Ascent of Huayna Picchu on 2005-06-22

Climber: Brian Webb

Date:Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Huayna Picchu
    Elevation:8642 ft / 2634 m

Ascent Trip Report

I'm not sure what I could add to this that others haven't already said. WOW! I've been a lot of places in the world, but this has to be the most breathtakingly beautiful place I've been!

I was in Peru on my own for a week and spent 2 full days in Machu Picchu. The second day I took the steep hike up Huayna Picchu in the morning. What a spectacular view! The entire week was such a restful and exciting time for me and standing on top of Huayna overlooking the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu had to be one of the highlights. There are a bunch of fun rocks on top to play around on and 360 degree views of the valley, ruins, river below, and mountains in the distance. I could have spent all day up there.

First, I recommend avoiding the outrageous bus prices and hiking from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. It's a very steep hike, but the trail is maintained. I'd say it's about 2.5 miles each way. From Machu Picchu it's pretty obvious how to get to Huayna Picchu. I'm told that they now limit the number of people per day who can climb, so be sure to check on that before you go. The climb up is VERY steep and has some difficult scrambling. It's a shorter climb than it seems and the view from on top is well worth the effort.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1752 ft / 534 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Trailhead:Aguas Calientes  6890 ft / 2100 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 

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