When Trekking Choquequirao?
When Trekking Choquequirao? There are two major factors to weigh as you decide when to go to Trek in Peru: crowds and weather. As a general rule, the better the weather, the more people come to do Classic Choquequirao Trek. During the high tourist season from March to November, flights and hotels are fully booked and hotels and trails in can be very busy.
During autumn and winter, the nights are cold in the mountains, but the bright sun makes for pleasant day temperatures – in the high 20°C, falling to 5°C at night, between 2,500 meters and 3,500 meters. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 20°C down to -10°C. Mornings are usually clear with clouds building up during the afternoon, disappearing at night to reveal spectacular bright skies. The Christmas period is warm, but this is the holiday season in Japan and Australia and these nationalities dominate flights and hotels. January and February are still warm; but is our raining season.
The monsoon is a good time for Classic Choquequirao Trek; but there are few trekkers among those who come. A monsoon trek is possible if you are willing to put up with the rain, leeches, slippery trails and lousy mountain views. Flights operate throughout the monsoon from Lima to Cusco, so it is possible to fly in and trek above the leech line. Many of the new treks to recently opened restricted areas are good summer treks.
Peru has two distinct seasons: wet season, from mid-November to March, is warm and dirty with rain showers; is the monsoon season when the hills turn lush and green. The dry season, from April to October, is cool with clear skies, and is the most popular trekking season, the nights are cold sometimes can be foggy in the early morning, but afternoons are usually clear and pleasant.
It rarely snows below 3,000 meters. The monsoon creates a rainy season from the middle of October to the middle of March. It is hot during the monsoon and it rains almost every day, but it is a considerate rain, limiting itself mostly to the night. During this season, trekking in most of Peru is difficult and uncomfortable. Clouds usually hide the mountains and the trails are muddy and infested with leeches. It usually does not rain for more than one or two days. During dry season, there may be a one day, two days or so of rainy evenings and occasional thunderstorms blanket the hills with snow. The Peruvian Andes makes its own localized weather, which varies significantly over a distance of a few km. Most of the precipitation in the Peruvian Andes occurs during the monsoon. There is less snow on the mountains and on many of the high trails during winter.
When Trekking Choquequirao?
The best seasons for trekking are the dry and warm seasons, From March to November. During these times, the temperature is bearable and skies are usually clear, although the skies are foggier and the rain begins in December. It is possible to trek out of season, but expect rain and leeches during the summer season and severe cold and closed passes during the winter months.
During the monsoon season, the treks are virtually empty of travellers. Most rain usually comes at night; days are cloudy with less rain. Choquequirao Classic Trek is in rain shadow. The skies are still cloudy and it rains occasionally. In mornings the skies may be clearer, but the views are still nowhere as good as during the trekking season. Land slides may block the trekking route
AVERAGE WEATHER CONDITIONS ON THE CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK
|Av. Max Temp °C||20||21||21||22||21||21||21||21||22||22||23||22|
|Av. Max Temp °F||68||70||70||72||70||70||70||70||72||72||73||72|
|Av. Min Temp °C||7||7||7||4||2||1||-1||1||4||6||6||7|
|Av. Min Temp °F||45||45||45||40||36||34||30||34||40||43||43||45|
|Wet days / month||18||13||11||8||3||2||2||2||7||8||12||16|
The best months to do the Choquequirao Trek are from May to September when the conditions are fairly dry and the weather generally sunny. However the months of June, July and August can also be very cold at night so bring a good quality 4-season sleeping bag.
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