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11. Posted by thundereli (Budding Member 14 posts) 5y

Fui,

Have you gone to Inka trail with an organised group? How much does it cost? I'm not really an experienced trekker and I'm worried that I'd have serious problems with breathing there... how did you cope with it?

12. Posted by sepilokfui (Budding Member 75 posts) 5y

Hi Thundereli,

Yes, I did it in Jun this year. It was the best of all the journeys I ever took. I will be going back, probably in a couple years later for another tougher trail called Choquequiraw.

No advertising here, but I used a Quechua run company called Wayki Trek. They actually is very old, but most time running groups for the bigger American agency. It is a very good company in my opinion. My guide was Jose Antonio Cusi Camero, I would have to say they really know their stuff. You should be able to find Wayki Trek and the guide on facebook too.

For the 4days3nights camping/hikking trip (include the Inka Trail + Machu Picchu entrance cost around 90USD), all inclusive, I paid through an American agency for USD699. I book it way advance and through an American agency because I went 3 months ahead to travel in Argentina and Chile.
Two others in my group book directly with Wayki Trek, they told me they paid only USD459. I think the train ticket from Aqua Calientes to Cuzco is included as well which is another USD39 at least.

The cook is really good, the food was really delicious, the group is small, only 6 of us. But, we have 2 guides+1 cook+9 porters. They provide me and another American guy a single big tent, I think because I was a single lady travelling alone. I love the guide, the cook and all the porters. I actually feel very sad to leave after 4 days, that is how good it is.

After 4 days of the 49KM trail, everyone was so tired and our legs was out. But I wanted to further do Huayna Picchu. So, the Chief guide sent the assistant guide to go all the way up with me. I was really touched by the service.

One thing about hiking high altitude, it is not so much about physical but breathing. I practice Yoga back in Malaysia, although not advance Yoga. So, when I was doing the trail, I see many physical fit was having problem.
The way I teach them is - never breath through your mouth because it is too fast that your lung can not handle. I asked them to closed their mouth, breath in all the way that you feel the breath in your core tummy (below your tummy) but breath out very very slowly, like count it to 8 or block the breathing out in gap. Then walk slowly, the slower the better but don't stop walking.
One guy in twenty on the Inka Trail was really having problem when we were going up the 4200M, I taught him that, he came to thank me the next day and said it works for him.

For the 6 of us, the other 5 are in twenty. I am the only mid thirty. They were all having problems and ask me how can I still do Huayna Picchu after the 4 days. I did Mt.Kinabalu twice, it just work for me that way.

I hope all the people will try Inka Trail. Enjoy.
Fui

13. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 5y

Sierra Nevada - Southern Spain.
Mountain treking in the morning during winter, laying on the beach in Marbella later on. So easy. From -15c to +20c in the same day.

14. Posted by alextravel (Full Member 75 posts) 5y

Steve,

I also enjoy high altitude trekking and hiked the summit of Mt Kinabalu a few years back - as you say it is an amazing view. The reason I travelled to Borneo to do this trek was the experience I had while hiking to the summit of Volcan Tajumulco in Guatemala. This I'd have to say was an even more outstanding view than Mt Kinabalu, although maybe only because it was my first attempt at a summit. The surrounding country side is very beautiful on the way up as you pass through fields and eventually up into cloud forest. Then there is the summit you do on the second day, very hard work but as you know it always is at this altitude - all worth it for the spectacular vista from the summit where the view across Guatemala and over the border into Mexico is broken up by the smoke and steam rising from live volcannoes (Tajumulco is dormant).

I did it through this local charity - http://www.quetzaltrekkers.com/guattajumulco.html
good value too at 400 Quetzals about GBP32.

Another option you may like to consider is via ferrata. There are numerous ranges through europe which have steel cables running up mountain paths. You don a harness and use a special double carabiner thingy to clip yourself in as you walk, climb and scrabble up the path. I did this in the dolomites last year and was able to get to some very exposed areas and feel safe. It is simple to do and doesn't require as much gear, experience or strength as rock climbing. Thoroughly recommended!

But definitely try to get to Guatemala!

Hope this is of interest

Alex.

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