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Mollepata to Machu Picchu
|Event Location:||Mollepata, near Cuzco, Peru|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sat, Jul 27 2013 5:00 pm >> Sun, Aug 4 2013 9:00 am|
|Registration Opens:||Wed, Nov 7 2012 10:00 am|
|Registration Cut Off:||Wed, Nov 7 2012 10:00 am|
|Event Duration:||7 Days 16 Hours|
|Difficulty Rating:||D5: Difficult|
|Trip Leader(s):||Richard A. Zalik|
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|Member Cost:||$750.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)|
|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||20|
|Minimum Group Size:||12|
|Number Registered So Far:||7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
NOTE: We will schedule several meetings to answer questions and organize ourselves for this event.
An alternative route to reach the lost city of the Incas, this trek affords the opportunity to enjoy the view of the magnificent sacred mountains Salkantay and Humantay, and take in both high altitude mountain walking and high altitude jungle vegetation. With a day at the end to take in Machupicchu this is ideal for hikers with a little more time and desiring an experience away from the main tourist trails. You will not, however, be away from Andean culture and will be able to see, and experience, lots of village life. There is no daily limit for the number of hikers on this trail.
Day One: Atlanta to Lima, Peru
Day Two: Lima to Cuzco: we spend the day here to adjust to the high altitude (about 11,000 ft).
Day Three: Cuzco - Mollepata - Soirococha. After an early breakfast at our hotel, our transport takes us across the high pampa and down the old Inca road which the Spanish conquistadores used to reach Cusco. Stopping at a local market en route we reach Mollepata (2,800 mts) to then continue towards Cruz Q’asa (3,330 mts), where we collect our pack animals and make a pleasant ascent to Soraypampa and reach our first campsite at Soirococha ( 4,100 mts). Walking time: 5 hours.
1. A deposit of $450.00 must be received by the organizer not later than two weeks after you are moved to the list of participants. Please make the check out to Richard Zalik and mail it to: Richard Zalik, P.O. Box 29732, Atlanta, GA 30359.
2. After I move you to the list of participants you will have ten business days to send your deposit. If I don't receive your check within that period of time I will move you back to the waiting list.
3. After I move you to the list of participants you will have ten business days to send me the following information: a. Your name as it appears in your passport; b. your nationality and passport number; c; your passport's expiration date; d. your date of birth; e. Your occupation. If I don't receive that information within that period of time I will move you back to the waiting list.
The expiration date of your passport must be at least six months after the date you leave Peru. Therefore, you cannot be included in the trip if you do not have a valid passport. It may take up to three months to get a US passport.
I will make a first wire transfer about twelve business days after I start moving people to the list of participants and a second wire transfer about ten business days after that. IF YOUR CHECK CLEARS AFTER THIS SECOND DATE AND THERE IS STILL ROOM AVAILABLE, I WILL CHARGE YOU AN EXTRA $45.00 FOR A WIRE TRANSFER, unless you were moved into the list of participants because somebody else was moved back to the waiting list or dropped out.
Cuzco is at an altitude of about 11,000 ft and the Mollepata trailreaches an altitude of 15,500 ft. Acclimatization is therefore very important. It is advisable that you begin your trip two days earlier, so as to arrive in Cuzco on Friday July 26. Saturday and Sunday can be profitably spent touring the area. Several tours are available for a small fee. Alternatively, you may wish to arrive on Thursday July 25, and spend Friday to Sunday on a trip to Lake Titicaca, which is at an elevation of 12,500 ft. The road reaches an altitude of around 17,000 ft, and the trip involves a short hike at 14,000 ft. This is an excellent way to acclimate. This trip costs around 240 USD, not including food.
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Private bus from Cusco to Mollepata.
Private Professional English speaking guide for the 5 days.
Mules to carry the equipment, food, and our belongings. We carry only a day pack.
Porters to carry our gear on Day 6. Mules and horses are not allowed on this section of trail because of the presence of archeological sites.
Entrance to Machupicchu.
Horse for emergency transportation.
Cook + assistant.
Two person tents (North Face or REI).
Kitchen tent, dining tent, cooking equipment.
Tent for toilet.
Camping stools, cooking gear , oxygen, first aid kit.
Meals while on the hike ( breakfast, lunch , afternoon tea, dinner, wake up tea every morning ).
Treated drinking water.
Train from Km 122 to Aguas Calientes.
Dinner at Aguas Calientes on Day Six.
Accommodation in Aguas Calientes in double rooms ( rooms with private bathroom and hot showers), breakfast included.
Bus from Aguas Calientes up to Machu Picchu and return.
Train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco or to Ollantaytambo (depending on availability)- VISTADOME CLASS
Transfer from train station to hotel.
Tips for support personnel.
Wire transfer processing fees.
|Make a Payment:||Although there is a cost for this event, you do not pay through the AOC. Please review the event details carefully for information about how/where to make your payment.|
Cancellation/Partial Attendance: Please review the AOC cancellation policy.
If you cancel before the money has been wired to the tour operator your deposit will be refunded in full. Otherwise no refund is possible. However, it is possible to switch participants, provided the new participant qualifies and both agree. In that case I need to be informed of the proposed switch two weeks before the event starts.