Cuso Challenge 2022

Trek for good in Machu Picchu, Peru.
September 24 – October 2, 2022

Registration deadline June 17, 2022!

Join Us In Machu Picchu

Combine travel, adventure and philanthropy with this epic hike to Machu Picchu. During the nine-day excursion you'll take the trail less traveled, visit Cuso International projects and explore the world of the Incas—all while supporting Cuso's mission to eradicate poverty and inequality. Amaze yourself. Trek for good.

If you are interested in participating and would like more information, please contact Amie Gibson at or call 1.888.434.2876 x245.

About the challenge

Cuso International has a long history of helping local partners in the Andean Region. You'll see our work in action during a day-long excursion to one of our partner organizations in the area.

By joining the Cuso Challenge, you are helping women and girls gain the skills they need for lasting employment, promoting sustainable economic development and strengthening the Andean way of life.

Get inspired! Learn from two of our Cuso Challenge organizers on all the details around this amazing trek.

Do you have questions?

We have answers.

The 2022 Cuso Challenge takes place September 24 – October 2, 2022, with five of the nine days spent hiking.

If you lead a fairly active and moderately healthy lifestyle, you should be good to go! While strength is important, endurance is key. The hike takes place at altitude (4400m) so we do recommend training to increase cardiovascular endurance.

Your age is less of a factor than physical endurance. Participants in the 2018 Cuso Challenge ranged in age from mid-20s to mid-70s!

An early breakfast followed by six to eight hours of walking, with many opportunities to stop and take in the remarkable scenery. Lunch and dinner provided along the route. In the evenings, we camp in two-person dome tents in the shadows of mountains.

Nope! You don’t need to worry about carrying your gear, setting up camp or cooking. This trip is fully supported with guides, porters, and cooking staff.

Walking up hills and climbing stairs can help condition your lower body. Take long hikes with a weighted backpack, up and down hills or on small mountains. Add weight as you increase your training.

You’ll have time to explore the city of Cusco, the ancient Inca capital. You’ll meet those involved with a local Cuso project and have time to visit with volunteers and beneficiaries. This trek will take you through remote villages and offer you real insight into how Andean peoples live. You’ll see glacial blue lakes, snowy peaks, and have time to explore the ruins at Machu Picchu.

Travel costs are in the range of $1,650 to $2,650, depending on the payment option you choose. Fundraising commitments range between $2,500 and $4,000. Everything is included (hotels, meals, transportation, etc.) except flights, but contact us before booking and we can help you get a good deal!

We’re here to provide you with all the support you need to achieve your fundraising goal! Access to your own online fundraising page, one-on-one support with Cuso’s professional fundraising staff and we will help design a fundraising campaign that plays to your strengths.

Cuso International works with Charity Challenge, a reputable and experienced tour operator. This is Cuso’s third trip with Charity Challenge and we can attest to the level of quality, organization and professionalism shown by their guides, doctors, and country staff. They advocate for responsible tourism and work alongside partners like the Rainforest Alliance and Climate Care. 

Help a hiker climb that mountain

Not able to join us on the Cuso Challenge but still feeling inspired to take action? You can help support a climber today.