This trek was organised by Bill Cook in September 2005, to raise funds for the Aberlour Trust.
Essentially 22 of us set out to the Lares Valley in Peru. This was only the second time that a charity trek to this area had taken place. The trek was to benefit Aberlour Child Care Trust, a Scottish childrens charity. The first time the trek was attempted by a charity half of the group failed to complete it. We were more succesful and trekked in the region of 40 miles over a 4 day period.
We climbed two high passes with the highest at 14,500 feet. We were walking alongside llamas and going past the occasional local settlement. The locals were intrigued to see us, particularly when we walked in kilts.
The walk was much more remote and less touristy than the Inca trail. When the trek ended we visited Machu Picchu and the lost city and then returned to Cusco, the traditional Inca capital (see photos on next page).
The trek was a great success and we raised in excess of £25,000 surplus for Aberlour.
These great photos are all supplied by Bill.
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The group arrives in Cusco, Peru
The local talent appreciate the kilts!
High priest Bash inspects the ruins
Chrissie meets the locals
Martin looks over at Sassaywhan (sexywoman)
Sliding down a rock formation!
View of Cusco
Bill and the rest of the group set out on the serious trekking in the gorge
The trail heading up into the higher mountains
The weather closes in
The first pass - a bit like home really!
David battles on to reach the first pass
Looking down into the mists on the other side of the pass
Martin helps folk across the river
A knackered Allan chats with some of the local kids
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