Sacred Valley tours give you more information about Machu Picchu and Huaynapicchu mountain ascent options. For both mountains, you have to buy a ticket that includes the ascent of your preference.
The cost of this ticket is 200 soles (adult price)
NAME: Huaynapicchu (Young Mountain)
ALTITUDE: 2 750 masl.
WALKING TIME: 45”
The Huaynapicchu Mountain is that found towards the north of the city and which appears in the background of Machu Picchu’s classical pictures.
To climb this mountain, you need to purchase a pass in combination with your Machu Picchu entry ticket. Passes cannot be purchased separately from the entry ticket, and once the entry ticket has been purchased, a mountain pass cannot be added or canceled.
Many visitors love to climb this tall, granite mountain that overlooks Machu Picchu to the north. The ancient trail is very steep, with steps on your way up to the mountaintop. Ascend carefully but don’t be discouraged by the peak’s appearance. It’s not as high as it seems from a distance. As you near the top of Huaynapicchu, you pass through ancient terraces that are so inaccessible and narrow that their value for ornamental purposes is obvious. Please be warned that people who have trouble with vertigo may not enjoy this trek. The Huaynapicchu ascent might take about an hour for the average person. Once you’re at the mountain top, enjoy the wonderful views of Machu Picchu, and the surrounding valleys and mountains.
The Temple of the Moon is located inside a cavern halfway down the north face of Huaynapicchu. It contains some of the most impressive stonework of the entire Machu Picchu complex. There is a large and magnificent gateway just beyond the temple, with a long, narrow building carved into the rocks. Another, more roughly worked subterranean temple lies about 50m downhill from there. This gateway and cave complex was an important ceremonial center, and provided access to Machu Picchu from the river, which still exists in present times.
HUAYNAPICCHU TICKET AND AVAILABILITY
Huaynapicchu Mountain. This is the more popular of the two optional mountain treks but it can also be very crowded. 200 people start climbing between 7:00am – 8:00am, and another 200 people start between 10:00am-11:00am, so in total 400 people climb every morning. The trail is quite steep and takes about 2 hours to climb up and down.
NAME: Machu Picchu (Old Mountain)
ALTITUDE: 3 082 masl.
DISTANCE: 2.5 hrs.
The ancient Inca trail winds eastward up through the woods on the north flank of the mountain, until it meets the ridge top. At this point it turns westward, still climbing along the ridge until it reaches the summit, where the Incas built a big platform overlooking the hydroelectric station and Urubamba Valley.
The permits for Machu Picchu Mountain climbing are also booked a month in advance, which comes along with your entrance ticket to Machu Picchu at an additional cost. For climbing Machu Picchu Mountain, you are requested to show up at the gate between 7:00 am – 11:00 am.
This check point is located some thirty minutes away from the archaeological complex on the way to the Sun Gate. This walk usually takes about 2.5 hour’s roundtrip. You will experience a typical Inca trail with authentic stone steps and also enjoy the most impressive views from the top.