Posted by: danielfee | January 6, 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved 01-06-2013

Hiking to Machu Picchu

Hiking to Machu Picchu – Peru

Half way to the pass

Half way to the pass

At the top 15,253' above sea level

At the top – 15,253′ above sea level

One of the most difficult things I had resolved to accomplish was a five-day hike, along a portion of the Inca Trail, covering 39-miles through the Andes Mountains in route to Machu Picchu. After two days of warm-up hiking and getting use to the altitude we were ready for the biggest day of the trek, which included clearing the Salkantay Pass at an elevation of 15,253 feet above sea level. For someone who lives at sea level clearing this pass would not be an easy challenge. But I was resolved to make it up and over the pass without resorting to using the 911 horse, which was brought just in case someone in our group could not make the strenuous climb. The top photo is in the first valley we reached near the start of the day’s hike. The pass is up and around the mountain to the left. The second photo is from about half-way up and looking back down into the valley. The third photo me taking a well-earned break (it wasn’t my first or last break) at the top of the Salkantay Pass.

 

 

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  1. What a blessing to visit Machu Picchu


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