- “Climate Change” route in Huascarán National Park
- The world’s largest Bromeliad plants in the wild
- A retreating glacier at high altitude
FROM US$ 40.00 /person
- Best season: July – August
- All year: Yes
- Duration: full day including 1 – 1.5 hours walk.
- Maximum altitude: 5,000 m a.s.l.
- Tour type: Classic bus tour – Akilpo service
- Difficulty grade: Moderate
This full day tour encompasses a diverse range of subjects on the way to the Pastoruri Glacier, a glacier that’s rapidly receding due to climate change. Get face to face with the world’s largest bromeliad (plants), the Puya raimondi, visit the springs of carbonated water and the centuries old rock paintings.
Our private transport will pick you up at your hostel/hotel at 7:00am from where you head south down the Callejon de Huaylas to the area of Recuay. After savouring some Coca tea to help prepare you for the altitude, the route goes east toward the Cordillera Blanca via the Pachacoto Canyon.
Along the way you’ll have some interesting stops like Patococha (Duck Lake) with spectacular landscapes, the carbonated water (not drinkable) of Pumapampa, the Puya raimondi plants which are also the world’s largest bromeliads (pineapple family) and can reach up to 10m in height. The springs of Pumapashimin are stunning with their colours changing depending on the angle viewed from and brightness of the sun.
At the glacier parking area (4,867m), there’s a walk of 30-45min (one way) to reach the retreating Pastoruri Glacier at 5,000m altitude where you will get to see first-hand the consequences of climate change.
Departing from the glacier, there’s a brief stop to show you some of the rock paintings dating back to the early period of regional development between 200BC – 600AD.
Prior acclimatisation is recommended.
RECOMMENDATIONS & GENERAL INFORMATION
Acclimatisation & Route
Walking to the Pastoruri Glacier starts from the Pastoruri parking area at 4,867 m a.s.l. and follows a paved pathway to the glacier edge at 5,000m a.s.l. altitude. Prior acclimatisation is thus recommended
Recommendations for Best Seasons
The best time is from mid-April to late September or early October. April, May and June are the best months for lovers of flowers and green landscape. July through August are the best months for blue sky & also an excellent period for photographers (warm colours and clear blue skies are great!). From September to April you get a mixed sunny and pretty cloudy landscape.
The entire Cordillera Blanca has a semi-dry and semi-cold climate, with an average maximum temperature of 23.9° C (75.0° F) and a minimum of 1.1° C (33.98° F). The climate is very unpredictable, even in the dry season it can rain. During the days it can vary from hot to very frigid temperatures, included rain and strong winds or snow over 4800 meters above sea level. It usually starts getting cloudy more often in early September. October and November are the months when after 2-3pm you can count on afternoon showers.
The Akilpo serviced 1-day Pastoruri Glacier tour is for groups with a maximum of 10 persons.
(please consult with us about prices if your group has less than 5 people).
The Program Includes:
- Pre-trip briefing
- Professional & experienced guide
- Private Transport
- Entrance to the Huascarán National Park (S/30.00 soles)
- First Aid, emergency oxygen & Radio
The Program does not Include:
- Snacks & drinks.
- Personal equipments /accessories for the trip
- Expenses of personal nature.
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