Pastoruri Glacier, Huascaran National Park

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Get acquainted with Peru's snowy peaks at Pastoruri Glacier. Don't miss the chance to get an up close experience with a glacier here, as it is the only one accessible by road in the entire world. The glacier has lost over 15% of its ice mass over the past 35 years, while the planet in that time has seen ten of its hottest years on record. Despite the chilly temperature, visitors are advised to take plenty of water along with them due to the glacier being 5,250 m (17,200 ft) above sea level. Take a look at our Huascaran National Park trip planner to schedule your visit to Pastoruri Glacier and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Definitely, if it has been left me without air, it is a good experience. The tour I cost 40so with an agency called Atusparia Tours, the 3 days that tour I took with them was a great decision, the guides at all times were super attentive and we kept informed and entertained throughout the journey. Arriving at pastoruri, I recommend to take something to eat in the camino(de preferencia alguna fruta) bus stops at a restaurant to use the sshh, buy coca or take a mate. In my case, I bought chocolates for the rise. They are 40 min a bit heavy by hampered media breath but there is also the option to rent horses, although it is true there is no much of the snow but the experience and the view you do not no man taketh it. Eye! I also recommend dressing in layers, since there are times either on the bus or when low to the puyas of Raymondi where it's not so cold.
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  • The road is well maintained for walking, all you need to watch out is the altitude sickness reaction, or just ride a horse. Don't forget to wear a waterproof jacket with you to prevent the rain or sno...  more »
  • The hike up to Pastoruri was between 1.25 and 1.5 miles in each direction, and it only took us just under 30 minutes to reach the top. The views are gorgeous all the way up to the glacier, and the mou...  more »
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  • IT WAS WORTH CLIMBING, I LOVE THIS PLACE: D. YOU HAVE TO BE VERY PREPARED FOR THE HEIGHTS AFTER ALL VERY NICE :D
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  • Nice place, shame that the effects of the environmental inauguración this destroying this beautiful place
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  • A little cansativo, but very beautiful
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  • Love that place. I got inside the glacier. Impressive.
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  • Great glacier, and great scenery on the road
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