Trekkers needed for an Andes adventure

  • Date: October 15–24, 2017
  • Location: Ausangate Trek, Peru

Adventurers needed! Hike Peru’s wild, stunning Ausangate Trek and see the Rainbow Mountains (Vinicunca). The trek will raise money for PROMESA, a Peruvian Mennonite school. At the end, visit the school and meet the children you’ve been trekking for.

With its craggy peaks and high altitude, this 57.5-mile trek will challenge you. Along with the unforgettable views and the life-changing purpose, it’s an adventure to remember forever.

Click here for details and registration. Limited availability. Registration closes July 16.

Adventurers will start preparing for the trek at an orientation meeting on June 29 at 7 p.m. in EMM’s meetinghouse (53 W Brandt Blvd, Salunga, PA 17538). Get equipped with fundraising tips, forms to fill out, advice on how to prepare, and all the other info you need.

Questions? Contact Michelle Deller.

What’s the itinerary?

Day 1 — Arrive in Cusco and have a free afternoon.
Day 2 — Sacred Valley tour
Day 3 — Early morning departure to the trailhead. Enjoy the hot springs!
Day 4 — Another early morning, because today holds two mountain passes (our highest elevation so far). Get a glimpse of glaciers and Peruvian wildlife.
Day 5 — It's going to be a Rainbow Mountain day! Following another mountain pass, we will descend into the Red Mountain Valley and onward towards the Rainbow Mountains.
Day 6 — Follow the river's edge and drink in the sights!
Day 7 — One mountain pass to cross and views of deep blue lagoons and alpine lakes.
Day 8 — A flat walk to our extraction point and time to reflect on all that was experienced in the previous days.
Day 9 — Back in Cusco for a visit of the PROMESA school. Depart from Cusco after 3 p.m.

Who is involved?

EMM is excited to partner with Steep Adventures, an adventure fundraising company that works with nonprofits and charitable causes to support projects locally and globally.

What is adventure fundraising?

Participants sign up for an adventure challenge and agree to pay for trip expenses, as well as raising a set dollar amount that directly supports a specific cause.

What’s the cause?

PROMESA is a K–12 Peruvian Mennonite school. PROMESA was started to give Peruvian children a quality Christian education, as well as to provide indigenous Quechua children an education alternative free from racial discrimination. Click to watch a video about PROMESA.

Ever since its beginning in 2005, PROMESA has gathered in a local Mennonite church building. Now that about 300 students are enrolled, the school has outgrown its building and is unable to enroll every new child who wants a PROMESA education.  

Many children were being turned away due to lack of space and insufficient facilities, so the church purchased land in the mountains outside Cusco to construct a new school building. Volunteers from Engineering Ministries International (EMI) have created a three-phase construction plan. Walk through the planned campus here.

Just over $1 million is needed for site preparation and phase one of building classrooms. Funds raised through this adventure trek will help PROMESA build a road and a bridge leading to the mountainside site of its future building. 

What’s the cost?


$1,650 for the guided trek and all items mentioned below.  Transportation to and from Cusco is additional. Participants will need to secure their own flight/transportation to and from Cusco, Peru. You will meet the group in Cusco on Sunday, October 15, and leave after 3 p.m. on October 24.

Participants will also fundraise or find sponsors for the trip. Money raised will go toward PROMESA’s new building project. Participants are working together toward a fundraising goal of $80,000.

What’s included?

  • Professional safety-certified guides

  • Three nights in hotels (double occupancy)

  • Vehicle support where necessary

  • Permits and entrance fees

  • Five nights in tents with sleeping pads (double occupancy)

  • Most meals (per itinerary) plus snacks, water, and drinks