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2-day Climbing trip to Pico de Orizaba (5636 m)

Climbing Pico de Orizaba (Mexico) in 3 days
Pico de Orizaba
Pico de Orizaba
Pico de Orizaba
Pico de Orizaba

Alvaro and his team of guides will take you to the top of the highest volcano in Mexico. Follow them on this 2-day expedition to Pico de Orizaba!

Private and Group

Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt

2 Days

All year




  • Reach the top of the highest volcano in Mexico, Pico de Orizaba!
  • Improve your mountaineering skills with the help of an expert local guide.
  • Stand on the summit of a 5-thousander and look down towards the Gulf of Mexico.


This 2-day expedition will take you all the way to the top of the highest mountain in Mexico, the third highest in North America. Come with one of our experienced local guides and discover Pico de Orizaba!

Rising high above the region, this stratovolcano summit is situated at 5,610 meters (18,400 ft) above sea level. Located on the border between the states of Veracruz and Puebla, Pico de Orizaba offers one of the most spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico.

On the first day of our trip, we will go to Piedra Grande Hut where we will settle in before an afternoon excursion. Then, the following day we will start off very early between midnight and 2 am. At 4,749 meters (15,580 ft), we’ll encounter a challenging path known as the “Labyrinth” and one of our guides will carefully lead you through this section. By sunrise and at an altitude of 4,900-5,000 meters approximately, we’ll start climbing the Jamapa Glacier (700 m /2300 ft). 

Even though no mountaineering experience is required, all participants need to be physically fit. Furthermore, we’ll take into account everyone’s particular needs and we’ll organize the best itinerary accordingly in order to get to the top in the best possible condition.

So, are you are ready for this 2-day expedition on Pico de Orizaba? Then send your request and get ready to experience Mexico’s ultimate trekking and climbing challenge!

If you are looking for more unforgettable adventures in Mexico, you may also join us on this 2-day Expedition on Iztaccihuatl, Mexico.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Personal insurance

- Clean drinkable water

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Snacks

- Rope

- Harness

- Helmet

- Crampons

- Ice axe

- 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.

- Lunches while not in the mountains are not included.

- Technical gear (crampons, Ice-axe, helmet, harness, hiking poles, front headlight, ropes, anchors, first aid kit) are included. Water included (we carry 2 liters on summit day).


Day 1: Tlachichuca - Piedra Grande Hut

  7:00 : Meeting point ( in the location you decide). We will check our equipment and do the final arrangements.

 07:30 :  Departure

 09:30 : Arrival to Tlachichuca

 11:30: 4×4 transport to Piedra Grande Hut

 13:00: Acclimatization hike

 17:00: Dinner

 18:00: Go to sleep

Day 2: Summit day

 00:00 : Wake up and breakfast.

 01:00: Start climbing

 09:00 : Summit

 09:30: We’ll begin descending.

 14:00: Arrival to Piedra Grande hut.

 18:00: Arrival to Puebla (approximately)




Piedra Grande Hut

More info

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.

We can also organize an acclimatization before the summit in Iztaccíhuatl or La Malinche.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will we carry our own backpacks, clothes, tents, and other gear? How many liters do you recommend our backpack to be?

How can I get to the meeting point? Could you please share the different transportation options?

Will I need to bring any technical equipment of my own? Is it possible to rent equipment, and if so, what would be the approximate cost of that?

How many climbers is a guide allowed to accompany?

Are you offering other guided ascents in Mexico?

Which is the meeting point?

Do you have storage for suitcases during our climbing trip?

How can I increase my chances of climbing Pico de Orizaba successfully?

About the guide

We are a group of passionate mountain and rock climbing 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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What people are saying about this trip

Bruno Rodriguez


August, 2023

Thank you! 3Summits Adventure and Explore-Share. It was a good adventure and experience!

Ciaran Fairman


June, 2023

Absolutely loved my experience start to finish. Communication was excellent all the way through. My guide Mesh was great! He was so friendly and supportive. Exceptionally knowledgeable and skillful. Would highly recommend!



January, 2023

Thanks to a very professional , kind and caring team , I had a very good time and felt very safe . I will certainly come back and choose again explore-share partner !

Amy Laichareonsup


December, 2022

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Jan Koller


December, 2022

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Zachary Hoffman


November, 2022

Loved my guide and the trip! Will 100% do it again.

Dilip Rene Mehera


October, 2022

All around, it was an awesome experience made seamless and absolutely comfortable with sincere thanks to the utmost professionalism of Mesh (my guide), Alvaro and Karla (from 3Summits Adventure) and the support personnel at base camp.

Sean Karls


August, 2022

Perfect trip from start to finish. Karla was fantastic and Mesh was outstanding. Awesome experience! I would 100% recommend.

Jaime Alvarez


April, 2022

I am 63,  I tried to climb Pico de Orizaba 6 months ago without success.  I was in a group of 8 people and the guides seemed to be in a hurry to finish their job, I could not keep up with their pace. I decided to try it again, searching the web for Pico de Orizaba climbing I found Explore-Share where you can find guides from all over the world, 3Summits Adventure was the option that could not have been better,  I can say there is a world of difference between 3Summits Adventure and the other mountain guides. My guide Lalo was all attention to detail,  he let me climb at my pace always making sure I was in condition to continue and checking for any symptoms that could affect the climb, without his patience and experience in the mountain I could not have reached the summit. In 5 days I climbed La Malinche and Pico de Orizaba, something that at my age I could not have done it without the guides and services 3Summits provided, Karla and Lalo made it possible for me. You can take a risk and try other guides, there are plenty of them, but if you really want to make it to the summit 3Summits the best option.

Adam Bemis


March, 2022

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Nick Pelletier


March, 2022

The whole process was AWESOME! They made everything so easy and enjoyable, even accommodated me with a food allergy. Could not recommend enough!

Michelle Houjeily


August, 2021

Hi, It’s Michelle Houjeily, apologies I’m submitting this so late! Thank you for all of the support and help throughout this hike, it was truly amazing!! I should have taken more seriously your recommendation to do an acclimatization hike prior as the altitude really got to me at a certain point and didn’t allow me to summit. Regardless, this was such a beautiful experience. I appreciated the guidance prior to the hike, being able to rent out items, the home cooked meal in the little town, and even the disappointment in not completing the hike. This hike inspired me to keep going and keep trying! So thank you!!

Hossana Ramirez


March, 2021

Me sentí en casa!! Desde que nos recibieron los guías todo fue una experiencia gratificante, llena de conversaciones de montañas y muy buenas vibras. Los guías Oscar y Mech hicieron un excelente trabajo desde el momento en que nos recibieron, desde explicarnos la manera de usar el equipo para nuestra expedición, aportarnos la información requerida por nuestro grupo, entre otras. Muy satisfecha con todo sus servicios. Muchísimas gracias!! 100% recomendado

Atle Holme Gaupås


March, 2021

The tour was done in a very professional way from the time of order until the end. The hostel we stayed in the village close to the moutain was great, and the food even better. The guide (Mesh) was also great pushing you enough to make it to the top of the moutain in a safe way. I only got good experiences with 3Summit Adventure and can really recommend them for others.

Marina Anders


November, 2020

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