After years of dreaming and months of planning, 52 Peaks in 52 Weeks is finally, officially underway! Tami and TJ have left the US to make their way towards the first peaks in Peru.
The first two mountains on this epic year of peaks will be Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu. The original plan was to only hike Wayna Picchu which is the mountain pictured most often behind the city of Machu Picchu. However, fortune has smiled early on our travels and we were able to get last minute permits to also hike the Machu Picchu mountain. As a result, the first 52 Peaks summit will be Machu Picchu mountain on June 10th, followed by Wayna Picchu mountain on June 11th.
These two peaks are not relatively long or difficult compared to peaks to come. Each hike will take about 2 or 3 hours. What makes Wayna Picchu extra exciting is that it is on the list of 20 most dangerous hikes! The amazing views that you see from Wayna Picchu are high up and the reason this hike made the most dangerous list is for people falling. Don’t worry! We have already done it once and feel strongly that using common sense will prevent any needless falls! It is also a goal of Tami and TJ’s to hike the entire list of 20 most dangerous hikes and we’ll be identifying which peaks make the list on the website as we go along. We won’t get them all this year as some are very remote but we hope to get 13 or 14 of them!
Even though the peaks themselves are short ascents, this is not an easy way to start the year. The challenge will be in getting to Machu Picchu in the first place. Starting on June 7th, we will hike four days, along 26 miles in high elevation (8K – 13.9K feet) along the legendary Inca Trail before entering Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate. There is a train that can take you to Machu Picchu. Tami and TJ have both done the Inca Trail before, but it hardly seems like an option to start a hike around the world on a train. So Inca Trail Part II here we come!
You can read more facts and history about Machu Picchu and the Inca history on the Now Hiking page. It’s been rumored that in the future, the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu might be closed to the public for conservation. It’s a magical place and is considered one of the modern seven wonders of the world. I encourage you all to sign up for the TJ Hiker trip to Machu Picchu in June 2017.
Also, don’t forget we will be pairing a book with each mountain. If you haven’t yet read The Alchemist, you still have time. It’s a fast read and the story will hopefully resonate with each of you about the journey you are on with your life.
Thank you all for your support to date! Think of us on Tuesday, June 7th as we take our first steps on the Inca Trail towards reaching 52 Peaks.
The light and the love in us recognizes the light and love in you by saying Namaste.