• Altitude: 4604 meters above sea level
  • Best season: All year
  • Place of departure and return: Huaraz

Pastoruri Glacier Excursion

Also known as the Climate Change Route, Embark on an unforgettable adventure to the majestic Pastoruri Glacier, a mesmerizing natural wonder located in the middle of the impressive Cordillera Blanca in Peru. This exciting day trip from Huaraz will transport you to stunning views, turquoise lakes, and the imposing presence of a retreating glacier.


  • 9:00 am: Departure from Huaraz in a comfortable van, crossing the picturesque Callejón de Huaylas, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • 10:00 am: Arrival in the charming city of Recuay, adorned with colonial architecture and nestled in picturesque landscapes.
  • 11:00 am: Continue to Ticapampa, a picturesque city known for its traditional crafts and its proximity to the Pastoruri glacier.
  • 11:30 am: Stop briefly in the town of Catac, an ancient settlement with a rich history and stunning views of the mountains.
  • 12:00 pm: Ascent to the Pastoruri glacier, reaching an altitude of approximately 5,200 meters above sea level.
  • 12:30 pm: Marvel at the fascinating ice formations of the Pastoruri Glacier, a testament to the region's glacial history.
  • 1:00 pm: Capture stunning photographs of the glacier's unique ice sculptures and crystalline formations.
  • 1:30 pm: Visit the Puya Raimondi, a majestic Andean sunflower flower that can grow up to 15 meters high.
  • 2:00 pm: Explore Patococha Lagoon, a tranquil turquoise lake nestled between the imposing peaks of the Cordillera Blanca.
  • 4:00 pm: Enjoy a traditional Peruvian lunch at a local restaurant, savoring the flavors of the Andes.
  • 4:30 pm: Departure from the Pastoruri glacier and beginning of the return trip to Huaraz.
  • 5:30 pm: Return to Huaraz, concluding an unforgettable day full of natural wonders and cultural insights.

What to expect:

  • Panoramic views of the Cordillera Blanca
  • Encounter with the iconic Puya Raimondi sunflower flower
  • Exploring the turquoise lake Laguna Patococha
  • Close observation of the Pastoruri glacier
  • Multiple photo opportunities to capture the beauty of the Andes
  • Traditional Peruvian lunch at a local restaurant
  • Comfortable transportation in a modern van
  • Expert guide with extensive knowledge of the region

Additional Tips:

  • Dress in warm layers and waterproof clothing appropriate for high altitudes.
  • Wear sturdy hiking shoes for glacier trekking.
  • Bring sun protection, such as sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
  • Carry a backpack with essential items such as water, snacks, and a first aid kit.
  • Acclimatize to high altitude before attempting strenuous activities.
  • Listen to your guide's instructions and respect the local environment.

Take the opportunity to witness the majesty of the Pastoruri Glacier and immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Cordillera Blanca on this unforgettable day trip from Huaraz.


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