Duration: 31 days
Group size: 21 students & 7 staff
The long flight took us to Lima, the capital of Peru, before a bus took us on the 400km journey to Huarez, a city destroyed by an earthquake in 1970. The next few days were spent acclimatising to the altitude, going on day walks, before we set off on our trek, a circuit of the Cordillera Huayhuash, an absolutely stunning range of mountains with azure blue lakes filling the valley bottoms. The trek of approximately 180 miles crossed nine high altitude passes, and one of the highlights was visiting Suila Grande Base Camp, the scene of Joe Simpson’s incredible story of survival as portrayed in Touching the Void. Upon completion of the trek we returned to Lima before flying up to Cusco. On the way to Macchu Picchu we took a detour to the village of Soqma where we worked on the renovation of a school classroom, providing teaching materials and toys for the school. We continued our journey to the stunning Macchu Picchu, spending a couple of days there before returning to Lima and our flight home.