I had done a lot of research about the hike up Huaynapicchu because I have a fear of heights in some situations and I worried about altitude sickness. So many people made this hike seem terrifying and difficult. Maybe it is because of our hiking experiences in Korea which are quite similar in many respects, but we didn't feel too fearful or challenged at any stage of the hike. The experience was one I will treasure forever! The weather was perfect - crisp and cool in the morning with clear sunny skies all day long. I did break a sweat climbing Huaynapicchu, but that was due to effort, not weather. I was happy to see one solitary cloud drift in front of the mountain shortly before our hike began. As you can see, the climb was intense and exhilarating, and the views absolutely spectacular!
At the peak, Bob climbed atop the highest boulder, and for the first time in his life experienced a moment of acrophobia. There wasn't much room up there, and hikers were not far behind us, so we began our descent. The trail takes you to a large slick rock which you slide down and then it wraps around the peak where there are some beautiful ruins and stunning views of the river and valley below. Shortly thereafter you join the same path that led to the top, and reverse your way down the mountain. In many ways, the descent was more difficult than the climb. I scooted on my seat down one long stretch of very narrow steps.
What an amazing hike!