Mexican Volcano Program
Orizaba and Ixtaccihuatl
¡Bienvenidos a México! Climb for Clean Air’s newest adventure is exploring los picos de Orizaba y Ixtaccihuatl. We will be coordinating with RMI Expeditions for the climb.
- Their seasoned guides will lead this climb Day 1 you will be arriving to Mexico City and getting ready for your team orientation meeting, while organizing and packing all the group gear! You will start at La Malinche training (10,000’) on day 2 of the climb and go up to La Malinche Base Camp (14,636’).
- Departing on Day 3, climbers will head to La Joya towards Ixtaccihuatl. With time to visit local markets in Amecameca and entering the Izta-Popo Zoquiapan National Park.
- Day 4-5: We leave La Joya and hike to the High Camp. Once set up, we’ll review our mountain skills and prepare for an early alpine start. Summit day on Ixtaccihuatl departs from high camp and climb the Knees Route to the Ridge of the Sun (La Arista del Sol). After enjoying the views and celebrating on the 17,340’ summit, we descend to the High Camp, pack up, and return to La Joya. We transfer to the colonial city of Puebla and check into our hotel.
- Day 6: The hotel in Puebla is located one block away from the Zocalo (Main Square) in the heart of the downtown historic district of Puebla and has been on the city map since 1668. The day is free for you to relax and explore the city and many historical sites.
- Day 7: Orizaba High Camp. Drive to Tlachichuca, located at the base of Pico de Orizaba. After lunch, four-wheel drive trucks take us to Piedra grande, our High Camp on Orizaba at 14,00’'. We spend the night in tents near the hut.
- Day 8: Summiting Pico de Orizaba! Starting early in the alpine morning, we navigate a complex terrain of rocks and loose gravel. When we arrive at the Jamapa Glacier, we equip ourselves with crampons, ice axes, and ropes to continue the ascent. The glaciers on Orizaba are not overly challenging, with minimal crevasses, making the climb to 18,491 feet quite straightforward. After rejoicing at the summit, we initiate our descent. Upon reaching Piedra Grande, we load up our trucks and head down for a rejuvenating hot shower and a delicious homemade meal. We then spend the night at a climbers' hostel in Tlachichuca.
- Day 9: Mexico City & Travel Day. After breakfast, we depart Tlachichuca and return to Mexico City. It’s about a three-hour drive, and we arrive at the airport around 12:00 PM. Your outbound flight should be booked for 3:00 PM or later.
Registration for this climb is $250 which also go towards your fundraising goals. The minimum fundraising requirement to participate and have guaranteed spot for your mountain is $10,000.