Mexico Volcano Climber
Mexico, Climbing, 14 days - from £1,945 (land only) - from €2,725 (land only) - from $3,140 (land only)
Leave the tourist trail behind and head for the summits. Offered by few other UK operators, you can see a different side to Mexico on this superb climbing holiday.
- Mountaineering in Mexico, the land of the Aztecs
- Climb Pico de Orizaba (5636m), the highest summit in Mexico
- Views of Popocatepetl from Ixtaccihuatl
- Experience Aztec and Spanish colonial history
- The charming colonial old towns of Taxco and Puebla
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 volcanoes. As an acclimatisation exercise, we start out with an ascent of Volcan Ajusco (3930m) overlooking Mexico City. We then climb the Nevado Toluca (4691m), Mexico's 4th highest peak, which provides a magnificent climb along a crater ridge. Our next objective is Mexico's 3rd highest peak, the hard to pronounce Iztaccihuatl, a dormant volcano situated right beside the active Popocatepetl. We climb the 5th highest, Malinche (4462m), a relatively easy peak with a scrmbling ridge at the top, before tackling Mexico's highest volcano, 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. Between the climbs we have plenty of time for rest and exploration of Mexico's cultural treasures including the incredible Aztec pyramids at Xochicalco and attractive colonial cities such as Taxco and Puebla. Climbing four of the five highest peaks in Mexico including the third highest in North America, 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 four 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 (5636m). 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. There are also long days required on each of the main objectives. You should only attempt these climbs if you have previous winter or alpine 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 holiday.