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Official Machu Picchu Mountain tickets 2024 - 2025

Machu Picchu Mountain (Montaña) ticket availability, hours of operation and what each ticket costs and what each ticket includes.
Climbing the mountain of Machu Picchu also known as Machu Picchu Montaña is one of the top tourist attractions when visiting Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu Mountain (also known as Montaña Machu Picchu) is the highest mountain in the area at 3082 meters (10111 ft.), located inside the Machu Picchu sanctuary. This mountain rises in the southern area of Machu Picchu Citadel. The name Machu Picchu comes from the Quechua: Machu (old or great), and Picchu (Mountain) from this, Machu Picchu means the great mountain. Many People will confuse Machu Picchu Mountain with Machu Picchu Citadel; they are not the same. This website will give you all of the information you need to plan your hike to Machu Picchu Mountain such as ticket availability, hours of operation, what each ticket includes and important information so you can and purchase the correct tickets. Machu Picchu mountain map

How to get tickets to Machu Picchu mountain

Tickets to climb Machu Picchu mountain can be purchased online on our website. It is recommended that you purchase your Machu Picchu mountain tickets at least 1 months in advance. There are only 200 Machu Picchu mountain tickets for each day. 200 tickets for 6am, and 200 tickets for 8pm. Due to high demand in the months of January, December, June and July, you must purchase Machu Picchu mountain tickets with 2 to 3 months in advance.
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Does the Machu Picchu mountain ticket include Machu Picchu?

The Machu Picchu mountain ticket includes a visit to Machu Picchu but only for the lower section of Machu Picchu, circuit 3. Since the best views and attractions of Machu Picchu are in the upper section, circuits 1 and 2, you must purchase an additional Machu Picchu ticket to ensure you see the best of Machu Picchu.

Recommended Machu Picchu Mountain + Machu Picchu citadel tickets

Since the Machu Picchu mountain tickets only allow you to see the lower section of Machu Picchu, circuit 3, here are the recommended ticket combinations if you plan to climb Machu Picchu mountain and also visit Machu Picchu citadel on the same day:

Can I buy 2025 Machu Picchu mountain tickets now?

Yes! You can confidently purchase your Machu Picchu mountain tickets for 2025 on our website. You will receive your confirmation vouchers within 24 hours. When the Peruvian Ministry of Culture approves the release of the tickets, our system will automatically E-mail you the official tickets. Purchase your Machu Picchu mountain tickets with confidence

Frequently asked questions about Machu Picchu mountain

How long does it take to climb Machu Picchu mountain

Machu Picchu mountain takes 4 hours round trip to complete the entire hike. This takes into account 1.5 hours to reach the summit, 30 minutes to take pictures and rest on of the spots that give you amazing views of Machupicchu, 1 hour to climb down as well as 30 minutes to compensate for those who need to go slowly due to physical fitness and altitude. Here are the most important fact about Machu Picchu mountain:

  • Time needed: ascent – 1h30 minutes accent, descent – 1 hour
  • Altitude of summit: 3,082 meters (10,111 feet) above sea level
  • Height to climb from Machu Picchu: 652 meters (2,139 feet)
  • Terrain: Inca Trail stone path steps and in some places grass or dirt
  • Entrance time: First entrance: 6am – 7am Second entrance: 8am-9am

The Machu Picchu mountain trek is not for people with a fear of heights. In places the trail is very steep and often follows the mountain edge with thin drop offs. Early morning trekking offers cooler temperatures and better shade from the sun but best time of day to visit start hiking would be 8:40am.

Can I visit Machu Picchu citadel after my hike to Machu Picchu mountain?

You can visit Machu Picchu citadel for about 45 minutes maximum before your hike to Machu Picchu mountain or for 1 hour after your hike to Machu Picchu mountain. The Machu Picchu mountain ticket only allows you to visit the lower section of Machupicchu (Circuit 3). Machupicchu has 4 circuits. Two in the upper section (circuits 1 and 2) and two other circuits in the lower section (circuits 3 and 4). The best section of Machupicchu is the upper section (Circuits 1 and 2).

How difficult is the Machu Picchu mountain trek?

The Machu Picchu mountain trek is considered to be a moderate to challenging trek. You will be following an original stone Inca trail and continuously acceding to the summit. A good level of fitness is required. During the wet season (January to March), the trail can become more slippery making it more challenging to traverse. The region has a sub-tropical feel throughout the year, with average daily temperatures of 18 °C (64 °F). During the dry season the humidity is around 40 – 45%, rising to 60 – 65% during the wet season.

What to bring:

  • Passport
  • Camera (Remember there´s no such thing as too many pictures of Machu Picchu so make sure to bring an extra SD card)
  • Sun hat, sun glasses; sun block.
  • 1 to 1.5 litres of water
  • Light weight rain coat
  • Dress in layers
  • Small snacks (Protein bar or dry fruit work well)
  • Lightweight training or hiking shoes are recommended.

How to get to the Machu Picchu mountain trail

From the main entrance of Machu Picchu follow the upper-trail heading in the direction of the Guardhouse. Small erected wooden signs signal the way the start of the trail head, which is also the same path which leads to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku). A couple of minutes from the Guardhouse, you need to turn right and follow the path, which climbs up through the agricultural terracing. Following the trail for another 15 minutes you will arrive at the wardens hut, where you need to sign in showing your passport and entrance ticket. From the entrance of Machu Picchu to the wardens hut takes approximately 30 minutes. Unlike Huayna Picchu or Putucusi Mountain treks, the Machu Picchu Mountain trek is wide and well marked. After the wardens hut the trail follows a fairly even ascent of about 30 – 35 degrees in angle for about 1 hour. Gradually and steadily gaining altitude, the views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding mountains become ever-more impressive. There are several view and rest points along the way. As the trail gets closer to the base of Machu Picchu Mountain, the steps become steeper, narrower and more challenging. Winding on for another 30 minutes or so, the trail passes through a stone gateway, before following a narrow mountain ridge to the summit. A small round hut provides shelter and seating, whilst the view point (a few more yards on) offers inspiring views of Machu Picchu citadel, Huayna Picchu and Putucusi Mountains. The decent follows the same route, but takes about 20 – 30 minutes less. When skies are opening up will give way for some of the best photo moments you will encounter on the site. You can see the entire site (even parts of the slopes that cannot be seen from Huayna Picchu) and gasp down into the valleys on both sides of the site.

Is Machu Picchu mountain trek worth it?

Machu Picchu citadel from Machu Picchu mountainYes, trekking to the summit of Machu Picchu mountain is worth it. At several points, the ruins of Machu Picchu peek through the trees, and there are many spots you can stop and rest, enjoying the views. As you climb higher, the views become more spectacular, with the curve of the Urubamba River enclosing the ruins below. About half way up, you are level with the top of the Huayna Picchu sugarloaf, on the other side of Machu Picchu, and as you continue to climb, you leave the nearby peaks below you. Once you reach the summit, you will experience outstanding views, not only of the ruins of Machu Picchu far below, but also of the surrounding peaks, including the stunning snow-covered Apu Sanlkantay. < /p>