Approach the long abandoned and captivating hidden city of Machu Picchu along a network of ancient trails. Over 4 days trekking you’ll see the rugged beauty of the Andes and see the ancient sites of theInca Empire up close. We finish with a chance to explore the vibrant city of Cusco, before a Peruvian celebration long into the night.
This trek takes you through the Andes mountain to the lost city of the Inca. With 4 days of trekking, you will follow ancient pathways through valleys and high mountain passes, before witnessing an unforgettable sunrise over this fabled lost citadel. Along the way, you will see abandoned Inca ruins and learn more about the history of this lost empire. You’ll have support from our great local team, plus your Action Challenge guide. At night we camp in peaceful private camps, enjoying meals around the campfire. Afterwards, we return to Cuzco for a lively celebration of our trekking achievements.
On an Action Challenge trip you’ll be part of a team which takes on an adventure together – and that’s what makes the experience so special. Getting to know others, supporting each other when the going gets tough, laughing together, and sharing those special moments & the new friendships that will stay with you for many years. Led by a UK Mountain Leader and supported by a Medic overseeing the group’s wellbeing – you’ll be in safe hands, and our expert local logistics team & guides will ensure it all runs like clockwork. These are ‘fully inclusive’ trips – leaving you to focus on your challenge, and to enjoy it!
An Action Challenge trip is much more than a holiday! It brings like-minded people together in fantastic landscapes, provides the best support & great hospitality, and enables the group to take on a tough & unforgettable challenge which forges new friendships, broaden horizons, and leaves you wanting more of life’s adventures!
The blueprint for Action Challenge trip is based on delivering a high quality enjoyable experience – and doing it all safely. An experienced UK Mountain Leader ensures that all aspects of the challenge run to plan – and one of our UK Medics with an expedition med kit is on-hand to look after the group’s wellbeing – enabling everyone to have the best chance of successfully competing their challenge.
We go to great lengths to ensure that we only use the best local organisations to supply the all-important ground logistics and the on-challenge support, catering, and hospitality teams – with experienced guides leading the way on the trails with their deep local knowledge and authentic style.
Like minded people with a similar sense of adventure – but often from very different backgrounds, and with a wide range of experience, ages, levels of fitness, and personal ambitions. Our trips are perfect for individuals, couples, and small groups of friends to join – and then to take on a unique challenge as part of a larger group which shapes & bonds as the adventure unfolds!
Whether its’s the hotels, restaurants & transfers before & after the main challenge – or the challenge accommodation & meals whilst out on the trails – our all inclusive packages mean that you will get a top quality experience at a great value price! Flights are generally included, but there’s a ‘land only’ option if you’d prefer to book your own – and single supplement accommodation upgrades are available.
The group comes together – takes on a tough challenge together – and then celebrates its achievements in style on the final night of the trip in a local restaurant or hotel, with medals, awards, and a maybe a bit of a party! Many of our participants make new special friends on our trips – and quite a few come back together for another challenge in the following years!
A successful challenge starts with good preparation. The better prepared you are the more confident you’ll be, and the more you’ll enjoy it! Our ‘Challenge App’ will have all the info & details of what to expect on your challenge – and how to prepare for it – and we have optional training walks, training weekends , and a place on one of our UK Ultra Challenge events to get out on the tails and test your fitness, kit, & equipment.
Itinerary & Route
Please note that some details of the itinerary may change, you will be provided with a detailed itinerary once you are signed up to the challenge.
We depart on our flight to Peru, arriving on Day 2 in the breathtaking Andean city of Cusco (3,300m). We transfer to our central hotel and have the rest of the day to relax & enjoy one of the most celebrated cities in South America. We then re-group in the evening for a welcome meal & briefing on the days ahead.
Day 4 – we have an acclimatisation walk above Cusco to the ruins of Saksayhuaman to help us adapt to the altitude in preparation for the Inca Trail.
Meals: BLD Accom: Flight/Hotel
We start early, transferring after breakfast at the hotel, to the start of the challenge passed Ollantaytambo at Kilometre 82. We trek along the banks of the Urubamba River until we reach the magnificent ruins of Llactapata where our tents and hot drinks will be waiting for us. After enjoying an evening meal together we will retire early in preparation for tomorrow’s trek.
Meals: BLD Accom: Camping
Day 5 is possibly the hardest day of the trek, we rise early and head to the highest point of the trail, the impressive Warmiwanusca (Dead Woman’s Pass at 4270m), with striking views into the valley. We then descend into the Pacasmayo valley and settle in our camp for the night.
Day 6 sees us pass numerous Inca ruins as we trek along steep Incan stone staircases. The most special site, Winay-Wayna, can be explored just before arrival to our campsite in the cloud forest.
Meals: BLD Accom: Camping
We rise early today as the early morning sun lights up the magnificent Machu Picchu ruins from the ‘Inti Punku’ or ‘Door of the Sun’. From here, we descend to the world’s most famous ruins built in the 15th century, where we will have a guided tour. In the afternoon we continue to the town of Aguas Calientes and return by train to Cusco, ready for an early night.
Meals: BLD Accom: Hotel
Day 8 is a free day to look around Cusco. Optional extras include visiting the Pisac ruins, going white water rafting or relaxing in the city before meeting up in the evening to celebrate our challenge achievement together, well into the night!
We take a domestic flight to Lima on Day 9 and connect with our international flight back to the UK, for an arrival on day 10.
Meals: BD (day 8) B (day 9) Accom: Hotel/Flight
Costs & Fundraising
We’ve three payment & fundraising options for you to take on this challenge.
Sign up with a £395 online deposit & balance payment due 12 weeks before, with no fundraising target.
Sign up with a £395 online deposit & fundraise for a charity of your choice, with different target options.
The Challenge brochure details the full itinerary, inclusions, dates & prices – download for a full run down of the challenge details.
It’s like paying for an all-inclusive holiday.
You pay the registration deposit. The final balance for the trip cost will be due no later than 10 weeks before your departure date
If you want to fundraise for charity, you may still do this separately – either on or offline. All fundraising will be a direct donation to your chosen charity. Please contact them for more information.
This option lets you pay some of the trip cost yourself, including the registration deposit. You then fundraise on top for a chosen charity.
Action Challenge will invoice your charity for 50% the trip cost 12 weeks before departure.
You must complete 80% of your fundraising by 12 weeks before departure, with the remaining 20% completed 4 weeks after departure.
Let us know what charity you want to support when registering so that we can set up your agreement.