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Climbing Machu Picchu for AICR

OtherJames Hipkiss

In August of this year 39 students, including myself, will be flying to Peru to climb Machu Picchu in order to raise money for the Association for International Cancer Research (website: https://www.aicr.org.uk/).

We aim to raise 3000 each to be able to donate a decent sum to the charity; hopefully around 108,000! Following in the footsteps of early 20th century explorers, we will cross the high Andes from the colonial town of Cuzco to the ruins of Machu Picchu. Our trek will take 6 days and we will pass through several terrains and ecosystems before reaching the fabled Machu Picchu. The toughest challenge will be acclimatising to the altitude as we start at 3400m above sea level and finish 4800m above sea level.

Rising early in the morning, often before sunrise, we will being our trek at Marcojasa and after 6 days of steep and tough terrain will arrive at Aguas Calientes; the town at the base of Machu Picchu before finishing our ascent to the lost ruins. AICR are a great charity who fund cancer research globally.

They exist to help save lives that are currently being lost to cancer and fund the very best cancer research projects, wherever in the world they happen to be.