Mexico Volcano Climber
Mexico, Climbing, 14 days - from £1,945 (land only) - from €2,725 (land only) - from $3,140 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Mexico City. A timed group airport transfer is provided. KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight at the group hotel.
Day 2: After breakfast we have a guided sightseeing tour of Mexico City, including a visit to the fascinating Anthropological Museum.
Day 3: Driving south out of the city, we now make a training and acclimatisation climb of Volcan Ajusco (3930m), also known as Malacatepetl. This is the highest point in the Mexico Federal District (in which Mexico City is located) and is a relatively easy walk so is popular with local people. After the climb we transfer back to our hotel in Mexico City.
Day 4: We will visit the Basilica of our lady of Guadalupe before driving north out of the city to the the Teotihuacan Pyramids. Built around 300 BC as part of a large city the complex contains the third larget Pyramid in the world. We then drive to a mountain hut on Nevado Toluca at 3800 metres.
Day 5: We drive along a gravel road to the 'Estation Meteorologica' (4050m). From here a good trail leads directly into the crater of Nevado Toluca. The crater forms a magnificent ridge with several summits, one of which we will climb for further acclimatisation. The highest summit is Pico de Fraile (4691m). Drive to Taxco.
Day 6: We have some time to explore the 'Siver City' of Taxco, which is an attractive old Spanish colonial town. We then drive to the UNESCO site of Xochicalco to visit the exceptionally well-preserved Aztec ruins here. After a couple of hours exploration of this fascinating site, we drive for approximately 1 hour to Puente de Ixtla (900m)..
Day 7: We have a day to relax at our hotel and make any final preperations for tomorrow's climb. In the evening we will drive via the town of Americameca and the Paso de Cortez to the trail head where we stay in the National Park's Atzomoni hut (4050m) between Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl.
Day 8: We make an early start and follow the trail which climbs to the 'Ridge of the Sun'. This is the normal route on the peak and it is a 10 to 12 hour day to reach the summit of Ixtaccihuatl (5260m), Mexico's 3rd highest peak and descend to La Joya. From the top, the views extend to Popcatepetl and Mexico City. After the climb, we drive to Amecameca where we check in to a hotel.
Day 9: A well earned rest day. In the morning we can relax by the hotel pool. In the afternoon we drive for 2 hours to the small attractive town of Tlaxcala. We check into our hotel and have further time to relax and enjoy the ambience of this old colonial town.
Day 10: After breakfast we drive for approximately 1 hour to the base of the peak known as La Malinche. This is Mexico's 5th highest peak and provides an excellent but technically straightforward ascent. A good trail leads to rockier ground on the summit ridge. It will take us 4 - 5 hours to reach the summit (4462m) and a further 2 - 3 hours to return to our vehicle. We then drive back to Tlaxcala.
Day 11: We drive for approximately 2 hours to the town of Tlachichuca. From here we continue a further 3 hours in 4x4 vehicles up the flanks of Orizaba to the Piedra Grande hut (4230m) on the north side of the volcano just above the tree line.
Day 12: We make an early start for the ascent of Orizaba (5636m). The trail leads to easy angled snow slopes which we follow to the crater. We then follow the ridge to the summit, which is marked by a cross. We have views across the Gulf of Mexico to the east and the central plateau to the west. Returning to the Piedra Grande hut, we drive to Tlachicuca for dinner before continuing to our hotel in Puebla.
Day 13: Puebla has been awarded the status of UNESCO World Heritage City. In the morning we have a city tour. There are many fine buildings here, the most notable being the cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. The afternoon is free. There is also a thriving arts culture and the city is very vibrant. Our tour bus will be on hand if we decide to make any excursions outside the city.
Day 14: In the morning, we drive back through rural Mexico to Mexico City airport (2.5 hours) where KE Land Only package services end. We can arrange extra nights in Mexico City if required.
This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.