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9 Days Nature tour itinerary for mexico: Summit Mexico's Highest Volcanoes

Mexico City, Orizaba, Pico de Orizaba, Amecameca, Iztaccíhuatl

Mountaineering Tour
Nature Tour
Volcano Tour
Summit Mexico

Climbing Iztaccihuatl

Mexico City-Mexico

Just hours away from Mexico city, climb the country's high volcanoes - El Pico de Orizaba and Iztaccihuatl- the highest mountains in Mexico. An opportunity to climb altitudes above 17000ft on a short itinerary and much lower budget than the Andes or the Himalayas.

DAY 01

Arrival in Mexico City

  • Fly to Mexico city and arrive in the afternoon.

  • If time permits, go sightseeing in Mexico city.

  • Have dinner and overnight in Mexico city (7300 ft).

DAY 02


  • Have brunch in Mexico city.

  • Travel to the small town of Amecameca (8070 ft).

  • Spend the afternoon in this colourful town getting permits and buying last minute supplies.

  • After an early dinner, travel to Altzomoni’s hut (13000 ft) at the base of Iztaccihuatl.

DAY 03

Day Hike/acclimatization

  • Day hike to the third “Portillo” (14700ft) or 'Grupo de los cien' hut (15042ft).

  • This hike is a maximum of 5 miles long with 2000 vertical feet gain.

  • Return to La Joya to spend the night.

DAY 04

Rest Day

  • Rest or acclimatization day at Altzomoni (13000ft)

DAY 05

Climb Iztaccihuatl (17126ft)

  • The normal route takes you up a beautiful ridge with spectacular views. Our ascent includes some scrambling (class 3 terrain) up the rock and crossing glaciated terrain (with little or no crevasse fall danger). Crampons and Ice axe may be needed depending on snow conditions. The largest glacier on Izta highlights the summit.

  • This is the top of the 7th highest point in North America. The views from this route are outstanding with Popo to the south, Orizaba and La Malinche to the East and Nevado de Toluca to the west.

  • The climb requires 4400ft of elevation gain and though the mileage is not long (less than 8 miles), it is challenging due to the altitude (the last mile above 16,500ft).

  • Return to Amecameca to enjoy a hot dinner at a restaurant and spend the night at a hotel in the forest (with hot showers and comfortable beds).

DAY 06


  • Drive to Canchola’s 'Base Camp' in Tlachichuca.

  • The Canchola family has been providing 4x4 transportation on Orizaba, lodging and food to thousands of mountaineers from around the world, for many years. Enjoy one of their authentic home-cooked Mexican meals.

  • Load the gear into 4x4's for the drive up to Orizaba's hut, Piedra Grande (13943ft), where we prepare for our early morning departure to the summit.

DAY 07

Climb Orizaba (18405ft)

  • Our route takes us up the Labyrinth - a series of rock gullies recently exposed due to the retreating glacier. A bit of steep snow or rock scrambling gets us pass the Labyrinth and onto the Jamapa glacier, from where we rope up. The glacier steepens gradually from 20º to 45º at around 18000ft.

  • After a climb of 2000 vertical feet on the glacier, we reach the impressive crater rim and then the summit of Mexico's highest peak (North America's third highest). Enjoy the spectacular views.

  • Descend to Tlachichuca where you can enjoy hot dinner, shower, and bed.

DAY 08

Summit/Return to Mexico City

  • A possible extra day for a summit bid, in case of bad weather or if we need an extra day to acclimatize.

  • Drive back to Mexico city and celebrate our success at a renowned Mexican restaurant.

  • If participants desire live Mariachi music and the best Tequila at the most famous and traditional cantina in all of Mexico, it can also arranged at the Tenampa in Garibaldi Square.

  • Overnight at 4-star hotel in Mexico city.

DAY 09


  • Late in the afternoon, fly bach home.

  • 2500 USD Per Adult
  • All transportation while in Mexico.

  • Luxury hotel in Mexico city and other lodgings.

  • Group climbing gear.

  • All meals while on the mountain.

  • All hut fees, park fees, and permits.

  • Round trip airfare to Mexico.

  • Excess baggage charges (if any) and airport tax.

  • Meals in Mexico city or Amecameca.

  • Personal gear (see gear list).

  • Charges incurred as a result of delays or changes in the itinerary beyond the control of Alpine Expeditions (or Ricardo Peña).

  • Tips for your guides.

  • El Pico de Orizaba and Iztaccihuatl are big mountains that require alpine skills such as scrambling and knowing how to use an ice axe and crampons.

  • This is probably the best first expedition for mountaineers with experience on peaks below 15000 ft, who are interested in High Altitude climbing. It's also an excellent expedition for experienced high altitude mountaineers who want an affordable, fun, challenging and interesting expedition.

  • The climbing is great, the weather during the dry season (mid-October through the end of March) is warm, sunny and perfect for mountaineering.

  • This trip is culturally fascinating too with the best Mexican food in Mexico City.  

  • Because this expedition is personally led by Ricardo Peña who is from Mexico city and knows the area very well, and because we have done more than 35 expeditions to these volcanoes, we offer you the safest trip in the business.

Mexico City, Orizaba, Pico de Orizaba, Amecameca, Iztaccíhuatl

Mountaineering Tour
Nature Tour
Volcano Tour

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Ricardo Pena

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