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Hiking in Pastoruri Glacier

Discover the natural beauty and diverse terrains en route to one of the last tropical glaciers in South America!

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! Compare and book a certified guide for your trip on Explore-Share.com: 1500+ guides, 70+ countries and more than 8000 different programs to choose from. Take a pick from our selection of Hiking trips to Pastoruri Glacier. The mountains are calling!

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There are many reasons for choosing Hiking in Pastoruri Glacier

Peru’s Pastoruri Glacier sits in a stunning part of the Cordillera Blanca and Huascaran National Park. The glacier rises from a small mountain lake and is surrounded by several snow-capped peaks. Making the ascent up to the base – and even onto – the glacier is a great way to enjoy this unique and beautiful scenery.


Good to know:

Country Code:



Sol (PEN)

Best time to hike:

April to October


Spanish, Aymara, Quechua and various other indigenous languages

What’s the weather like?

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

How to get there:

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

More info about Hiking in Pastoruri Glacier:

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


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