Pico De Orizaba

Locations: Mexico.
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This trip is currently suspended due to unrest in Mexico.  Please check other similar trips like Mt. Pisco or Cotopaxi.


El Pico de Orizaba (known as Citlaltépetl which means Star Mountain) is a striking volcano.  From the west, it towers over the town of Tlachichuca in the form of a beautiful white cone.  The glacier starts around 4900-5000m and covers the upper sections of the mountain.  Pico de Orizaba is the highest mountain in Mexico and the third highest in North America, after Denali and Mount Logan.  Orizaba makes for an excellent first experience at high altitude.  “All participants should be in excellent physical condition and have prior knowledge of rope travel, the use of crampons, and ice axe arrest.”

Pico De Orizaba Interary

Day 1: Arrive in Mexico City: Hotel Majestic for team meeting and orientation.  Mexico City, love it or hate it, it is never dull!  Built on the ruins of Tenochititlan, the ancient Aztec capital, the city is filled with reminders of civilizations past, amazing Colonial architecture and interesting sights.

Day 2: Leave Mexico City for the town of Puebla: Hotel Colonial. The wonderful Colonial town of Puebla is well worth a visit!  The town is filled with charming architecture, thousands of well preserved Colonial buildings adorned with painted ceramic tiles and is known for its great restaurants.

Day 3: We leave Puebla heading North for our acclimation hike of La Malinche 14,640′.  After our hike, we will spend the night at the cabanas located at the base of La Malinche.

Day 4: We leave La Malinche and travel to Tlachichuca, base of El Pico de Orizaba.  Tlachichuca is a small rural farming town which sits at 8,500’ so our acclimation is continuing.  This small town has been serving climbers for many years now and no one has been doing it better than Senor Reyes, which is where we will be staying prior and post climb.

Day 5: We leave Senor Reyes and head for Piedra Grande Hut 13,394’  which will be the starting point for our Orizaba climb.

Day 6: Acclimation day with a hike to the high camp located at 16,000ft.

Day 7: Summit Day: Alpine start, we leave Piedra Grande and make our way up to the “Labyrinth” and then onto the Jamapa Glacier.  From here, the route heads directly up the glacier until we hit the crater.  A traverse of the rim brings us to the summit.  Average ascent times range from 6 to 10 hours.  After summit we return to Piedra Grande where we will be picked up for the return trip to Senor Reyes’.

Day 8: Leave Senor Reyes for the return trip to Mexico City approximately 3 hours.  There is the option of heading directly to the airport.  If booking a flight out of Mexico City on the return day it should be made for late afternoon, the earliest just to be safe or there is the option of spending another night in Mexico City.


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October 23, 2014