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Sitting on the southern end of the Cordillera Blanca, the Pastoruri Glacier is an excellent destination for any hiking excursion. The heavily crevassed glacier is usually covered in soft snow and crossing it makes for a scenic and unique Peruvian mountain experience!
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Sprawling over 8 square kilometers (3.1 square miles) and stretching for 4 kilometers (2.5) from one end to the other, Pastoruri Glacier is one of the few glaciers left in the tropics of South America.
Technically, Pastoruri Glacier is not a glacier by definition because it does not gain any mass during the rainy season and is disappearing quickly. Some scientists believe that it will all be gone in a few decades, which means it should shoot up to the top of any hiker’s to-do list in Peru.
From the trailhead to the glacier, which sits at about 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) in elevation, the hike is about 40 minutes, making it perfect for a day trip. The hiking is not very technically challenging, but made more difficult by the altitude.
During the hiking season, average daily temperatures in the national park near the glacier range between 11 ºC and 17 ºC (52 ºF to 63 ºF). Rain during the hiking season is very uncommon.
Any trip to Pastoruri Glacier begins with a flight into Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM), in Lima. From here, Huaraz can be reached in 8 hours by bus. From Huaraz, the glacier is another 1.5 hours by direct transport.
Spanish, Aymara, Quechua and various other indigenous languages.
April to October
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