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Pico de Orizaba ascent with La Malinche acclimatization (3 days)

Pico de Orizaba
Pico de Orizaba
Pico de Orizaba
Pico de Orizaba
Pico de Orizaba

Join one of the expert guides at 3Summits Adventure and climb two amazing mountains of Mexico. Start with La Malinche and reach the highest point in the country at Pico de Orizaba!

Private and Group

Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt

3 Days

All year




  • Explore the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt.
  • Climb two impressive volcanoes under expert guidance.
  • Stand at the top of the highest mountain in Mexico.


Would you like to live an amazing 3-day mountaineering adventure in Mexico? Then contact us and reach the summit of Pico de Orizaba after an acclimatization ascent to La Malinche!

Pico de Orizaba (5,610m) is the highest mountain in Mexico and the third highest in North America. This huge stratovolcano is on the border between the Mexican states of Veracruz and Puebla.

Our 3-day adventure will start at the lower, but equally impressive, volcano, La Malinche (4,420m). This ascent crosses varied terrain and will allow us to acclimatize and prepare for the final challenge.

After climbing La Malinche, we will be ready to tackle Pico de Orizaba, which will take us two days. Halfway up, we will spend a night at the Piedra Grande Hut, surrounded by breathtaking landscape. Then, the third day, after climbing the Jamapa Glacier, we’ll reach the summit of the highest point in Mexico!

Please note that this trip requires previous experience and is for intermediate mountaineers. Furthermore, you should have a good fitness level. Of course, we will be there to help and guide you on the way. 

So, are you are ready for an awesome 3-day outing in Mexico? Then just contact us. Climb La Malinche and Pico de Orizaba under expert guidance!

If you are already acclimatized, you can go for the 2-day ascent. Take a look at it here.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Personal insurance

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

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 and front headlight) are included. Personal insurance is included only for the summit day.


Day 1: La Malinche ascent

Day 2: Pico de Orizaba ascent (part 1)

Day 3: Pico de Orizaba ascent (Summit day)




Mountain hut.

More info

Transportation options from Mexico to Puebla and back: - Pick you up at your hotel. 1 person: 130 USD. 2 people 75 USD/person. One way (2hrs). - Buses Mexico-Puebla from TAPO bus station. About 10 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.

Meeting point

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

Equipment you will need to bring



Ice axe



Frequently Asked Questions

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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

Cole Stottsberry


August, 2023

Had a great trip with 3summits! Alejandro and Cristian were both great guides! I would highly recommend both of them as well as 3summits in general!

Joycelyn Mangusan


July, 2023

Had a wonderful time with this excursion. Karla did a fabulous job at promptly answering all the questions I had pre, during, and post hike. I simply informed her of what I needed done and she made things happen. Alejandro was our guide for the La Malinche acclimatization hike and he was phenomenal. Christian guided us to Pico de Orizaba and was very patient and attentive. Karla’s magical powers made the logistics of this trip flow smoothly. No precious minutes were squandered waiting because the drivers who were sent to pick us up from airport/hotel were punctual. Thank you explore-share for the opportunity to experience and commune with Mexico’s highest peak.

Viesturs Garda


March, 2023

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Stetson Holman


March, 2023

Before the trip, Karla and Alvaro answered all of our questions and booked all of our accomodations before landing in Mexico. Alvaro, the owner of the business, is super knowledgable and was willing to work around my groups busy schedule for multiple video calls to answer questions and troubleshoot prior to the trip. Once we landed in Mexico, we were greeted by the coolest group of dudes. For La Minche, Alejandro and Danny were great! They made us awesome food and got us to the top with the perritos just as planned. Two days later, Gilgamesh and Paco guided us to the top of Pico de Orizaba in record time. I will definitely be recomending this outfit to anyone who is interested in a somewhat exotic trip to the third highest peak in North America!

Brian J.


December, 2022

It was an exceptional guide and provided us not only with a safe ascent but went out of his way to make sure we had a great time! Would recommend 100%. I would say the same for Dani as well! They both are great guides and we had a ton of fun!

David Sheldon


October, 2022

Very happy with 3summits

Venkatesh Gowda


January, 2022

Explore-Share and 3Summits were outstanding in all aspects starting from the time I registered for the La Malinche + Pico de Orizaba climbs. Their communication, follow up and guidance was great all the time. Alex was my guide during La Malinche climb and Lolo was guide during Pico de Orizaba climb. Though it was a slow struggle for me, they encouraged me to perform and as a result I was able to finish both the hikes at a reasonable time. I enjoyed every moment with the guides who were very knowledgeable and vastly experienced. The accomodation, transportation, food arrangements and logistics were top notch. After my return back from the hike, they sent me all the pictures instantly. I am so glad I chose Explore-share and 3 Summits and look forward to doing more climbs with them.

David Jordan


January, 2022

The guides and overall team for the Pico and La Malinche ascents were great! Both hikes were amazing. Highly recommend!

Nedir Boudriga


December, 2021

Guides are the best, super helpful, always motivating me to push forward. Both mountains are challenging but the view at the top is well worth it.

Hart singh


November, 2021

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Billy Storr


November, 2021

An absolutely amazing experience. My first mountaineering experience and was given all the guidance I needed. Christian on La Malinche and Mesh on Pico were great guides. Would highly recommend this for anyone wanting to reach the highest point in Mexico!!

Roger Mancini


November, 2021

Good people, good food, knowledgeable guides.

Farooq Aziz


June, 2021

Unfortunately the guide could not speak English properly and did not provide me with any tips or guidance despite it being my first climb. We did Malinche as a prior acclimatisation, but we set off too late and the weather was poor on the mountain making it difficult to climb; this is where I believe an experienced guide that is more fluent in English could have helped with technique. I have video evidence if anyone wants to see the neglect. As such the Pico de Orizaba climb never happened and I was not given a refund, very disappointed.

Gregory Lines


June, 2021

3Summits coordinated a great trip. The guides, Abraham (Pico) and Angel (Malinche) were very experienced and qualified. I felt safe with them the whole time. The coordination and communication from start to finish were flawless. I would highly recommend 3Summits to take you up to the summit of Pico. I would also recommend La Malinche first if you're not acclimatized from climbing Izta or another mountain.

David Yates


February, 2020

Fantastic Guides. Excellent English Language. Incredible scenery. Brilliant Trip


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