Pastoruri Glacier & Puyas Raymondi

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Pastoruri Glacier & Puyas Raymondi

ACTIVITY: Tours   DIFFICULTY: Medium/Hard   DURATION: 1D    ELEVATION: 5 000 m

Trip Over View


♦ Adventure day tour which offers a great opportunity for a close up view and contact of the glacier.
♦ This adventure trip is combined with a visit to giant  Puya de Raimondi plant.

To visit Pastoruri Glacier and Puya Raymondi is an full adventure day tour which offers a great opportunity for a close up view and contact of the Pastoruri  glacier, located  at 17,192 ft / 5240 m in altitude, you need to be well acclimatized before going (we recommend to spend at least a day in Huaraz first). For many visitors, the contact with this glacier is a unique experience. Because it is one of the easiest snowcapped peaks to reach, it is a very well-known destination of the region located 50 miles / 80 km South of Huaraz.
Inkaland Treks offer this day trip as acclimatization day or just to relax after completed an adventure trekking program but looking forward of a close up view and contact of the glacier experience and enjoy taking photos of the giant plan Puya Raimondi. This adventure trip is combined with a visit to the valley of Carpa area to the south of Huaraz, where the Puya de Raimondi plant grows. These strange plants, looking more like mutated cacti, are actually the largest member of the bromeliad family (relative of the pineapple). This species can be found in only a few isolated areas of the Andes.
The low bushy base of the Puya Raimondi forms a large rosette of spiky, long leaves, about 1½m across. The plant flowers just once in its life which can be up to 100 years. This usually takes place in the month of May, when a huge central stem is pushed up to 12 meters into the sky, covered in many thousands of blooming flowers. The plant dies shortly after it blooms. If you are lucky enough to witness this event, it’s an unbelievable sight set against a spectacular snowy mountain back-drop.

Itinerary Description

After breakfast at your hotel we start early driving South from Huaraz drive straight to Pastoruri Glacier to the parking area, where we start ascending for a close up view of the Pastoruri Glacier.The hike up to the glacier takes about 1 hour, although horses and mules are usually available to help the weary, horses and mules take us to the half way then we hike up on the right side for a close up view and touch the glacier,spend time taking panorama pictures of the glacier, have break enjoying the magnificent landscape surrounded and eating our taste box lunch.Then return down to the parking point drive back to the Carpa sector stop there for the pictures of the Puya Raymondi giant plant. Finilly drive back to Huaraz Hotel. Full day adventure journey 7-8 hours.
Previously it was permitted for foreigners and Peruvian citizens bring their skis, snowboards and walk on the glacier. This is no longer the case because about fours years ago it was restricted by the Huascaran National Park in order to preserve the glacier.

Why Inkaland Treks?

Day by day Itinerary

Day 1: Huaraz / Canrey Chico / Sacracancha

We leave from Huaraz heading toward Chico Village at 10,991 ft / 3350m from where we start by an easy trekking pace following an ancient pre-Inca trail up the wide Uquian Valley gently gaining altitude. During this trek, you will have great views of the snowcapped peaks of Shaqsha and Cashan. We’ll set-up our first camp in Sacracancha at 13,517 ft / 4,120m.
Meals Included: Snack, Lunch, Tea Time & Dinner

Day 2: Sacracancha / Yanashallash Pass /Jato

We start the day going up to Yanashallash Pass 15,420 ft / 4700 m). On our trek to the pass we are treated with close views of the glacier coming from Uruashraju and some small lakes on the valley floor below.  Next we descend to our camp site following a switch back trail to reach our camp site is in Jato which is situated in the Shoncopampa Valley at 12,631 ft / 3850 m.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Tea Time & Dinner

Day 3: Jato / Castilla

We continue our trek along the wild mountain valley with stunning views of magnificent glaciers such as: Uruashraju and Rurec, and where the massive snow covered peak of Huantsan comes into view dominating the skyline. We spend the night in Castilla Camp Site at 14,272 ft / 4350 m. During today’s trek, we are passing by small farms.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Tea Time & Dinner

Day 4: Castilla / Santa Rosa Pass / Hitacok

An early walk to the beautiful Santa Rosa Pass at 15,847 ft / 4830 m is really rewarding and soul searching. You will find yourself amidst the tranquil and peaceful nature forgetting the world outside. You will enjoy fabulous views of Uruashraju, Rurec, San Juan and Cayesh Peaks. You’ll then start descending easily through a beautiful valley surrounded by granite Rock Mountains. Our camp site is called Hitacok which is situated in the Rima Rima Valley.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Tea Time & Dinner 

Day 5: Hitacok / Mesapata view / Warmirumi

We leave our camp site ascending by an undefined path to Mesapata which is a beautiful viewpoint at 15,158 ft / 4620 m. The site has one of the most fabulous vistas of river forest and colorful lakes situated at the base of Huantsan, Tumarinaraju, San Juan and Maparaju Mountains. From here we descend into the Carhuascancha Valley where we find our camp site is located at 12,992 ft / 3960m.  Warmirumi  Carhuascancha Valley must be the most beautiful valley in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range, because it possesses a beautiful  forest, very rich in different kinds of local trees, wildflowers (including orchids), bushes, mushrooms, moss and lichens.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Tea Time & Dinner 

Day 6: Warmirumi /Puente Dos amores /Huaraz

We start this day going down easily through the beautiful Carhuascancha Valley which driver us to Puente Dos amores, where our bus will be waiting for us to go back to Huaraz. On the way we visit the Chavin archeological complex, this temple, the largest pre-Inca site that has been restored with its impressive carved stonework and anthropomorphic figures and its labyrinth of underground passages. It is the oldest known pre-Columbian culture (600 – 400 BC) discovered and known as Chavin the Huantar.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Snack

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