Chris' story

BHF fundraiser standing in Peru on the Peru Machu Picchu Trek
"A couple of years ago I was told I had a heart condition, I was only 16. For a while it stopped me from doing things that I loved, such as playing cricket and football. Luckily my heart operation was successful and my life went back to the way it was. I wanted to take on the Machu Picchu challenge to raise money for the BHF as this will help reduce the amount of people that felt the way I did when I had my heart condition."


Chris Bawden, aged 18, 2015 trekker
Peru Machu Picchu Trek

Peru Machu Picchu Trek


29 September - 8 October 2017



Follow the ancient paths of the Incas along the Peru's Lares Trail. Along this off-the-beaten track you'll experience remote Peruvian life, climb beautiful mountains and camp in serene settings. Reaching Machu Picchu is just one of the highlights of this unforgettable challenge.

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The itinerary

When: 29 September - 8 October 2017

Where: Peru

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Challenge length - 10 days

You'll trek along the remote Lares Valley to see Peruvian life untouched for centuries before joining the traditional Inca path to the Sun Gate to explore Machu Picchu.

After spending two nights in the historical city of Cuzco at 3,400m to help us acclimatise, and get a real taste of Peruvian mountain life, we climbing high up into the mountains, through tropical Andean cloud forests and across high desert plateau. We will also pass several ancient archaeological sites before reaching Intipunku (the famous Sun Gates). It's from here that we catch our first glimpse of the awe-inspiring Lost City of the Incas - Machu Picchu.

Contact us

If you would like to find out more about trekking to Machu Picchu along the Lares trail with us, or about any of our other overseas challenges, get in touch Monday - Friday 09:30 - 17:00:

Tel: 0844 847 2788
Email: [email protected]
Fill in our enquiry form

Please note: We are working with Charity Challenges, a specialist tour operator (ATOL 4546) which organises and manages the Trek to Machu Picchu on behalf of the BHF.

Take on the Peru Machu Picchu Trek

 Minimum sponsorship option


Entry fee

 Fundraising goal


29 Sep– 08 Oct 2017 £375  £3,775
80% (3020) raised by21 July 2017
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Self-fund payment option 


Entry fee

The balance

Suggested fundraising goal


29 Sep– 08 Oct 2017 £375
Payment paid to the tour operator 8 weeks before
 £1887  Sign up

Alternatively if you would like to partly pay the challenge costs yourself and have a lower fundraising option, you can opt to do the Flexi payment. Details of this can be found on Charity Challenge website.

*Please note the balance goes directly to the tour operator for your place on the challenge, this money does not go to the BHF. The 100% of money raised will go to the BHF and towards our life saving research

What's included in your challenge costs

As well as supporting our life saving work, your sponsor money covers:

  • All flights (including airport and fuel taxes)
  • Foreign overland transport and luggage transfers (starting from and ending at the relevant London airport)
  • Overnight accommodation
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Inca and Lares Trail trekking permit
  • Entrance fees to any sites visited on trekking days
  • Tour leader, tour doctor, guides, technical, medical and transport back-up service

Other things to budget for

Some expenses are not included in your challenge costs.

  • Gratuities – the local guides and staff all work extremely hard to ensure a successful trip, so we recommend demonstrating your appreciation through a group tip
  • Personal expenses, such as soft and alcoholic drinks, gifts and international calls
  • Visas & vaccinations where required
  • Travel insurance – suitable for overseas charity challenges, you must have this to be allowed to travel

Getting prepared for your challenge

Training support

This is a trek suitable for all abilities, however we would recommend that you train for this challenge. We recommend you train for three - six months prior to taking part dependent on your current fitness.

On the challenge, we advise you to go at your own pace – it’s not a race and the idea is to enjoy yourself.

Once you’ve registered, you’ll have access to our detailed training guidelines to help you prepare for the challenge. Our walking training zone is also full of top tips.

Join us on our training walk...

We’ve organised 17 mile training walk in the beautiful Surrey Hills, on 18 June 2016. 

This is a great way to meet fellow BHF trekkers and ask any burning questions. For more details and to register for the training walk please contact us on [email protected]

Your kit

what you need to wear on the challenge

Below you will find a full Kit list for this challenge.

If you don’t want to buy everything on the list you can hire some of the equipment from Trek Hire.

Trek Hire is where our training trek will start from in June, which is a great opportunity to try some of the equipment and ask any burning questions about kit. 

How to reach your fundraising target

Reaching your fundraising goal can be daunting, but don’t panic we’re here to help. Breaking it down into manageable chunks is a great way to start. To help you we’ve put together a fundraising plan.

Visit our fundraising area for even more top tips.

Shout about your challenge

Taking on the Machu Picchu Trek is an epic challenge and one you should be proud of. Climbing as high as 4,600m is an epic challenge and not one to take on lightly. 

Shout loud and proud about the challenge you’re taking on and share your JustGiving page with your friends, family and colleagues. 

Why set up a JustGiving page?

Setting up a JustGiving page is a great way to kick start your fundraising, and keep your sponsors up-to-date with what you’re doing.

Did you know…

  • People who have a JustGiving page raise 50% more money than those who don’t
  • Every time you share your page you’ll earn £5 on average
  • Every time you update your page you can earn £7 on average.

Make the most out of your page by uploading images, posting updates on how your training is going and sharing British Heart Foundation facts so your supporters know why you’re fundraising us.

Why your fundraising is so important

Before the British Heart Foundation was founded 4 in 5 children born with congenital heart disease died before their first birthday. Today in the UK, thanks to research, 4 in 5 survive into adulthood. 

Even with this progress coronary heart disease is still the UK’s single biggest killer, but we’re leading the fight against it. To win this fight we need your help. Together we will improve lives. 

Find out more about the future of our fight.

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