A high-altitude extension of Peru's most famous trekking route
Approaching Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail is a great trekking experience, and on this trip we spend a few days deep in the Cordillera Vilcabamba before joining the trail itself. Our high and remote route skirts many of the range's great peaks, adding a fantastic mountain dimension to a classic trek. The feeling of solitude as we walk through tiny villages, get close to creaking glaciers and cross the Inca Chiriasqa Pass is truly magical. We also explore the beautiful city of Cuzco, spend a day walking between Inca temples and fortresses, and discover the majestic ruins of the Sacred Valley.
What makes this trip responsible?
On this trip, we operate a zero-impact policy on the trek, removing all waste from campsites and separating it so that it can easily be recycled or composted. Using a toilet tent at our lunch stops and in camp removes the need to dig holes at campsites, and alleviates the waste problems caused by the fixed toilet blocks on the Inca Trail. Our camp staff are paid a fair wage and receive all accommodation, transport and food during the trek. They are also trained and encouraged to put environmental protection practices into use in their own communities.
View from Inca Chiriasqa Pass on the High Inca Trail