At the time this is published, we should be crossing Apacheta Pass (4,650 meters/15,255 feet) and one day away from Peru's Machu Picchu. That is, if the scheduled publishing works as it should and we don't need an emergency mule ride or airlift from the top of the mountain.
In preparing for this, the Salkantay Trek, we reflected on other memorable multi-day treks we've completed during our journey around the world.
7 Favorite Treks from Around the World
1. Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
2. Svaneti, Georgia
A forty kilometer trek from Mestia to Ushguli, in the Republic of Georgia became as much a psychological challenge as a physical one as we learned about the region's history from our Svan hosts. Read about this trek here and view photos here.
3. Altyn Arashan, Kyrgyzstan
Although Ala-Kol Lake evaded us by way of a whiteout, we remember the reward that met us at the end of a long hike past shepherds and yurts: piping, natural hot springs. Read about this trek here and see photos here.
4. Tian Shan Mountains, Kazakhstan
5. Kalaw to Inle Lake, Burma (Myanmar)
Three days through the villages and hills of Shan State, watching village children ride water buffalo and listening to young novice monks chant at dawn. View photos from this trek here.
6. Cerro Negro and El Hoyo Volcanoes, Nicaragua
7. Xela to Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Three days of sheer uphill or straight downhill hiking left us sore and limping at the shores of Guatemala's Lake Atitlan. But it was worth it. View photos from this trek here.
So how will the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu rate? We'll be sure to let you know on the other side.