International Mountain Guides Climbing and Mountaineering Expeditions

Mexico Volcanoes

Orizaba (18,880')  •  Ixtaccihuatl (17,338')

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IMG Mexico Itinerary (Orizaba and Ixtaccihuatl)

Day Itinerary
Day 01 - SATArrive in Mexico City and meet the group at the Hotel Maria Christina on Rio Lerma #31. Group meeting in the lobby of the hotel at 7:00 p.m. Dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 02 - SUNMorning departure. Drive out in private vehicles to Ixta. We'll hike near Cortez Pass and spend the evening in the town of Amecameca.
Day 03 - MONBack up to Cortez Pass, do a carry of water/gear to our high camp and spend the night at the hut on the Pass.
Day 04 - TUEUp to high camp, pack, prep for the summit climb and get to bed early.
Day 05 - WEDSummit and back to camp and head straight for the city of Puebla. It's a long, but rewarding day.
Day 06 - THULeave Puebla for Tlachichuca. From here we will be transported by local jeep drivers to the Piedre Grande hut at the base of Orizaba (18,490'). The night is spent in the hut.
Day 07 - FRIClimb the mountain (12 hours) and return to the hut. The jeeps will meet us in the late afternoon and take us down to Tlachichuca. We will have dinner and stay with our friends, the Reyes family, in Tlachichuca that evening.
Day 08 - SATWe will return to Mexico City, arriving about mid-day. The afternoon is free and we will spend a final night in town celebrating our success.
Day 09 - SUNDepart Mexico City for flight home. You can arrange your flights to depart at any time on Sunday. Most of us leave early that morning.

IMG Mexico Itinerary (Just Orizaba)

Day Itinerary
Day 01 - SATArrive in Mexico City and meet the group at the Hotel Maria Christina on Rio Lerma #31. Group meeting in the lobby of the hotel at 7:00 p.m. Dinner together as a group at a restaurant in the Zona Rosa of Mexico City.
Day 02 - SUNMorning departure. Head in a private van to the village of Tlachichuca at the base of Pico de Orizaba. About 4 hours. Afternoon spent organizing gear, meeting the Reyes family and enjoying town. Dinner and night with the Reyes family in Tlachichua.
Day 03 - MONDrive to the village of Hidalgo and start walking. Group gear, including tents, will be dropped at our first camp. Walking time is approx. 3 hours. Evening spent by the fire at our camp.
Day 04 - TUESecond day of hiking will take us to the Piedre Grande Refugio (hut). Another 3 hours. Evening spent at the hut.
Day 05 - WEDWe need a full day of acclimatization at the hut. We'll hike above the hut for approximately 2 hours and return to the hut for the evening. The afternoon affords us time to prepare our gear for the climb.
Day 06 - THUClimb Orizaba. An early departure allows us to summit and return to the Piedre Grande hut where our vehicle will be waiting for us. We need at least 12 hours for the return trip. We'll drive back to Tlachichuca for showers, dinner and a final evening at the Reyes compound.
Day 07 - FRIWake up at our leisure, have breakfast and say good-bye to the Reyes family. It's a 2 hour drive to the colonial city of Puebla. A sunny afternoon will be filled with lunch at a sidewalk café in front of the Zocalo, a bit of sightseeing and some shopping. Dinner at a super pizza restaurant on the Zocalo (town square) and the night at our hotel.
Day 08 - SATEarly morning flight from Puebla to Houston on Continental Airlines. Connect for flights home.
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I had the time of my life, and I look forward to my next trip with IMG...
Phil runs a well thought out and organized program. It's a great way to see the Mexican Volcanoes. I highly recommend it...
Phil, you did a great job at providing superb leadership and it's only in hindsight that I realized how much I did learn in the several days that we all worked together. Your concern for safety and the well-being of the group was certainly expressed succinctly and in the end it paid dividends. But, what I particularly liked was your strong emphasis on the fact that we participate together as a team up to the top and back down. We succeeded, and in large part I think, it's due to the fact that you emphasized that we all do it together...
~Todd H.
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