Mexico’s Volcanoes

Iztaccihuatl (5199m / 17,158′) / El Pico de Orizaba (5611m / 18,410′)


This trip is an excellent introduction to high altitude mountaineering. It is a ten-day itinerary encompassing summit attempts on two peaks. We also tour parts of Mexico City and visit the ancient pyramids of Teotihuacan, the largest pre-Columbian city in the Western Hemisphere.

Our first mountain is Iztaccihuatl; an Aztec name meaning the sleeping lady. We climb via the Ayoloco Glacier after a couple days of acclimatization at its base. We then travel south and east to the small town of Tlachichuca in preparation for our climb of El Pico de Orizaba. This dormant volcano is the third highest mountain on the North American continent. The approach takes us on a 14-mile 4WD jeep road past farms and villages. Our route is via the Jamapa Glacier. The summit is a spectacular crater a couple hundred feet deep and a quarter mile wide with steam vents in its interior.

Both peaks require prior knowledge of ice axe arrest, cramponing and rope team travel. See our Snow Travel School and Mountaineering Skills Seminar for more information about these skills.


November 6-15, 2020
Private dates available.



Land Costs Include:
Professional guides, hotels, breakfasts and dinners while on the mountains, all group equipment, hut fees, private transportation to and from all destinations on itinerary.

Land Costs Do Not Include:
Airline tickets, meals in restaurants, lunch food, personal equipment and clothing, airport taxes, and tips