The great Machu Picchu mountain rises more than (652m/2,139ft) above the Sacred Citadel of Machu Picchu and is located (3,082 m/10,111 ft).  It offers some breathtaking views of Machu Picchu, a uniqueness like no other place in the world. It is seated at the base of the Incan Citadel of Machu Picchu. Thousands are drawn everyday, by the opulent energy emanating from the earth at Machu Picchu, which is considered sacred to the Incan civilization. Machu Picchu Mountain’s summit was used by Incan priests to perform rituals on special dates and is a place of worship of the Apu Salkantay.

***This is an optional trek within Machu Picchu that does not ever include a guide. The climb is usually done on your own after you tour of Machu Picchu.  A guide can be provided by request and extra fee.

***You must always respect the scheduled entrance times between 7 to 8am or 10 to 11am.  If you arrive 5 minutes late you will not be allowed to enter! 


The amount of time to climb Machu Picchu mountain depends on the physical condition of the individual and can range from 1 to 1.5 hours to climb or 2 to 3 hours (round-trip). From the top you have incredible views of Machu Picchu and the last part of the Classic Inca Trail.  You can also admire the amazing canyon formed by the slope of the Vilcanota river with green mountains on one side and on the other side the mountains of the Cordillera Vilcabamba, and the snowy summit of Salkantay (6,271 m/20,574 ft) and more.

The climb to Machu Picchu Mountain is considered a moderate to difficult trek but not challenging. An acceptable physical condition is required.  During the rainy season, the road can be very slippery, making the ascent more difficult.

Schedules for hiking up to Machu Picchu Mountain:

  • First timeslot: 7 – 8 AM
  • Second timeslot: 10 – 11 AM

***This is the time you start the hike.  It takes approximately 1-1.5 hours to reach the top, take some photos and 1-1.5 hours to return 


The average price for Huayna Picchu will around $75 if you book through a company, and if you by directly, it will be less and for it visit www.machupicchu.gob.pe

Machu Picchu Mountain Facts

Now let’s sum up the facts of this one to see how it compares to Huayna Picchu.

  • The maximum altitude you reach on this hike is 3,082 masl.
  • The distance is 2km but not too steep.
  • This hike is suitable for all age groups.
  • This mountain sits opposite Huayna Picchu.
  • From the Machu Picchu complex, you’ll need to head to the Guardian’s House, take the detour and follow the signs to the entrance.
  • There’s a lot of vegetation along the way, and the path is steady, providing for an enjoyable walk.
  • There are 800 spaces available each day.
  • The hike is about a three and a half hour round trip.
  • The level of difficulty is moderate.