trekkers walking the Salkantay trek on a sunny day

Day Time Temperatures on the Salkantay Trek

The weather on the Salkantay Trek varies throughout the year from sunny and dry to wet and cold. The conditions that you will experience depend largely on the time of year that you trek the Salkantay Trail. Temperatures rise slightly during the wet season, as this is actually summer in the southern hemisphere. Days are usually bright and sunny with temperatures around the 20 °C (70 °F) mark. If rain falls then often the temperature will drop quite significantly, and combined with the wind chill factor it can actually feel quite cold.

Night Time Temperatures on the Salkantay Trek

Night time on the Salkantay Trek is actually quite cold, with temperatures often falling below freezing point. When the sun sets the temperature drops quickly, and you will need to be prepared with warm clothing. We advise that you take thick dry socks, gloves, hats and warm clothing for the the evening and for sleeping.

Rainy Season on the Salkantay Trek

The rainy season from Mid October – Mid April is less popular with trekkers, as there is more chance of rain. The dry season which runs throughout the rest of the year has a good climate for trekking with little or no rain at all. However, during the rainy season with the increased amount of rain fall you will find that the mountains are more lush and green, compared to the other months of the year. Also, during the wet months Machu Picchu is less crowed.