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Malinche, Iztaccihuatl & Pico de Orizaba, Climb the 3 highest peaks in Mexico, 8 days

Malinche, Iztaccihuatl & Pico de Orizaba, Climb the 3 highest peaks in Mexico, 8 days
Malinche, Iztaccihuatl & Pico de Orizaba, Climb the 3 highest peaks in Mexico, 8 days
Malinche, Iztaccihuatl & Pico de Orizaba, Climb the 3 highest peaks in Mexico, 8 days
Malinche, Iztaccihuatl & Pico de Orizaba, Climb the 3 highest peaks in Mexico, 8 days

Join one of our certified guides on this incredible hike to the 3 highest peaks of Malinche, Iztaccihuatl and Pico de Orizaba in Mexico. Explore the historic cities of Cholula and Huamantla and see the spectacular pyramids of Teotihuacan on this 8-day trip.


8 Days

All year




* Climb the three highest peaks in Mexico.

* Visit the historic cities of  Cholula and Huamantla.

* See the UNESCO recognised pyramids of Teotihuacan.


Come, join us as we take you to the three highest peaks in Mexico for 8 days. We will climb Malinche (4420m), Iztaccihuatl (5230m) and Pico de Orizaba (5747m), the highest peak in the country on this incredible trip.

You will not only capture the summits of these mountain giants but also visit the historic cities of  Cholula, Huamantla and see the spectacular pyramids of Teotihuacan. Also, get ready to explore the areas around Mexico City.

The first two days involve a trek to Malinche. It is relatively an easy hike which offers stunning vistas. As we take on the peaks of Iztaccihuatl and Pico de Orizaba the following days, it will get more challenging and thrilling.

The third highest peak in Mexico, Iztaccihuatl sets us on a trail of snow and glacier (depending on the season of the year). We will start early at around 2 am towards this non-technical peak. Equipped with an ice ax and crampons, we will scale up for about 8 to 10 hours to get to the top, then we will start descending. If required we can also halt at a high camp before the final hike. The trail offers exceptional views of craggy ridges and the Popocatepetl volcano.

We have reserved a day for acclimatization so you don’t have to worry. Regarding difficulty, keep in mind that you should be fit and used to long hikes to be on this tour.

The last peak of our journey, Pico de Orizaba is a classic volcano cone. At 5,636m, it is the highest summit in Mexico and the third highest in North America. Again a non-technical summit, mounting it would require the said equipment along with ropes. We will start early at about 2 am and after a good hike of 8 to 10 hours, reach the top, then we will start descending. You will see panoramic views alongside witnessing a striking sunrise once there.

It will be a trip worth your time and effort. So, get in touch now and reserve your seat to capture the three highest peaks in Mexico. We also guide a trip to the 4 tallest mountains in Mexico.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

Price details

Price Includes: Accident Insurance,

Safety Equipment,



Ice ax,

Meals (those indicated in the itinerary),


Airport Transfers,

Transportation between excursions,

Entrance Tickets.


Day 1: Arrival Day

Once you arrive, we will visit Teotihuacan, a UNESCO recognized pyramid site. Later, you will be transferred to the lodging in Huamantla.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Malinche Hike (4400m)

We will ascend Malinche, the fifth highest peak in Mexico. It is located 3 hours from Mexico City. Overnight we will return to sleep at the lodging in Huamantla.

Meals: Breakfast, Mountain Lunch, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Visit Huamantla and stay at Iztacciuhatl

We will spend the day visiting the historic city of Huamantla. It is designated as the“Magic” Town of Mexico. Overnight at Iztacciuhatl.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4: Izta ascent (5,200m)

Ascend Iztaccihuatl, the 3th highest peak in Mexico. Overnight we will move to Puebla to sleep.

Meals: Breakfast, Mountain Lunch, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Visit Cholula

Visit the historic town of Cholula. Overnight at Puebla.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Travel to Piedra Grande

Travel to Piedra Grande. Overnight at the refuge or camping (depending on the availability). We will have an acclimatization hike today.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7: Ascend Pico Orizaba (5,700m)

Ascend Pico de Orizaba, the highest peak in Mexico. Later, travel back to Mexico City.

Meals: Breakfast, Mountain Lunch and Dinner

Day 8: Departure Day!

Return to your lodging. End of the trip!



More info

Please bring along: Towel, Sleeping bag, Clothes, Wash kit,Thermal underwear, Fleece or fibre pile mid-layer, Gore-Tex or similar outer layer to protect from the wind and rain, Sunglasses, Sun cream, Waterproof jacket, Rucksack (25-30l), Trekking poles, Rigid or semi-rigid mountain boots, High mountain gloves, Insulating mat for the floor.

Meeting point


What is the average distance and altitude gain that we will hike each day?

Altitude of mountain Nevado de Toluca 4,461 msnm- Iztaccíhuatl 5,230 msnm- Pico de Orizaba 5,636 msnm.

What experience do I need to have? How fit do I need to be? Is this program suitable for children or older people?

This trip is recommended for people who exercise themself 4 to 6 days in the week, for people who have experience with mountainnering, and high altitude. This trip is not recommended for children, people with heart sickness and lungs sickness.

How can I get to the trailhead/meeting point?

The meeting point is in Av. Vicente Suárez 38, Colonia Condesa, Cuauhtémoc. At 7 am, in the middle of Panam Shoes store and Wings Army restaurant, in front of Mercado Michoacán in a blue door. You can take an UBER.

How will accommodation and meals be handled during the trek?

The accommodation during the trip deppends on the day (Hotel, Camp, refuge), about the meals deppends on the day, we include lunch, breakfast, meal and/or dinner.

Are there any other special requirements such as permits/insurance/vaccines that I need to consider before the tour?

Have an excellent health.

What is the best time of the year for this hike?

We do this trip all the year but the best season is from September to May (January, February, March, April, May- September, October, November, December).

Can I join a group?

The trip is not common, so you need to know that it can be difficult to join in a group.

What happens in the event of bad weather?

If on one day before the trip, the weather conditions are really bad, we give you the option to reschedule.

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 City Express Junior Puebla FINSA Puebla Mexico
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City Express Suites Puebla FINSA Puebla Mexico
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Hotel Aristos Puebla Mexico
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About the guide

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Tour Operator

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



The guides on Malinche and Orizaba were very good. But there was a big problem on Iztaccihuatl. I said to each of the guides that I had there that I wasn't bothered about seeing the sunrise from the top, and would it be possible to start a bit later than the usual 1am? They both agreed that it was, one saying that the reason for leaving so early was that normally they needed to take clients back to Mexico City after the climb, and in my case that wasn't necessary as I would stay at the visitor's centre. So in the end we left the visitor's centre at 4:30am. When we got to a foresummit of Iztaccihuatl at 11am, my guide said that we had left very late, and would have to turn back. So we never reached the top, to my great annoyance. In retrospect the best option would have been to have spent one night at the refuge at 4700m before going to the top, but this was never really offered as a possibility.



Great experience, glad I had the opportunity to do this hikes. I was only able to summit one of 3 peaks. One of them Malinche was because the cops didn't let us go up. make sure to start really early so that won't be a problem. The cops stop everyone in bad weather regardless if you have a guide or not. Iztaccihuatl I was able to summit bc the guide Carlos make sure we save our energy for the key areas. Pico de Orizaba it was not possible, because 40 mph winds and snow or hail, the guide make sure we returned safely back to the refuge. If we were able to extend the trip by one day we could have summit, no one summit that day but those that tried the following day had much better success rate. Either way always respect the mountain



Great trip! If you get bored sitting on a beach for days on end, this provides excitement, adventure and accomplishment.



The incredible human being known as Bernardo aka Bernie will be your guide for this once in a lifetime experience and I promise you it will be one of the best decisions you ever make! Myself and 2 other friends did this 8 day hiking tour and Bernie was the perfect guide - not only did he sort out 100% of the logistics for this trip (food, lodging, extra equipment that we didn't have, driving to and from each mountain, etc) he was extremely flexible when a couple of us got food poisoning (not his fault) and had to re-arrange certain dates. He knows the area really well and obviously can climb these mountains in his sleep so he was able to help us navigate any headaches or high altitude issues and he even ran to the store for us to pick up some paracetamol and pepto bismol one day. The mountains are difficult but the itinerary that Bernie has provided means you have the best possible chance at summiting all 3 peaks. Highly recommend this tour and thank you Bernie for an excellent experience in Mexico!

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