Moonstone trek early October - climate and clothing??

Hi Just starting to think about clothing and kit for this trip. We're keen Scottish hillwalkers and used to changeable weather. But I suspect it will be both hotter and colder in the Andes! And how wet?? Anybody know what sort of daytime walking temps we will encounter? And what sort of evening and nightime camp temperatures? Thanks. Lyndsey.


No idea why this has come up as departing in july. I selected 1st October departure!

Hi, I did the Inca Trail in Oct 2007. Be prepared for hot during the day and absolutley freezing at night at the higher camps and in Cuzco (this is a city at 3500m). We luckily did not get rained on during the trek, but it was persistently wet the morning we walked around Machu Picchu. A down jacket or vest is nice to have and a poncho or trek unbrella is useful in addition to normal waterproofs.

Hi Lyndsey,

You'll probably find that temperatures on the Moonstone Trek, being higher altitude than the Inca Trail, could quite easily reach freezing at night. I would certainly prepare yourself for cold nights by taking lots of layers - a down jacket or heavy fleece as well as good gloves and a warm hat will almost certainly be necessary for nights in camp. During the day, expect temperatures in the mid to high teens, but when sunny it can feel significantly hotter and you'll probably want to take convertible trousers or shorts. Since the trek stays above 3000m for most of the time, and doesn't drop into cloud forest, you shouldn't experience the same levels of humidity as the second half of the classic Inca Trail. As Jonathan has said, take a poncho as well as decent waterproofs - Andean rain can be sudden and heavy!


Tim (Peru trip manager)

P.S. The problem with the wrong departure date being selected should be resolved now!


great. thanks tim. will try to fit my down jacket in as well as my 4season sleeping bag - it's all getting quite bulky though! hope it fits!

[departure date now reads 6 october instead of 1st but it's closer then before!]


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