Peru Trek 2023: Lares Valley and Machu Picchu Trek


Our Adventure

Trekking for Kids and Mountain Lodges of Peru are pleased to offer this special 7 day hiking expedition through the Lares Valley to Machu Picchu in 2023. Mountain Lodges of Peru is an award-winning collection of boutique lodges in the remote mountains of Peru, and they have partnered with Trekking for Kids to offer a trip that combines adventure and purpose in one of the most spectacular mountainous areas of that country, the Lares Valley. Machu Picchu is the final destination in what promises to be a memorable and rewarding trip.

This trip offers a variety of options each day, from long, challenging hikes to more relaxing cultural activities in each location that gives a true, authentic glimpse into the communities of Andean people that have remained unchanged for centuries.

This unique trip will begin in Cusco, the ancient Incan Capital and a vibrant city full of history, Spanish and Incan architecture, and wonderful culture. Travelers will then embark on the trek through the Lares Valley. Each day, trekkers will have a choice of activity, whether its a vigorous long hike to the next lodge, or participate in a sampling of cultural site tour or activities, such as a cooking class, or a visit to a remote village, with true flexibility. Transportation to each lodge is available, if desired. The Lares Valley is known as the weavers valley and is an area known for its people whose lives seem untouched by the outside world. Ringed by stunning Andean mountains, the area is a unique Peruvian cultural experience.

Our Trek will be fully supported by a local trekking company and led by experienced local guides. No previous trekking experience needed, but we require that all Trekkers be in good physical condition and able to hike for several hours, non-stop, carrying a daypack. It’s important that a good physical conditioning program be undertaken at least two months before departure.

Our Work

The unique experience with Mountain Lodges of Peru immerses the traveler in the historic, cultural, and natural beauty of the high Andes; along the way, we will work to improve the lives of children living in remote, beautiful Peruvian mountains, making capital improvements on the Huacahausi school in that region. Most of the work will be completed in advance of our arrival, and we will spend a day during the trek visiting the school and the project, which makes the fundraising effort so rewarding. Each participant will be asked to raise a minimum of $1,000, which is tax-deductible, to support the work, and all money raised goes directly to the project.

This expedition is limited to 16 people. For more information, take a look at the Mountain Lodges of Peru website and view the video - you will be inspired. The expedition is priced at $3645, double occupancy, includes all hotels in Cusco, all meals on the trek, certified mountain guides, the 7 day/6 night trek, and tourist tickets to sites in Peru including a day at Machu Picchu. Exclusions include airfare to Cusco, tips for guides, insurance, alcoholic drinks, and lunch on arrival and meals on the day of departure.

Please contact Cindy Steuart, Executive Director, for more information about the expedition.

Machu Picchu

Expedition Costs

Price for Expedition: $3,645

Expedition Dates: October 4-13, 2023

Fundraising Commitment: $1,000
tax-deductible donations for projects


• TFK trip leader
• 6 day fully supported, guided Trek in the Lares Valley and Machu Picchu (you only carry a daypack)
• Professional bi-lingual local guides on Trek
• All accommodations as noted in itinerary, twin basis
• Most meals
• Walking tour of Cusco
• Private tour of Machu Picchu, entrance fees
• Huayna Picchu hiking permit
• Activities with the children at school in the mountains
• All in-country transportation, including airport pick up and drop off
• Inca Rail roundtrip tickets to/from Aguas Calientes (Inca Train service)
• Shuttle bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
• Entrance fees to all historic sites and ruins as noted on daily itinerary
• Sparkling water and soft drinks for all provided activities and meals at the MLP lodges
• TFK shirt and luggage tags

Not Included

• Round trip airfare to Cusco and any overnight expenses that you might incur
• Gratuities for local guides
• Excess baggage charges
• Travel Insurance
• A few meals
• Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, or bottled water and other personal expenses

Expedition Requirements

• 18 years or older
• Good health
• Physically fit
• Willing to raise minimum $1000 of tax-deductible donations for orphanage projects

3 Step Process

1. Apply • Fill out the online application (link will be provided with invitation)
• Pay $500 deposit ($50 non-refundable)

2. Prepare • Read Information and Fundraising Packet from TFK
• Start a training regimen if not already exercising regularly
• Fundraise for projects at school
• Gather all necessary gear for the Trek
• Pay remaining Expedition fees
• Arrange flights

3. Experience • Arrive in-country.
• Enjoy a trip of a lifetime!

We are committed to supporting you every step of the way, both before and during your Expedition.

Click here to read about TFK’s Registration and Cancellation Policies.

Fundraising Resources

After signing up for an Expedition, Trekkers receive a Fundraising Kit, and access to the Trekker Resource Center, with online tips and tools to help you succeed.

Personal Fundraising Page
• solicit donations on your page
• set fundraising goals
• track progress in real time
• upload photos
• post messages to donors

Other Resources • Ideas for raising your $1000 minimum
• form letters to help you get started
• fundraising logs
• receipts and forms
• project flyer

Contact our Director of Operations, Tricia Donaldson, for more information.

Peru Lodges Trek 2023

Expedition Dates: October 4-13, 2023
(in country dates)
Trip Cost: $3,645
Days: 10
Our Work school in a remote Andean village
Fundraising Commitment: $1,000
tax-deductible donations for the projects
Activity Level: moderate


Select a Trekker‘s name below to visit their personal fundraising page. Help them reach their goal by making a donation today.


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