Phil called in at 1:40 pm Peru time to check in. Everybody’s doing great. They just topped over Abra de Huarmihuanusca (Dead Woman’s Pass) at 13,769 feet and are headed to camp 2 for the evening.
Tomorrow the trail climbs steeply up the opposite side of the valley wall, towards the second pass, Abra de Runkuracay, 3,998m (13,113′). After the pass, the trail descends towards a valley containing a shallow lake. Here, the trail changes from a dirt path to a narrow stone roadway, the beginning of the “true” Inca Trail. They’ll end the day at our camp at the high pass with a spectacular 360 degree panorama.
A great trip so far!