The IDEAS Machu Picchu team reached their high point on the Inca Trail today at 4200 meters above sea level while crossing the Warmiwañusqa pass. It was an emotional moment for all as they looked back down the steep trail they’d just negotiated to climb to the level they’d reached.
“Of course it’s metaphorical for all of us,” said Ashley. “Living with an intestinal disease, either as the patient or as part of the support network, is just like climbing this steep trail. It’s hard, it takes guts, and it has moments like this when you can look back and recognize what you’ve accomplished and gain confidence for other areas in life.”
“It was a very long day,” said Karyn. “We covered almost 16 kilometers today and a lot of it was up some very steep terrain. We had stunning views as we entered the cloud forest, and then, despite the fog-like surroundings, we were still mesmerized by where we were. this journey has been incredible.”
The Machu Picchu team camped last night at Phuyupatamarca, the village on the edge of the clouds at 3600 meters elevation. If the weather cooperates, the team will be greeted by a magnificent sunrise in the morning before they head down the last section of the Inca Trail to the Sun Gate entrance to Machu Pichu.