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Nick Bailey and 29 Classic FM listeners recently returned from trekking the Inca Trail in aid of Music Makers. Here they are at the start of the challenge.
After a few days of acclimatisation walks around Cusco, the team were ready to start trekking along the Inca Trail proper.
Walking along the trail involved trekking up steep paths, negotiating hundreds of steps and walking along paths with sheer drops!
Whilst trekking, the team were taken right outside of their comfort zone, camping every night along the trail.
Nick Bailey led the trek along the Inca Trail. Nick is a seasoned trekker now, having also joined the Music Makers team trekking along the Great Wall of China in 2008.
Parts of the Inca Trail proved to be steep, arduous and tough going! The team ploughed on however and took each step as it came, always trekking as a team and helping each other out when the going got tough.
The team were helped out by local porters who carried luggage, and set up camp every night. The porters were an integral part of the team, and I'm sure everyone will agree the trek wouldn't have been possible without their invaluable help.
Emma, Becky, Wendy, Robert, Jane, Rick and Justin take a well deserved drink stop en route!
Along the trail, the trekkers came across stunning ruins from the Inca Kingdom.
At the end of a grueling 4 days of trekking, the team could see the end in sight when they glimpsed the first view of the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu.
The team started trekking bright and early to get to the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu...reports all round were that it was well worth it!
The team explored Machu Picchu at the end of the trek, taking in the wonders of the infamous city that was at the centre of the Ancient Inca Empire.
On arriving at Machu Picchu, the team could proudly say they had trekked the incredible Inca Trail. Despite the tough challenges that they faced, they came through as a team and between then raised a phenomenal £55,000 for Music Makers. Congratulations everyone!!