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Climb the 4 tallest mountains in Mexico: Malinche, Nevado de Toluca, Iztaccihuatl & Pico de Orizaba (10 days)

Climb the 4 tallest mountains in Mexico: Malinche, Nevado de Toluca, Iztaccihuatl & Pico de Orizaba (10 days) | undefined

Join one of the experienced guides of the Mexico Travesias team and climb the highest mountains in Mexico: Malinche, Nevado de Toluca, Iztaccihuatl and Pico de Orizaba, while discovering Mexico's cultural treasures.


4 Days

All year




* Reach the summit of the four highest peaks in Mexico

* Visit archaelogical treasures like the Teotihuacan Pyramids

* Discover Huamantla and Cholula, two magical villages


We invite you to climb the four highest mountains in Mexico in 10 days: the Malinche (4420m), the Nevado de Toluca (4680m), the Iztaccihuatl (5230m) and the Pico de Orizaba (5747m), the highest summit in the country.

This trip is designed to have a good acclimatization and so that while we climb the highest peaks in Mexico we also visit the most important historical tourist sites in the country between each climb, with guided visits to Teotihuacán, the Historic Center of Mexico City, Huamantla and Cholula

On the first days we will climb the Malinche and the Nevado de Toluca, which are the 5th and 4th highest mountains in the country. Climbing these two mountains involves  a day of moderate level hikes, that a person used to do some excercise can endure without problems. Every ascent is different, but all offer really impressive views.

The challenge gets really interesting on the final days, since we will climb the Iztaccihuatl and Pico de Orizaba, which are the 3rd and 1st highest mountains in Mexico.(The Popocatepetl which is the 2nd highest mountain cannot be climbed due to its volcanic activity ).

The Iztaccihuatl is a beautiful mountain with two glaciers, and although it is not a very technical mountain to climb it requires an excellent physical condition, due to the height and the time it will take us to reach the top. The most impressive highlight in this ascent will be the sunrise that we will enjoy while we climb, with an incredible view of the valley with the Malinche and the Orizaba Peak in front of us.

The Pico de Orizaba, being the top of Mexico, is one of the most diverse mountains in our country, since it starts with an arenal, then we will have a rocky part called the labyrinth and in the end the magnificent Jamapa glacier that will take us to the top.  It is on this glacier where we will enjoy a magical sunrise, with stunning views over the surroundings and over our goal: the highest summit in Mexico.

To reach the top of the Pico de Orizaba you also need an excellent physical condition and you need a good knowledge on the use of crampons and ice ax. We will do some practices when we climb Iztaccihuatl and a day before in the shelter for those who have no experience handling these tools. 

So if you are in for these unique program, just contact us and book your place! Come join us and climb the highest mountains and discover the cultural treasures of Mexico!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip

Price details

The price includes: Accident Insurance-

Qualified guides-

Safety equipment-



Ice ax-

Meals (those indicated in the itinerary)-

Lodging in shelters, cabins, hotels and tent-

Transportation Airport-Hotel-Airport-

Transportation between excursions-

Entrance tickets to the different places and mountains.


Day 1: Mexico City

Arrival Day. Guided visit to the historic center of Mexico City. Then we will transfer to the Nevado de Toluca refuge. Mexico’s Historic Center is a site listed by (UNESCO). We will visit the Cathedral, the Templo Mayor and the National Palace. Meals: Dinner (D)

Day 2: Nevado de Toluca Summit (4680m)

We will climb to the Nevado te Toluca snowy summit (4680m), th fourth highest mountain in Mexico, and then return to D.F.

Day 3: Teotihuacan

We will visit the famous Teotihuacan Pyramids, the most importatn archaelogical site in Mexico and then transfer to cabins in La Malinche.

Day 4: La Malinche summit (4400m)

We will climb La Malinche summit (4420m), the fifth highest peak in Mexico, staying at cabins in the surroundings.

Day 5: Huamantla - Iztaccihuatl refuge

We will visit Huamantla amd travel to the Iztaccihuatl refuge. Huamantla is considered a “magical village” for its touristic interest.

Day 6: Iztaccihuatl summit (5220m)

We will climb  Iztaccihuatl (5220m), the third highest mountain in Mexico.  We will stay at the refuge for another night.

Day 7: Cholula

We will visit Cholula, a picturesque village with a pyramid and beautiful church, and travel to a hotel in Tlachichuca.

Day 8: Piedra Grande Refuge

We will transfer to the Piedra Grande Refuge  (4,240) for acclimatization.

Day 9: Pico de Orizaba (5636m)

Today we will climb to the top of Pico de Orizaba  (5,636), the highest mountain in Mexico. Then we will travel back to a hotel in Mexico City.

Day 10: Transfer to the Airport-End of Trip



More info

What to bring: Towel-Sleeping bag-Wash kit-Thermal underwear-Fleece or fibre pile mid layer-Gore-Tex or similar outer layer to protect from the wind and rain- Sunglasses with ultraviolet protection with a close fit to the face or side protection-Sun cream of at least factor 30-Water proof jacket-Rucksack (25-30l-Trekking poles-Rigid or semi-rigid mountain boots, previously used and waterproof-High mountain gloves-Insulating mat for the floor-Everyday use clothes.

Meeting point


What is the itinerary like?

Day 1.- Arrival

Guided visit to the historic center of Mexico City and transfer to the Nevado de Toluca.

(The Historic Center (UNESCO); Cathedral, the Templo Mayor, and the National Palace.)

Food à Dinner

Day 2.- Nevado de Toluca (4680m)

Cima Nevado de Toluca (4th mountain in Mexico)- we will climb the Nevado and then return to CDMX.

Food à Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3 - Teotihuacan

We will visit the famous pyramids of Teotihuacán and we will move to Malinche

Teotihuacán-The most important Archaeological site in Mexico (UNESCO).

Food – Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 - La Malinche (4400m)

Cima Malinche (5th mountain in Mexico) We will climb Malinche and stay in some cabins at the base.

Food – Breakfast, lunch, lunch, and dinner

Day 5 – Huamantla (Magic Town)

We will visit Huamantla and we will move to the base of Iztaccíhuatl

Food – Breakfast and dinner

Day 6 - Iztaccíhuatl (5220m)

Cima Iztaccihuatl (3rd mountain in Mexico) We will climb Iztaccihuatl and transfer to a hostel in Puebla

Food – Breakfast, lunch, lunch, and dinner

Day 7 – Cholula

We will visit the center of Cholula and transfer to a hotel in Tlachichuca

Food – Breakfast and dinner

Day 8 – Big Stone (4240m)

We will go to the Piedra Grande Refuge (North Face Refuge) for an acclimatization walk.

Food – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 9 – Orizaba Peak (5636m)

Cima Pico Orizaba (The highest mountain in Mexico) We will climb the peak of Orizaba and transfer to the hotel in CDMX

Food – Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10 – Airport

Transfer from Hotel to Airport in the morning

Food – Breakfast

What’s Included?

  • Helmet
  • Lamp
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Backpack
  • Camp
  • Trekking- Poles
  • Security equipment
  • Lunch
  • Guide
  • Insurance
  • Transport

What’s not Included?

We only do not include:

  • Sleeping bag (available to rent $300.0 mxn)
  • Sleeping pad (available to rent $150.00)
  • Clothes
  • Boots

Is there insurance provided?

We provide personal insurance. (MEDICAL EXPENSES PER ACCIDENT)

What should I do before the excursion?

• Drink lots of water the day before

• Dinner carbohydrates

• Arrive well rested

• Do not drink alcoholic beverages 24 hours before

• Have a good breakfast on the day of the excursion (not heavy food for the stomach)

What clothing & gear do I need?

• The clothing is divided into three layers:

• the first is close to the body, which helps to keep warm;

• The second is a bit thicker and helps to fewer heat loss,

• The third insulates us from the environment so that it does not make us lose the heat already generated.

• 1st layer: under- wear for cold, preferably synthetic fibers or wool (not cotton)

• 2nd layer: wool, polar Tec or equivalent (not cotton)

• 3rd layer: gorotex, plastic fibers (protects against rain and wind)

• Boots (semi-rigid, waterproof and for temperatures below 0° previously used)

• Sunglasses with UV protection

• Gloves

• Sunscreen (at least 30)

• Mountain headwear (wool or synthetic)

• Sleeping bag for temperatures below 0 ° (if you don’t have one you can take a normal sleeping and blankets)

• Sleeping Pad

• Fleece or fiber pile mid layer

• Attack Rucksack between 35 and 45 liters

• Clothes to sleep in

• Trekking poles (optional)

For the return

• Towel

• Complete change of clothes (shirt, pants,underwear, socks)

• Tennis or Sandals

• Sweatshirt or Jacket

• Wash kit

What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Hotel Misión Grand Juriquilla Queretaro Mexico
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Hotel Mision Juriquilla Queretaro Mexico
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Hotel Mesón de Santa Rosa Queretaro Mexico
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About the guide

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We are a team of experienced and qualified guides based in Mexico, offering adventure tourism tours in the central region of the country. We promote the sustainable development of the local communities we visit, together with respect for the environment.

We offer a personalized service and look to provide our clients with an enjoyable, safe and harmonious experience. Contact us and we will take you on an unforgettable adventure!



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What people are saying about this trip



I love Carlos and the team! We ended up changing our itinerary to 3 mountains in 8 days and had a great experience. I will recommend Carlos and his wonderful hospitality and working with logistics anytime!



I love Carlos and the team! We ended up changing our itinerary to 3 mountains in 8 days and had a great experience. I will recommend Carlos and his wonderful hospitality and working with logistics anytime!

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