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59telephone: 0845 330 8579 (local call rate, UK only)international telephone: +44 1453 844 400www.mountainkingdoms.comSouth America PeruW e begin our trip with four nights in the Sacred Valley, enjoying some wonderful walks, visiting fascinating Inca sites such as Pumamarca and Ollantaytambo, and acclimatising to the rarefied mountain air. Our trek follows an old Inca trail; the traditional route down the gorge of the Urubamba River, as travelled by Hiram Bingham the 'discoverer' of Machu Picchu in 1911. We only climb to join the classic Inca Trail on the last day of trekking. Here we pass the beautiful Inca ruins at Wiñay Wayna ('forever young') before arriving at the Inti Punku (the 'Gate of the Sun') for our first amazing views of Machu Picchu, exactly 100 years to the day from the great explorer's first visit. After time wandering the extensive ruins, we return to Cuzco with additional time to enjoy this most charming of Andean cities before our return home.Permit warning - you need an Inca Trail permit for this trip. These can sell out many months in advance so please book early.O ur ultimate objective is the magical Inca site of Choquequirao, where a visit today is considered to offer the same experience as that of visiting Machu Picchu in 1911. Many routes to Choquequirao start with a gruelling ascent but we avoid this by starting from Vitcos, the old capital of the Incas in exile. Firstly though we visit the Sacred Valley and take the train to explore magnificent Machu Picchu. With benefit of our acclimatisation we now begin our trek through the Cordillera Vilcabamba, a region of towering snow capped peaks, high mountain passes and hot tropical valleys. The Condor City of Choquequirao is located high on a ridge at almost 2,950m/9,680ft and our two nights camping on the terraces of nearby ruins here, is a fitting climax to a truly exceptional trip. T he Huayhuash (pronounced why-wash) is a compact range of mountains, which includes Yerupaja, Peru's second highest mountain. The dramatic, fluted ice peaks which dominate the range have drawn trekkers and mountaineers for years - including Joe Simpson on his ill-fated climbing expedition made famous through "Touching the Void." Leaving the summits to the climbers, we'll enjoy our own challenging high altitude adventure, crossing many passes, often over 4,700m/15,500ft, to make the complete circuit. However, with careful acclimatisation around Huaraz before we start and rest days along the way, we'll be able to fully enjoy the spectacular wild and beautiful landscape of towering peaks, deep glacial valleys and sparkling blue trout filled lakes. We may see huge condors cruise the thermals, while llamas and vicuña graze on open hillsides. Extend your holiday - with a four day trip to Machu Picchu. Please contact us for more details.Hiram Bingham 100th Anniversary Trek A superb trip taking a lower altitude trek to reach the 'Lost City of the Incas.' Choquequirao, City of Condors Trek through the remote Vilcabamba region, from Machu Picchu to its 'Sacred Sister'.Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit A magnificent remote mountain circuit - one of the world's most stunning treks. £1,595£1,645£2,895£1,775£2,955£2,695Land OnlyLand OnlyFlight IncludedLand OnlyFlight IncludedFlight IncludedSat 16 Jul - Thu 28 Jul 11Wed 01 Jun - Fri 17 Jun 11Wed 07 Sep - Fri 23 Sep 11On Trek: 4 daysSat 09 Jul - Sun 31 Jul 11Local LeaderAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 3 Hacienda: 4 Camping: 3Optional: Single Room £225Insurance: £95On Trek: 11 days Local LeaderAccommodation (nts): Hotel: 1 Camping: 9 Hacienda/Family Inn: 4Optional: Single Room £115 Single Tent £100Insurance: £95On Trek: 16 days Local LeaderAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 6 Camping: 15Optional: Single Room £225 Single Tent: £90Insurance: £99Trek | Duration: 13 DaysTrek | Duration: 17 DaysTrek | Duration: 23 DaysGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 3 clientsGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 6 clientsGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clientsGrade: Moderate Grade: Vigorous/StrenuousGrade: StrenuousMachu Picchu, Mario Verin For detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.com

60Download holiday itineraries fromwww.mountainkingdoms.come: info@mountainkingdoms.comEcuador & Bolivia South AmericaO ur adventures begin in Quito with time to explore and acclimatise to the rarefied air of this high Andean city. Driving north we'll visit Inca ruins, walk on the shores of the crater lake of Cuicocha and visit the celebrated market in Otavalo. Some enjoyable walks further prepare us for our short hike to 4,810m/15,781ft on the slopes of Cotopaxi, in the evocatively named 'Avenue of the Volcanoes'. Crossing the Pan-American Highway we stay in the remote area of Quilatoa before taking a walk to the Whymper Hut on Ecuador's second famous volcanic peak, Chimborazo. A little light relaxation in the hot springs of Baños and it's back to Quito for the flight home. Extend your holiday with a Galapagos Islands cruise. Call 0845 330 8579 for more details.T his exciting trekking itinerary is set in the high central area of Ecuador which holds eight of the country's ten highest peaks. Arriving in Quito 2,850m/9,300ft, we spend a couple of acclimatisation days exploring the city before beginning our trek with an ascent of Pasochoa, an eroded volcanic crater. Passing through humid Andean forest we overnight in a traditional hacienda before trekking to Tambopaxi, where with luck we may see condor and Andean foxes. Now on the slopes of Cotopaxi, we ascend to the Refugio Jose F Ribas at 4,810m/15,781ft and visit the glacier. On nearby Chimborazo we walk up a little used trail to Whymper's Hut at 5,000m/16,405ft, and beyond to Whymper's Needles. We then, new for 2011, ride the exciting Devil's Nose Train before returning to Quito. W e begin with an excellent and varied acclimatisation programme, exploring La Paz, Lake Titicaca and the Island of the Sun (home to the Inca creation legend). Starting near the old trading town of Sorata we then begin our 120 mile long trek, which runs north to south along the entire length of the 'Royal' mountain range before ending in the Zongo Valley. Most trekking days include crossing a steep pass (two over 5,000m/16,405ft) and each day brings fresh views of new mountain groups. Occasionally we'll come across isolated farmsteads and herds of llamas, but often we'll feel that we have this magnificent landscape all to ourselves. Although cited as one of the world's best treks this route remains infrequently travelled and remarkably deserted. Gentle Trekking, Ecuador Wonderful walking and all the highlights: isolated Inca ruins, the artists of Tigua and Otavalo market. Cotopaxi & Chimborazo - Avenue of the VolcanoesAn exciting trek past snow capped summits in Ecuador's 'Avenue of the Volcanoes'. Cordillera Real Traverse, Bolivia The classic Bolivian trek, renowned for its spectacular beauty and astonishing tranquillity.£1,450£2,295£1,350£2,195£1,735£2,675Land OnlyFlight IncludedLand OnlyFlight IncludedLand OnlyFlight IncludedMon 30 May - Mon 13 Jun 11Mon 29 Aug - Mon 12 Sep 11Sat 18 Jun - Sat 02 Jul 11Sat 17 Sep - Sat 01 Oct 11Sat 14 May - Sat 04 Jun 11Sat 10 Sep - Sat 01 Oct 11Day Walks: 10 Local LeaderAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 6 Lodges: 6 Hacienda: 2 Optional: Single Room £295Insurance: £95On Trek: 8 daysLocal LeaderAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 6 Lodges/Hacienda: 4 Camping: 2Optional: Single Room £220Insurance: £95On Trek: 15 days Local LeaderAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 3 Lodges: 4 Camping: 12Optional: Single Room £295 Single Tent £120Insurance: £99Trek | Duration: 15 DaysTrek | Duration: 15 DaysTrek | Duration: 22 DaysGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clientsGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clientsGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clientsGrade: Gentle/Moderate Grade: Vigorous Grade: StrenuousFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comIsland of the Sun, Ilona EliasBolivian Woman, Andi Harrison