Hiking Huayna Picchu Mountain/ Useful Information

Hiking Huayna Picchu Mountain/ Useful Information

Huayna Picchu (Wayna Picchu) Climb 

Wayna Picchu or Huayna Picchu refers to young peak in Quechua which in comparison with Machu Picchu mountain is the lower in height but the most impressive by many. The Incas built a trail on the side of Huayna Picchu and built temples and terraces on its summit.  The peak is about 2,720 meters above sea level.

There is a daily limit of 400 visitors which is divided into two groups – 200 at 7am and 200 at 10am.

The Huayna Picchu mountain has undoubtedly become one of the best options for those who wish to visit Machu Picchu and stay as long as possible. Reaching the top of the Huayna Picchu mountain is for many one of the unique things in the world, since the view from the top is insanely amazing, and although it is not as high as the Machu Picchu mountain the view is the best for most visitors.

In this article we will clarify some of the doubts about the Wayna Picchu mountain, as well as provide you with useful information to better plan your trip to Machu Picchu.

Huayna Picchu Tickets

In order to climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain it is necessary to make a reservation for your visit to Machu Picchu at least 4 months in advance. You should know that if you plan to visit Machu Picchu it is not necessary to buy a separate ticket for the Huayna Picchu mountain hike, you just need to add the Huayna Picchu option to your Machu Picchu ticket, This implies an extra cost but nothing considerable, the most important thing to ensure your hike to Huayna Picchu is that you buy it in advance and not at the last minute,

making a reservation for the Huayna Picchu mountain is quite easy if you follow the instructions on the Machu Picchu and Peru’s Ministry of Culture website.

But if you plan to do the Inca Trail of 4 days or 2 days then if you need to buy two tickets to Machu Picchu, for this when booking the Inca Trail you must indicate that you also wish to climb Huayna Picchu.

How hard is it to climb huayna Picchu?

The climb to the Huayna Picchu mountain demands a lot of physical effort and it is necessary to be in shape, the hike is quite demanding but not impossible we believe that more than being physically prepared it is better to be mentally prepared.

What is quite common is when people ask you about the Huayna Picchu mountain during the tour in Machu Picchu and when you point it out to them they simply don’t believe you and just laugh. For many the Huayna Picchu mountain is impossible to climb perhaps because at first sight it looks quite steep however as one starts the ascent one also starts to think that it is possible.

Huayna Picchu Elevation

The summit of the Huyana Picchu mountain is over 2,720 masl (8,924 ft).

View from Huayna Picchu
View from Huayna Picchu

When is the Best Time to Climb Huayna Picchu Mountain?

Huayna Picchu is accessible all year round, however NOT all year is the best time, if you decide to climb Huayna Picchu during the dry season (April to November) it is quite likely that you will have the best views from the top, the view is almost guaranteed during these months.

But If you visit Wayna Picchu during the rainy season (from December to March) the view is not the most desirable, as there is a chance of rain. But for those who like adventure and beyond seeking the best views enjoy the hike so these months would not be so bad, we suggest bringing a good trekking gear.

How long does it take to climb Huayna Picchu?

You shoud know that Only 400 people are allowed to climb it each day. The climb is quite challenging. You can only start the hike in the morning and it will take you roughly 3 hours round-trip.

Huayna Picchu VS Machu Picchu Mountain

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