Pico de Orizaba and Mexican Volcanoes

Rated 4.33 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)

Altitude 5636m, Grade 2B

This expedition offers the opportunity to climb the highest volcano in the North America, along with two other volcanoes, in just 11 days!
Pico de Orizaba is a Volcanic Seven Summit


Pico de Orizaba and the Mexican Volcanoes – Malinche, Iztaccihuatl

This expedition to Pico De Orizaba (5636m) offers the opportunity to climb the highest volcano in North America, along with two other Mexican volcanoes; Malinche (4460m) and Iztaccihuatl (5260m). Pico De Orizaba is also one of the Seven Volcanic Summits, the highest volcano on each continent. The ascent of Pico De Orizaba is similar to climbing Mt Elbrus and the ideal climbing months are Late November to March.

The climb up Pico de Orizaba starts with an exciting jeep ride that takes us from the Mexico city to our camp at the Piedra Grande Hut perched at 4200m. From our camp we make our way through the mountain’s rocky moraine to join the Glacier de Jamapa Glacier. The route climbs the glacier and snow slopes to Orizaba’s summit, a perfectly formed conical shaped crater with a breath taking panorama.

If you are used to regular multi day hill walking you will have the right level of fitness to fully enjoy your time on this expedition. Previous experience of ice axe and crampons skills is a pre-requisite for this expedition for which you are welcome to join one of our Scottish Winter Skills course or Winter mountaineering. We also recommend that you also have experienced walking at over 4000m.

For those with more time you can extend your stay and explore the diverse cultures of Mexico with visits to the Teotihuacan Pyramids and the beautiful crater lakes of Nevado de Toluca for example.

Trip dossier

Trip dossier

  • International flights from London (Flight inclusive package)
  • A qualified Mexican expedition team leader. 
  • Permits, charges, importation taxes and levies payable to the Local Authorities in connection with the expedition. 
  • Food, fuel and cooking equipment whilst on the mountain.
  • Hotel and other valley/town accommodation on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
  • All tents and other communal equipment necessary for the climb. 
  • Medical safety equipment and supplies
  • 90-120 litre kit bag for expedition members for UK based clients. A logoed top will be substituted for all clients residing outside of the UK and for returning clients
  • 24 hour back up and support from UK staff
  • 15% off the RRP on clothing and equipment purchases from Adventure Peaks shop
  • Travel to and from UK airport
  • Personal climbing clothes and equipment
  • Personal insurance, visas, departure tax and inoculations
  • Drinks and hotel or guest house meals, unless specified
  • Personal medical supplies 
  • Personal use of communication equipment
  • Excess baggage
  • Tips for local guides.
  • Pyramid entry fees.
  • Costs associated with an expedition finishing early
  • Costs associated with you leaving an expedition early
  • Costs associated with extending a trip due to bad weather or other circumstances

It is vitally important that you have adequate travel insurance for your trip with Adventure Peaks. We recognise the complexity and variety of choice in the insurance market and know that many of you either have your own preferred insurer or have annual multi trip cover in place already. If this is the case, please ensure that your insurer is aware of your Adventure Peaks itinerary and can agree to cover the activities being undertaken.

Adventure Peaks do not provide any advice on travel insurance, although it is a requirement of our booking conditions that you have travel insurance which covers the activities which you are likely to be undertaking on your holiday. Cover must include emergency medical, helicopter evacuation, repatriation and rescue expenses.

It is strongly recommended that suitable cancellation insurance is purchased at the time of booking as all deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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3 reviews for Pico de Orizaba and Mexican Volcanoes

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    John S

    Another great expedition led by Adventure Peaks. The trip included cultural highlights with visit to the celebrated pyramids of the Sun and Moon followed by short visit to the town of Tlachichuca. It facilitated preconditioning on an ascent of Malinche. The expedition provided continued acclimatization on Pico de Orizaba which ultimately enabled a successful summit from the Piedra Grande Hut up Glacier de Jamapa to crater rim. The trip was capped by a celebratory dinner in Serdan. In summary – superb planning, flawless logistics, and amiable, competent guiding. John S

  2. Rated 4 out of 5


    Fantastic support and organisation as always

  3. Rated 4 out of 5


    Great adventure programme. Mexico Volcanoes itinerary was great, with good acclimatisation schedule and opportunity to climb three volcanoes. One recommendation to the itinerary could be possible inclusion of going for Lucha Libre (local wrestling) – it was one of the highlights!

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2 Day Oaxaca extension - £495 per person Why not extend your stay to explore Mexico's fascinating culture with a trip to Oaxaca. The 2 day extension includes a transfer from Zoapan (4 hr drive), a city tour of mescal distilleries, visits to handicraft markets and pre-hispanic ruins at Monte Alban and Mitla, 2 nights' hotel accommodation and transfer to Mexico City (7 hrs) for your return flight.


The Initial Deposits for this booking will be :£400 per Person

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15th Oct 2022 - 24th Oct 2022
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