Huayna Picchu Mountain & Machu Picchu Hike - 1 Day Tour From Cusco

CUSCO

(10,941ft/3,335m)
OLLANTAYTAMBO

(9,348ft/2,849m)

AGUAS CALIENTES TOWN 

(6,793ft/2,070m) 
MACHU PICCHU 

(7,972ft/2,430m)
HUAYNA PICCHU MOUNTAIN

(8,920ft/2,720m)

Once arriving at Machu Picchu, it’s impossible not to notice the presence of this mountain towering above Machu Picchu. This mountain is called Huayna Picchu, which means young mountain in Quechua, and offers one the best places to observe the ancient city of Machu Picchu its entirety, as well as the surrounding valley.

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Quick Overview

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By Car: Cusco - Ollantaytambo

This exciting tour to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu Mountain will start very early in the morning with pickup from your accommodation in Cusco (5:30 am).  The first leg of the journey will be by vehicle (1:30hrs) to the train station in the Inca town of Ollantaytambo, located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

By Train: Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes Town

Next you will travel by train along the Urubamba River to the town of Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo.  The journey by train is a beautiful one.  You will pass by small villages, the trailhead of the world-famous Inca Trail (Km 82), and Inca ruins as you travel into the lush jungle on your way to Machu Picchu.

By Bus: Aguas Calientes Town - Machu Picchu

Leaving the train station in Aguas Calientes, you will find yourself surrounded by towering mountains covered in abundant vegetation and often wrapped in wisps of clouds.  Aguas Calientes, named for its natural hot springs is nestled in the cloud forest.  The next leg of the journey will be by bus, in a 30-minute climb through the lush jungle up the mountain to Machu Picchu. 

By Foot: Machu Picchu - Huayna Picchu Summit

After checking in with your tickets and passports at the main entrance to Machu Picchu, you’ll head to your first stop at the Inca Guard House of Machu Picchu.  From here, you’ll enjoy the best panoramic view of the citadel of Machu Picchu, with Huayna Picchu towering behind it.  After taking in the view and many pictures, your guided tour will visit all the notable and interesting features of this mysterious site, ending at the entrance to Huayna Picchu.  

Average time to summit Huayna Picchu is 1 hour.  This tour is not for the faint of heart, climbing up narrow flights of stone steps, hugging the mountain with sheer drop offs.  However, the rewards are great.  You’ll pass through an Inca Tunnel and explore the less visited ruins at the top of the mountain.  The summit of Huayna Picchu offers a 360-degree view of the valley, river, and mountains surrounding Machu Picchu.   You can see the Sun Gate, perched atop the mountain beyond Machu Picchu, and the last leg of the Inca Trail, full of exhausted trekkers descending to the city.

Return From: Huayna Picchu Summit - Aguas Calientes Town

After a well-deserved break at the summit, it will be time to head back to Machu Picchu.  Descent from the peak takes about 45 minutes.  You will take the bus back down the mountain, following the winding road to Aguas Calientes.  

Once in Aguas Calientes, you can enjoy lunch at one of the many riverside restaurants, explore the town, visit the hot springs, shop in the craft market, or rest your legs and enjoy the view of your beautiful surroundings with a cup of hot coffee before heading to the train station for your journey back to Cusco.

Back to: Aguas Calientes Town - Cusco

The first part of the trip will take two hours from the Aguas Calientes town (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo train station , where a transportation will be waiting to transport to you to Cusco city (Hotel) which will take another 2 hours. 

Retracing your path from the morning, you will take a train (2 hrs) back to Ollantaytambo where your transportation will be waiting to drive you back to Cusco (2 hrs).  You will be dropped off at your hotel, ready for a restful night after an unforgettable day exploring Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu.

NOTE: It is very important to arrive to the train station 30 minutes before your departure time in order to check in and board the train. This process may take some time, depending on the number of tourists visiting that day.

What's Included

  • Pre-tour briefing one or two days before the trip
  • Transportation by car (Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Cusco)
  • Train tickets (Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes town – Ollantaytambo)
  • Bus tickets (Aguas Calientes town – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes town) 
  • Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu mountain 
  • English speaking Guide for Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu tour

What's NOT Included

  • Food 
  • Drinks
  • Tips (Guide or Restaurants)
  • Entrance to the hot springs
  • Accommodation

Hi! Thanks for checking out our website and considering our company for your adventure tour!  The following list of recommended items for the Huayna Picchu Mountain hike is based on the experience of our guides. Use this list as a guide to pack your backpack with all the essential items you will need to maximize your enjoyment on your Huayna Picchu hike.

  • Passport – ORIGINAL
  • Student Card – ORIGINAL (in case you are student, for student rates)
  • Comfortable shoes (Sport shoes or hiking boots) 
  • Hiking pants
  • Long sleeve T-shirt (recommended for sun protection) +1 extra
  • Warm layers (Down vest, warm jacket, knitted hat)
  • Rain jacket or plastic poncho
  • Sun hat 
  • Sun glasses
  • Watch 
  • SUN BLOCK – SPF 40+
  • Daypack/Backpack (24 liters – 36 liters is ideal) 
  • Water bottle or Water reservoir (2 liters)
  • Personal first aid kit (small)

$380 USD

Per person

NOTE: The train station on this itinerary can vary between Ollantaytambo station and Poroy station, depending on occasional work on the railway or high demand.  The typical route is via Ollantaytambo station.

1- Is there a restroom on Huayna Picchu Mountain?

There are no restrooms inside of Machu Picchu park. These services are only available outside of the park entrance and cost 2 soles (less than a dollar) per person.

2- Are there stores on Huayna Picchu Mountain?

There are no stores in the Machu Picchu park.  There is one café outside the entrance to Machu Picchu.  It is advisable to bring any water, snacks, batteries, etc. that you need from home or purchase in Cusco before the day of your tour.

3- How much water should I bring to climb Huayna Picchu?

Make sure to bring with you at least 2 liters of water per person.  Keep in mind that there are no water filling stations and no water is sold inside the park.

4- Why climb Huayna Picchu Mountain with a guide?

Huayna Picchu has temples, buildings, and historical places to explore with your guide who will be able to give you the history and interesting facts about these places.  While enjoying the sweeping views, your guide can give you context for the surrounding mountains and point out the significance of these places to the Inca for a richer experience. It is also beneficial to have support along the climb to the summit, in case you need encouragement or help.

5- How long should I stay on the summit of Huayna Picchu Mountain?

You will be exploring and visiting most of the Inca ruins along your climb to the summit. Typically, most visitors find that 30 minutes is a good amount of time, to rest and to take pictures, before heading back to Machu Picchu to go on with the tour.

6- Can I get lost on Huayna Picchu mountain?

Is very difficult to get lost on the way to the top of Huayna Picchu because the path is well defined with signs and park rangers with radios at the entrance and summit, in case anyone needs support.

7- Is the Huayna Picchu hike difficult?

The hike is considered EASY at the beginning, MODERATE around the middle, and DEMANDING close to the summit. The hike takes considerable energy due the geography of the mountain, the steep uphill climb, and the altitude.  However, it is a uniquely beautiful challenge to complete this hike.  You won’t regret the energy you spend reaching this one of kind view.

8- What document do I need to show at the checkpoint before climbing Huayna Picchu Mountain?

Every person who will climb Huayna Picchu Mountain must show his/her original passport, and student card if applicable. Both documents have to be the same you used to make your reservation. If you do not have these documents or these do not match with the originals your access will be denied.

9- Which is the best month to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain?

May to December offer more sunny days, with fewer rainy and cloudy days.  This allows the visitor to enjoy the unique panoramic views of Machu Picchu and the green valley that surrounds it. January to April are typically more rainy and cloudy, making it more difficult to take in the view.

10- Is the temple of the moon on the way to the summit of Huayna Picchu?

The Temple of Moon is on Huayna Picchu, on a different path from the main one used to reach the summit and make the descent back to Machu Picchu. It requires a bit of extra time and a different route to reach this place.

11- Prohibited behaviors in Machu Picchu Inca citadel and Huayna Picchu Mountain

  • Smoking
  • Straying from designated trails
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Feeding the animals 
  • Climbing walls or structures

12- Prohibited objects in Huayna Picchu mountain & Machu Picchu Inca citadel

  • Tripods, selfie stick, professional cameras
  • Drones
  • High heel shoes
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Strollers
  • Backpacks bigger than 40x35x20 cm
  • Plastic bags
  • Guns, knives, any other kind of weapons

13- From what age are kids allowed to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain?

According to the regulations of the Machu Picchu park, the entrance to Huayna Picchu is only permitted for children 12 years and older, verified by passport.

Important: The list given here is a suggested packing list, based on the experience of our guides and staff, and passengers that enjoyed the 4 Day Lares trek to Machu Picchu. Feel free to pack what you think you need to be comfortable along the hike.

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Trekking Gear

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