17,000ft Above: Peru
With its distinct local culture, unique landscape, and rich history, Peru is a place unlike any other. After spending a few days in Cusco, I embarked on a 4 day trek through the Andes Mountains of the Cusco Region, starting at Tinqui village and ending at Vinicunca Mountains aka Rainbow Mountains. This was then topped with a trip to the most mind boggling spot on the planet, Machu Picchu - a UNESCO Heritage site.
After a few days acclimatizing in Cusco, we ventured on to the Tinqui village to start our trek. Starting at 3300m (10,827ft), our trip with Killa Expeditions started off with an introduction to our guide, porters, and chef, all of whom would be trekking with us through the Andes to help transport our gear and prepare warm meals throughout the trek. We experienced everything from glacial, snow-capped peaks to turquoise lakes, passing through multiple high passes and rocky terrain and rarely saw a soul in sight other than our own party. Truly off the beaten track, this trek, totaling 52 km (32.3 miles), is located in one of the most secluded areas in the region.