3. Adventure Guidelines
Get ready for an amazing experience. You are embarking on an adventure that will have a special purpose to you FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE!
As you prepare for your adventure, here are a few but very important things that you can do to maximize the experience for yourself and those around you. We invite you to use the same principles we will discuss while training at home.
The trails we selected and hikes we created are not designed for risk-taking, daredevil extreme athletes bent on setting personal records by seeing how fast or far they can go. Rather, they are an opportunity for you to experience a destination, learn its history, meet its people, experience its culture, absorb its power, and experience its timelessness. Most importantly, you will celebrate with pride your personal accomplishments of training and preparing yourself to experience everything that the non-profit organization that brought you here has to offer. You will know that your true success lies in the completion of the entire program and raising funds to help support their mission. You have worked hard to make someone else's life better in many ways. CONGRATULATIONS!
There is Something For Everyone!
Many of you may be seasoned hikers, ready for the rigors of the most difficult parts of the trail. Some of you may be "weekend warriors" and the trail will be daunting. Still others may be brand new to hiking all together. Regardless of your past experience or current fitness level, the trails you will be hiking will present physical and emotional challenges that should meet and exceed your expectations.
We know that even if you have been diligent in your training and preparation, success can mean different things to different people. Throughout your training and on Hike Day, we will be there to go over the options to make sure you have a challenging, rewarding and fulfilling adventure. Regardless of distance or difficulty, our hikes are interpretive in nature and are fully guided. We will make ample time for taking pictures and enjoying an interpretive experience at a pace that is comfortable for the entire team.
Conquer The Trail WELCOMES each and every hiking participant. Together we will form a team where each of you will help the other and form the bonds of new friendship and share in the mutual accomplishment of conquering the Inca Trail in your own personal way.
To make your team's experience the best it can possibly be, we have established a short list of guidelines to follow while training on your local trails and while on the Hike Day trail. We thank you in advance for your attention and compliance to these details.
Our Adventures On The Trail.
As a team member, you will want to join your fellow participants and our guides in becoming "stewards" of the trail. The areas where we are hiking are some of the greatest natural and historical wonders of the world. It is up to all of us to protect and respect them. We must become benefactors of these places and our personal legacy must be to leave them better than we found them! Please, take only pictures and fond memories. Leave only footprints!
This is a coordinated and managed team adventure. We can assure you that going with the flow as led by your guides will make your experience the best and safest it can be. Bring your sense of adventure with you, leave any "hurry up" attitude behind.
While on the trails:
No Boots, no hike! No Excuses! No Exceptions!
Your Walking Connection EXPERT Guides.
Our Inca Trail and Machu Picchu guides are simply the best guides available. They have many years of specialized training specific to Peru and work closely with The Walking Connection and our Guide Leadership Program to provide you with the best adventure possible. They are all Wilderness First Responders certified in first aid and CPR. While on the trail, they have the final word in EVERYTHING! They are the absolute "captain of the ship," and operate under very strict risk management protocols, emergency response practices and Peruvian National Park rules and regulations. When you agree to hike with them, you are agreeing to hike as a team and abide by their rules and judgment.
By the way, they are also informative, creative and a ton of fun to hike with!
While on the trail, you will cross paths with other hikers. Some from our adventure,
others on adventures of their own. They are on the trails to enjoy the trail in their
own personal way. Most are there for the grandeur, peacefulness and serenity.
Please be mindful and respectful of this.
Trail facilities - There is a very basic toilet at the trailhead in Chachabamba. the next
one is located at about the 2/3s mark. Most of the trail is in open and exposed areas,
which make privacy sparse. Keep in mind that all of the ruins and good deal of the
rest of the trail is also under video surveillance. It is usually not an issue, but plan
to go light on the coffee and tea in the morning. If you have an urgent situation, please
notify one of the guides. They will be able to direct you.
Trash In/Trash Out - Take what you need in, take everything (including personal
papers) OUT! -- A small zip lock bag is very handy for this. NO ONE is going to clean
up after you! As stewards of this magnificent place, our goal is to leave it better
than we found it. If you see a piece of trash, please pick it up and take it out with
Stay on the Trail! - DO NOT cut across or shortcut switchbacks. It is dangerous, disruptive and destructive to the landscape.
Uphill has the right of way. Hikers going uphill have the right of way. They are working harder! You'll appreciate this when it is YOU!
Water/hydration drink requirement:
3 liters of water/electrolyte fluids.
No water, no hike! No excuses! No exceptions!
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