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                       TREK TO MACHU PICCHU
The Lost City of Machu Picchu is one of the great wonders of the world and our unique trek will take
you along a less used route, away from the hustle and bustle of the main Inca trail. Trekking through
a previously unknown valley our route takes us along spectacular mountain passes and down long
forgotten trails that pass through small villages where little has changed and traditional farming
methods are still used.
Our trek ends as we pass through the famous Sun Gate, to the stunning sacred city of Machu Picchu.
Across the Divide have created a unique route which only we have permission to use. Through our
trips we have helped to rediscover otherwise neglected ruins, constructed toilets helping to promote
better health, and built community structures in villages that do not otherwise benefit from the
monies generated by tourism.

OUTLINE ITINERARY
DAY 1          UK - PERU
We board our international flight for Peru. On arrival in Lima (subject to flight schedule), we are met
by our Venture Leader and transferred by coach to our hotel where we will have an orientation
briefing.

Accommodation: overnight flight
Meal plan: in flight meals


DAY 2          LIMA - CUZCO - SACRED VALLEY – CACHICATA
We leave Lima airport for our short flight to Cuzco (situated at a height of 3,400m). On arrival we take
a short transfer by coach for a cup of coca tea and then head on to the Sacred Valley. A short flat
walk (approximately half an hour) will bring participants into camp at Cachicata (2,910m) where the
venture leader will give a full trek briefing.
Flight: 55 min
Altitude: 2,910m
Camping
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner




                TREK TO MACHU PICCHU - PREPARED IN COMMERCIAL CONFIDENCE BY ACROSS THE DIVIDE
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DAY 3          CACHICATA – SOCQMA
After a short walk to the bus, the group will travel to Ollantaytambo, one of the most typically Inca
towns in existence. After a two hour tour of the ruins we return to the bus and head to Rapcca
(2,965m) for a picnic lunch. After lunch we walk up to our overnight camp at Soqma (3,205m).
Altitude 3,205m
Trekking Distance: 3km (1.5-2 hours)
Accommodation: camping
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 4          SOQMA – CORIMARCA
The morning walk is a relatively steep ascent, which we take very slowly. We climb through dramatic
scenery and past a stunning waterfall to the Perol Nyoc ruins at 3,520m, which were rediscovered
and cleared by the local ATD support team.
After lunch there is another steep, but short, climb to our camp on the Inca Terraces at Corimarca
(3,740m). We are lucky to be the only people permitted to camp at this beautiful and hidden site.
Altitude 3,740m
Trekking Distance: 5km (approx 5-6 hours)
Accommodation: camping
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 5          CORIMARCA - ANGASCOCHA
Today is the longest and hardest day of the challenge. After an early start, we climb upwards over a
long, steep, zigzagging route to Charca Huaylla Pass (4,395m). The climb then flattens out slightly
(although the route continues upwards) to the highest point of the trek at Chanca Chuco Pass
(4,445m).
From the top of the pass the views of the snow covered peaks and the Sacred Valley below are
absolutely spectacular. After celebrating our success at reaching the top we make a short descent to
some much-needed tea and lunch. The afternoon is long, as we walk on a rising and falling trail to a
cliff path that descends steeply to a stream crossing. A further 25-minute gentle climb takes us into
our overnight camp at Angascocha School, where ATD has helped the local community by building
small bridges. The high altitude and relative remoteness of the camp means we are in for another
chilly night.
Altitude: 3,958m
Trekking Distance: 9km (approx 10 hours)
Accommodation: camping
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6          ANGASCOCHA - CAMICANCHA
The day begins with a long, easy descent through a canyon into the orchid and humming bird habitat
of Elfin Forest, following the line of the river as it descends towards the Sacred Valley. After lunch we
continue with an easy descent into the Sacred Valley and our overnight camp at Camicancha
(2,960m).
Participants can expect warmer temperatures from now on, with the potential for a fireside knees-
up!

                TREK TO MACHU PICCHU - PREPARED IN COMMERCIAL CONFIDENCE BY ACROSS THE DIVIDE
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Altitude: 2,960m
Trekking distance: 8km (approx 7 hours)
Accommodation: camping
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 7          CAMICANCHA – KM82
Today we are able to have a later start and our walk follows the contours of the Sacred Valley. After a
relatively short morning’s walk to a eucalyptus forest close to Chillca Bridge (2,888m) we will have a
long relaxed picnic lunch. Our walk in the afternoon will be relatively easy over undulating terrain.
Our trail passes through Arid Montane habitat including Cactus forest and takes us to our lovely
campsite at Piscaycucho ‘aka’ Kilometre 82 (2,736m). In preparation for a train journey the following
day, that evening participants must ensure that all their possessions are secured within their bags.

Altitude: 2,800m
Trekking Distance: 6km (2-3 hours)
Accommodation: camping
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 8          KM82 – AGUAS CALIENTES
After a short walk to the train station we board our train for the journey from Kilometre 82 to
Kilometre 104, which will take 40 minutes. Following checkpoint formalities, we climb the Inca Trail
to a waterfall and on to the ruins at Huina Huayna for a packed lunch. Passing through a second
checkpoint by 3.30pm, we will then move on to Machu Picchu. Once we have admired the view from
Sun Gate we descend into the viewpoint area in the ruins for a brief lecture. We then take a bus
down to the town of Aguas Calientes and our hotel where we can shower before enjoying a
celebratory meal.
Train: 40 minutes
Trekking time: (4-5 hours)
Accommodation: hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 9          AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU - CUZCO
Today gives us a second chance to experience Machu Picchu. A dawn wake-up call is necessary
however, if we are to be ready to catch the bus to Machu Picchu, to catch the sun as it rises above
this most enigmatic of Incan sites. On arrival we are given a guided tour of the ruins. After this, we
are free to explore at our
leisure. We will then take the bus back down to the hotel for a buffet lunch before loading up our
private train wagon to return to Cuzco. In the evening, we have a free night in Cuzco to visit the local
pubs, restaurants and clubs.
Accommodation: Hotel
Downtime: Free evening in Cuzco
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner




                TREK TO MACHU PICCHU - PREPARED IN COMMERCIAL CONFIDENCE BY ACROSS THE DIVIDE
                               TEL: +44 (0)1460 30456 WWW.ACROSSTHEDIVIDE.COM
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DAY 10         CUZCO – LIMA
An afternoon flight back to Lima will leave us with some time in Cusco in the morning. We then catch
the bus to the airport for our flight back to Lima and then onwards to the UK.
Transfer flight: 55 minutes

  Cuzco means “navel” in Quechua, a Native American language, and referred to the city’s
  placement at the centre of the Incan Empire. The city was the capital of the Incan civilization
  from the beginning of the 14th century until it was raided by Francisco Pizarro and his fellow
  conquistadors in 1533. Although much of Cuzco was destroyed by an earthquake in 1950, its
  historic sites have been carefully restored. The city was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  in 1983.


DAY 11         ARRIVE BACK IN THE UK
Subject to flight schedules.




PRICES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
PRIOR TO THE EVENT
Public liability insurance
Safety management plan
Route research and analysis
Casualty evacuation analysis
Provision of event manual
Picture images if appropriate/ available
Attendance at one client information talk
Head office administration costs
DURING THE EVENT
Price includes flights, all services; accommodation, transport and food in-country
Day-to-day running of the event
Safety and logistical management
Provision of UK safety staff
Provision of UK medical staff
Organisation of emergency evacuation if necessary


                TREK TO MACHU PICCHU - PREPARED IN COMMERCIAL CONFIDENCE BY ACROSS THE DIVIDE
                               TEL: +44 (0)1460 30456 WWW.ACROSSTHEDIVIDE.COM
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Radio back up and support
Use of satellite telephone
All safety equipment needed to run the event



THE FOLLOWING ARE NOT INCLUDED:
Visas (if required)
Personal travel insurance
Airport taxes
Tips to local staff
Drinks at meals i.e. beer & wine
Items of a personal nature



NOTES
        PURPOSE, AIMS & OBJECTIVES OF THE EVENT
         Across the Divide’s Machu Picchu Trek is provided as a fundraising challenge. This 11 day trip
         includes 6 days of high altitude trekking over mountainous terrain.
        WEATHER CONDITIONS
         The average temperatures will be min 10°c / max 25°c and will drop to below freezing at night.
        ALTITUDE
         Highest altitude on this trip is 4,445m. Altitudes above 2,500 meters are classed as being at
         high altitude and the effects of lowered oxygen levels will be felt by numerous participants.
         ATD manages this trip in accordance with the latest advice on altitude and acclimatisation*.
         Selection of leadership team on any ATD high altitude trip includes experience of altitude.
         ATD provides full medical back up in terms of a British qualified doctor equipped with a full
         high altitude medical kit and oxygen.
         Advice provided by ‘The High Altitude Medicine Handbook, Andrew J Pollard & David R
         Murdoch, 1998’.
        PARTICIPANT SUITABILITY
         Participants must train, be fit enough, and have experience and confidence to achieve the
         following:
         Trekking, both up and downhill, including some steep sections
         Continued activity for up to eight hours a day over consecutive days
        LEADERSHIP TEAM
         A single gender leadership team may be selected for this challenge.
         Across the Divide’s leadership team for this event will be selected on their experience and
         qualifications, these include:

         Medical
         Navigation
         Group management in mountainous high altitude environments

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         Communication skills
         Radio communications
         ATD standard operating procedures
         Crisis management
         Risk management
        AMENDMENTS TO ITINERARY
         This route is subject to change due to weather conditions, permits and the overall fitness of the
         group.
        ATD JURISDICTION
         Across the Divide’s leadership team are responsible for all aspects of the event, excluding down
         time. Any periods of down time* are clearly indicated in the itinerary.
         *Down time is a period of time, occurring within the overall duration of the venture, identified by agreement between
         venture provider and participant prior to commitment to participation, as being beyond the jurisdiction of the venture
         provider.

        VISA REQUIREMENTS
         Visas are not required for UK passport holders for a maximum stay of 90 days. Other nationalities
         will need to make their own checks.


         Travellers will be required to obtain authorisation to transit the United States of America in
         advance of their departure date. British passport holders and all passport holders from countries
         which previously participated in the U.S. Visa Waiver Scheme can apply online at
         https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov



        BRITISH STANDARD 8848
         Across the divide is scheduled to be compliant to British Standard 8848, Specification for the
         provision of visits, fieldwork, expeditions and adventurous activities outside the UK, Self declared,
         by June 2010.
         Across the Divide Ltd
         Thorncombe Barn
         Fore Street
         Thorncombe
         Somerset
         TA20 4PP
         01460 30456
         www.acrossthedivide.com


                        ATD supports the Expedition Medicine & Leadership Company
                           to provide the highest quality in expedition medicine.




                   TREK TO MACHU PICCHU - PREPARED IN COMMERCIAL CONFIDENCE BY ACROSS THE DIVIDE
                                  TEL: +44 (0)1460 30456 WWW.ACROSSTHEDIVIDE.COM

				
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