Mexico Volcano Climber
Mexico, Climbing, 15 days - from £1,795 (land only) - from €2,155 (land only) - from $2,960 (land only)
- Mountaineering in Mexico the land of the Aztecs
- Climb Pico de Orizaba, the highest summit in Mexico
- Views of Popocatepetl from Izta
- Experience Aztec and Spanish colonial history
- A brilliant climbing holiday at altitude in Mexico
High above its tropical forests, Aztec ruins and Spanish colonial architecture, there is a side to Mexico that few people get to see - amongst the ice and snow of its 5000 metre volcanoes. As an acclimatisation exercise, we start out with a 2-day ascent of the country's 5th highest summit, a dormant volcano called La Malinche (4462m). Then, over 3 days, we tackle Iztaccihuatl ('Izta') (5260m), following a beautiful route known as the 'Ridge of the Sun'. From the top, there are superb views across to Popocatepetl (a popular climb - until its recent eruptions). During this first part of the holiday, we take every opportunity to return to our comfortable hacienda base at the foot of La Malinche. Moving on to the town of Tlachichuca, we make our preparations for the final ascent, on Pico de Orizaba (5746m). After climbing the 30-degree snow slope of the Glaciar de Jamapa and tracing a route around the crater rim, our reward is a summit with splendid views across to the Gulf of Mexico. With 3 challenging climbs and a host of new experiences, this is a brilliant adventure and the opportunity to see another side of Mexico.
Is this holiday for you?
During this climbing holiday we will make ascents of three of Mexico's highest volcanoes at elevations close to or above 5000 metres. We have an excellent programme of acclimatisation leading up to the ascent of Mexico's highest peak, Orizaba (5746m). These ascents involve a mix of terrain from rugged scree slope or loose volcanic material to moderately angled snow slopes (30 - 40 degrees), requiring the use of crampons and ice axe. You should only attempt these climbs if you have previous winter walking experience using crampons and are familiar with the techniques of self arrest with an ice axe. It should be noted that trekking or climbing at even moderately high altitudes makes extra demands, and you should have a good level of fitness before embarking on this trip. There are also long days required on each of the three main objectives, and you will have to carry personal equipment and provisions to high camps.