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.
Nevado Mateo 5150m Mountain Climbing
|Length:||A Day Climb|
|Price:||From USD80 per person.|
|Season:||May to October|
|Pickup and Drop-off:||We will collect and return you to any hotel located within Huaraz City.|
|What to Bring:||We will provide a full gear list with information.|
Lets Go! Vamos!
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.
To get the most out of your climbing experience with us, 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.
Rodolfo’s guiding service was truly great with the first rule being that of safety which is what it should be.
I had an amazing trip! A once in a lifetime experience, and memories I will cherish forever … the entire experience from booking to climbing was exceptional, I couldn’t expect higher standards.
This trip was the second half of our honeymoon, and it was a phenomenal experience. Since we were coming from the USA, Rodolfo’s help in booking our bus tickets to and from Huaraz as well as hotel accommodation were extremely helpful and made organizing this portion of our trip very easy and simple. We have been on guided mountaineering trips in the USA, and the guide on this trip was even more knowledgeable and safe. He tailored the instruction to our abilities and what we wanted to learn. As a teacher, he was very patient and allowed us to figure some things out on our own as he watched and waited to comment. He was efficient in leading during the summit day, and adapted to the snow conditions and weather so as to minimize risk as much as possible. He was also very neat and tidy with his rope work, and anchor building which made me feel more trusting of relying on the anchors he built. Overall, I could not imagine a better guide for the area, and if I get a chance to climb in the Cordillera Blanca again, I would not think twice of choosing Rodolfo as my guide.