The Irish Cancer Society is calling on adventure seekers to take on a personal challenge and trek the famous Inca trail in aid of a cause which affects almost every family in Ireland. This trek is a once in a lifetime opportunity to adventure through one of the world’s most beautiful destinations, Machu Picchu, while also raising funds for the Irish Cancer Society. The Society is the national cancer charity which offers free, vital services to cancer patients and their families as well as funding world-class research to find better ways of diagnosing and treating cancer.
This famous trek to Machu Picchu along the Inca trail is a unique route giving participants an opportunity to view breath-taking scenery while also stepping through an archaeological site of 15th century Inca civilisation. The Trek starts by and follows the Urubamba River while also crossing several mountain passes which give extraordinary views of the landscape. The highest point on the Inca Trail is called Wamiwanusca, known to some as ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’, which is reached on Day five of the Trek. On the last day of trekking, trekkers rise early to get to Intipunku ‘The Sun Gate’ in time to see the first light hit the magnificent city of Machu Picchu, a truly special experience.
Participants of all ages are welcome on the Irish Cancer Society Trek. Trek Machu Picchu will take place from the 26th of September to the 3rd of October with plenty of time left for participants who sign up now to train and fundraise ahead of their adventure. Funds raised will fund the Society’s cancer research programmes. The Society is the largest voluntary funder of cancer research in Ireland working to find better ways of diagnosing and treating cancer.
Mark Mellett, Head of Fundraising at the Irish Cancer Society said: “This trek is a way to raise funds for research which could improve the treatment a cancer patient receives. It won’t be easy challenge for participants but we can guarantee that it will be worth it and it will make a difference. Whether you are an adventure seeker looking for your next challenge or someone with generally a good level of fitness looking to give something back, this trek is for you.”
The Irish Cancer Society has a variety of other treks on offer with locations such as Croatia and Kilimanjaro also available:
- The Croatia Trek (13th of September – 20th of September).
- The Kilimanjaro Trek (Several dates available)
The Society has a dedicated fundraising team on hand to offer advice and support to all Trekkers. For further information on any of the treks you can visit www.cancer.ie/trek or call the Fundraising Team on 1850 60 60 60.
Pictured were reality TV star Kelly Donegan and model James Murphy in training for this year’s Irish Cancer Society Trek4Life.
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