World Trip 2009-2010: Day 43 – Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru

Inca Trail Day 2

A very tough day for the Inca Trail Hike; at least from a cardio perspective. We got up around 6 am and our ever helpful porters provided a wake up drink of coca which I declined. Now that is probably a bad thing as the coca helps you breathe at this altitude. The mission today was to get up Warmiwanusca aka Dead Woman’s Pass which stands at 4,230 metres above sea level. This is a real killer, the path just kept going up and up with huge stone steps most of the way. Luckily for me Kate and I got near this end around the same time and we helped push each other. Kate was amazing especially since she isn’t 100% – James also pushed us for a little while but he had more energy than us. Near the top there is a fake top we had been warned about this but it is still heartbreaking. About 200 metres away we heard Andrew and Gareth cheering Kate and myself to get to the top. Normally the embarrassment would help you move faster but not when you have nothing left. I basically pulled myself up with my walking sticks. When we got to the top we basically fell down and patiently waited for the rest of the group. First Kelly got the cheering in her thongs (Kelly couldn’t use her shoes due to first day blisters), followed by Indu and finally Emma, Shrina and the backup guide Miguel.

Now the problem at this point is we still had a long way to go about 2 hours more, mostly downhill but some uphill. Either way we all managed to get to our campsite at Paqaymayo. This was at the base of around huge climb so tomorrow which is the longest hiking distance day won’t be easy.

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