Salkantay trek in January

Things To Know

Trekking the Salkantay Trek in January can be a unique and challenging experience. Here are some key points to consider:

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January falls within the rainy season in the Cusco region of Peru. This means you can expect rain, especially in the afternoons and evenings. The trail can become muddy and slippery due to the rainfall.


The Salkantay Trek is typically less crowded in January compared to the peak tourist season (May to September). If you prefer a quieter trek with fewer hikers, January can be a good choice.

Scenic Beauty

The landscape along the Salkantay Trek is lush and green during the rainy season. The mountains and valleys come to life, and the scenery can be stunning. However, cloudy and misty conditions are common, which may occasionally obscure some of the mountain views.


The Salkantay Trek reaches high altitudes, so be prepared for altitude-related symptoms. Spend a few days acclimatizing in Cusco or the Sacred Valley before starting the trek.


Given the rainy and potentially cold conditions, make sure you have appropriate rain gear, warm clothing, and waterproof footwear. Quality rain gear is essential to stay dry during your trek.

Trail Conditions

The trail can be muddy and challenging due to rain, so be cautious and follow your guide’s instructions. Landslides and washouts are also possible, so staying informed about trail conditions is important.

Book with an authorized local agency

If you plan to hike the Salkantay trail in January, it is advisable to book with an authorized local agency. Tour agencies help ensure your safety and provide the necessary support.

Trail Closures

In rare cases, extreme weather can lead to trail closures for safety reasons. Stay informed about trail conditions and potential closures.

Overall, the Salkantay Trek in January offers a unique and lush landscape, reduced crowds, and a quieter trekking experience. However, the weather can be challenging, so proper preparation and the guidance of experienced tour operators are essential for a safe and enjoyable journey.

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