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Machu Picchu Mountain Hike

Hike to Machu Picchu Mountain

Hike to Machu Picchu Mountain that sits above Machu Picchu Citadel. It provides a panoramic view of Machu Picchu Citadel, Huayna Picchu Mountain, Putucusi Mountain, the winding Wilkamayu (Urubamba) River, lush mountainous terrain, and the final section of the Classic Inca Trail.


Information that is useful


IMPORTANT.– If you purchase Machu Picchu Mountain tickets, you will not be able to take a “postcard photo” of Machu Picchu since after finishing the walk, you will return Machu Picchu via the lower portion and must complete Circuit 03 (long bass – yellow color). To obtain the poscard image of Machu Picchu, you must also purchase ordinary Machu Picchu tickets.


Hike to Machu Picchu Mountain




Use the bathrooms outside the Ruins, which cost 2 soles each. Just keep in mind that your permission only permits you to re-enter once, so you can’t leave and come back several times.


Food and water

Bring plenty of water – at least 2 liters per person – as well as some snacks, as there is no place to buy refreshments after you’ve entered the site. Please be considerate and discrete about where you choose to stop and snack, and never leave any rubbish.


Acclimating to the altitude


You must be well accustomed to altitude before attempting this walk; the air becomes thinner and you will sense the difference.


Schedules for the Machu Picchu Mountain in 2022


The alternate path Machu Picchu Mountain will have 400 places available every day, spread across two hours, the first from 07:00 to 08:00 and the second from 08:00 to 09:00. Visitors must enter the Machu Picchu Mountain route straight and exit the monument by the same way. This type of ticket includes the option of returning to Machu Picchu to visit the little circuit 3.


The first shift is ideal for persons who wish to spend an extra night in Aguas Calientes and then go to Machu Picchu Mountain on their own the next day, or for those who want to complete the guided tour at the Citadel after ascending Machu Picchu Mountain. However, there is a disadvantage: you will be exhausted after the 3-hour round-trip climb and then continue your tour of Machu Picchu Citadel with your guide (2 to 3 hours roughly).

Hike to Machu Picchu Mountain


The second shift is ideal for those that arrive to Machu Picchu through various treks such as the Inca Path 2 days, Salkantay Walk, Huchuy Qosqo, Quarry trail, Lares Trek, Inca Jungle trek, or Train Tour. This is due to the fact that the guided tour begins at 6 a.m. in the Citadel of Machu Picchu and ends at 8 a.m., after which you ascend the Mountain. It only works during the dry season, which is from April to October, since during the rainy season, Machu Picchu remains hazy until 10 a.m. most of the time, and we recommend starting the guided tour at 9:00 a.m.




The approach to Machu Picchu Mountain climbs through stone stairs and well-established walkways. Trekking is not very hazardous, but it will demand all of your strength. The stairs get steeper, narrower, and more difficult as the route approaches the foot of Machu Picchu Mountain, and there is no level section.


How do you go to the mountain from the Machu Picchu Ruins?


You walk 2 minutes straight after entering the main Machu Picchu guarded entry, then turn left in the direction of the guardhouse. A sign will lead you in the appropriate path. This is also the trail that goes to the Sun Gate, which is the same entry to Machu Picchu as the Inca Trail.



Turn right about 3 minutes after the guardhouse and continue the trail past agricultural terraces. You will next proceed to the warden’s hut to sign in, present your ticket, and check-in with your passport. The distance between the Machu Picchu entrance and the Machu Picchu Mountain trailhead is around 30 minutes.



Discover in depth what the Machu Picchu mountain walk has to offer:



Difficulty level: Difficult.


Climbing Times (7 or 8 a.m.?)


Both times have advantages and disadvantages. The advantage of the 7:00 a.m. trip, like with Huayna Picchu, is that it will be cooler and more comfortable to hike the path. The trekkers at 8 a.m. will face even greater temperatures. To reach the peak of Machu Picchu, they will need to take longer rests and drink more water.


The downside of visiting in the earlier group during the rainy season (December to March) is that mist in the early mornings might completely hide the view from the peak of Machu Picchu Mountain.