Nevado Mateo, Perú




1 day


Mateo is a mountain for people who wish to realize their dream of a first mountain, classified as an easily accessible mountain, the snowy contrahierbas Sur – called Mateo, at 5,150 meters above sea level, it is located within the Huascarán National Park, exactly in the Ulta ravine, in Carhuaz, in which you walk on the glacier until you reach the top. In order to get to this mountain, it is necessary to start very early from the city of Huaraz in order to reach its summit in the morning with sunrise and have one of the most beautiful views of Chopicalqui, Contrahierbas, Nevado Huascarán and other mountains that surrounds them.


We recommend that you do at least a 1 – 2 day hike at altitude to acclimatize before doing this tour. Not suitable for people in a state of severe obesity and with cardiovascular diseases.


  • Transport: From Huaraz to the starting point of your activity, and from the end point of your activity back to Huaraz. We use private transport, minivans and other types of cars, depending on the size of the group.
  • Guide: Qualified and experienced mountain guide who speaks Spanish and English.
  • Equipment: includes all technical and personal equipment such as: ropes, carabiners, hiking boots, ice ax, crampons, helmet, harness, first aid kit.


  • Soft drinks or alcoholic beverages, medical treatment, travel insurance, tips, additional expenses as a result of leaving the expedition early, additional expenses as a result of a rescue due to negligence for not following the guide's instructions, bottled water, snacks, entrance to the park Huascaran National.

What to Bring

  • Mountain backpack (40 liters).
  • Walking poles if you have knee problems.
  • Mountaineering boots – If you don’t have one, we provide it for you.
  • Crampons – If you don’t have one, we provide it for you.
  • Ice ax – If you don’t have one, we provide it for you.
  • Helmet – If you don’t have one, we provide it for you.
  • Harness – If you don’t have one, we provide it for you.
  • Headlamp (with spare batteries)
  • Sun protection: sunscreen (minimum factor 40), hat, good sunglasses
  • Well used in mountain boots or trekking shoes
  • Comfortable clothing: T-shirt (quick-drying or merino wool recommended), trekking pants or leggings, sweater, wool trekking socks, underwear, long thermal underwear, fleece, gloves, hat, buff.
  • Down jacket quality 650 to 850 thermal degrees
  • Waterproof jacket and pants (Gore-Tex recommended)
  • Gore-Tex gloves – If you don’t have one, we provide it for you.
  • Bottle of water 1 liter
  • Extra snacks and money

Are you missing something? We can provide the detailed program and everything you need for a great day of expeditions, check each trip for detailed information on prices and offers we have for groups and dates or contact us for a personalized trip and you will be able to fully enjoy. The personal technical equipment and expedition clothing that we can provide you at no cost will depend on whether we have an available warehouse, which is why it is important to book in advance and check what we can provide you.

Tour Amenities

Accepts Credit Cards
Smoking Allowed

Tour Plan

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.

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