Mexico Volcano Climber Holiday

Mexico, Climbing, 15 days - from $3,140 (land only)


The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

Hiking boots

Mountaineering boots - see ‘Mountaineering Equipment’

Snow gaiters

Shoes / Trainers / sneakers or similar


Trekking trousers / pants

Windproof and waterproof overtrousers / rain-pants


Long johns (thermal underwear)

Fleece trousers


Thermal baselayer shirts

T-shirts or casual shirts

Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater

Windproof and waterproof jacket with hood

Duvet jacket


Warm hat and thermal balaclava

Eyewear – Sunglasses (Cat 4)

Thermal gloves or mittens

Warm and waterproof over-gloves or mittens

Backpack/rucksack of min 65 litres (needs to be large enough to carry personal equipment, food and provisions to high camps)

Plastic lightweight bowl, mug, spoon, knife, fork

Headtorch/Headlamp with spare batteries

Water bottles 1 Litre (1 quart) x2

Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)

4 season sleeping bag**

Thermarest or similar sleeping mat**

Sleeping bag liner

Small towel

Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)

Washbag and toiletries

Antibacterial handwash

Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent (DEET), and re-hydration salts (Dioralite), glucose tablets, and multi-vitamin tablets.

The following items are optional:

Travel clothes

Trekking poles

Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

Camera / memory cards/ batteries

Pee bottle

Spare laces

Ear plugs

Personal snacks/energy bars for climbing days

Day pack

Mountaineering Equipment

Mountaineering boots - See notes below**

Ice axe (medium sized walking axe)*

Crampons (preferably with ‘step-in’ bindings)*

Mountaineering or climbing harness*

Karabiners (2 x screwgate)*

Sling (120cm. / 3ft.)*



Mountaineering Boots - For the climb on Orizaba you will need warm and substantial mountain boots designed for Alpine conditions. These should be a minimum grade of B2.

Equipment Hire - Equipment marked * can be provided locally and free of charge if you do not have (or wish to take) your own. If you do want to take advantage of this, please contact the KE office to reserve the relevant equipment. Equipment marked with ** including: Mountaineering boots, sleeping bags & thermarests can be hired however there is a charge for this.

Backpack/Rucksack size

Please read the dossier section ‘Baggage Allowance’ in regards to how much gear you are required to carry.

PHD Gear Advisor

PHD specialise in cold weather equipment, from the world’s lightest right up to the most protective for Everest or the Poles. It’s a large range. So to help you choose what you need to keep you warm, PHD have listed the gear that is appropriate for this expedition.

>> Click here to view the PHD Gear Advisor for Mexico Volcano Climber

Needle Sports (specialist mountaineering equipment shop)

Needle Sports is the English Lake District's foremost specialist climbing shop supplying mountaineering, rock, ice, alpine and expedition equipment worldwide. Internationally recognised as among the very best of the UK's top technical climbing gear retailers. They have a good range of equipment appropriate for this trip and offer knowledgeable advice both on their website and in store.

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