My Machu Picchu Mountain Trek

My Machu Picchu Mountain Trek

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 10,000 ft, Machu Picchu mountain peak was once used for
sacred rituals in Inca times. All loaded in rich Inca legacy, Machu Picchu is a significant trek for trekking enthusiasts these days. It takes around four hours from Machu Picchu ruins to Machu Picchu summit and back to citadel. Trekking route 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.

32 Responses to My Machu Picchu Mountain Trek

  1. This has always been one of the top places in my bucket list!

  2. I love mountaineering i am an die hard fan of moutains.. i did EBC last year.. would love to explore S. America

  3. Radif Rahman says:

    As an archaeology student, it is my dream to visit Machu Picchu. I hope one day I will make it. Many thanks for the post. I found it very informative.

  4. Linda says:

    I love the article! I’m not a trekking fan but your post makes me want to try it, the sight looks so serene!

  5. I’m fond of doing trekking and this look so awesome. Pictures are so perfect!!

  6. Really nice place to hang out with. Thank you for the amazing pictures and article

  7. Kunal Vir says:

    Reading above blog giving me feeling that
    I still have a long loooong journey a head
    Thanks for sharing the info. Cheers !!

  8. mirela16 says:

    Wow! So beautiful place, It is my dream to see Machu Picchu. Thank you for these amazing pics!

  9. Quynh Nguyen says:

    The views are amazing. I’ve love to trek Machu Picchu Mountain one day

  10. I heard so many good things about this trek, and I have it high on my bucket list! Thank you for the great pictures, makes me want to go there right now 🙂

  11. Sab says:

    Machu Picchu is at the top of my travel list. I really love your photos! Will bookmark this for later. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Farah says:

    This blog is inspiring.. Beautiful words in the beginning and so true !!!!! I hope to go to Peru next year. This is great info.

  13. Soma says:

    Being trekker I loved your all clicks and offcourse nicely written content.

  14. Sarah says:

    How amazing! This is one of my must do’s as well. I’m a little nervous as I have resently gotten altitude sickness. It’s a scary situation to be in so I’ve had to take things on the slower side when going up to high altitudes. But your pictures make me want to go. Thanks for sharing such an awesome trip.

  15. Andy says:

    This all sounds incredible as must be a highlight of your trips, it’s on our bucket list and no doubt it will be ticked within the next year

  16. I loved Machu Pichu when I did it, thanks for sharing :).

  17. Mario says:

    A nice experience. I wonder when you have been there, as there are some new regulations since july 2017 about the entrance, limiting visitor numbers significantly (sometimes the 2,500 tickets/day were sold out before!)

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