I would love to trek the Machu Pichu but i had been warned it's pretty expensive and the trail is fairly challenging. Any recommendations?
Trail package, accommodation, transfers
Hola! I am not sure what you mean by pretty expensive. What were you thinking in terms of budget?
I will tell you that it is better to spend a little more. When I hiked the trail last May, I ran into people who had gone with the cheapest option. Their company didn't send enough food for the hikers. They were starving. So, you can only imagine what the guides and porters were going through.
Other people had tried to spend less by carrying their own backpacks rather than hiring a porter. I can honestly tell you that as we were hiking up Dead Woman's Pass, they were not having any fun!
The trail is fairly challenging. But, it is do-able if you are in reasonably good shape and if you go slow. By go slow, I mean stroll rather than hike. Hiking at altitude is a whole different animal. The people I saw who had a difficult time, were the people who were not in good shape or who insisted on hiking at the same rate they would at sea level. I guess they were afraid of getting left behind.
Our guide hiked behind us until we were about 10 minutes away from the agreed upon stopping point. He then sprinted ahead. I hiked with a 74-year old woman. We were the slowest people in the group by far. Yet, there was only a difference of maybe 30 to 40 minutes max between our arrival time and the arrival time of the fastest hikers in our group. Often the difference was more like 10 minutes.
I have blogged about the Inca Trail extensively. So you might want to take a look as you weigh your options. My blog is http://blog.llamaexpeditions.com/blog/.
Other alternatives to the Inca Trail are the Lares trek and the Salkantay trek. Lares is not as steep and after the first day, Salkantay trends downward.
Hope this helps! almost 8 years ago
The Machu Picchu trek is "expensive" because of the license you need to buy and because of the team accompanying you (we went in a small group, but there were more porters than participants...), but IT IS DEFINITELY WORTH IT !
The trail is challenging indeed, mostly because of the height, but you do not need any training, a normal condition is good enough. Acclimatisation to the height for 1-2 days (e.g. In cuzco) is recommended.
Have fun! almost 8 years ago
I had to post this in the forum column after returning from our trek since my boyfriend and I had the absolute best time trekking in the Everest region!
His name is Sanjib Adhikari and his email is email@example.com, he is licensed by the country of Nepal and has been a trekking guide for over 12 years.
I found him through the posted forums when I was inquiring about trekking since my boyfriend and I only had 5 days to trek and really wanted to see mount Everest. He was able to customize a plan to get us as close as possible. We had a blast!!! I'd love to send you photo's of our trek and trust me there was a part when we were climbing the hill to get to Namche and I thought I was going to die!!!!! Sanjib was so patient and his knowledge of the mountain area and all of Nepal is commendable! We met up with a couple of other people trekking and had a blast hanging out in one of the places to stay and even the other people were asking Sanjib about routes to take and length of time it would take to get to base camp.
He is a smart, honest and genuine person and guide! Even after the trek we met up in Thamel and hung out for 2 days seeing the sights around Kathmandu and Patan. Sanjib not only knows the Everest region but all around Nepal and I highly recommend him!!!!
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My boyfriend and I also used this guide whilst we were out in Nepal - we were recommended by a friend who used him when she did Everest Base Camp. We decided to do the Annapurna Circuit plus base camp.
We met with Sanjib in Kathmandu when we arrived in Nepal and we told him what we wanted to do and how much time we had etc. He told us about a few trips that were possible and we eventually came up with this one.
It was the most amazing trip and wouldn't have been the same without him and Ram our porter (
We spent 20 days trekking in November 2011 and Sanjib was able to answer all of our questions from the birds to the trees to the mountains and religion. It was a very cultural trek with so much history.
www.nepaltreckinguide.jimdo.com almost 8 years ago