The Virtual Machu Picchu Challenge

Saturday 1st – Monday 10th August 2020

Have you ever wanted to trek to Machu Picchu?

Or been there and want a trip back up memory lane? 

Does the idea of trekking 66km reaching 4,450m interest you? 

Due to Covid 19, we unfortunately can't travel to Peru to complete this incredible trek however we remain committed to fundraising for our charity projects and to providing ways for you to keep up your exercise with us. 

Want to do the real Machu Picchu trek in 2021 with us? Check out the dates for next year here.

Are you up for this virtual charity challenge?

Then join us along with our wonderful Chairwoman, Anne Edmondson, and Charity Director, Elaine Kelly, starting Saturday 1st August at 4pm for our Charity Challenge: The Virtual Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

 

CHARITY PROJECT: This charity challenge will empower you to virtually walk the same distance to one of the most beautiful wonders of the world while contributing funds for our charity project in Peru, Chichuchas Wasi. Together, our goal is to raise USD 14,000 (AED 50,000) to support classroom renovations, building a playground facility and supporting dormitories for students at Chichuchas Wasi.

 

Here’s how it works:

  1. Make a minimum donation of AED 100 to register through YallaGive.
  2. You will then receive an email providing all the information and instructions you need to take part.
  3. Download Zoom to your device and join us at the virtual start line for the warm-up, then off you go!

You will have 10 days to complete the challenge. There will be pictures and videos shared with you as you progress so you can get a feel for what the real Machu Picchu trek is like. A few surprises along the way too!

GOOD LUCK!

 

Driven by the impact of the COVID-19 world-wide crisis, our charity projects need your support more than ever before. 

Our international challenges are currently on-hold. We are trying to still support our charity projects through other events until we can get back to the mountains.

Your donation will go a long way to support our project, Chichuchas Wasi in Peru. A comprehensive primary school for impoverished indigenous girls who attend free of charge. There are over 120 students from 4-12 years old. Cusco faces a lot of rain and sometimes extreme weather and the school currently does not have an indoor facility larger than a classroom for events, sports, theatre presentations, or otherwise. This project is to build a dry multipurpose room for these activities.

This event is pending approval from the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department.

Day1

Welcome and warm up with Elaine: 4pm Dubai; 7am Cusco on Saturday 1st August 2020 (11km)

Welcome and warm up with Elaine: 4pm Dubai; 7am Cusco

We start with an acclimatisation hike from Tambo Machay (3,800m/12,467ft). With its intricately carved water channels this is thought to have been used both for ritual cleansing as well as the worship of water.

From here we carry on back down to Cusco, stopping at the Temple of the Moon and other historical sites along the way.

During our stop at the Cusco ruins we will see the impressive site of Sacsayhuaman. Huge stone ramparts surround a beautiful grass amphitheatre. Once the scene of fierce battles it now hosts the recreation of traditional Inca ceremonies such as Inti Raymi and Warachikuy.

Time permitting you may wander through the beautiful historic centre of Cusco which was declared a World Heritage Site in 1983 with Inca and colonial architecture evident all around.

Day2

Lares trek from Totora canyon to Quishuarani (7km)

After breakfast, we take a scenic two-hour drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the start of our trek at the small village of Totora. We follow an ancient Inca trail into a narrow canyon, where Inca tombs perch in the cliffs. Emerging from the canyon we pass through tiny rural communities before stopping for a picnic lunch at Chaypa (3,650m/11,975ft).

Our bus then takes us to the small and very traditional community of Quishuarani and our camp for the night at (3,700m/12,140ft).

Day3

Lares trek from Quishuarani to Huacahuasi (17km)

This is a stunning day of hiking. We leave camp behind and climb past colourfully dressed locals and up towards the native forests that our ground handlers have been heavily involved in re-planting. These forests harbour Andean deer, vizcachas and several rare species of birds and are essential to the future of this area.

A further push and we reach the stunning views from our highest pass of the trek, the Huchayccasa pass (4,450m/14,600ft). A chain of emerald blue lakes fills the hillside below us and in the distance rise the snow clad Urubamba mountains. Descending through hand turned potato fields we come to the upper reaches of the ancient community of Cuncani at (3,800m/12,4600ft). From here our bus takes us twenty minutes to our camp at Chancachaca (3,440m/11,286ft) with an option to visit the Lares hot-springs after lunch.

Day4

Lares trek from Huacahuasi to Patacancha Valley (19km)

This is a day filled with encounters with locals. Men head off to work in the potato fields, wooden ploughs slung over their shoulder. Women sit, legs outstretched weaving their traditional clothes on wooden looms. Small children sit motionless guarding herds of alpaca and llama, their ever faithful dog by their side.

We start a 15-minute drive from camp whereby we begin our journey towards the final pass. Lying at 4,200m/13,780ft the Ipsaycocha pass marks the border between Lares and the Patacancha Valley. We start gently ascending and then climb a final steep section to get to the summit. We will have spectacular views of Mount Veronica. We have lunch by the beautiful Ipsay lake then follow an ancient trail to the Patacancha Valley and the village of Patacancha where the trek ends.

Day5

Royal Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (12km)

We start early in the morning and transfer to the train station for the beautiful journey towards Machu Picchu. At km104 we alight, pass through the control and start our walk past the interesting ruins at Chachabamba. Following the ancient Inca trail, we ascend through tropical cloud forest and climb high above the roaring Urubamba River. Whilst walking all we need to carry is a daypack.

An initially challenging ascent is replaced by satisfaction as we reach Wiñay Wayna, a beautiful Inca ruin full of swallows and orchids. We enjoy a picnic lunch and, time-permitting, visit these impressive ruins before joining what is generally considered to be the most spectacular part of the Inca Trail. The contour path through the fascinating cloud forest leads to Inti Puncu, ‘the gateway of the Sun’ and our first glimpse of Machu Picchu.

We savour the moment and, once in the ruins themselves, our guide will give us an extensive walking tour of Machu Picchu explaining the fascinating history of the Incas. If time permits those who wish can explore further to the Inca Bridge, whilst others may prefer to relax and take in the stunning location.

Chichuchas Wasi

Chichuchas Wasi is a comprehensive primary school for impoverished indigenous girls who attend free of charge. There are over 120 students from 4-12 years old. Cusco faces a lot of rain and sometimes extreme weather and the school currently does not have an indoor facility larger than a classroom for events, sports, theatre presentations, or otherwise. This project is to build a dry multipurpose room for these activities.

Our goal is to raise AED 200,000 (US$55,000) for this project!

In addition to quality academic education, Chichuchas Wasi provide daily high protein meals, on staff psychologist, yearly health evaluations, annual dental care every other year, parent meetings with psychologist, free uniforms, books and safe school transportation.

http://www.chicuchaswasi.org/

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