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Kandoo Adventures: June 1st 2020

Climb to the top of Huayna Picchu

Directly behind the Inca site of Machu Picchu stands the towering mountain of Huayna Picchu, the views from the top of here back over Machu Picchu are awesome.  Although everyone's first reaction when they see a picture of Huayna Picchu is that it would be a difficult technical climb, the genius of the Inca path builders has turned this into a series of steep staircases. You will almost certainly want to use your hands for balance but it requires no technical climbing skills.

Permits in high demand

Back in the day climbing Huayna Picchu was easy, no permits were needed and any amount of trekkers could climb it. This is not the case today.  Unregulated climbing led to the inevitable degradation of the site and often disrupted ongoing archaeological work that is still carried out today. This, along with the safety risk of steep crowded paths led to the current situation implemented by the National Institute of Culture of Peru (INC) to regulate climbing on Huayna Picchu.  A permit system now operates that allows only 400 climbers per day onto Huayna Picchu.  These are in high demand as Machu Picchu also gets a huge number of day-visitors who wish to climb Huayna Picchu. 

If you would like to book one it is essential that you book this as an add-on when you book your Machu Picchu trek.  Children under the age of 12 are not permitted to climb Huayna Picchu.

Permits cost £60/$72 if you have completed the Inca trail and £14/$17 if you have arrived from other routes. If this pricing seems strange that is because it is! Huayna Picchu permits can only be bought as an add on to a day permit for Machu Picchu. You cannot buy an Inca trail+Huayna Picchu permit. So to climb Huayna Picchu you have to buy a new day permit for Machu Picchu (which you won't use).  If you are arriving at Machu Picchu on any other route, the price already includes the day permit so you just have to pay for the upgrade. Crazy we know but that's how it works.

Please Note: the guide will not accompany you on Huayna Picchu as not all clients will choose to climb.  You will meet up in Aguas Calientes.

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