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Pico de Orizaba Hiking

The highest point in Mexico

Pico de Orizaba, also known as Citlaltépetl, offers many safe hiking trails, some of which do not require technical mountain equipment. It is suitable for all those people who, with a basic physical condition, want to feel the sensation of being just below the highest volcano in Mexico. For the bravest there are challenging ascent routes to conquer its 5636-meter summit. Check out our selection of hiking trips in Pico de Orizaba and hire a certified local guide for you next adventure in Mexico!

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What people are saying about these trips



January, 2023

Malinche, Iztaccihuatl & Pico de Orizaba, Climb the 3 highest peaks in Mexico, 8 days

Great experience, glad I had the opportunity to do this hikes. I was only able to summit one of 3 peaks. One of them Malinche was because the cops didn't let us go up. make sure to start really early so that won't be a problem. The cops stop everyone in bad weather regardless if you have a guide or not. Iztaccihuatl I was able to summit bc the guide Carlos make sure we save our energy for the key areas. Pico de Orizaba it was not possible, because 40 mph winds and snow or hail, the guide make sure we returned safely back to the refuge. If we were able to extend the trip by one day we could have summit, no one summit that day but those that tried the following day had much better success rate. Either way always respect the mountain

Richard Asselin


May, 2022

Malinche, Iztaccihuatl & Pico de Orizaba, Climb the 3 highest peaks in Mexico, 8 days

Great trip! If you get bored sitting on a beach for days on end, this provides excitement, adventure and accomplishment.

Robert Ulph


January, 2022

Malinche, Iztaccihuatl & Pico de Orizaba, Climb the 3 highest peaks in Mexico, 8 days

The guides on Malinche and Orizaba were very good. But there was a big problem on Iztaccihuatl. I said to each of the guides that I had there that I wasn't bothered about seeing the sunrise from the top, and would it be possible to start a bit later than the usual 1am? They both agreed that it was, one saying that the reason for leaving so early was that normally they needed to take clients back to Mexico City after the climb, and in my case that wasn't necessary as I would stay at the visitor's centre. So in the end we left the visitor's centre at 4:30am. When we got to a foresummit of Iztaccihuatl at 11am, my guide said that we had left very late, and would have to turn back. So we never reached the top, to my great annoyance. In retrospect the best option would have been to have spent one night at the refuge at 4700m before going to the top, but this was never really offered as a possibility.

Jeffrey Gaughan


November, 2021

Malinche, Iztaccihuatl & Pico de Orizaba, Climb the 3 highest peaks in Mexico, 8 days

The incredible human being known as Bernardo aka Bernie will be your guide for this once in a lifetime experience and I promise you it will be one of the best decisions you ever make! Myself and 2 other friends did this 8 day hiking tour and Bernie was the perfect guide - not only did he sort out 100% of the logistics for this trip (food, lodging, extra equipment that we didn't have, driving to and from each mountain, etc) he was extremely flexible when a couple of us got food poisoning (not his fault) and had to re-arrange certain dates. He knows the area really well and obviously can climb these mountains in his sleep so he was able to help us navigate any headaches or high altitude issues and he even ran to the store for us to pick up some paracetamol and pepto bismol one day. The mountains are difficult but the itinerary that Bernie has provided means you have the best possible chance at summiting all 3 peaks. Highly recommend this tour and thank you Bernie for an excellent experience in Mexico!


There are many reasons for choosing Hiking in Pico de Orizaba

Hiking quietly among the woods, the spectacular views of the Pico de Orizaba will not stop surprising you. As you approach, its glaciers, steep slopes and icefalls of more than 100 meters high will leave you breathless.


Good to know:

Best time to visit

You can visit Pico de Orizaba all year round, but the best season is from October to the beginning of July, due to the lack of rain


Generally there is a cold climate with snowfall from 4000 meters high and permanent snow on the summit. In the low parts, it is cold with average temperatures of 20 °C in summer and temperatures below zero during the colder months

How to get there

If you come from Puebla, you must take Highway 150 and continue until the detour to Tlachichuca, then follow the road to Villa Grande, a town where the hostels are located. If you come from Orizaba then you must follow the road to La Perla, a community that is 13 km away

More info about Hiking in Pico de Orizaba:

If you want to try a summit attack, the most experienced guides recommend to climb it slowly and set up camp at 3000 meters of height, to get well acclimatized before the big goal. The southern face of the mountain is the easiest route, although it is key to be in company of a certified mountain expert

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