On this unique Pico de Orizaba ascent in Mexico, you will have the chance to acclimatize on the lovely Malinche, which will give you all the preparation you need for a truly enjoyable mountaineering experience!
Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt
Climbing Pico de Orizaba is not an easy mission, especially if you are arriving from sea level or low altitude. At 5,636 m (18,491 ft), Orizaba is the highest mountain in Mexico and requires acclimatization, whether you are a beginner or an experienced climber. This program will help you improve your summit chances and includes an amazing acclimatization climb on Malinche.
Throughout the 4 days of the tour, you will be guided by a professional team who will make sure to support you every step of the way. We will try to mix the climbing experience with the cultural experience as much as we can. At all times, we will be surrounded by stunning natural landscapes, and friendly locals, while enjoying a true local climbing experience on these two ancient volcanos: Malinche is the 6th tallest in the country and has been dormant for at least 3000 years, and Pico de Orizaba is the tallest peak in Mexico and the tallest volcano in North America, dormant for just 200-300 years.
This 4 days program will allow you to push yourself in order to pursue your goals while allowing you to have enough time to acclimatize and enjoy the trip. If you think even this trip could be too short for you, I also offer a longer 6-day Malinche-Iztaccíhuatl and Pico de Orizaba Program.
The beauty of the Mexican mountains and their culture await you! Contact us today to book this amazing experience!
- Guiding fee
- Accommodation included
- Transport during the trip
- Permit and entrance fees
- Personal insurance
- Ice axe
- Belay and rappel devices
- Trekking poles
- Camping equipment tents
- Camping equipment sleeping pad
- Camping equipment cooking utensils
Acomodattion during the nights in mountains is included: Huts, Camping Areas, Tents or Mountain Hostels when available.
The Personal Gear we can provide is Certified and includes: helmet, harness, crampons, ice-axe, headlamp, ropes, anchors, ice-screws, quickdraws, carabineers, first-aid kit and any other security item needed as group of climbers.
The camping gear included is: tents, stoves, cookware, camping mats and good music when required.
NOT Included: Sleeping bags, boots, gloves, clothing, sunglasses, bottles to refill with drinks, sunscreen, backpack and other personal gear not mentioned previously; but there is a chance to rent some of them at an additional cost (please inquire if you would like to do this).
12:00 – Meeting at the agreed point and makes sure you have everything for the next days experience.
12:30 – Transfer to Malinche Vacational Center.
15:00 – Arrival to Malinche, take our cabin and start prepare the food and gear for the next hours.
18:00 – Last dinner time, so we can rest early in order to be ready for the Malinche climbing early in the morning.
19:00 – Last details preparation and going to sleep.
02:30 – About 2:30am we wake up and get prepare to start our climbing. After a light breakfast we take the packs and just go! (There's also chance to sleep till 6am, with the drawback of not seeing the sunrise closer the summit).
03:30 – Climbing starts, easy and steady, admiring the skies and the light and sound changings of the mountain.
07:30 – After 4 hours in average, but not necessarily, we will be arriving the summit at 4,461m or 14,636ft, where we gonna enjoy our lunch, if the mountain and our bodies allows it.
08:30 – We start the descent which is usually faster by two, to return our cabin in the Vacational Center.
11:00 – Arrival the cabins, where is possible to take a hot shower to rest for a while immediately after. Later we will prepare the lunch and/or dinner and let our bodies recover for the next days challenge.
08:00 – Breakfast time, enjoying the good rest of the previous nights and perfect acclimatization given by our hosting.
10:00 – Time to prepare our bags and be ready for the Pico de Orizaba transfer.
12:30 – Arrival to Pico de Orizaba Park area, where we gonna change our city transportation for a 4x4 one to survey the last part od the road inside the park.
14:00 – Arrival at Piedra Grande hut immediations, where we gonna prepare our camping and have the chance, according to the group mood, of a last acclimatization hiking up to 4,700m or 15,400ft.
17:00 – A delicious mountain Dinner will awaits for us!
18:00 – Time to make sure we have everything ready in our packs for the Pico de Orizaba's summit!
18:30 – Rest and sleep time
00:00 – As early as the day starts we wake up and be ready for our climbing, making a short stop in the kitchen area to take a mountain breakfast.
00:30 – Climbing starts, easy and steady, "pole-pole" as our friends in Kilimanjaro says. The nights in Pico de Orizaba are usually quiet and cold, given the chance to admire the stars or the moon while we go up. Our ascent will provide enough rests to hydrate and take the necessary energy.
07:30 – After 6-7 hours in average, but not necessarily, we will be arriving the summit of the tallest volcano in Northamerica, at 5,636m or 18,490ft, where we gonna enjoy the views, the feeling of being at the top of Mexico and, if the mountian and our bodies gives the chance, our lunch.
08:30 – We start the descent which is usually faster by two, to return our camping.
12:00 – Arrival the camping, where is possible to take a soup before prepare our bags to go down by 4x4 where where we can make a stop and take a celebration lunch in one of the villages, before return the city to rest.
18:00 – Estimate arrival to Puebla City
Accommodation in Cabins the 1st and 2nd night, and Camping the 3rd night. (In July 2022 I've received courtesies with discounts to the Holiday-Inn Puebla, please ask if this is still available).
Puebla City (We can also meet in Mexico City upon request at an additional cost, free of charge for groups of 4 or more people)
Rent equipment on site
I am a Mexican Mountain Guide, part of the Mexican Association of Mountain And Climbing Guides AMGME (standed by Spanish). I love the Outdoors and I dedicate all my life to them. I've been guiding professionally in mountains for the last 6 years, since I began my formation in 2014, providing always certainty and safety to the climbers.
I work side to side with many local, professional and friendly people, and being surrounded by many different cultures is one of the wonderful things in my job, giving, all of this, a unique experience in each expedition.
My experience climbing big mountains goes from Canada to different countries in South America, working meanwhile with different guides, people and companies. I´m always looking to get unforgettable trips and adventures. Write for any expedition's question, I´ll be happy to solve it!
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It was unforgettable trip with two summits, Malinche and Pico de Orizaba! My guide on both picks was Oscar Zaldivar, very professional,positive and experienced guide. He checked my gear, helping me to pack and answered to all my questions about our summits. We became friends during of this journey. I would certainly recommend Oscar and Explore-Share for perfect organized trip.
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