Is it really as dangerous as people say?
The Huayna Picchu hike is considered to be one of most dangerous hiking trails in the world. Having completed the hike, let me tell you that it is not as dangerous as people claim (and I'm no experienced hiker). Of course, any hike has an element of danger, and you need to be careful. Some sections of the hike are really steep, and some of these steep sections do not have any handrail to hold on to. A small mistake and you could fall to your death or be seriously injured.
YouTube videos and few blogs discouraged me. But after completing the hike, I didn't find it bad at all. Having said that, if it rains while you're hiking, it can be a totally different ball game. If some online pictures of the hike got you afraid, you're not alone. I was afraid too, but later found out that the scary picture that most of us are afraid of is not shot at the correct angle (so it looks steeper). What I'm trying to say is don't be discouraged by the pictures.
If you need some encouragement, there was a 14 year old kid who completed the hike in our group.
Is the hike for me?
It's not for you if..
1. You're afraid of heights or you suffer from vertigo (some sections have stairs that have about a 6o degree inclination and no hand rails).
2. It's difficult for you to climb steep steps
3. You're not confident on climbing it in the rain (It could get slippery if it rains. If you ask me, this was the only thing I was afraid of as I hiked in regular sport shoes). So make sure you have good hiking shoes.
Lets talk about the hike
At the entrance of the trail, you need to enter your details in the register and sign out when you're back. This is how they keep a track of missing people, if any. Do remember to carry your passport. I started the ascent at 7.30 am, took my own time and stopped to take pictures along the way. I reached the summit around 8.45 am. I was back by 10.20 am
A good (or bad) thing about this hike is, there's no mile marker to tell you how far you are from the summit. In my opinion, this is a good thing as it may discourage people if they realize they still have a long way to go.