Peak season on the Salkantay Trek
If you'd like to miss the biggest crowds, we recommend going during one of the shoulder seasons, which are between April and May and also August to early October.
April and May are a sweet spot
It's the start of the dry season so you should have clear-sky days for hiking, but the vegetation is still fresh and a vibrant green from all of the recent rains. The trail is usually a little quieter because it's not yet the Northern Hemisphere's summer holidays. This is the best time of year for clear skies over Machu Picchu, allowing you to see the ruins without them being fully or partially covered in mist. This is also a good time of year for visiting the country's inland Amazon rainforest as well as its coastal desert, so you can hope for good weather anywhere you travel in Peru!
Bad weather can wash out sections of the trail. Snow can make the Salkantay Pass impassable.
The whole point of the Salkantay Trek is enjoying the incredible mountain scenery. So we advise going in the peak season to enjoy as many clear skies as possible.
No permit is required