- ELEVATION: 2,720 mt. / 8956 ft.
- ELEVATION GAIN: 360 mt / 1081 ft.
- MOUNTAIN RANGE: Salkantay massif
- CAPACITY: 400 People per day
- HIKING DURATION: 2.5 hours round trip
- NUMBER OF STAIRS: 1300
- OPEN: From 7 to 8 am / 10 to 11 am
- LOCATION: North of Machu Picchu
- MEANING: Young mountain.
There are two turns to climb the mountain of huayna picchu, for each tour the peruvian goverment sell only 200 tickets this is because the mountains is very vertikal also the trail is narrow and the top is pointy.
- First turn from 7 to 8 in the morning 200 people
- Second turn from 10 to 11 in the morning 200 people
If you book your entrance to Huaynapicchu mountain for the first turn you have one hour to pass the control of Huynapicchu mountain. from 7 to 8 you can start climbing anytime But after 8:00 you will no longer be able to access even if you have the ticket. Access schedules are very strict once indise you can take your time.
Most of the people are looking to climb on the second group because they think that around that time the weather is betterIf you book your entrance to Huaynapicchu mountain for the second turn you have one hour to pass the control of Huynapicchu mountain. from 10 to 11 you can start climbing anytime But after 11:00 you will no longer be able to access even if you have the ticket. Access schedules are very strict once indise you can take your time.
Huaynapicchu is very popular you have to book it at least 3 months in advance depending on the season. this is because most of the people who visit Machu Picchu they go by train then by bus after the guided tour in Machu Picchu people want do to extra hiking and they choose Huaynapicchu Mountain and also it takes only 45 munutes to get the top and the way back takes 30 minutes. Huaynapicchu Mountain is 2740 mt. / 8989 ft. and Machu Picchu is 2430 mt. / 7979 ft.
view from Huaynapicchu mountain is awesome. You get to see the whole Inca site of Machu Picchu, the vilcanota river that surrounds the base of the Huaynapicchu and also on top of this mountain there are enclosure such temples, storehouses, terraces, tombs, tunels, and much more. The trail that takes you up to the top is all stair. is about 1300 steps. At the 10 to 15 minutes before to get the top you have to use also your hands to climb because it gets very steep. Once at the top you got apreciate the beauty of the lost city of the incas. At the top you can stay whatever you want siting on the rocks, laying on the terraces with a 360 degree view.
For the way back you can choose two options. you can walk back by the same way that you went up or you can take the option by the moon temple. If you take the moon temple option you have to walk down by the back side of the mountain for 45 minutes to get the moon temple once there you see the beauty of the Inca architecture. after you visit the moon temple you hike to Machu Picchu for 45 more minutes.