The Team

Susan Carder
Mary Ann Foster
Chandra Kudsia
Dev Kudsia
Rajeev Kudsia
Peter Troop
Kathy Yates

Trek Leader
Sanjay Saxena

Peruvian Guides
Guido Huaman
Lixayda Vasquez


Arrival Day - Lima
Sacred Valley
Trek Day 1
Trek Day 2
Trek Day 3
Trek Day 4
Trek Day 5
Trek Day 6
Machu Picchu
Last Day in Peru

Featuring the Mountain Lodges of Peru
October 25 to November 7, 2013

Greetings from the trekking group to Peru.

Thursday, October 31th – TO WAYRA LODGE (12600FT) OVER SALKANTAY PASS (15,213 FT)

Tour Schedule: This is the big day – crossing Salkantay pass 15,213 ft (high point of the trek). After an early breakfast, we prepare our day packs and start our hike up the Rio Blanco Valley, circling Huamantay Peak as we head directly towards the base of the majestic Salkantay. The most physically demanding part of today’s trek then takes us up a series of switchbacks, with Salkantay keeping a watchful eye on our progress as we make our way to the highest point on the trek, the 15,000-ft plus Salkantay Pass.

At the pass we stop to take in views of the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range in every direction, the south face of Salkantay towering above us. We will keep our eyes out for Andean condors, often visible in this area. From the pass, we make our descent toward the Wary Lodge (“the place where the wind lives”), our destination for the evening.

On our descent after crossing the pass, our trekking crew will set up a private tent where we will enjoy a delicious hot lunch. After lunch, we continue our trek, downhill all the way to the Wayra lodge. Here we can unwind with a nice warm cup of cocoa tea, rest and enjoy the hot tub. We will then reconvene in the lounge and enjoy a lovely meal in this, perhaps the “quaintest” of the Mountain Lodges we will experience on our trek. Today’s trek time is approximately 4-6 hours, with a total excursion time of 5 – 7 hours. Today’s trek is difficult, with a demanding uphill section reaching elevations in excess of 15,000 feet.

Our trail to Salkantay Pass follows the right bank of the river to the moraine and then left around the mountain.

From the Kudsia Brothers:
Today was a the most challenging day of the trek for the group. We rose for an early breakfast and departed the very comfortable lodge, to climb up to the Salkantay pass at 15,200 feet. Total trek today was 10 hours! Tired but happy hikers. There is no shortage of beautiful scenery on this trek and we were definitely treated to some today.

When we reached the pass it felt as if we could reach out and touch the mountain. We followed Sanjay’s ritual of running up to the pass shouting a Tibetan chant. Sanjay also convinced Dev to partake in another one of his rituals which was doing a headstand at the pass! Not only are the sites amazing, but the sounds are as well – we could hear the ice cracking and moaning from the hanging glaciers and one can’t help but to look for the possibility of ice falling. Reaching the pass was a challenge and the group rewarded themselves with lots of hugs and pictures.

We began our descent down from the pass and stopped for lunch in our food tent. During our stay in the lodges, our cooks traveled with us, always several hours ahead to make sure we had hot soup and a nice meal waiting. Scenery that stood out on our descent were the waterfalls which are only visible during the spring season. There was a mist that came from the valley in a couple waves so to speak and we followed the river down to our lodge where we had our customary hot tub session. Dinner was fantastic as usual.