ORIZABA EXPEDITION

Trip Information

Location: Central Range, Mexico
Summit Elevation: 18,880 ft. (5636m)
Days: 7
Dates: March 4-10, 2017
Skill Level: Intermediate
Maximum Group Size: 8 Clients
Cost of Trip: USD $2,400
Trip begins in Mexico City, Mexico
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Recent Trip Results

  • March 2015 - Crater Rim/Summit
  • November 2013 - Summit - Dispatches
  • January 2008 - Summit
  • December 2007 - Summit

Summit Success

Our Orizaba Expedition for the 2017 Season

  • Incredible opportunity for mountaineers to reach an 18,880 ft. (5636m) summit
  • Perfect training peak to prepare for a future attempt of Aconcagua
  • Orizaba veteran American staff that have successfully led previous trips with 100% Summit Success

Highlights of our Trip

  • Private transports throughout the expedition
  • Veteran American mountain guide with over a decade of guiding in Mexico, to ensure seamless delivery and safety procedures
  • Access to satellite phone and email, dispatches of the team progress on our news site
  • Emphasis is placed on providing high end logistics, staff, equipment and services to a small team of climbers
  • Accommodation in Tlachichuca, Mexico in quaint lodge

Trip Description

Join us for a climb of this beautiful and accessible mountain in the heart of Mexico. First climbed in 1848, Orizaba is the 3rd highest mountain in North America and an excellent experience for the aspiring mountaineer. Standing 18,880 feet above the Gulf of Mexico to the east, Orizaba is an excellent challenge for those who have had some experience with mountaineering and are looking to test themselves at high altitude. Orizaba is the perfect next step on the road to peaks such as Elbrus and Aconcagua and has served as the choice for mountaineers as the first big mountain glacier climb.

Gear Check

Pico de Orizaba is easily accessible from Mexico City, a short drive to the town of Tlachichuca brings us to the base of the mountain. We will spend a night in town to take in the views of the mountain and sample the exquisite local cooking. Before making our way to the start of the climb we have time to pack and organize equipment on the sunny grass of our logistics operators hacienda.

A 4-wheel drive truck ride will transport the group and gear to the Piedra Grande hut located at 13,972 feet on the mountain. Here we will take a day or two to relax, hike, and acclimatize. As soon as we have taken some time to review basic skills, we are ready to climb to the summit.

Sunrise on the Mountain

The route travels via moderate snow slopes of the Jamapa Glacier. After several hours ascending the snow slopes we reach the crater rim. A short traverse along the exciting summit ridge leads to the summit of Orizaba.

After the climb we will join in a celebration dinner back in town and then transport back to Mexico City for the culmination of the expedition.

"The Orizaba trip was a great adventure set within the rich culture of central Mexico. As an experienced climber, I was provided an introduction to high altitude mountaineering and Mountain Professionals also taught me vital climbing lessons along the way."

Steve C.

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Projected Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Mexico City (7,340') transport to Tlachichuca (7,000') in private van. Enjoy our local operator's hacienda and wonderful meals.

Day 2: Expedition overview, gear check & explore Artisans' Market.

Day 3: Transport via 4-wheel drive to Piedra Grande Hut (13,972') on Orizaba and take a small acclimatization hike.

Day 4: Acclimatization hike to set up high camp and return to sleep in the hut.

Day 5: Hike to high camp/sleep in tents.

Day 6: Summit Orizaba and return to the hut, transport to Tlachichuca and sleep in our hosts hacienda.

Day 7: Morning transport to Mexico City/Flights home.

Local Culture

Trip Cost Includes

  • Mountain Professionals guides.
  • Transfer from Mexico City Airport to Tlachicuca and back.
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Tlachicuca at Hotel including meals.
  • Transfer to and from mountain via 4x4 vehicle.
  • All hut or camping fees for the climb.
  • All meals and cooking gear on mountain.
  • Group climbing equipment, including tents. 

Price Does Not Include

  • Items of personal nature, individual travel costs, delays, taxis, etc.
  • Personal clothing or gear.
  • Alcoholic drinks and personal snacks.
  • Recommended Travel/Trip Cancellation Insurance.
  • Staff gratuities.