The Pastoruri Glacier is one of the last standing glaciers in a tropical region of South America.
Unfortunately, it is retreating at such a pace that it technically cannot be defined as a glacier anymore as it is no longer building up ice during the winter. You can reach Pastoruri by means of Huaraz, the town perfect for trekking in the Andes. Visiting Pastoruri Glacier is one of the most popular day trips from Huaraz, and for a good reason. The trek is a thing of pure beauty. From the striking white snow-capped mountains reflected on the lake, to the lush landscapes you traverse to reach the glacier. It is a trek you need to put on your bucket list (and soon!). We will walk you through what you need to bring with you, the difficulty of the hike, and what you can see along the way!
Coming prepared is a vital part of thoroughly enjoying a trek. Bring a comfortable daypack for
the tour, and be sure to carry a decent amount of water and some snacks with you. Sunscreen is a necessity even on cloudy days as altitude amplifies the sun’s effects on our skin. A windproof and waterproof jacket will help keep you warm in the possible elements. Layers are always a great idea as it could snow, or it could be sunny. Wearing layers allows you to adjust your wardrobe according to the weather on the day of your visit. Depending on the season, gloves and a beanie might be a smart thing to throw in your bag as well.
The trek itself is not too arduous of one, although the altitude might be considered the most challenging aspect of it. The glacier lies 5,000 meters above sea level, so coming already acclimatized is ideal. It takes about an hour to walk the kilometer to the glacier from the trailhead. The incline is only about 150 meters, but at 5,000 meters, it can be strenuous for those not used to such high elevations. If you do find yourself struggling, there is an option to ride a horse halfway up and walk the remainder.
Along the journey, you see incredible flora and fauna and views that will leave you breathless (or
wait, is that the altitude?). Witness the impressive Puya Raimondi plant, belonging to the Bromeliaceae family. This plant, which can reach up to 15 meters high, is nicknamed the queen of the Andes and can only be found in the High Andes of Peru or Bolivia. Pass by Patococha Lake and admire the various birds that call this lake home.
The Pastoruri Glacier is an incredible sight to see. Unfortunately, experts estimate that this
glacier will only be around for another ten years or so. You won’t want to wait to book your trip. Reachout to our team today, and get planning to see Pastoruri Glacier before it is gone for good.