Covid-19 has forced us all to make hard decisions and that means IMG finds it necessary to alter our plans for this winter to insure the safety of our climbers, guides and all the people in the countries where we work. The risk, currently, is simply not worth the reward. With that in mind, IMG will not be conducting expeditions to Mexico this coming season. Let's continue to train hard and stay focused on the following season. And in the meantime, consider one or more of the numerous domestic programs IMG offers.
Covid vaccine announcements in early November have certainly been encouraging. Let's hope that good news continues. With that hope in mind, it's important to provide our climbers with dates for programs during the 2021/22 winter season so we all can begin to make new plans. Our 2021/22 Mexico dates are now LIVE.
Climb the Mexico Volcanoes with International Mountain Guides
Our Mexico program was completely revamped when Popocatepetl became active years ago and the trip is now better than ever. After the awakening of Popocatepetl, IMG set our sights on another nearby volcano: Ixtaccihuatl (17,338'). Orizaba and Ixtaccihuatl make for an action-packed week with two climbs!
Orizaba and Ixtaccihuatl
It's amazing how much you can pack into a nine-day period with a well-planned itinerary. Ixtaccihuatl (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 (18,491') 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 Denali. 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 ice axe 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. This trip only requires you to break away from work for one week. In just one week you can sharpen or acquire new skills while enjoying some Mexican sunshine and see another area of the world.
We sincerely feel that this is one of the best run Mexico Volcanoes programs available. Experience, leadership and relationships make the difference in our programs.