Warmiwañusca (Dead Woman's Pass)


Location on the Inca Trail

Warmiwañusca is located between kilometers 82 and 88 of the Inca Trail, being the highest mountain pass on the route to Machu Picchu.


Activities and Trekking on Warmiñawusca (Dead Woman’s Pass)

The trek to Warmiwañusca offers breathtaking scenery, cloud forests and Inca ruins, making it a challenging but rewarding experience.


Connection with the Inca Trail

Warmiwañusca represents a symbolic milestone of achievement and connection with the history and Inca culture. It’s an integral part of various routes on the Inca Trail, including the Classic Inca Trail 4 days, the Short Inca Trail 2 days, and the Inca Trail 5 days. These routes offer unique experiences for travelers, combining physical challenges with the exploration of ancient ruins and breathtaking landscapes on the way to Machu Picchu.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the exact altitude of Warmiwañusca and how does it affect hikers?

The exact altitude of Warmiwañusca is approximately 4,215 meters above sea level. This altitude can affect hikers with symptoms of altitude sickness, such as shortness of breath, headache or dizziness, so it is important to acclimatize gradually before reaching the pass.

Are there rest areas or campsites near Warmiwañusca for hikers?

Yes, there are rest areas and campsites near Warmiwañusca for hikers. These areas usually have basic services such as water, toilets and rest areas, allowing travelers to recharge their batteries during their journey.

What are the main challenges hikers face when arriving at Warmiwañusca?

When arriving at Warmiwañusca, the main challenges hikers face are the altitude, variable weather conditions, and steep and rocky terrain.

What are some of the safety precautions that should be taken into account when trekking to Warmiwañusca?

Some important safety precautions include respecting environmental and cultural norms, following the directions of guides and authorities, staying on designated trails, carrying a first aid kit, and being prepared for sudden weather changes.

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