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Nevado Mateo: Full-Day Climbing Adventure

Climb up the 5150-meter high Nevado Mateo in a day! This day trip can be used as a training tour before attempting bigger and higher peaks.

USD $275.00

Per Person

Reach the Top of Nevado Mateo in 1 Day!

The Contrahierbas Massif is one of the less well-known mountain groups in the Cordillera Blanca and is located in the spectacular Ulta Valley surrounded by many of the biggest peaks like Huascaran, Chopicalqui and Chacraraju. In the southwest ridge, the first peak is the 5150-meter high Nevado Mateo, which is often used as a training tour before bigger peaks and can be made as a day tour from Huaraz.

Nevado Mateo is a very attractive mountain and a great option for acclimatized trekkers who want to try a first attempt of a 5000m peak. Also suitable for experienced mountaineers, in preparation for higher peaks. This is one of the only mountains that can be climbed from Huaraz in just one day. At the summit with its 5150m you will be rewarded with great views of the Cordillera Blanca.


  • Ideal acclimatization tour before higher peaks
  • First summit attempt for beginners
  • Sunrise with unforgettable views
  • Climb to Nevado Mateo 5150 meters above sea level

Tour Information

Duration: Full day
Start/End location: Huaraz, Peru
Availability: Year-round (Recommended to go between April to October)
Miscellaneous: Good physical condition, team spirit and willingness to leave your comfort zone. You should only consider these climbs if you are strong, with high fitness levels and able to carry a medium weight backpack on steep terrain over rocky, loose and uneven ground. In preparation for this trip, we recommend extensive walks and conditioning.


Huaraz – Mateo – Huaraz
We pick you up early from your hotel at 03:00am and drive around 2.5 hours through the towns of Carhuaz and Shilla. We follow the road into the Ulta Valley where we drive up a steep zig zag to reach the impressive Punta Olimpica Tunnel at 4740m. The climb starts from the left side of the tunnel climbing up a rocky trail and over moraine rock, sometimes steeply, for around two hours until we reach the Mateo glacier where we put on our climbing gear and rope up. To get onto the glacier we have to initially climb up a 40m steep ice wall and the guide will fix a rope if necessary and help you with this. The rest of the route is a steady climb on mostly nice snow slopes up 40 to 50 degrees, mixed with some steep short sections of hard ice which the guide will help you with. It is around 2 hours climbing from the start of the glacier to the summit. On the broad summit you are rewarded with spectacular views of all the surrounding mountains and good photo opportunities. We descend back the same way and drive to Huaraz.

What’s Included

  • Transports according to itinerary
  • Qualified and experienced guide (Spanish/English)
  • Box-Lunch
  • First aid kit and oxygen
  • Group equipment
  • Entrance fees to Huascaran National Park

What’s Not Included

  • Breakfast, dinner
  • Bottled water, alcoholic drinks
  • Personal equipment
  • Medical care and insurance
  • Emergency rescue or evacuation
  • Additional expenses as a result of leaving the climb early
  • Travel insurance
  • Hotel
  • Flights
  • Tips (optional)

What to Bring

  • Backpack
  • Head torch (with spare batteries)
  • Well-worn in mountain boots
  • Down jacket
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Fleece or warm pullover
  • Comfortable clothes (quick dry, merino)
  • Trekking trousers
  • Warm socks
  • Cap, gloves
  • Sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen (min factor 40)
  • Hiking poles
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers (Gore-Tex)
  • Very warm and waterproof gloves (Gore-Tex)
  • Mountain goggles
  • Crampons
  • 2 ice axes
  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Carabiners
  • Water bottle
  • Extra Snacks (your favorite chocolate)
  • Extra money

Important Notes

You have to be fit, healthy and well acclimated to climb Mateo. You do not have to be an athlete, but have a good level of fitness. As an indicator, you should be able to hike up to 8 hours with a considerably heavy backpack.

During the expedition we pay attention to a healthy and high-calorie diet. For lunch, a box lunch is served. We can prepare vegetarian dishes on request.

We use minivans or comfortable 4×4 off-road vehicles, depending on the group size.

You need to carry your own personal gear and box-lunch.


Huaraz, Perú

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Huaraz, Perú -9.529850, -77.529000

What Happens After I Book?

After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.

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