El Pico de Orizaba (also known as Chitlalcoteptl, 18,610 ft) is the 3rd highest peak in North America. This ancient volcano, dating back millions of years, dominates the skyline and is the most attractive mountaineering climb in Mexico.
Orizaba provides interesting and varied climbing in a unique environment. This week long mountaineering trip offers a variety of experiences over a short time period of time. Mountaineering on Mexico’s volcanoes is a great first step for beginners and intermediate mountaineering clients looking for a next adventure and an introduction to a high-altitude environment. It is also the perfect opportunity for advanced climbers looking to prepare for other high-altitude mountaineering expeditions.
Climbers need to be in excellent physical condition, as climbing to almost 19,000 feet is not an easy task. Basic mountain travel skills are also necessary. Climbing Colorado’s 14ers is a great way to train and learn the necessary skills for climbing Mexico’s volcanoes and is recommended for anyone who might be questioning their skills or fitness for this expedition.
- Day 1: — Arrive and stay in Mexico City
- Day 2: — Transfer to the small village of Huamantla
- Day 3: — Acclimitazation climb of La Malinche Peak (14,640′) & transfer to Tlachichuca in p.m.
- Day 4: — Transfer via Jeep to Piedra Grande Hut on Orizaba (13,900′)
- Day 5: — Rest & Acclimate at the Piedre Grande Hut, with a day hike to high camp.
- Day 6: — Move up to stay at high camp (~16,000′) for a summit attempt the next day.
- Day 7: — Summit Day !!! and transfer to Tlachichuca in p.m.
- Day 8: — Transfer to airport in Mexico City and depart in afternoon.
*Itinerary is subject to change based on weather, guide judgement, acclimatization issues or other unforeseen circumstances.