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Reviewed November 12, 2018 via mobile

Pastoruri glacier is absolutely stunning - With 20 metres high walls of ice . It's an easy walk of about 2 kilometres and takes about 40 minutes one way. Would recommend you don't miss this!

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 4, 2018

Nice trip but from Huaraz is it rather long car-way and short trek and short visit. We wanted to see a glacier so we don't regret our choose. Walking to the viewpoint at the altitude of 5,100 meters was little tiring but not to much...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 13, 2018

The tour here presents a different environment than the high peaks further North from Huaraz. A pity for the ridiculous breakfast stop just after departure (and not at a pleasant place). On the way back, I got off the bus and I trekked in 2...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Pierre W
Reviewed April 4, 2018

The drive to Pastoruri glacier from Huaraz on a day trip took about 3.5 hours (somewhat less on the way back) and walking to the viewpoint at the altitude of 5,100 meters is not easy. The view is nice, but we have seen similar and...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Danny_S_Is
Reviewed January 17, 2018

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 snow!

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed January 16, 2018

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 mountains surrounding you really have...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed September 19, 2017

In ten years from now, it's estimated that the glacier will disappear completely, so if you have a spare day in the Huaraz area, you can spend it visiting this glacier. It's still impressive despite its size and you can get real close to the...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed July 5, 2017

The glacier has reduced an astounding amount but hey, change the record with global glaciers; right?? The walk up is frankly not as hard as people make out, slow and steady wins the race in about 40 minnutes. TAKE aN AspiriN - i've been climbing...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank will P
Reviewed May 29, 2017

they will drive you with bus up to the parking spot on 5000m and then you have to walk to the glacier landscape for depending on your ALTITUDE fitness level 20min-1h. the landscape is amazing!

Date of experience: March 2017
2  Thank Enjoy611
Reviewed March 6, 2017

amazing. great view of course. fresh air. just a boy and his thoughts and the mountains what more could you ask for

Date of experience: March 2017
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Melisa D
Rainbow mountain altitude/acclimatization (8 Replies)
Hey everyone! I am spending my summer working in Lima and recently booked a trip to go to Cusco for the weekend, with a Rainbow Mountain trek on the Sunday. I have been to Cusco earlier this summer and experienced no altitude sickness, even on the Salkantay trek, but had been in Puno and Arequipa prior (although I didn't experience anything more than a slight headache there either). I booked the trek because I really want to see it and experience it, but after having read some more...More
July 10, 2017|
Response frompinkhippy|
The Rainbow Mountain hike is not necessarily tough in itself, but its altitude and the early start does make it harder. It is similar in profile to the Laguna 69 hike: around 700m (laguna 69 involves 800m) of altitude gain over 8km one way (16km total), but is higher; it starts at around 4,300m.a.s.l. and goes up to just over 5,000m.a.s.l. (versus high altitude of 4,650 at laguna 69). If you've done these other trips in the way you have without adverse effects, I'm not sure why you're...More
Michael G
San Jose, Costa Rica
Snow in Peru by the end of August (1 Replies)
Hello Everybody I am heading to Peru next end of August/beginning of September with 3 of my nephews (ages 18, 15 and 11 yo) and my niece (17 yo) on their first backpacking trip.They have never been to Peru and since we don't have snow back home (Costa Rica) I wanted to squeeze this activity in our itinerary. We will spent some days in Cuzco, which increases the chances, but also will have some days near Lima. I made some search on Pastoruri Glacier near Huaraz but is forbidden to get to...More
July 03, 2018|
San Francisco, California
Side Trips from Lima--Llanganuco Lake/pastorrui Glacier (7 Replies)
Ok, still fine tuning our trip. :) We decided to do some side trips from Lima before going to Cuzco/MP/Puno/Lake Titi. We read about the Pastoruri Glacier/Puya Raimondii plants & Llanganuco Lakes. Those look interesting and we would like to do both. So there is an 8 hour bus that goes from Lima to Huaraz. Has anyone taken it? If so, could someone recommend a tour to go to the above mentioned places? We won't be hiking. We would jsut be photographing so day trips to both places...More
October 23, 2012|
Response frommlgb E|
I did this in May. A few things, this is a trip that really needs to be done indry season (May to Mid September). The bus to Huaraz is on a paved, but winding road. Best done in daytime. It is very scenic. If done at night you probably won't get much sleep. You may also fly Lima Huaraz. If you go to Pastoruri, you need to be aclimated. The glacier is at 5000 meters now. So I would do it after going to Cusco. The typical pool tours run from Huaraz (all day for 40 soles). They are...More