July 18, 2013
IMG guide Peter Anderson called in to report on the progress of the Salkantay trek. It was a big day today, trekking up and over Salkantay Pass at over 15,000 feet in elevation. It was overcast but still good views of Salkantay Mountain. The group put in a full day, 10 ½ hours on the trail. The team could feel the altitude, some more than others, but on this trek horses are available to any ailing hikers and some members took advantage of a respite from hiking and rode for a bit. The team is now down at 10,000 feet in camp and the lower altitude should help all to feel better again soon. Tomorrow the team will hike to Santa Teresa with an optional side trip to the hot springs there, which all decided to take advantage of. It is all downhill from here for the trek and the team still has Machu Picchu to look forward to!