Classic tours Nevado Mateo (5150 m) in the Cordillera Blanca

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It is not enough to be the highest tropical mountain chain in the world, to have beautiful glaciers like Huascarán or incredible snow-capped peaks like Alpamayo; nor is it enough to be revered by climbers from all over the planet, who seek to conquer its peak at any cost, since it is as irresistible as it is imposing.

She wants more. She wants the Black Mountain Range, the rock giant that is located in front of her. The dream of this bride is eternal and unattainable, because she has always separated them from the Callejón de Huaylas. But the Cordillera Blanca is and will continue to be the most beautiful of all. The most desired by its inhabitants and visitors.

The Cordillera Blanca is located in the northern Peruvian Andes, exactly in the Ancash region. This mountain range, with an approximate size of 200 km², is considered the longest continental mountain range (it crosses up to seven South American countries) on the planet.

Highlights

  • Easy to moderate day hikes, 14 days
  • Accommodation in hotels and inns
  • Lima – Metropolis with a colonial past
  • Relaxed start on the Pacific beach
  • Huaraz – the Chamonix of the Andes
  • View of Peru’s most beautiful and highest mountains in the Huascaran National Park
  • Dreamlike lagoons and spectacular glaciers
  • The original east side of the Cordillera Blanca
  • Ancient craftsmanship and simple village life in Chacas
  • Summit possibility:
    – Mateo, 5150 m

Travel Program

If you have booked your flight and transfer through the Peru Expeditions Tours, an employee of our local partner will be waiting for you at Lima Airport for the transfer to the centrally located hotel. Otherwise please take a taxi. Depending on the arrival time, there will be time to explore on your own.

Accommodation: Hotel Antigua Miraflores or similar.

Overnight height: 10 m

In the morning we explore the capital of Peru. We start at the Plaza de Armas and stroll to the bishop’s palace with its famous wooden balconies, visit the cathedral and come across evidence of Peru’s colonial past at every turn. We then leave the capital on the Panamericana, always along the coast, heading north. In the evening we reach Las Aldas (340 km/ 5 h), where we spend the night directly by the sea in a simple ecolodge. In the evening we enjoy the sound of the sea and the sunset over the sea.

Accommodation: Hotel Las Aldas or similar.

Overnight height: 5 m
Meals: B/L/D

A long and intense day. Before breakfast, you can explore the archaeological site of Las Aldas with its 16th century B.C. Visit ruins dating back to BC.
After breakfast we drive to Chanquillo and marvel at the pre-Columbian complex near the town of Casma in the Peruvian desert. Archaeologists and scientists assume that the 13 towers found here, which are up to 6 meters high, were used to observe the positions of the sun, such as winter and summer solstices, or to identify favorable times for sowing seeds. As we continue to Huaraz, we leave the Pacific coast and enter the mountains of the Cordillera Negra. The highest point of the day is the Callan Pass at 4225 m. Here we lace up our hiking boots and start acclimatization. We walk down to today’s destination, Huaraz (3100m), with always beautiful views of the entire Cordillera Blanca.

Hm ↓ ca. 1100 Gz ca. 3 h
Accommodation: Hotel El Patio de Monterrey or similar

Overnight altitude: 3100 m
Meals: B/-/D


After breakfast we drive about 20 minutes to the Santa Rosa Bridge where our hike begins. The destination of today’s stage is the Lagoon of Wilcacocha. The height adjustment happens by the way. After a leisurely 3-hour hike we reach the Wilcacocha viewpoint (3745 m). Here we can again enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the Cordillera Blanca. After a lunch break (packed lunch included) we make our way back to Huaraz.

Hm ↑↓ approx. 650 Gz approx. 6 h
Accommodation: Hotel El Patio de Monterrey or similar.

Overnight altitude: 3100 m
Meals: B/L/-

The day begins with a short transfer to the southeast of Huaraz. Today’s hike starts right at the entrance of Huascaran National Park. From here we walk on almost continuously flat hiking trails and after about 3 hours we reach the Laguna Rajucolta, which lies directly at the foot of the third largest mountain in the Cordillera Blanca, the Huantzan (6395 m). Today we have a unique view of the mighty glacier flanks during our lunch break (packed lunch included). In the afternoon we walk back to the park entrance the same way and then drive to Huaraz to our hotel.

Hm ↑↓ approx. 400 Gz approx. 6 h
Accommodation: Hotel El Patio de Monterrey or similar.

Overnight altitude: 3100 m
Meals: B/L/-

Today we head north to the Callejón de Huaylas valley. Here lies the city of Yungay, which was almost completely destroyed in a severe earthquake. The catastrophe happened in May 1970. Due to a severe landslide, the entire city and most of the 19,000 inhabitants were completely buried under mud and rubble. It is hard to imagine what tremendous earth movements must have led to the demolition of part of the west flank of the Huascaran massif. In the afternoon we continue to Caraz, the last town in the Huaylas Valley, and move into our lodge for the next two nights.

Accommodation: Hospedaje Apu Eco Lodge or similar.

Overnight altitude: 2256 m
Meals: B/-/D

Starting over meadows, past streams, smaller and larger waterfalls, the path becomes steeper. But the effort was worth it and is forgotten when we reach the spectacular lagoon, 4600 m. Ice-blue, crystal-clear water in front of the rock and ice flanks of Nevado Pisco and Chacraraju. Back in the valley, the bus takes us back to the lodge in Caraz.

Hm ↑↓ approx. 750 Gz approx. 4-5 h
Accommodation: Hospedaje Apu Eco Lodge or similar.

Overnight altitude: 2256 m
Meals: B/L/D

The last day in Huascaran National Park. Today we have plenty of time to marvel at the beauty of nature in this beautiful piece of earth. The Maria Josefa Trail takes us on comfortable and easy paths and through a varied vegetation to the beautiful Llanganuco Lake at 3800 m altitude. The spectacular turquoise lake surrounded by majestic glacial mountains is a once in a lifetime experience. After returning to our bus, we continue our journey over the Llanganuco Pass, 4750 m, to Yanama, where we will have our accommodation for the next 2 nights, 3375 m.

Hm ↑↓ approx. 200 Gz approx. 2 h
Accommodation: Andean Lodge Yanama or similar

Overnight altitude: 3375 m
Meals: B/L/D


After a short drive to Yakima (about 10 minutes) we start our trek. Today we enjoy being alone in the Peruvian mountains again. With a bit of luck we can spot vicunas or llamas on the mountain slopes. After about 3 hours we reach the bright blue lake surrounded by mountains, the Laguna Uncuycocha. As usual, we spend the lunch break in a beautiful setting. The descent takes about 2 hours and then we drive back to our accommodation in Yanama.

Hm ↑↓ approx. 500 Gz approx. 5 h
Accommodation: Andean Lodge Yanama or similar.

Overnight altitude: 3375 m
Meals: B/L/D

We drive to Chacas, a typical town of the Callejón de Conchucos. This consists of many small valley basins connected by deep gorges or wild high steppes. Small rural communities can be found in most of these basins. To the west are the snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Blanca. From here we have a different but equally impressive view of the wild mountains. Chacas is famous for its wood crafts. The products of the local masters were exported to Europe with the support of the Italian Foundation, Don Bosco. The proceeds were invested in the education of the locals and in the development of the city. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to take part in an optional tour and learn more about the history of the region. Otherwise, the afternoon and evening are at your leisure. Overnight in Chacas.

Accommodation: Hotel Plaza Chacas or similar.

Overnight altitude: 3359 m
Meals: -/L/-

Today we start at 6 a.m. The program includes Lago Allicocha and the waterfall of the same name. The slightly longer hike takes us to the turquoise lake with a beautiful view of the Copa massif and the waterfall of the same name, where the brave and less sensitive to the cold have the opportunity to cool off in the water. In the late afternoon we return to Chacas.

Hm ↑↓ approx. 1200 Gz approx. 7 h
Accommodation: Hotel Plaza Chacas or similar.

Overnight altitude: 3359 m
Meals: B/L/-


For all those who would like to climb the Mateo, 5150 m, you have to get up really early today. The group meets at 4 p.m. We reach the starting point of the ascent after about 1 hour and from there we walk on rocky paths to the glacier entrance. Depending on the conditions, you can continue from here with crampons and in a rope team. We reach the summit after a moderately demanding ascent over glaciers and snow fields after about 6 hours. After the descent drive to Huaraz.

* Climbing Mateo: (surcharge € 150, cannot be booked on site)
Minimum number of participants: 2 people


The hikers set out towards Huaraz in the late morning. We hike on the old pass road of the Olimpica Pass, where you can enjoy the grandiose view of the snow-capped peaks of Huascaran, 6768 m, Chopicalqui, 6354 m, Contrahierbas, 5956 m or Ulta, 5874 m. In the evening the group meets again in Huaraz. At dinner together we review the impressions of the last few days.
Hm ↑↓ 200 Gz 3h

Hm ↑↓ approx. 400 Gz approx. 8-10 h
Accommodation: Hotel El Patio de Monterrey or similar.

Overnight altitude: 3100 m
Meals: B/L/D
Technique: Easy Condition: Easy


During the day we drive back to Lima. Depending on your arrival, the rest of the afternoon is free. In the evening we say goodbye to our tour guide.

Accommodation: Hotel Antigua Miraflores or similar.

Overnight height: 10 m
Meals: B/L/-

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Lima Airport (if you book your flight through the Peru Expedition Tours). Arrival in USA or Europe the next day.

Meals: B/-/-

Important note:
Changes or deviations from the advertised itinerary during the trip are possible at any time due to the nature of our trips. In particular, changes in local conditions and weather-related influences mean that the specified itinerary cannot be guaranteed. In this respect, the above advertisement only represents the planned itinerary without guaranteeing the exact process in detail.

Included meals: B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner

What's Included

Services included in the prices:

  • Acclimatization Tour
  • Peruvian qualified and experienced local guide/s
  • Ascent Mateo: (surcharge: USD 150, – Minimum number of participants: 2 people)
  • English speaking certified mountain guides /participant ratio maximum 1 guide: 3pax
  • Entrance fees to the Huascaran National Park
  • All meals during the tour
  • Kitchen equipment
  • Transportation as tour schedule / Huaraz
  • Pick up at the airport in Lima to the Hotel
  • Transfer from the Hotel to the airport and bus station
  • Transport public bus or private transport
  • Hotel Kamana 2 nights in Lima or other hotel similar
  • Hotel Valery as program nights in Huaraz or other hotel

Not included:

  • International flights to Lima / Peru round trip
  • Transfer from the airport for bookings of individual flights with different times of arrival / departure
  • Exit tax at the airport in Lima
  • Travel accident and health insurance
  • Luggage insurance and trip cancellation
  • Meals in restaurants in Lima and Huaraz = Meals not included approx. USD 15 per meal
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal equipment (such as boots, ice ax, crampons, harness, sleeping bag, mat, Goretex, etc.)
  • Tips for our local team

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