Huayna Picchu, or “Young Peak” in Quechua, is believed to once have been the Temple of the Stars and a lookout point for Machu Picchu. It is the mountain just above Machu Picchu, with the Urubamba river flowing around it. Its imposing form can be seen in most pictures of Machu Picchu. Huayna Picchu offers one of the most beautiful panoramic views over the Machu Picchu World Heritage Site, as it is 300m (980 feet) higher than Machu Picchu. The hike to reach the top takes about 1 hour and about 40 minutes back down again. The trail gets extremely steep, narrow and exposed in some sections, with steel cables for climbing support.
Only 400 people, split into 2 groups of 200, are allowed to climb Huayna Picchu each day. The first group leave between 7am and 8am and the second group between 10am and 11am. Therefore, if you would like to climb Huayna Picchu, you should reserve your place well in advance.
If your visit to Peru is going to be a once in a life time event, we truly recommend that you climb Huayna Pichu, especially after finishing any alternative treks such as the Salkantay, Lares and Huchuy Qosqo trek.
Please let us know if you are interested in the hike to Huayna Picchu when you make booking for the tour that ends at Machu Picchu. We will check the availability of permits on the day and email you all the relevant information.
For more information about Huayna Picchu, you can visit the Peruvian government web page: www.machupicchu.gob.pe