International Mountain Guides Climbing and Mountaineering Expeditions

Mexico Volcanoes

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

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Climb the Mexico Volcanoes with International Mountain Guides

Our Mexico program was completely revamped when Popocatepetl became active several years ago. The result was that the trip is now better than ever. We are climbing Ixtaccihuatl (17,338') now that Popcatepetl has become active.

Orizaba and Ixtaccihuatl or Orizaba alone — you decide! An action-packed week with two climbs or a more relaxed trip with Orizaba as our sole goal — the choice is yours!

Orizaba and Ixtaccihuatl

It's amazing how much you can pack into a 9 day period with a well-planned itinerary. Ixta (17,338') provides a nice exposure to the Mexican countryside and a great opportunity to acclimate. Our route of choice will be either the Arista del Sol or the Ayoloco Glacier.

Orizaba (18,880') will be climbed via the Jamapa Glacier. In addition to the climbs, two nights are spent in Mexico City and one in the old Spanish colonial city of Puebla. We'll spend the night after climbing Orizaba with friends of ours in the country town of Tlachichuca.

Each of the climbs involves several thousand vertical feet of snow and glacier climbing. This nine-day trip to Mexico is great as a first high-altitude experience or as an excellent way to prepare for Mt. McKinley. Basic climbing experience such as a climb of Mt. Rainier would be excellent training for the trip. Each team member needs to be familiar with the ice ax arrest, basic cramponing and rope team travel. Each climber also needs to be in excellent physical condition. Climbing to altitudes approaching 19,000 feet is never easy.

We have conducted these trips since 1976 and they have always been a favorite. It would be difficult to find a guide service with more experience climbing in Mexico. You only have to break away from work for one week. You can sharpen or acquire new skills while enjoying some Mexican sunshine and seeing another area of the world.

Just Orizaba

This time, we concentrate on Orizaba, Just Orizaba. We'll meet in Mexico City and head the following morning for the town of Tlachichuca. Two days of hiking will bring us to the Piedra Grande hut on Orizaba. One additional acclimatization day and then we head for the summit. Showers and dinner with the Reyes family are our reward after the climb. And, we'll fly out from the old colonial city of Puebla. Sweet.

Required skills are the same for both programs. Either way, it's hard not to enjoy a week in the Mexican sunshine.

We sincerely feel that this is one of the best run Mexico Volcanoes programs available. Experience, leadership and relationships make the difference.

Mexican Volcanoes Climbing Expedition International Mountain Guides
Dates and Prices

Mexico Volcanoes (Orizaba and Ixtaccihuatl):
Nov 14-22, 2015 (led by Austin Shannon)
Jan 23-31, 2016 (led by Austin Shannon)
Landcost: $2,700

Orizaba Only:
Jan 31 - Feb 7, 2016 (led by Austin Shannon)
Landcost: $2,200

Trip Reports and Cybercasts

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