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Climb Pico de Orizaba (Citlaltépetl) in Mexico

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Join Oscar to the top of the stunning Pico de Orizaba, one of the world's seven volcanic summits, and Mexico's highest mountain. Enjoy breathtaking views and the warmth of the locals on this unforgettable mountain climbing experience.

Private

Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt

2 Days

All year

Fit

Beginner


Highlights

  • Join an amazing mountain climbing adventure to the top of Pico de Orizaba.
  • Discover the vibrant Mexican culture and the warmth of the local people.
  • Enjoy a flexible program that can be adapted to your preferences and needs.

Description

Would you like to climb Mexico’s highest mountain? Or perhaps take on the world’s seven volcanic summits challenge? Then climbing Pico de Orizaba should definitely be in your plans, and we are here to make sure you follow through on them. 

At 5,636 m (18,491 ft) Pico de Orizaba or Citlaltépetl is both the highest mountain in Mexico and the highest volcano in North America. Furthermore, this beautiful peak boasts beautiful views and friendly people on the way, which makes it all the more appealing to climb.

Despite its altitude, Pico de Orizaba is not a hard mountain to climb. The trail which leads to the summit is relatively short (less than 4 km-2.5 mi-). However, the climb takes an average of 7-8 hours, due to the altitude and prominence.  Therefore, although you don’t need advanced mountaineering skills to join,  a good fitness level and acclimatization are a must.  By the end of the adventure, you will observe an increase in your technical skills and have some more altitude practice under your belt.

Keep in mind that this adventure can be as flexible as you need. We can increase the number of days to get better acclimatization; we can add other big Mexican peaks to increase the challenge, we can attempt different routes, or try reaching a new personal record. I’m happy to help you reach your goal, whichever it may be.

So, are you ready to take on Pico de Orizaba? Then contact me today and let’s start planning this amazing adventure together! I look forward to guiding you.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and Acclimatization

7:00 – Meeting at the agreed point within the city of Puebla and preparation of the last details to leave the city.
7:30 – We move to Tlachichuca.
9:30 – Arrival in Talchichuca and stop for a snack if needed.
11:00 – Arrival in Miguel Hidalgo, one of the highest towns in Mexico, and change transport for a 4×4.
12:30 – Arrival at Piedra Grande Refuge, the base of North Face Route of Pico de Orizaba.
13:00 – The acclimatization hiking begins by climbing between 300 and 500 meters (between 980 and 1640 feet).
16:00 – Return to the Refuge and preparation of dinner.
17:00 – Explanation and review of the last details of the gear.
18:00 – Time to rest

Day 2: Summit Day

  • 00:00 – Time to wake up
    00:30 – Breakfast
    01:00 – Start of the route to the summit!
    08:00 – Average time of arrival at the summit
    09:00 – Average time of descent to the Piedra Grande Refuge.
    13:00 – Average time of arrival at Piedra Grande. Return to Ciudad Puebla begins.
    18:00 – Average time of arrival in Puebla City.

 

Details

Accommodation

The nights during expeditions are contemplated in mountain huts and tents, as needed.

Meeting point

Puebla or Cholula City.

Photos


Equipment you will need to bring

Goggles

Backpack

Sunglasses

Watter bottle


About the guide

I am a Mexican Mountain Guide, part of the Mexican Association of Mountain And Climbing Guides AMGME (standed by Spanish). I love the Outdoors and I dedicate all my life to them. I've been guiding professionally in mountains for the last 6 years, since I began my formation in 2014, providing always certainty and safety to the climbers.

I work side to side with many local, professional and friendly people, and being surrounded by many different cultures is one of the wonderful things in my job, giving, all of this, a unique experience in each expedition.

My experience climbing big mountains goes from Canada to different countries in South America, working meanwhile with different guides, people and companies. I´m always looking to get unforgettable trips and adventures. Write for any expedition's question, I´ll be happy to solve it!


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 665 Each

Group of 2

USD 552 Each

Group of 3

USD 552 Each

Group of 4

USD 495 Each

Group of 5

USD 495 Each

Group of 6

USD 459 Each

Group of 7

USD 459 Each

Group of 8

USD 459 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Personal insurance

- Drinks

- Mountain guide expenses

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

Includes acomodattion during the nights of expedition: mountain huts, camping fees or mountain hostels when required.

Includes Certified Group and Personal Gear: crampons, harness, helmet, ice-axe, headlight, ropes, anchors, ice-screws, quickdraws, carabineers, first-aid kit and all the other climbers safety systems required as a group. Camping equipment includes: tents, stoves, cookware, camping mats and good music when required.

NOT Included: Sleeping bags, boots, gloves, clothing, sunglasses, bottles to refill with drinks, sunscreen, backpack and other personal gear not mentioned previously; but there is a chance to rent some of them with an extra fee.




 

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