Machu Picchu is one of the most iconic sights in South America and the culmination of the magnificent Inca Trail trek through the Peruvian Andes. Follow this breathtakingly beautiful route through valleys and high passes scattered with fascinating Inca ruins.
Trekking on Inca-paved paths and steps, the route takes you up through lush cloud forest to the demanding Dead Woman’s Pass (4,200 m). Continually climbing up or dropping down, the trek is steep at times, and the altitude adds to the challenge. The trek ends as you finally reach the Sun Gate, which overlooks Machu Picchu, where your first magical glimpse provides an unforgettable reward for your efforts.
Each year, the Peruvian Government releases a limited number of trekking permits for the upcoming 12 months. Demand is very high so these permits sell out extremely quickly. Permits for the following year's departures are released in October, so you will need to book your place early for this challenge to avoid disappointment.
Dates and prices
There are various different dates available for 2024 and 2025:
- 20 - 29 April 2024
- 7 - 16 September 2024
- 12 - 21 October 2024
- 26 April - 5 May 2025
- 6 - 15 September 2025
- 11 - 20 October 2025
To take part, you need to pay a £499 registration fee and commit to raising a minimum of £4,900 in sponsorship. Alternatively, you can opt to part or fully pay the trip costs, reducing the required amount you'll have to raise. Please see here for more details about the different pricing options.