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Huayna Picchu Mountain Hike – A 2 Hour Round Trip Amazing Hike At Machu Picchu “Stairs of Death”

Huayna Picchu Rising above the city of Machu Picchu in every classic image, Huayna Picchu is the infamous sugar loaf mountain known by many due to its famous steep climb up the “Stairs of Death.” which sits at an elevation of 2,720 m. While the hike is known to be a more challenging hike than its counterpart, Machu Picchu Mountain, it is the more popular choice of the two. So if you are looking for a bit more of an adventure for the dare devils among you then the sugar loaf mountain may be your thing.

Huayna Picchu is very steep, narrow, and in many parts, you are required to use your hands for balance or use cables provided to hold onto. There are many stone steps and some stone ladders to climb up the cliff face along the way. Much of the hike is exposed to drop offs; if you suffer from vertigo this may not be the hike for you. The summit itself is not flat but is indeed rocky, therefore when the crowd picksup it can be a bit difficult to move around.

Please keep in mind that this extra hike is totally optional and will have no effect on your trek as currently scheduled.

Huayna Picchu is something that many of our trekkers like to do after their Machu Picchu tour. Unfortunately, due to the way Machu Picchu tickets and Huayna Picchu tickets are structured with those hiking the Inca Trail and other alternative  treks costs extra to do this hike at Machu Picchu.

The price of this permit is US $75 per person. You would begin the hike at 10 AM (based on availability). This would be after your 2-3 hour guided walking tour of Machu Picchu. This extra hike is a truly amazing experience.

Here are some answers to FAQ about Huayna Picchu


  • 45 minutes up, 30 minutes down


  • Moderate
  • Not as difficult as the uphill climbs on the Inca Trail
  • If you can hike the Inca Trail, you will be able to hike Huayna Picchu!


  • Generally not.
  • There are 200 people on the mountain during each group. There is no need for a guide

Other options if you decide to not hike Huayna Picchu

  • Relax at the cafe and enjoy the environment. Soak in the experience.
  • Free time to relax and enjoy Aguas Calientes town before retuning to Cusco.

When do we need to know if you would like to do this hike?

  • Permits to hike Huayna Picchu are limited. If you would like to do this hike, we will need to purchase the permits as soon as possible.

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