Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt
Oct, Nov, Dec
We will arrive in Mexico City in the early afternoon, with plenty of time to go over our gear and the itinerary for the expedition. This will also include a discussion of our Leave No Trace policy.
We will rest up in a hotel and prepare for our adventure.
After breakfast, we will visit the Museum of Anthropology, the national museum of Mexico. It provides an in-depth look at the vibrant history and identity of Mexico, as well as the pre-Columbian heritage associated with it.
Moving on from the museum, we will head out into the foothills and to the town of Amecameca. Nestled at the base of Volcanoes National Park, this traditional town is a perfect way to spend an authentic Puebla afternoon at a local marketplace in the warmth of its people, surrounded by the rich regional vegetation.
We will end the day in La Joya, possibly at Altzimoni Hut, where we will set up base camp for our climb of Iztaccihuatl.
We will continue acclimatizing and resting for the upcoming climb.
Our day consists of breaking down camp and moving above 4,500 meters to set up our High Camp.
Before dawn, we will start our ascent of Iztaccihuatl by traversing the Ayaloco Glacier. The conditions may warrant crampons and ice axes, and we can expect some moderate ridges, ice cliffs, and a high couloir that will set you up for the last march to the top.
Guided by the sunrise on clear days, this spectacular climb culminates in mountain panoramas and the compelling geology of the terrain. Descending back to La Joya, we move to Puebla in preparation for the second goal of our adventure.
The colonial town of Puebla possesses deep tradition and offers a genuine local experience. We will enjoy a more relaxed day strolling through the marketplace, and in the late morning we will visit Cholula and the largest pyramid in the world. Our evening will be spent going over equipment for the following days.
Driving to Tlachichuca will get our gear loaded up and ready to take to the Base Camp at Piedra Grande. This location gets us in proximity to El Pico de Orizaba.
We will take it easy on this day. An easy hike accompanied with proper hydration and nutritional fueling will set us up for success on our next climb.
With ravines, crevasses, and even a climb along the ridge of the crater, this is an exciting climb that we will start early. The technical challenges add to the sense of accomplishment once you reach the summit, where you can look to the east and see the Gulf of Mexico.
We will descend back down and return to Mexico City for one last night.
After an exciting and unforgettable trip, we will return home with a whole new story to tell.
We will meet at your hotel in Mexico City. Contact us upon booking to establish a meeting point.
We will be staying in hotels and huts for the duration of our trip.
Programs usually consist of six (6) to eight (8) climbers.
If poor conditions restrict us from summiting Izta, an alternative itinerary will feature a climb of three summits: Nevado de Toluca, La Malinche, and Orizaba.
Please purchase trip cancellation insurance within 21 days of booking this program.
The following personal gear and items are required for this program:
- Ice axe
- Climbing harness with two (2) locking carabiners
- At least four (4) additional non-locking carabiners
- 40-feet of accessory cord
- Trekking poles
- Mountaineering boots
- Three (3) pairs of hiking socks
- Short underwear
- Base-layer pants and shirts
- Mid-layer top
- Soft-shell pants and jacket
- Hard-shell pants and jacket
- Insulated lightweight jacket
- Insulated synthetic pants
- Insulated down parka
- Liner gloves
- Soft-shell gloves
- Insulated mittens
- Climbing helmet
- UV buff
- Hat for sun protection
- SPF 30+ sunscreen
- SPF 30+ lip balm
- Ski hat
- Glacier glasses
- Ski goggles
- Sleeping bag
- 55-liter climbing backpack
- Foam pad
- Inflatable sleeping pad (optional)
- Personal food
- Wide-mouth water bottles
- Travel mug, bowl, knife, and spoon
- Durable trash bags
- Urine bottle (and funnel, if necessary)
- Toiletry bag including toilet paper, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, toothbrush, floss, and toothpaste
- First aid kit and medication(s) as necessary
- Internet device (smartphones are acceptable)
- Water purification and treatment set
- Running shoes for approaches and off-mountain travel
- Travel clothing
- Duffel bag (recommended)
- Camera (recommended)
Some of these items are available for rent. Contact us with any questions you may have.
We are one of the prime guiding agencies in the US and our mountaineering school is among the most reputed in the country. We are recognized as industry leaders all across North America.
All our expeditions are carefully planned as we believe that our work prior to the start of the trip is key to helping climbers achieve their goals. We provide a wealth of important information to help participants plan more effectively and our guides are always available to answer questions.
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