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Climbing Pico de Orizaba (Mexico) in 3 days


Let one of our local and certified guides take you to the summit of Pico de Orizaba. Stand at the top of the highest volcano in Mexico and enjoy its breathtaking views.


Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt

3 Days

All year




  • Reach the summit of Pico de Orizaba with a local guide.
  • Learn about the history of this incredible volcano.
  • Get mesmerizing views of everything around including the Gulf of Mexico.


Mexico is a magical country, with a fascinating culture and history, and an exquisite cuisine. However, it guards many other secrets, amongst them its alpine regions and majestic peaks. Dare to climb the biggest mountain in the country, and the third highest in North America: Pico de Orizaba (5,610 m), on this 3-days expedition.

A famous legend here, says there was a brave and enchanting woman, Nahuani. She had a beautiful eagle as her companion: Ahuilizapan, which means Orizaba. When Nahuani died in battle, Ahuilizapan succumbed to pain, flying as high as she could to let herself fall back into earth. The spot she hit, transformed into the majestic volcano. And each time she remembers her friend, the volcano tremors. So locals climb it as a way to pay respect to both, and their friendship.

On this trip, you’ll get the opportunity to pay respect as well, as you stand at the top of Pico de Orizaba. Follow one of our local guides, who will show you the real Mexico, and the best spots here. Once you reach the summit of Pico de Orizaba, you’ll get to see a perfectly shaped crater, which is over 300 meter deep, and about 410 to 480 meters wide. Also, you’ll cross the Jamapa glacier, with dazzling and permanent snow. We’ll begin our ascent at around 12:00 and 2:00 a.m. So, we’ll be reaching the end of a labyrinth or be already at the glacier by sunrise.

Also, please note this is a private trip. Therefore you'll get an expert guide for every 2 people. And we include all the technical gear needed for the ascent. So you won't have to worry about bringing it.

So, let one of the expert guides of our team take you to the summit of Pico de Orizaba. Request to book this trip today and live an unforgettable mountaineering adventure in Mexico. Or check the shorter version of this trip.


Day 1: Arrival and acclimatization

10:00 pick up. Transport to Villa de Hidalgo Lodge (3.420m- 11.220ft) Acclimatization hikes to waterfalls: (400m – 1300 ft). Lunch and gear set up. Rest in the afternoon and dinner.

Day 2: Base Camp

09:00 Breakfast. 11:00 4×4 transport to Pico de Orizaba base camp (4.250m – 13.943ft). Acclimatization hikes and lunch light dinner and go to sleep at a 6-7 pm.

Day 3: Summit day

00:00 light breakfast. 01:00 begin hike to summit. 08:00 summit (aprox). 14:00 Transport to Villa de Hidalgo. 15:00 Transport to Puebla 17:00. Arrival to Puebla.



More info

Participants must be in a good physical condition and your body acclimatization process must be properly carried out. Transportation options: - Pick you up at your hotel. 1 person: 110 USD, one way (2hrs). - Buses Mexico-Puebla from TAPO bus station. About 15 USD. One way. No stops (2hrs.) and running all day long. - Buses Mexico Airport-Puebla. About 20 USD one way (2hrs). No stops and running all day long. - If you decide to come by bus, we would pick you up at Puebla bus station or at Puebla hotel if you are already in Puebla.

Meeting point

Puebla. (Departures from Mexico and Hotel accommodation can be arranged too).


Equipment you will need to bring



Watter bottle

Other gear: Shirt, jackets, pants, boots, neck protector, hat, gloves, socks, gaiters, sleeping bag, sunscreen, camera.

About the guide

We are a group of mountain and rock climbing passionet local guides in Mexico, members of the AMGME (Mexican Mountain and Climbing Guides Association), where we have been practicing and guiding around the country for 10 years.

Our main goal is to make people enjoy our mountains as much as we do and get a real experience of out Mexican style of life having a close and friendly relationship with all our clients and trying to help as much as we can.

Everybody has different needs so we can modify all our programs to what is best for you, wether you need everything from transport, accommodation, food, gear... or just want to be guided in the mountain.

Please get in contact with us to climb our beautiful mountains and we'll do our best so that you get the most of your trip.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 841 Each

Group of 2

USD 707 Each

Group of 3

USD 707 Each

Group of 4

USD 650 Each

Group of 5

USD 650 Each

Group of 6

USD 619 Each

Group of 7

USD 619 Each

Group of 8

USD 619 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Personal insurance

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Group equipment rope

- Group equipment harness

- Group equipment helmet

- Group equipment crampons

- Group equipment ice axe

- Group equipment quickdraws

- Group equipment trekking poles

- Camping equipment tents

- Camping equipment sleeping pad

- Camping equipment cooking utensils

Price details

Transport from Mexico City to Puebla and accommodation in the city are not included in the price. On top of the guide fee the price includes accommodation, permit and entrance fees, insurance, transportation during the trip and all meals while on the mountain. Tap water is not drinkable in Mexico, so we include purified water on this excursion. Furthermore, we include all the technical equipment (crampons, Ice-axe, helmet, harness, hiking poles, front headlight, ropes, anchors, first aid kit, so you don’t have to carry it. And if there is any gear you need, we can arrange renting it for you.


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