Join Crew Treks on this exciting expedition to climb Pico de Orizaba, Ixta (Ixtaccíhuatl) and La Malinche. Orizaba and Ixta are two of the highest mountains in Mexico. Pico de Orizaba at 5,636 meters is the highest mountain in Mexico, and the 3rd highest in North America, while Ixta at 5,230 meters, is the 3rd highest mountain in Mexico. La Malinche at 4,460 meters is the 6th highest mountain in Mexico and provides a great acclimatization summit.
Guides: Marek Wencel and Kyohei Oyama
Price: $1,950 All inclusive (see detail below)
Day 1 (Nov 01)
Arrive in Mexico City. After we transfer to our hotel in the city center, we'll go for a group dinner. We'll spend the night here in Mexico City at (2,240 Meters) Since there are plenty of flights into Mexico City, plan to arrive early in the day!
Day 2 (Nov 02)
After a hardy breakfast, we'll review our gear and pack for the journey. We then drive to the small gated resort at the foot of La Malinche, and since the resort is at 10,000 feet (3,000m), we will begin our acclimatisation process. We will be spending here two nights.
Day 3 (Nov 03)
We will get up early and after breakfast, we will climbfor our 1st acclimatisation mountain La Malinche at 4,462 m (14,640 ft). This is a perfect and easy hike but it will be strenuous enough to get us working at altitude in preparation for the upcoming climbs! We will return to the resort for the evening and spend another night there at 10,000 feet (3,000m)
Day 4 (Nov 04)
Today we will drive up through the Paseo de Cortez, the pass between Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl, named after the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, who crossed this pass in 1519. Tonight will be spent in tents at the base of Ixta at approx. 3,800 m (12,500')
Day 5 (Nov 05)
To build on our acclimatization and to shorten our summit day, we will move our camp to the ridge at around 4,600 m (15,000') where we will set up our high camp. An early dinner with great views to Popo, then rest for the night in preparation for our climb of Ixta the following day. We will sleep tonight at 15,000ft (4,600m)
Day 6 (Nov 06)
This will be our climbing day for Ixta, with an early morning start. The climb will be between 6-9 hours, with plans to return to camp by mid afternoon. After the climb, we will descend to the trailhead and join our driver for the ride back down to Puebla, where we will celebrate with a well-deserved dinner. We'll sleep this night down lower at 2,175 m (7,136').
Day 7 (Nov 07)
This will be our rest day. We will have a relaxing morning and we'll tour the old colonial city of Puebla. We'll spend second night at Puebla.
Day 8 (Nov 08)
After light breakfast, we will leave Puebla to the village of Zaopan at the base of Pico de Orizaba 3,000m/10,000ft. Here, we will sort out our gear and do last preparations for our Orizaba climb. We'll then continue by Jeeps to Piedra Grande Hut at 4,250m/14,000ft A short acclimatization hike above the hut, will allow us to strech our legs after couple of rest days. We will spend the night here, before moving on to high camp.
Day 9 (Nov 09)
We will move up to a high camp on the upper mountain, in order to further acclimatize and increase our chances for an enjoyable and successful summit bid the following day. We will sleep at a camp between 4,700 m (15,500') and 4,900 m (16,200'), depending on conditions.
Day 10 (Nov 10)
This is our summit day for Pico de Orizaba, the highest peak in Mexico and 3rd highest in North America. We will leave our high camp very early in the morning and make our way up the Glaciar de Jamapa directly up to the summit. After the climb, we return back down to the village of Zaopan, where we will have a fine dinner and celebrate our climb!
Day 11 (Nov 11)
Drive to Mexico City and celebrate more!
Day 12 (Nov 12)
Fly back home.
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Initially, stay at hotels in Mexico City and Puebla while doing day hikes to acclimatize to higher altitudes. Then, while in the mountains, we’ll spend several nights in tents. First week hikes to be short 4-7hrs, then, we’ll progress to 8+hrs range
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