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inca trail the last week in january..worth it or skip it?

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1. Posted by Shroom (Inactive 29 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

the last week before they close down the area for cleaning, is it worth it to trek there? i mean, the weather is going to be pissy and wet and cold. is there a lot of people that period? what do you people who have went on the inca tral think I should do? About six weeks before the I come to Cusco I'm trekking in torres del paine. Am I working it too hard?

help me out man!

2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey Shroom,

That's exactly when I did the trek - the last few days before they closed for the February maintenance. It's definitely worth doing!! Before I went I was a bit disappointed to be doing it in the wet season, but once I was on the trek it wasnt that bad.

Yeah, it RAINED!! POURED! but it was usually over as quickly as it started. It actually wasnt very cold at night. Not too bad anyway.
And the fact that it was the rainy season meant that there was lots of atmospheric mists swirling around the mountains.

The sun often came out and it was really pleasant!

Hope that helps!

3. Posted by LauraMC (Inactive 30 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I went in July and it poured on me too. The trail is definitely worth it and not difficult to do. You can do it in running shoes. I saw people that hired porters for their luggage and then trail ran the route.
The first day is moderately even terrain and you walk about 4-6 hours. The second day is completely uphill, third day is completely downhill and I think there is a slight uphill on the 4th day to make it to the sun gate.
Invest in a decent breathable rain jacket, pack cover and/or cheap plastic poncho to cover yourself and your pack. Also, its worth paying the few dollars for the cheap walking stick to save your knees from the downhill hiking.