Dead Woman’s Pass

The name Dead Woman’s Pass refers to Warmi wañusqa in the Quechua language, which is derived from the silhouette of a woman lying on top of the Andes with her face up towards the sky.

Is anyone died at the dead woman pass?

Although Dead Woman’s Pass may sound intimidating, the trail is actually quite safe and the path is spacious enough for hikers. While there are rumors that the name originated from the death of a female tourist, these claims are false. While there have been instances of fatalities on the Inca Trail in the past, most of these incidents did not occur at Dead Woman’s Pass and were caused by unusual circumstances.

getting to dead woman pass

Where is the best place to observe the Formation of Dead Woman?

The Runkurakay ruins offer an excellent vantage point to view the distinctive formation known as Dead Woman’s Pass. Your tour guide can direct you to the ideal location to observe this natural wonder with clarity.

What makes Dead Woman’s Pass so famous?

Dead Woman’s Pass is renowned for its high altitude, as it stands at an impressive elevation of 4,215 meters (13,828 feet). As the highest point of the 4-day Inca Trail hike, you will reach this summit on the second day of your journey.

the view from the dead woman pass

Hiking Time to Dead Woman’s Pass

The second day of the Inca Trail trek involves a 4 to 5-hour hike from the Wayllabamba campsite to Dead Woman’s Pass. During this trek, you will ascend roughly 1200 meters (3937 feet) in elevation from the base to the summit of the pass.

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Is the hike to Dead Woman difficult?

It is certainly a challenge to hike at such high altitudes, particularly during the final 100 meters of the ascent to Dead Woman’s Pass where the steps become steeper. Throughout the day, you will traverse highland grass and rocky terrain while being exposed to the elements, including potential rainfall, fog, wind, and even snow. However, the effort is ultimately rewarding as reaching the summit brings an immense sense of satisfaction. At the pass, you will be treated to breathtaking views of the Peruvian Andes, which will invigorate and inspire you as you continue your journey towards Machu Picchu.

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