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  • “Climate Change” route in Huascarán National Park
  • The world’s largest Bromeliad plants in the wild
  • A retreating glacier at high altitude

US$ 11.00 /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 (not serviced by Akilpo)
  • Note: bus sightseeing tour with a relatively short walk to the glacier

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.

A private transport will pick you up at your hostel/hotel at 9:00am from where you head south down the Callejon de Huaylas to the area of Recuay. After savouring some Coca tea (optional) 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 stop for a late lunch, around 3 or 4pm. Return to Huaraz around 5:30pm.



Prior acclimatisation is recommended.


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.

US$ 11 / person

This tour can be booked through Akilpo, but Akilpo doesn’t service this 1 day Pastoruri Glaciar tour. The trip is organised and run by other agencies working together to fill the tour groups, it is a standard service throughout Huaraz. Akilpo cannot be held responsible for the organisation and aspects of that tour.

Guaranteed daily departure.

The Program Includes:

  • Spanish speaking guide
  • Private Transport

The Program does not Include:

  • Entrance to the Huascarán National Park (S/30.00 soles)
  • Lunch, snacks & drinks
  • Personal equipments /accessories for the trip
  • Expenses of personal nature.

A private customized tour can be organised and serviced by Akilpo. Please contact us for more information.

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For the people who like to hike up close to a glacier and go more off the beaten track, we offer a day trek that is serviced by Akilpo.

The ICE FOREST day trek is a challenging trek that offers rewarding up close views of the Rurec Glacier. For more details click on Ice Forest @Akilpo

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