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Huayna Picchu

Everything You Need to Know about Huayna Picchu Mountain

You’ve traveled to Cusco, Peru, to visit the famed Wonder of the Modern World, and the time is about here! You’re about to be blown away by the ancient stone buildings that have stood atop the mountains for ages. It’s a chance to see the world and learn about other cultures. You can see glaciers and woods and other alpine landscapes from the historic city. Machu Picchu, here we come!

Did you know there are three additional treks you may take within the citadel to get a new viewpoint of the structure and its environs? Mountain Machu Picchu, Mountain Huayna Picchu (about which this blog is written), and Mountain Huchuy Picchu!

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Learn in detail what  Huayna Picchu mountain offers:

Why the mountain of Huayna Picchu?

Huayna Picchu, often spelled Wayna Picchu or Wayna picchu, and pronounced why-Nah peek-choo, is a mountain that the physically capable and the intrepid can climb. It is the tall, jagged, green peak in the background of any traditional photo of the Machu Picchu citadel, and its name translates to “young mountain” in the local Quechuan language. Did you know that the Incas built on some of those vertiginous cliffs faces as well? Hikers (who have booked their trips WELL in advance) may explore the mountain from peak to valley, taking in Inca ruins and stunning natural landscapes. There are sections where you need to use both your hands and feet to climb higher, such as on the infamous “steps of death,” making this the most difficult of the three trails in the national park. Those who have tried it can’t stop gushing over it. … and sharing a photo from their day of triumph.

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Now you know everything there is to know about Huayna Picchu!

Purchasing the Entry

Learn everything you need to know to reserve your visit to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu Mountain, as well as other national parks, right here. You’ll need the “Circuito 4 + Montaa Waynapicchu” ticket, to put it succinctly.

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A Guide to Reaching the Trailhead

You’ll need to wait one hour after your allotted time to enter the park before you may access the trailhead. Arriving at the start of your 60-minute time slot (7 AM) is preferable to arrive at the end of it (for example, if your entry time to Machu Picchu is between 7-8 AM, your trail entry time will be between 8-9 AM) (8 AM).

The third and fourth circuit gates will be the first you encounter. Follow the wooden signs leading straight ahead to Huayna Picchu Mountain. Take your time exploring the areas you pass on your journey to the trailhead from the Machu Picchu entrance; you won’t be back this way. As you make your way from the trailhead to the park’s exit, you’ll be traveling on a loop through a variety of landscapes. At the trailhead checkpoint (behind the Sacred Rock, the same entry as Huchuy Picchu), visitors must present their passports and admittance tickets before continuing on the route. Following the completion of the trail, you’ll leave the park by retracing your steps around Circuit 4 of the citadel’s looping walkway.

To make the most of your day, get to Machu Picchu as early as your ticket allows (say, 7 AM), spend the full hour and 45 minutes exploring the site, and then start your walk at 8:45 AM. Pass the mountain’s checkpoint before your allotted time runs out (in this case, 9 AM).

I would like to inform you that purchasing Huayna Picchu Mountain separately is not an option. The cost of accessing the mountain is $75, and it cannot be entered through the lower part of Machu Picchu. Unfortunately, this means that access to the best photo spots on the upper part is also not possible. Furthermore, the tickets do not allow you to re-enter.

The Stairs of Death

The name seems very dramatic. There is no truth to the tales that these steps are dangerous; no one has ever died while using them (unless you have vertigo). The name of this section of the path comes from the fact that the steps leading up to it feel like they’re perched on the edge of the world. You can use the attached wires to help you pull yourself up, or you can use your hands and feet to make the ascent. If you were to lose your footing and fall off the edge, you would land on one of the platforms below rather than roll off the edge of the cliff. Naturally, they make anyone feel dizzy, especially on the descent. Yet, they will not truly kill you.

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Circuit 4 Investigations

The Machu Picchu Heritage Sanctuary can be explored by one of five predetermined visitor circuits. Maps of both are available on the official Machu Picchu website of Peru. Below is a diagram depicting all four major routes. Each option is made to accommodate a variety of timetables (such as those who want to ascend an extra mountain) and physical capabilities (such as those who are in good shape to walk or hike versus those who have mobility issues).

Those who purchase a ticket that also includes access to Huayna Picchu Mountain will only be admitted to Circuit 4. You can travel the path in around 2.5 hours. It’s a lengthier loop that doesn’t go very high up in the citadel. Qolqas (Granaries), Agricultural Zone, Water Canal, Dry Well, Temple of the Sun, Inka House, Water Fountains, Sacred Rock, Twelve Openings, Eastern Qolqas, Water Mirrors, Temple of the Condor, Pisonay Plaza, Archeological Reserve, and Twelve Openings are just some of the sites you’ll see along the way.

The best way to learn about what you’re seeing is to join a guided tour! You can take a guided tour that departs from Cusco, hike several miles to Machu Picchu, or show up there and hire a guide at the gate.

When to Visit + Forecast

November through March is the rainy season in the Peruvian Andes, whereas April through October is the dry season. The dry season also happens to be the peak tourist season. Due to its location in the Andean cloud forest, Machu Picchu has year-round high temperatures and high humidity, as well as an abundance of mosquitoes and sandflies.

The summertime is the wet season while the wintertime is the dry season. The average annual temperature is around 28 degrees (44 degrees Fahrenheit). It actually feels far hotter than that, as I can attest from experience. There is little variation in temperature between the wet and dry seasons. On average, humidity is at 50% during the dry season and 90% during the wet.

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Frequent Asked Question

What is Machu Picchu’s death of stairs?

The “Stairs of death” are a section of stone stairs built by the Incas; you will find them before getting to the summit of Huayna Picchu Mountain. These stairs are almost vertical and difficult to climb. Moreover, they are located on the edge of cliff views. However, despite its name, no tourist has died there.

How many people have died climbing Huayna Picchu?

Most tourists referred to the Huayna Picchu hike as the most rewarding experience and once-in-a-lifetime adventure. However, the question arises immediately as to the Deaths on Huayna Picchu and How dangerous is the hike? In the following paragraphs, we will list the fatalities.

is huayna picchu worth it?

Huayna Picchu is the perfect addition to any Machu Picchu experience! With its steep ascent and beautiful views, you’ll be rewarded with a great physical challenge and an incredible panorama. By taking on Huayna Picchu, you’ll get a unique perspective of the ancient city that you won’t get on the ground level. Additionally, some might say it’s a rite of passage – a simple way to proclaim “I made it!” at the top.

is Huayna Picchu dangerous?

Making the journey to the top of Huayna Picchu can be an incredible experience, but is it really as dangerous as some people say? Find out now!

Numerous dangers lurk around every corner of Huayna Picchu, and it’s important to keep safety at the forefront of your mind during the journey. You should avoid taking any unnecessary risks or making any jumping maneuvers while ascending the peak; a slip could easily lead to serious injury or worse. Make sure any rocks you step on are securely attached and take extra care when navigating slippery portions of the trail.

Is there a student discount?

According to Peruvian Law, you have to be under 18 years old at the time of your hike to Huayna Picchu Mountain (if you are 18 or over, you need to have valid student cards).

Why is it difficult to get Huayna Picchu tickets?

There are only 600 tickets available per day and there are more than 3000 people entering Machu Picchu so the tickets run out quickly.

How far in advance should I book my Huayna Picchu ticket?

Do you need to be an expert hiker to climb Huayna Picchu?

No. Anyone can hike Huayna Picchu Mountain. You don’t need to be an expert mountaineer. A previous physical preparation helps you.

Can I Visit Machu Picchu and hike Huayna Picchu in 1 day?

Yes, it is possible. You need to take the first train at 05:05 am from Ollantaytambo and buy the 10 am Schedule for Huayna Picchu. So Visit Machu Picchu from 08:00 am to 10:00 am then start hiking Huayna Picchu at 10 am. In case you don’t find early train tickets, You can hike to Huayna Picchu and then do the guided tour at Machu Picchu.

Do I need a guide to hike Huayna Picchu?

You don’t need a guide to hike Huayna Pichu Mountain. The trail is only one way and it is very well-marked and easy to follow. If you want a tour guide, you can pay extra for your travel company to provide you with one or you can get one in Aguas Calientes town.



Please be aware that trekking poles are not permitted at Machu Picchu unless they are required for the mobility of a disabled or old visitor, and then only with permission from the park authorities. They must have rubber tips if permission is granted.