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Is The Huayna Picchu Hike Worth It?

Wondering if Huayna Picchu Hike is worth? Check out this post where we have outlined the reasons and tips on hiking Huayna Picchu Mountain.

The climb from the base is more strenuous. You need to have a guide with you. If you wish to discover the ruins on your own, a day won’t be enough for that. You need to trek it multiple times.

So is it worth it? The answer will be yes. Huayna Picchu Mountain not only offers an amazing experience over the original Inca staircases. It will also permit you to see the most astonishing Inca developments built on death-defying areas with what should be probably the best views on earth.



In case you are doing the Inca Trail, you will initially begin your morning with a visit through the ancient city before it’s the 10 AM – 11 AM schedule. The passageway and warden’s hut to Huayna Picchu Mountain is on the backside of the complex and appears to be a somewhat makeshift gatekeeper house with obstructed entrance to the trail.

Your guide will figure out the tickets with the gatekeeper while you sign in what appeared to be practically similar to a guestbook. You will require your visa number. From that point forward, you are essentially all alone. 

Your guide will give you a few guidelines that he will be expecting you at directly at the path exit and off you go. The guide doesn’t accompany you.    

The Stair Climb Up

Like the Inca Trail, things get simpler as you approach the base of the mountain. This is the place where the road parts. 

For a large portion of time, you will follow the wooden signpost to go up to the pinnacle of Huayna Picchu Mountain. The other direction takes you to the lower trail that wraps to the moon temple and great Cavern. 10 minutes or so later, you will arrive at the base of the mountain and this is the place where the trip starts. 

This part is challenging since you’re confronted with curve steps and possibly slippery rocks from morning dew or downpour. Under ordinary conditions, the move up sincerely isn’t really bad. However, when you realize that you might’ve recently finished 2 days of journeying, there’s still height to manage, it’ll be a long term hardship and assurance. 

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The Peak

Anytime, you can utilize one of the terraces as a break and photograph stop. If you continue the Huayna Picchu Hike, you will arrive at a little storage facility and additional agricultural terraces. You can take breaks whenever needed and enjoy the view of the surroundings.

The mountain is at a height of 8,920 feet above sea level. It is 1,180 feet above Machu Picchu. The altitude can be problematic if you are not fit. Do some physical exercises to keep up with your health. 

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The difficulty level of the Huayna Picchu Hike depends on your plan. If you are taking the standard hike from the entrance to the Huayna Picchu Mountain, this hike will be graded as moderate. If you are planning to do the entire loop that includes a great cavern and moon temple, the trek will be challenging. 

The Huayna Picchu Hike is physically challenging due to steep climb, descent and switchbacks. 

How Far In Advance Should The Booking Be Made? 

You need to book the tickets 2-3 months before the Hike. Only 400 hikers are permitted to hike daily. 200 hikers get the first slot while 200 hikers get the second slot. 

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Final Words

Huayna Picchu Hike is worth it due to the following reasons:

  • The Incredible alternative perspective of Machu Picchu that you don’t generally get to catch a glimpse of.
  • The hike itself is very fascinating. The panorama and view up the ridge of the mountain are majestic.
  • The ruins of the Citadel and surrounding terrain look phenomenal from the height. It is worth the climbing effort. 
  • Huayna Picchu is partly swathed in haze and cloud in the background.
  • Incan ruins of historical astronomical observatory.

If you are scared of heights (Serious Vertigo), this trek can be troublesome for you. There are parts where you need to use your hands and knees to climb at a great altitude. If you have mild vertigo, you will be able to overcome it with strong will power.

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