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Ascent of Huayna Picchu on 2016-01-13

Climber: Seán Caulfield

Date:Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Huayna Picchu
    Location:Peru
    Elevation:8642 ft / 2634 m

Ascent Trip Report

Booked permits online 5days in advance - we got the last 4, they sell out fast, but even if they are sold out keep checking, sometimes more availability appears. We hiked the Salkantay trek without a guide (highly recommend), then hiked up to Macchu Picchu from Aguas Calientes early in the morning (nothing to recommend about this rip-off tourist town, better to stay at the municipal campsite near the bridge across the river to Macchu Picchu). After spending a few hours wandering around Macchu Picchu getting soaked by the heavy rain we made our way to the entrance to Huayna Picchu. After queueing up for a short time, showing our permits & signing the book we started the hike up, surrounded by clouds. We summited in just over 30minutes, taking the route from the first mirador crawling through a cave, then up to the summit rocks, where we spent a couple of hours waiting for the clouds to clear. They eventually did & we had a spectacular view of Macchu Picchu & the surrounding mountains, free from all the tour groups. If you go to Macchu Picchu you need to do this hike.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:837 ft / 255 m
    Total Elevation Loss:837 ft / 255 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:837 ft / 255 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Through cave from mirador
    Start Trailhead:Huayna Picchu Gate  7805 ft / 2378 m
    Time:35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:837 ft / 255 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Normal Route
    End Trailhead:Huayna Picchu Gate  7805 ft / 2378 m
    Time:25 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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