Wet Season trekking policy

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Booking a Wet Season Trek with Apus Peru


Risks of Hiking During the Wet Season

Despite the many advantages that trekking during wet season can bring, it’s important to be clear about the risks involved before making a decision.

Each route is affected by the weather in different ways, but generally the risks include:

  • decreased visibility due to fog;
  • frequent rain causing discomfort on the hike;
  • trails that are muddy and slippery;
  • swollen rivers or streams that are too difficult or dangerous to cross;
  • landslides on canyon treks, such as Choquequirao;
  • snow at higher altitudes, such as on Salkantay or Ausangate.

Special Risks on the Huayna Picchu hike

Hiking Huayna Picchu is a bucket list item for many people who visit Machu Picchu, and is definitely an incredible experience. Technically speaking, Huayna Picchu is open all year round, and tickets are available throughout the rainy season. However, we strongly advise against hiking Huayna Picchu during the wet season.

The trail up to the top is steep, narrow and slippery, even in dry conditions, with steep drop-offs on either side (it is not for the faint of heart!) These conditions are amplified during periods rain making the climb quite dangerous. If you choose to add Huayna Picchu to your visit during the rainy season, it is at your own risk.

Instead, we recommend choosing the Machu Picchu Mountain hike during the wet season. Although a longer hike, the trail is much less dangerous, without the steep drop-offs. Also, the views from the top are even more spectacular than Huayna Picchu, in our humble opinion!

Read more about Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain in our blog.

Booking a Trek During Wet Season

Our Wet Season Trekking Policy operates from November through the beginning of April.

By booking a wet season trek, you confirm that you and everyone in your group have fully read and understood the implications of wet season trekking, including the discomfort and risks that come with rain, mud, fog, snow and other wet climate conditions.

Cancelling or Changing Your Trek Due to Bad Weather or Dangerous Conditions

As the weather is unpredictable, we reserve the right to cancel your trek with little notice or make last-minute route changes if we receive news that weather conditions make completing the trek inadvisable. However, be advised that any such situations could occur even after you depart. Your guide will make decisions about how best to proceed in the event conditions make continuing your trek risky.

If we are forced to cancel your trek at any time due to inclement weather, your booking deposit remains non-refundable. However, we will transfer the value of your deposit, at no additional cost to you, to another, less risky trek such as the Lares Trek or the Inca Trail if permits are available.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

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