxes and fuel surcharge
- Inca trail permit- £200 which must be paid by November 2019 to secure 12 months in advance of the trip.
What’s not included?
- Personal Travel Insurance – this can be obtained through Global Adventure Challenges
- Sleeping bags
- Tips and gratuities
- Any associated local departure taxes in Peru which are to be paid for in person, cash
- Alcoholic drinks
Please note the Inca trail permits are non-refundable or transferable as per the Peruvian authorities and allocated to individual passport information.
Can I stay in Peru after the challenge?
Yes, but all extensions are strictly limited, subject to availability and are given on a first come, first served basis. You will need to complete an extension request form, available from Global Adventure Challenges by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a minimum £60 + VAT charge for having your return airline ticket extended. Please note the final decision always rests with the airline.
What support is there on the trek?
There will be a strong support team with a professional Global Adventure Challenges leader, as well as local guides and porters. Full, comprehensive first aid kits will be taken and satellite/mobile telephones will be used to ensure your safety and security at all times. A local English speaking medic will also be joining the trek.
What happens if I get tired?
There will be regular rest stops for drinks and snacks – there is no problem with you taking more rest stops should you need them. A guide will be bringing up the rear of the group ensuring no one is left alone. Remember this is not a race! The main physical problem you may encounter is altitude sickness, which can occur over 2,500m – the maximum altitude on this challenge is approx. 4,200m.
Will the altitude aﬀect me?
Your physical fitness will not affect your ability to cope with the altitude, however the fitter you are the better you will cope in general whilst on the mountain. Altitude sickness is caused by decreased oxygen concentration in the blood due to the lower atmospheric pressure at high altitude. All individuals are affected differently, but symptoms can include breathlessness, nausea and headaches. Please be assured that this trek has been designed to maximise your chances for sufficient acclimatisation i.e. the speed at which we trek, the chosen routes, acclimatisation days, the number of highly trained experts in the support team.
How do I raise the sponsorship?
Once you have signed up you will receive a fundraising pack from Myton in order to make your fundraising as easy as possible. You will also receive a few tips and ideas from Global Adventure Challenges to help you on your way.
Day 1 – Friday 13th November
We depart the UK on our flight to Cusco arriving the next day.
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.
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 – Monday 16th November
Cusco (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 an 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
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 see impressive cloud forest, beautiful queuñales (Queuña forest and indigenous trees), beautiful likens, bromeliads, orchids and birds. On top of “Dead Woman’s Pass”, we are going to see the second section of the Inca Trail and the second pass called Runkuraqay. From this point, it is approx. one more hour to reach the Pacaymayo Valley Campsite at 3600m.
Trekking distance – approx. 11km
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 one 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.
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 broken 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
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 world’s 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 the mid/late afternoon, we board your train for the return to Cusco. We then transfer back to our hotel.
Trekking distance – approx. 6km
Day 8 – Saturday 21st November
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.
We transfer to Cusco Airport for our flight back to the UK.
Day 10 – Monday 23rd November
Arrive back in the UK.
(Please note this is a complex itinerary and subject to change)
Help us reach our £42,000 target!
This year we have to raise £9.2 million of the £12 million we need to continue providing our services free of charge, we can't do it without your support.
Whether you have chosen to self-fund or have pledged to raise £3,900 in sponsorship, every penny you raise will ensure Myton can continue to provide its services free of charge to people with terminal and life limiting illnesses, and their families, when they need us most.
You can create your online fundraising page in just a few minutes by clicking here. Your fundraising page will then automatically be linked to our Inca Trail Trek campaign which can be viewed here.
Our Assistant Events Manager, Rebecca Richards, knows first-hand the difference Myton makes when a loved one is diagnosed with a terminal or life limiting illness. In 2015 her grandad died at Warwick Myton Hospice.
"When Paps was diagnosed, he told my Gran that he wanted to die at Myton if he couldn’t be at home in his last days. He was such a supporter of the hospice, having had friends and family cared for there.
“He was admitted to Warwick Hospital and it was clear he was very unwell. We asked if he could be referred to Warwick Myton Hospice but the hospital staff really didn’t think he would survive the ambulance journey. My Dad, Aunty and Gran decided they still wanted to try and grant his request though, whatever the risk.
“My Dad travelled in the ambulance with Paps – he had been unresponsive for about a day and was still unconscious in the ambulance – but as we were driving past his favourite pub he opened his eyes and squeezed my dad’s hand! He knew what was happening, where he was going.
“When we arrived at Myton everyone’s mood changed. Paps got to have a proper wash, the nurses made sure he was clean-shaven which cheered my Gran up no end. We only spent a couple of days at Myton but the difference it made was huge.
“Towards the end, everyone was together in his room. My cousin started playing Paps and Gran’s favourite song and it was while that was playing that Paps took his last breaths.
“I was at university studying Events Management when Paps died. After, the goal was always to work at Myton. I got the job of Challenge Events Coordinator in 2016 and a year later I climbed Kilimanjaro in aid of Myton! It was hard, but I kept thinking about why I was challenging myself, and that the money we were raising would mean more people like Paps could have a good death.”
The money you raise will ensure more people like John Richards (Paps) and his family can access our services when they need us most, now and in the future.
To reach our target of £42,000 we rely entirely on you raising sponsorship. Have a look at the difference the money you raise will make:
- £50 covers the cost of two hours specialist nursing care.
- £175 is the upkeep cost of our relatives accommodation for a week.
- £460 will fund an inpatient bed for one day.
- £2,000 would buy a patient specific recliner chair to enable patients to spend time out of bed.