Peru Trek with EMM

Peru Trek with EMM

Walk on this remote trail around the Salkantay Mountain in Peru, which ends at the base of Machu Picchu, with a group of adventurers who are passionate about travel and doing some good in the world. Each step on the 43.5 mile Salkantay trail is to help the PROMESA school get to their new land. Before stepping onto the Salkantay Trail, we will explore the Sacred Valley and catch a view of Rainbow Mountains... all part of bringing the promise of a new school to the children in Cusco, Peru.

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Winter activities in Whistler Blackcomb


Explore this epic resort town by foot, skis, snowboard, snowmobile, helicopter, or snowshoes and see all that British Columbia has to offer. The word from professional skier, Anna Segal, whose home mountain is Whistler, is that the beginning of April is a perfect time to visit Whistler Blackcomb. The mountain is open longer, the crowds have diminished, and the conditions on top of awesome!

Dates: April 3 - 9, 2019 (not including travel dates)

Lodging: 6 nights in a 4-Star One Bedroom Suite with kitchen in Whistler Village (accommodates up to 4 adults)

Cost: $ 620 per person (lodging only, based on double occupancy)

$480 per person (lodging only, based on triple occupancy)

$410 per person (lodging only, based on quadruple occupancy)

Steep Grade: 3/5 (Demanding) - Skiing/Boarding (other activities available)

Limited based on room availability - $200 deposit reserves spot - Registration closes on March 5, 2019 or when we reach capacity (no refunds after March 5, 2019)

Accommodations at a 4-Star One Bedroom Suite with a Kitchen
Lift Tickets (optional additional fee)
Transport to/from Vancouver Airport (optional additional fee)

Does not Include:
International airfare
Activity fees
Travel Insurance

Activity options:
Skiing/Snowboarding (lessons available)
Cross Country Skiing
Ice Skating
Olympic Slide Park
and exploring the surrounding community

Trip includes:
•   Transport from Vancouver Airport to Whistler Village (optional additional fee)
•   6 nights in a 4-Star One Bedroom Suite with Kitchen (sleeps up to 4 adults)
•   Discounted lift tickets
•   Assistance with scheduling of other activities


Pictures from Whistler Blackcomb Resort



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Tour du Mont Blanc


Hike through France, Italy, and Switzerland on the Tour du Mont Blanc! The trail circumnavigates Mont Blanc passing through villages and mountain houses. Each night we will stay in a Gite, Rifugio, or Hotel dotted along the path. This is a self-guided tour where each person carries their own gear. Opened to seasoned hikers!

Dates: September 2 - 12, 2019 (not including travel to/from Geneva Airport)

Lodging: Combination of hotels, gites or rifugios (mountain lodges with shared bunk rooms or double occupancy rooms)

Cost: $1400 (Limited to 9 people. $500 deposit to hold your spot)

Steep Grade: 4/5 (Demanding) - Approximately 100 miles

Tentative Schedule (route contingent on confirmation of lodging):

Monday, Sept. 2, 2019 - Arrive in Chamonix - 4-Star Hotel

Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 - Bus to Les Houches and the trailhead - Hike about 7 hrs to Chalet CAF des Contamines

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019 - Hike about 8 hrs to Auberge Refugio du la Nova in Les Chappieux

Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 - Hike about 7.5 hrs to Rifugio Maison Vielle

Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 - Hike about 6.5 hrs to Hotel Lavachey

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 - Hike about 6.5 hrs to Hotel Edelweiss

Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 - Hike about 5 hrs to Champex Lac - Au Club Alpin (or similar)

Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 - Hike about 5 hrs to Hotel Col de la Forclaz

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 - Hike about 5 hrs to Auberge la Boerne

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 - Hike about 6 hrs. to Chamonix - 4-Star Hotel

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 - Depart Chamonix

9 nights lodging listed above (exact lodging contingent on availability)
Breakfast and Dinner while hiking & breakfast in Chamonix
Self-guiding route map
Transport from/to Geneva airport

Does not include:
Lunches on the trail and lunch & dinner in Chamonix
International Airfare to Geneva Airport
Certified guide or porters
Bus transportation (Chamonix to Les Houches - a few dollars)
Gondola rides (optional)
Emergency medical evacuation insurance (required)


Ausangate Trek Schedule


Daily Schedule

Sunday, October 15
Everyone converges in Peru (some have already arrive and others are just arriving).

Meals: Breakfast (for those spending Saturday night), (Lunch/Dinner - On Own)

Monday, October 16
Sacred Valley Tour - Full Day Tour
7PM - Team Meeting

Meals: Breakfast, (Lunch/Dinner—On Own)
Total Hiking: Walking the ancient ruins

Tuesday, October 17
Our guide will meet us in Cusco early in the morning, and take us via private transportation to the starting point of our trek- Tinqui. Here you will enjoy a local lunch, while your gear is being loaded onto pack horses. After lunch you will begin hiking to our first camp. This day we only hike for a few hours until we arrive at the village of Upis. Here you can take a soak in the hot springs, while enjoying coca tea, and relax your muscles until dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Total Hiking: 3 miles/ 2 hours

Wednesday, October 18
With two passes to cross today, we wake everyone up at 5am with coca tea brought to your tent and you will fuel up with a big breakfast for the day ahead. The morning starts with a hike up Arapa pass (16,266ft) before a slight decline to our lunch spot near Lake Puma cocha- a deep blue lake and a perfect stop for a break. Along the way you will see local herders and llamas, Ausangate mountain to your left, and you will have your expert guide explaining the history of the locals and talking about the landscape along the way. After lunch we continue uphill for our second pass for the day (Pucacocha pass-16,404ft) where if you're lucky you may see condors and vicuñas until descending to our campsite of chillca where you will be surrounded by high mountains and incredible hanging glaciers- watch for the glacier crashing into the lake below! As always camp will be set up for you to change and rest your weary legs and dinner will be prepared.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Total Hiking: 9.3 miles

Thursday, October 19
Today starts with Chillca pass (16,571 ft), a very colorful mountain but only a precursor of what is to come. After crossing the pass you enter into the Red Mountain valley, a wildly desert landscape with vibrant colors all around, and llamas roaming the ground below- as you approach the top of the pass you will see the beautiful Rainbow Mountain in the distance, but your not quite there! From here you descend to circle lake and continue walking a Peruvian flat until we are presented with one final climb to the Rainbow Mountain. Soak in the sights and enjoy what you've worked so hard for. We will enjoy lunch in the surrounding area, and head back down the valley to make our way to the stunning Lake Ausangate where camp will be set up and waiting for you to take a rest. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Total Hiking: 12.4 miles

Friday, October 20
Covering less miles today, as yesterday was a big day, we pass beautiful glacial tarns, lush green pampas, and follow the edge of the river. Today is a great day for spotting wildlife so keep an eye out for condors, and vicuñas.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Total Hiking: 10.5 miles

Saturday, October 21
With only one pass to cross we will take our time today enjoying the deep blue lagoons, and alpine glacial colored lakes along the way. If you are brave enough you can even jump in to cool off. Views of the massive Ausangate mountain are still visible, only today you will get to enjoy them from a new angle along with views of Pacchanta Valley. Our goal is the hot springs of Pacchanta where we will enjoy a nice soak and the views of the Ausangate Mountain above. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Total Hiking: 9.9 miles

Sunday, October 22
Today is the easiest day of our trek as we make our way back to the starting point of Tinqui walking on flat ground and celebrating our accomplishments. Once we arrive at the village you will have your last lunch while everything is packed up in our private transportation to make our way back to Cusco where. You will be dropped off at your hotel arriving around 5pm.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch, Dinner—on own
Total Hiking: 9.9 miles

Monday, October 23
This morning we will visit PROMESA and see the benefits of our hard work! Your accomplishment of completing 57.5 miles around the Ausangate Mountain and raising funds for PROMESA to reach their new land will be worth every effort and sacrifice when you see the faces of the children.

Late afternoon flights from the Cusco airport loaded with a few souvenirs and a heart filled with love for Peru and its people.

Meals: Breakfast, (Lunch/Dinner - On Own)




Ausangate Trek for PROMESA


Ten trekkers will begin their journey hiking 57-miles around the Ausangate Peak in an effort to raise funds for the PROMESA school in Cusco, Peru on October 17th. PROMESA serves children throughout Cusco, providing a quality, Christian education, and has been recognized for educational attainment of their students.

Promesa has outgrown their current facility and purchased land to build a larger school, however there is currently no road to the land. The Ausangate Trek will support the building of a road to the new school location.



Pictures from Ausangate Trek and Peru



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The Ausangate Trek is in partnership with:


Old Logger's Path

Old Logger's Path is a custom challenge for a local non-profit looking to involve participants in a weekend adventure to strengthen relationships and rally support for their cause. Registration and final details to come.

Trip duration: 4 days (including travel)

Trekking days: 3 days

Steep Grade: 3/5 (Medium)


Sample itinerary:

Day 1: Bus transportation to trail head. Prepare gear and camp at the trail head.

Day 2: After breakfast, load up the backpacks for a 10 mile hike passed waterfalls and amazing vistas.

Day 3: Prepare to pass over the saddle of Sullivan Mountain on this 10 mile hiking day.

Day 4: Cross over the final saddle and return 7 miles to the trail head and the extraction point.


Registration and more details coming!

Pine Creek Trail - Cycling

Bike through the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon on the Pine Creek Trail as it winds though the Tiaoga State Forest. Most of the trail follows the Pine Creek which affords views of rock outcroppings and wildlife. Complete a section or all 62 miles of the trail.

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Great Allegheny Passage - Cycling

Begin in Pittsburgh, PA and bike on the wide, stone path following the Monongahela River as it winds its way through the Pennsylvania countryside. Cycle through many small towns where there is ample opportunity for food and beverage stops. A thrilling finish begins at the Eastern Continental Divide and continues for 25 miles of downhill coasting to the town of Cumberland, Maryland. Bike a total of 150 miles over 4 days.

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Washington DC to Pittsburgh - Cycling

Follow the C&O Canal trail from mile marker 0 at the Thompson Boat Center to Cumberland, MD. Then transfer to the "super-highway" of biking trails, the Great Allegheny Passage, which leads you directly into downtown Pittsburgh and stops at Point State Park. Complete 334 miles over 6 days and cross bridges, ride through tunnels, around dams, and experience the history of the old canal.

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Grand Canyon & Zion National Park

Hike down into the Grand Canyon from the south rim and drink in the views and lots of water, because you will also be hiking those same miles back up and out of the canyon. Spend another day hiking around the Grand Canyon, before transferring to Zion National Park for more amazing views. Hike over 40 miles in 5 days.

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Boston to New York - Cycling

Start in New England's capital, Boston, and cycle passed its historic landmarks. Cycle through colonial villages, seaside towns, and quaint communities on your way to New York City. After passing through the Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, with the finish line crossing over the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. Bike over 320 miles in 7 days.

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Philadelphia to Washington DC - Cycling

Start in the city of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia and end in the center of power, Washington DC. Follow the East Coast Greenway rolling through cities and the countryside. The path follows roads and off-road trails. Bike over 240 miles in 4 days.

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Machu Picchu - Inca Trail

Words and pictures will not do justice to the experience of the Inca Trail. It's stepping back in time to catch a glimpse of a culture and people group, advanced beyond modern understanding, while being captivated by the beauty of the Andes, and forming friendships over shared experiences. The journey is not for the faint, it will challenge and leave an indelible mark of appreciation for the road of history others have laid.

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Ausangate Trek + Rainbow Mountain

Reside at altitudes between 13,000 ft and 17,000 ft for 6 days while you trek around the Ausangate Mountain range. Trod on a less populated path to get an up close view of the Rainbow Mountain, a striation of magnificent colors. A trek of 57 miles will leave you breathless from beauty and physical excursion.

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