Pastoruri glacier & Giant Puya Raimondi

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  • Tours Pastoruri glacier huaraz

ACTIVITY: Hiking  DIFFICULTY: Medium/Hard  ELEVATION: 5 000 m  DURATION: 1 day


  • 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..


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

An experienced English speaking local Guide
Private Transportation (Up to 3 Pax we use 4×4 truck) or Van for large groups
Entrance fee to the National Park
First Aid Kid
Box Lunch
Tips for guide or other staff
Travel insurance
Accommodation in town
Miscellaneous expenses – drinks and souvenirs, etc.


All breakfasts are included in most hotels in Huaraz. 

As part of our service, we provide you with tasty nutritional lunches, snacks and modern, comfortable personal transport to and from our day hikes.

Our service include  from box lunch for midday during day trips.You will pay directly extra meal expenses during your stay in Huaraz From traditional Peruvian dishes, through to budget bites and fine cuisine you should allow approximately US$10 – 15 per meal.

We cater all fresh meals .We are pleased to cater to our vegetarian clients or special diets on request. It is your personal trek so it is your personal meal choice.


On a typical Day trip we will pick you up from your hotel. All our Day tours starts and ends from your hotel. During tours you will be accompanied by our guide and private transportation with reliable and experienced drivers. For large groups up to 5 there will be a assistant guide to support the group.

Every day we will provide you snack and cooked lunch for (Paron, Pastoruri) for lake 69 and other hikes where is not possible to have the car next to us for lunch time. We will provide you delicious sandwiches. According you diet request.


We make health and hygiene our top priority. Our box lunchs are prepared with fresh vegetables accompanied by meet, trout or chicken. Fruits we provide are disinfected using a special liquid to kill the bacteria.


The checklist bellow should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

  • Hiking boots
  • Socks
  • Trekking trousers
  • Waterproof over-trousers
  • Underwear
  • Baselayer shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)
  • Casual shirts and/or T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm jacket (down)
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Lightweight thermal gloves
  • Warmer gloves or mittens
  • Daypack 30 litres
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), Diamox, painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre (x2)
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Shorts
  • Trekking poles
  • Insect repellant (DEET)
  • Camera

NOTES: Available for hire/rental through our office at Inkaland Treks.


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