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2018 Sacred Valley Peru Trek – Moody Mountain Passes

Hello Friends, Today we ventured into the “Land of 1000 Lakes” and crossed two high mountain passes. We started our hike in Quiswarani (a small village) and headed towards our first pass called Huchuyccasa at 14,505’, where we were rewarded … Continue reading

2018 Sacred Valley Peru Trek – Getting up High!

Hello Friends, This morning we headed out from the Lamay Lodge and drove to Amaru at 13,150’, where we set out for a hike to Challwacasa Pass. We were greeted by a family of burros, who helped carry some gear … Continue reading

2018 Sacred Valley Peru Trek Tours Cusco

Hi Friends, This morning we awoke to a deluge of rain and decided to postpone our tour of Cusco in hopes of sunnier skis. Fortunately the afternoon provided us with clearer skies, and we had a great tour of some … Continue reading

2018 Sacred Valley Peru Trek Begins!

Hello friends and family, This is Victor checking in from Cusco, Peru with the Sacred Valley Trek to Machu Picchu. Our group of guests assembled at our lovely hotel today for a briefing with our local guide Silver Ballon, followed … Continue reading

Peru Salkantay Trek 2018 Begins!

Our team arrived in Cusco yesterday and all gathered for a fine 3 course lunch at the El Mercado hotel. Many of the trekkers are long time friends and others have done many trips with Alpine Ascents already. It is … Continue reading

Sacred Valley and Lares Trek 2017: Off to Machu Picchu!

Hi Folks, Gordon and I are checking in from the beautiful Inkaterra Hotel at the gateway to Machu Picchu. Believe or not, we’re in the jungle! The hotel has 378 varieties of orchids on its grounds along with a tea … Continue reading

Sacred Valley and Lares Trek 2017: Down the Inca Trail

Hi Folks, Today was another mix of incredibly scenic trekking coupled with fascinating exploration of Incan culture. From Lares Pass (14,566′), we hiked down the Incan trail to the small community of Totora (12,070′). For the roughly four hours we … Continue reading

Sacred Valley and Lares Trek 2017: Day Two

Hi Folks, We just wrapped up another wonderful day in the Sacred Valley. After saying farewell to our jacuzzi llamas, we strolled through the small town of Lamay and picked up bags of freshly baked bread to hand out to … Continue reading

Sacred Valley and Lares Trek 2017: Day One

Hi Folks, We just wrapped up our first official day of the Sacred Valley + Lares Adventure and we are currently communing with llamas WHILE in a jacuzzi. If you don’t believe me, scroll down to the bottom of this … Continue reading

ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

  • Food Planning for Mountaineering, Part I: Strategy

    By Mike Hawkins 10 days x 3,000 calories per day = 150 Clif Bars or 60 PB&J sandwiches Planning and packing food for long trips in the backcountry can be challenging and time consuming – but the last thing you want is to eat energy bars for 6 days straight. Climbers need to consider several […]

  • Single Wall Tents – Condensation Factories

    Most tent manufacturers these days offer a superlight, two pound (or less!) tent. These tents are simple to setup, occupy a very small footprint, and again – weigh in at about or under two pounds. When choosing a tent, it’s easy to focus on those factors and arrive at the conclusion that a single-walled shelter […]

  • Alpine Start Breakfast

    When summit morning arrives, it’s important to move efficiently through packing, preparation, and last but not least – breakfast! Mike Hawkins talks through a few of the foods we like to eat for quick fuel on alpine start mornings. Whether it’s midnight or 3:00am, these options are our go-to fast breakfasts.  

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