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A Quick Guide to Hiking Huayna Picchu

Swarali Jambhale
Peru is lot more than just Machu Picchu! An inconspicuous peak that soars up in almost every picture of Machu Picchu. It stands behind the most famous summit of Peru to gift you the astounding views of the “Lost City of Incas”!

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Standing behind Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu is perhaps the most photographed peaks in the world!

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A hike to Huayna Picchu brims the to-do list of staunch trekkers!

So, How to Go About It?

Smart Booking!

Book a combination ticket of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu at least 4 months prior!

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When to Visit?

High seasons range from May to September.

Choose the Route

Short Trail - Moderate, 1.5 – 2 hours

Long Trail - Difficult, 3.5 – 4 hours

Follow the Timings

National Institute of Culture of Peru (INC) has set entrance time slots:
7 am – 8 am
10 am – 11 am

Coping with Altitude Sickness

Short breaths and little headache is fine.

What to See?

See the biggest temple in the area, carved in rocks, the Gran Caverna or the Temple of the Moon at the base!


  • Walking stick
  • 2-3 water bottles
  • Sun protection
  • An insect repellent
  • A rain coat/poncho
  • An extra t-shirt/top


  • 400 tickets allowed per day.
  • Passport is a must.
  • Be in a perfect mental and physical state.


  • Children under 12 years of age are not allowed.
  • Not recommended for people with vertigo and dizziness.

At last...

Capture the whole of Machu Picchu standing 1000 feet above it!