14.08.2010 3 °C
Zak wanted us to warm up and start at KM 77 in lieu of KM 82 where the control is. Nothing like a few kays to warm the blood up. We could see the land slides from February when it wiped out the rail line to Machu Picchu. Would have been a spectacular sight to see the millions of tonnes of rock slide down a mountain. Zak walks for a living, so to him this little warm up was like walking to the letter box to check the mail.
Checked into control with passport, everybody passed (Phewwwww!!!) They control the trail extremely well. Max 500 people per day allowed on the trail.
We weaved our way along the valley floor following the umbarumba river for a few hours. Many spots along the way to rest at a house where the porters pulled up for a break and drank corn beer. As the sun dispeared behind the mountains the temp dropped dramatically too !!!.
Night 1 was beside a fast flowing stream (noisy to sleep). Our tents and gear were ready for us, and were welcomed with a bowl of warm water for a wash. Tea/ coffee and Milo for some + some crackers (SAO's known as Cream Crackers).
Meals served in meal tent with all the mod conns (Table chairs etc) we wanted for nothing and the porters carried all of this on their backs !!!!!
A good feed and that was it for all of us ............ knackered !!!! in bed at 8.30.
Early rise tomorrow as we have a big one to climb Dead Womans Pass (4200 meters above sea level) our climb was approx 1500 metres from camp. Doesnt sound much, but when you are already at altitude, it's a challenge.
Up at 5.00 AM for breaky, on the trail by 7.00 AM