Climbing Mateo

Climbing Cordillera Blanca

Grade: 1/A
Length: Day Climb
Maximum Altitude: 5150m
Season: All year round / upon request

Travel Program


Our Nevado Mateo day climb in the Cordillera Blanca, Huaraz is a challenging glacier walk. To participate on this adventure you need to have good physical condition and need to be well acclimatized to the altitude before attempting to climb this little but spectacular peak that provides fantastic mountain views of some of the biggest mountains of the range such as Huascaran, Chopicalqui, Chacraraju, Contrahiervas, Ulta, Hualcan and many others.

You are picked up at your accommodation early in the morning (03:00am) and begin the journey driving along the Callejon de Huaylas Valley until the city of Carhuaz and then up to Shilla district and then into the Huascaran National Park until we reach the Punta Olimpica Tunnel, which connects the Callejon de Huaylas Valley and Conchucos Valley. This is the longest vehicular tunnel in Peru and the highest in the world at 4740m. 2 hours drive.

From here, there is no a marked trail and it is rocky. The climb begins with a flat but short hike to the foot of the moraine wall and then a short but tricky ascent up to the moraine wall. The rest of the way is a mixture of good path with some demanding climbing over moraine rocks and loose ground until we reach the glacier where we put on our glacier gear and rope up (2 hours hike). The way to the top is not very steep or technically difficult.

Depending on the season, there can be some short steep sections or hard ice. We reach the summit in 1½ – 2 hours where there is plenty of space to walk around appreciate the amazing surrounding mountains and take photos. We come back following the same way down to the route and drive back to Huaraz.

For your safety, you will need to be fit, healthy and well acclimatized to the altitude. You do not need to be an athlete, but a good level of overall fitness is important. As an indication, you should be able to walk for up to 7 hours with a considerable heavy backpack.

What’s included

What's included

Services included in the prices:
    Lima transfers all land transport involved in the itinerary, hotel accommodation in Huaraz on a Bed and Breakfast basis. Once on trek, a full service, including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment) is included in the trek price.

  • Food while on the mountain
  • Park Fees
  • Group climbing and cooking gear
  • Scheduled restaurant meals
  • Pack animals and porters for group gear
  • Ground transportation from Lima and return and while in the mountains

Not Included:
    Travel insurance, meals other than breakfasts when staying in hotels in Lima and Huaraz, sleeping bags, personal trekking gear. Tips for trek staff, Lima Airport departure tax, miscellaneous personal expenses – beer, tips, souvenirs etc.

  • Airfare
  • Personal equipment
  • Tips.
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Unscheduled hotel nights and restaurant meals
  • Trip and medical/evacuation insurance
  • Items of a personal nature; phone calls, laundry, room service and so forth

What to Bring *Layers of warm fleece or polypro clothing
*Warm hat
*Sunhat or cap
*Day backpack (40Lt)
*Mountaineering Sunglasses (UV)
*1 pair of Goretex gloves with 1 pair woollen inside gloves
*Overmittens – wind and waterproof
*Snow Gaiters
*Rain proof jacket
*Rain proof overtrousers
*Personal First aid kit
*Head lamp

Technical Gear
*Leather climbing boots
*Walking axe
*2 locking karabiners
*Automatic crampons plus snow anti blocks


Climbing Mateo

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Price based on 2 participants

  • Duration: Day Climb
  • Season: May to August
  • Difficulty: 1/A

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