4 Simple Tips to Make Climbing Machu Picchu a Possibility
September 17, 2022
For those who have a love of the outdoors, few ideas are more inspiring than climbing a mountain. However, while the idea of a mountain climbing experience is very interesting, the actual reality of what it involves can be quite shocking. This is especially the case when it comes to massive landscapes like Machu Picchu. Considering climbing this amazing obstacle? Then there are some beginner tips to consider before trying.
Build up your base fitness
Trying to climb something like this incredible landmass without the right kind of fitness is asking for trouble. If you have never really gone hiking or climbing before, please do not try and make Machu Picchu your first!
The level of fitness and commitment needed is massive. If you are going to take this on, try and build up some base fitness by taking on other, similar landmarks before you consider trying this.
Be prepared for the long haul
Even for someone with specific experience in climbing, this could take you at least six hours to climb to the top. For someone with less fitness than the average climber, though, you could be looking at a climb as long as nine hours – maybe even longer. That being said, do not allow the time to put you off.
Climbing Machu Picchu is something that you should savor, not rush. Enjoy the experience; it’s not a race!
Choose the right time of day
Given what we noted above regarding the time, make sure you give yourself enough time in the day to manage this. You should always look to the weather that you will be facing, so make sure you check the forecast. Weather can change up here quite drastically, though, so be prepared for that.
You should probably start and begin your ascent in the early morning. This is more likely to help you avoid the extreme heat of the day for prolonged periods.
Always bring the right supplies – and people
We would highly recommend that anyone who is taking this on for the first time comes here with a guide. You should arrive with an experienced guide, and also you should bring plenty of water and some snacks to eat on the ascent. Look for food that can be easy to eat on-the-go, and which can provide you with lasting energy that releases slowly. So, avoid sugary snacks and ‘bad’ treats that might make your ascent more challenging.
In short, Machu Picchu is not for everyone. By considering the simple tips above, though, you might be able to better prepare for what is sure to be an immensely challenging experience.