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


October 2018



Discover the ancient city of Machu Picchu by trekking along the Inca Trail. Along the way you’ll see local villages, climb over mountain passes and camp amongst the wildlife. 

These are just some of the amazing highlights you’ll see on your way to the sacred site. By taking part you'll be helping to raise funds for our life saving research. 

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The itinerary

When: October 2018

Where: Peru


4 October - 13 October 2018


The trek begins in the ancient Inca Capital of Cosco where we’ll stop for 2 nights to start acclimatising to the altitude. It’s then time for an early start where the first part of our trekking begins. First stop, the Lares Valley and hot springs. 

We'll then head deep into the mountains and stop off in villages along the way. We’ll first see the spectacular view of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate, and then it’s time to explore the extraordinary Inca remains. The trek then ends back in Cusco where it’s time to celebrate and reflect on all of your hard work!

You can download the detailed itinerary for more information. 

Join us on this challenge and help raise vital funds for our pioneering research into the causes and treatment of heart disease.

Contact us

If you would like to find out more about our Peru Machu Picchu trek, or about any of our other overseas challenges, get in touch Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00:

Tel: 0300 222 5721   
Email: [email protected]

Please note: We are working with Charity Challenge, a specialist tour operator (ATOL 6546) which organises and manages Peru Machu Picchu trek on behalf of the BHF.

Take on the Peru Machu Picchu Trek

 Minimum sponsorship option


Entry fee

Fundraising goal


04 Oct – 13 Oct 2018  £395


80% (£3,180) raised by 27 July 2018


Self-fund payment option 


Entry fee

The balance

Suggested fundraising goal


04 Oct – 13 Oct 2018  £395


Payment paid to the tour operator 8 weeks before

 £2,000  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

Tel: 0300 222 5721   
Email: [email protected]

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

Tel: 0300 222 5721   
Email: [email protected]

Getting prepared for your challenge

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.

What you'll 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.

Tel: 0300 222 5721   
Email: [email protected]

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 areafor even more top tips.

Shout about your challenge

Set up a JustGiving page. Taking on the Machu Picchu Trek is an epic challenge and one you should be proud of so tell your friends, family and colleagues. Climbing as high as 4,600m is tough so let them know just how much of a challenge it will be. 

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 is your fundraising 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.

Tel: 0300 222 5721   
Email: [email protected]


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