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18 days ago

This is my favorite day hike in the area - less crowded and cheaper than Laguna 69, and in my opinion it is more difficult and more beautiful. To arrive, we grabbed a collectivo in Huaraz to Llupa, and started our hike from there. It was a difficult and adventurous climb to the lake - at times you were going straight up - using steel ropes to help you climb. Plan on spending at least and hour at the lake - taking to the view and getting photos from all the different angels. There’s also a smaller lake above that’s pretty beautiful if you’re feeling up to it and have the time - it takes about 75 mins to get to and 45 mins to return.

Difficulty is based on acclimatization. If you’ve adjusted, this hike is pretty easy. Cheapest way to arrive is with a tour. Spectacular views of 2 other glacier lakes right before beginning this hike.

My slowest 5 miles ever because of the altitude but absolutely worth every bit of effort it took to reach the end. The view of Rainbow Mountain is absolutely stunning.

21 days ago

Fantastic trek! It’s much more difficult because of the altitude but so worth the effort. Parts were quite scary because the steps were so steep up or down but when you have no other choice, you make it through.

on Inca Trail Trek

23 days ago

Great comments in here, and all true. My wife and I did a private trip with Apamayu Expeditions. They were first class. The trek was difficult at times and tough on the knees, but conditioning ahead of time, time at altitude in Cusco before setting off, and any advance stair work you can do will pay off in spades.

As for the crowds at Machu Picchu, our guide was brilliant. We took off on day four later than all the big groups who were in a rush to get to sun gate. By getting there we’ll after the morning bus groups had arrived, we were able to avoid the big bus tour groups as they had already moved down. The bus folks in the morning have to leave before the afternoon group is my understanding. We had the Inka bridge mostly to ourselves.

Hope this helps someone. Definitely worth doing, good luck.

26 days ago

Tough acclimatisation hike for longer treks - very short steep ascent up to the lake but totally worth it. The picture here doesn’t do it justice!

Gorgeous scenery and it is great (and a bit scary) to look at the classic pictures of Machu Picchu to know that you also hiked that mountain right behind it. I do have vertigo but it only kicked in after I reached the summit. Safe hike overall. Be sure to use sunscreen year round and long pants in the wet season (Off was more like an attractant for the mosquitoes) but they only seem to aim for exposed skin.

After being in Machu Picchu itself, which was sooo breathtaking, this was a great way to finish the day. Spectacular views with a different perspective on the citadel. Well worth it.

Very difficult because of the altitude, it is literally breathtaking. I have never experienced something so magical feeling really sick and yet wanting to push forward. Spectacular., we experienced extreme sun, rain, hail and snow! May 2017

1 month ago

Great experience. Challenging with the high altitude and steps. We did a 4 day/3 night trek with Alpaca Expeditions.

Did this yesterday. Definitely a cardio workout with the most spectacular views. Fairly safe but take it slow and easy on the top part. Take 1. To 1.5 liters of water and your camera. Took about 40 minutes up with some bottlenecks and about 35 down to the entry point. You will need to sign in and out. Wear good hiking shoes as some folks came in street shoes and never made it up to the top.

On our way

Very difficult hike but absolutely beautiful. You can pay to get a horse, while it’s a really rewarding feeling to hike this mountain without it. Views are amazing!

Walked the Lares trek, similar in many ways, highest altitude 4600 metres, walking was easy breathing was harder! Fantastic experience. Didnt see any other groups but plenty of animals, (Llama’s) and locals. Kiliminjaro next!

Amazing trail. Can’t wait to visit again.

2 months ago

The trail was well worth the effort with ancient sites and fabulous flora and some fauna. We found the trail loaded with wild orchids. The ancient sites along the trail were spectacular. I do agree with other hikers that Machu Picchu itself is completely overrun with people. Once you arrive at the end of your 3 day hike, the crowds do overwhelm you. Don't let the crowds deter you. Machu Picchu is a breathtaking site and was worth the visit.

The hike was may favorite part (more than the destination). It was so amazing, in fact, that we're heading back to Cusco to do it again tomorrow!

2 months ago

Loved the trail. Machu Picchu itself is too busy with tourists who bused in. I would definitely do the hike again though.

2 months ago

Completed the Inca trail trek to Machu Picchu July 18-21! Incredible journey to say the least! This trail is typically dry in July however we had 2/4 days of our trek soaking wet with rain and a bit of snow at the top of dead woman’s pass. This trek was very tough due to the altitude and ups and downs I would recommend being in good cardiovascular shape for this one, but it was so worth it to see all of the Inca ruins spread throughout the entire hike. Much like everyone else’s reviews the end destination of Machu Picchu was super crowded and overwhelming with people after spending a few days on the hike, still worth seeing but the trail was more enjoyable in my opinion. My family and I traveled with the company G Adventures and we would highly recommend them as guides for this trek as they were knowledgeable, prepared, and very enjoyable!

This was the most challenging hike I’ve ever done to be honest. Rewarding when you climb 4 miles straight up switch backs the second day. We did the first stretch down and over and slept in the little oasis hostel at the bottom of the canyon. That pool was incredibly rewarding. Definitely remember a headlamp and bandaids for blisters. Also, look out for condors!

A Must Do if you can .. no words or pictures can ever capture the visit.

2 months ago

One life experience definitely recommended on everyone's list .. the trek from KM104 after a nice train ride from Cusco was amazing .. fun hike that can be done by most I feel as long as you have some basic fitness .. slow climb that can be done at a leisurely pace .. the first view of Machu Picchu is astounding .. something you will never forget.

2 months ago

My God .. Killer climb .. about an hour of hell climbing up with the heart-rate at its peak but when you get up top .. WoW, it will be well worth it .. note, numbers are limited so you need to book your spot - highly recommended.

The hiking trail to Machu Picchu was breathtaking. The Inca sites along the way was a true highlight the the trip. Unfortunately, Machu Picchu itself is completely overrun with people bused in. Everyone in our hiking group agreed the trail leading to Machu Picchu was much better than the end of the destination.

Vous devez avoir un bon guide et être en forme. Excellente alternative à Inca Trail plus populaire.

My only regret from my trip to Machu Picchu is that I didn't do the Inca trail. But it was with a class trip, so I didn't have a choice. You need a special permit to hike the mountain that specifies what time you're allowed to enter. I think our group had the earliest time (8a) and we tried to hike pretty fast which ended up being worth it because for at least 10 minutes at the peak there wasn't anybody else. Once other tourists started showing up, we had to climb over people and try not to fall off. Spending the day at Machu Picchu is like spending 8 hours on a stairmaster but where most of the stairs are only deep enough for the balls of your feet (unless you go sideways). Amazing view up Huayna Picchu, but make sure you've done a LOT of lunges before you go!

Hiked this trek on day 4 of hiking the Inca Trail two weeks ago. Worth every vertical stair!!! The views are absolutely amazing and the hike itself was hard but extremely rewarding! A natural high! Do it if you can, it won't disappoint!

3 months ago

I did the 4 day trek the beginning of January 2018. It was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life. The trek (especially Dead Women’s Pass) was better than Machu Picchu. I can’t imagine just taking the train up to Machu Picchu, as it completely bypasses the experience of the pilgrimage.

Definitely do your research about how difficult the trail and altitude are. Be sure to acclimate for a few days prior. It is extremely difficult, but this is part of the reason it is so rewarding. It is a very spiritual and magical place.

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