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About the Walking with the Wounded 2019 Machu Picchu trek

Out of the thousands of miles of trails built by the Incas  is by far the most famous trek in South America and was recently rated by National Geographic as the best destination trek in the world. In just 26 miles (43km), it manages to combine beautiful mountain scenery, lush cloud-forest, subtropical jungle and, of course, a stunning mix of Inca paving stones, ruins and tunnels. Of course, the downside of  fame and publicity is that the trail is very popular. 

Dead Womans PassAs a result of this popularity, the Inca trail suffered a lot of erosion damage early this century and numbers of trekkers are now heavily restricted by a very tight permit system. 

The classic Inca Trail is believed to follow the original pilgrimage route from Cuzco, the capital of the Incan empire to Machu Picchu, their most sacred temple. The Incans main god was the sun and the temple at Machu Picchu is dedicated to Sun worship. The current day version of this pilgrimage starts at the somewhat banally named Kilometre 82 gate:  unsurprisingly it is 82 kilometres from Cuzco.

The Classic Inca trail involves around 5-6 hours of hiking each day.  It takes you up and over a series of high passes, most notably Dead Woman's Pass at 4,215m,  and the effect of altitude at this height are very significant so you must ensure you train properly before you arrive. (Can you spot how Dead Woman's Pass got its name?)

View from Sun Gate at Machu PicchuFrom Km82, the path takes you up and down through diverse environments including cloud forest, jungle and alpine tundra. Of greatest interest though are the  Inca ruins, including Runcuracay, Phuyupatamarca and Wiñaywayna which line the trail becoming grander and more impressive as  you approach the big one - Machu Picchu.

The final approach to Machu Picchu on the Inca trail brings you out at the famous Sun Gate where you can stop for a well earned breather and admire the sheer brilliance and scale of the ruins. Even if you have seen this picture a thousand times before, it never fails to impress.

If you want to join the WWTW Machu Picchu trek  then please either contact us at [email protected] or book online today!

We have a low deposit offer of £100/ $130 pp to reserve your space on this trek.

Detailed Itinerary for the WWTW 2019 Machu Picchu challenge

Day 1Arrival

If you have booked airport transfers the Kandoo team will meet you at Cuzco airport and transfer you to your pre-trek hotel. Otherwise, you can make your own way there. Later you will attend a pre-trek briefing with your Lead Guide to prepare you for the challenge ahead.

Day 2Cuzco city walking tour + free time

Cuzco was once the foremost city of the Inca empire, and is the continent's oldest continuously inhabited city. At the heart of the city is the Plaza de Armas. Colonial arcades surround the plaza, while alleyways leading away from the plaza are bordered by Inca walls. On the plaza's northeastern side is the imposing Cathedral, flanked by the churches of Jesus Maria and El Triunfo. On the southeastern edge is the ornate church of La Compania de Jesus.  

 You will have the afternoon free to rest or explore this beautiful city.

Day 3Drive from Cuzco to Km 82, trek to Wayllabamba

 We will leave Cuzco at 5:00 am by a private bus heading to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will make a short break in Ollantaytambo for breakfast. The official beginning of the Inca Trail is called Km 82. Here we will meet our crew and register for your trek.

The official beginning of the Inca Trail is called Km 82. Here we will meet our crew and register for our trek.

After crossing the Rio Urubamba we start the legendary Inca Trail. The first day of the trail is relatively easy and a good warm up for the following days. On the way we will pass a beautiful archaeological site called Llactapata before we reach Tarayoc. After that, we will continue our hike to Wayllabamba (3000m), the camping site where we will spend the night.

  • Elevation: From 2800 metres to 3000 metres
Day 4From Wayllabamba to Pacamayo

Today we cross the first of three passes and the highest point of our trek - Warmihuañusca Pass (Dead Woman Pass) at 4200m. Our trek begins with a fairly steep climb to Llulluchapampa, before levelling out slightly as we head up to Dead Woman's Pass. After a break at the summit to enjoy the view, we  begin the long, steep descent to the Pacamayo River where we will camp overnight.

  • Elevation: From 3000 metres to 3850 metres
  • Highest point: 4200 metres (Dead Woman's Pass)
Day 5From Pacamayo to Wiñay Wayna

This morning we climb up to the oval-shaped ruin of Runkurakay, then continue our ascent to the summit of our second pass, Runkurakay Pass at 3900m. From here you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the entire snow-capped Vilcabamba range, before another steep descent. We will then climb up to our third pass, to Phuyupatamarka, an Inca ruin named “The Town in the Clouds”. Finally we descend once more into the cloud forest, visiting the site of Intipata (Terraces of the Sun), before reaching our campsite at Wiñay Wayna.

  • Elevation: From 3580 metres to 2650 metres
  • Highest point: 3900 metres (Runkurakay Pass)
Day 6From Wiñay Wayna to Machu Picchu to Cuzco

A very early start today as we set off on the final section of the Inca Trail to the famous Inti Punku (Sun Gate) where, weather permitting, you will enjoy your first views of Machu Picchu. You will have a comprehensive tour of the site, as well as some time to explore on your own. If you wish to climb Huayna Picchu, the famous mountain behind the ruins, you will need to book your permit with us in advance.

In the afternoon, we will return to Aguas Calientes to catch the train to Ollantaytambo. From here, our driver will transfer you back to your hotel in Cuzco.

Day 7Departure

After a shower and a good night's sleep, it will be time to leave. If you have arranged airport transfers we will meet you at the hotel. Otherwise make your own way to Cuzco airport for your departing flight.

Route profile for the WWTW Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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Last Updated March 23 2018
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Arrival: March 24 2019
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Price: £999 $1299 €0
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What you get as part of your WWTW fundraising package

  • wwtw fundWWTW t-shirt
  • WWTW wristband
  • Fundraising materials
  • Promoted as part of the WWTW team
  • Bespoke online fundraising page as part of WWTW team
  • One to one charity support with fundraising
  • Complimentary team entry for our Cumbrian Challenge in May 2018 to come and meet the charity staff and our beneficiaries as part of their training and their fundraising.

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FAQs about the Inca trail

Q1HOW DIFFICULT IS THE INCA TRAIL? HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE?

The Inca trail is only a three day trek with an additional day visiting Machu PIcchu. Each day involves about 6-7 hours of walking but although this doesn't sound like a lot remember the highest pass goes over 4000m and at this altitude every step can be hard work. For more advice on training see here

Q2HOW DO I GET TO THE START POINT FOR THE INCA TRAIL?

You will need to fly to Cuzco to hike the Inca trail. Unfortunately, Cuzco does not have an international flight and so you have to fly through Lima sometimes with an overnight stop. For more information on flights see here.

Q3WILL I NEED A VISA FOR THIS TREK

Visitors from the EU or from the USA do not  require a visa to enter Peru. Other nationals still require a visa but this can be obtained at the airport. For more advice on visa requirements see here

Q4What is accommodation like on the Inca trail?

On the trek itself you will be camping. Every two people will share a high quality, force ten three person tent and there will be a large mess tent.

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