Aspirations never end. True. The moment we fulfill one, we aspire for another.
Same happens with me during my travels.
After fulfilling my long cherished desire to be at the iconic Machu Picchu ruins,
in Peru, one of the 7 Wonders of the World, I aspired for more. I decided to ascend
further to Machu Picchu summit. Though that proved bit tiring, but truly rewarding.
If I had not climbed Machu Picchu mountain, I would not have got the fascinating
panoramic views of magnificent citadel and the spectacular surroundings.
At an altitude of more than 10000 ft, Machu Picchu mountain peak was once used for
sacred rituals in Inca times. Now a significant trek for trekking enthusiasts. It
takes around four hours from Machu Picchu ruins to Machu Picchu summit and back to
citadel. Trekking track comprises of rugged track and countless steps. Though moderate
trek, initially, but nearer to peak, steps are narrower and steeper. With one side
deep gorge, one slip of focus and I would have lost balance, breaking my limbs. In
fact my unison of mind with body kept me safe and going.
There is entrance ticket for Machu Picchu mountain. This can be purchased separately
or as combination ticket with main Machu Picchu entrance ticket. I did so. Trek to
mountain begins from inside the main entrance gate of citadel. I could have started
my ascend straight after my Machu Picchu ruins tour of more than two hours. But I
exited the main entrance to freshen up, as there are no toilets inside, only available
outside the gate. I purchased more water and eatables to keep me hydrated and
energized during trek. Then quickly entered the main gate as entrance to mountain is
allowed till 10 am, only.
I had no particular problem with trek as I had done many strenuous treks, previously.
But I do say that few patches of steps were dangerous. Moreover, I felt tired, too, as
I had been trekking for the last many hours as I had trekked to Machu Picchu citadel
earlier. But the moment I was at top I forget my tiredness. I was grinning and my eyes
were feasting on the awesome vistas.