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6 Mountains in two weeks

A two-week hiking/climbing holiday in and around Mexico city and towards the Eastern border with Veracruz. Combined with the hikes and climbs will be visits to the best historic sites that Mexico City has to offer including the old historic center of the Zocalo, the fantastic pyramids of Teotihucan, the floating gardens of Xochimilco, the Venice of Mexico City, a world class Anthropology museum and a visit to Chapultepec Castle with its history museum. There will also be visits outside of the city to the historic cities of Humantle and Cholula.

Your hikes in the first week will include Xitle, Ajusco, Malinche and Nevado Toluca, Xitle and Ajusco are the higest peaks in Mexico City and Malinche and Nevado are the 5th and 4th highest peaks in Mexico. These are all single day walks of moderate difficulty and suitable to any regular hill walkers of average ability. There are moderate scrambles on each hike but of little difficulty. All the hikes are quite different and offer stunning vistas. This particularly applies to Nevado Toluca.

The climbs of Izta and Pico de Orizaba are a different matter. Izta is the 3rd highest peak in Mexico and a beautiful undulating ridge of a mountain to climb that has snow and glacier crossings underfoot. Though a non-technical peak it is at altitude (5,230m) and it is a long climb that necessitates an early 2am start with ice axe and crampon use in the latter stages of the climb. It is in the very hard category and suitable for regular hill walkers who are in very good condition. To climb Izta in one day can take anything between 14 to 17 hours up and down but the ascent can be modified to the ability of the clients i.e. a high camp.

The beauty of this mountain cannot be exemplified enough however. At sunrise you should arrive at the crucial ‘old refuge’ viewing point where in front of you will be the stunning vista of the craggy ridges leading to the summit in the distance and behind you will be Popocatepetl volcano (2nd highest peak in Mexico-closed due to its activity) smoking away like an old man with a cigar. This viewpoint is truly unique and will become part of your memories of a lifetime.

Pico de Orizaba a few days later will be a different mountain altogether. Intoxicated by your climb of Izta a few days ago you will get to Pico to see that it is a classic volcano cone entirely different to Izta. Pico, at 5,636m, is also the highest mountain in Mexico, the 3rd highest mountain in North America and one of the 7 Volcanic Summits of the world.

Pico again is a non-technical mountain but due to the upper slopes being a glacier ice axes and crampons will again be used and you will possibly be roped to your guide. The ascent of Pico is another early 2am start and it will take you between 12-15 hours up and down. Sunrise will see you walking up the higher forty-degree slopes towards the stunning summit that is Pico. Again this is a mountain that requires the same fitness and ability of Izta but the effort is well worth it as you get another stunning sunrise on the roof of one of North America’s highest peaks.

Itinerary

* Included meals B=breakfast, Lunch=cooked meal, ML=mountain lunch, D=dinner

Day1: Arrival Day. Stay in MC/Hotel. Clients will be met/transported to hotel by company rep. No food provided.

Day2: Zócalo* visit am Stay in MC/Hotel. Guide provided. Zócalo-The historic ‘plaza’ or center of Mexico City (UNESCO). Here we have the Metropolitan Cathedral, the antiquity site of Templo Mayor and the National Palace. *B

Day3: Xitle volcano (3,100) We climb to the historic volcano and we will go all around the crater then we go into the caves in the bottom *B, ML, L

Day4: Xochimilco* am. Pm free time/travel to Nevado Toluca. Stay in Venados or Las Plumas refugios depending on availability (3,000m or 4,000m). Xochimilco-Floating gardens, Mexican style Venice with gondolas (UNESCO). *B, D

Day5: Nevado Toluca hike (4,700m)-return to MC. Stay in MC/Hotel. Nevado de Toluca-4th highest peak in Mexico & 2:30 hours from Mexico City *B, ML, L

Day6: Anthropology museum am & Chapultepec castle & historia museum pm. Anthropology museum-world class museum on Mexicos pre Hispanic past. Chapultepec castle & museum-Mexico City’s historic castle and ex imperial residence. * B

Day7: Ajusco Pico del Aguila hike (3,800m). Stay in MC/Hotel. Ajusco- highest peak near to Mexico City & in Mexico City (MC). **B, ML, L

Day8: Stay in Malinche Cabins. Clients will be met/transported to Teotihuacan and then to the cabins in malinche. Teotihuacan-World renowned pyramid site (UNESCO). *B, D

Day9: Malinche Hike (4400m) Stay in Malinche Cabins Malinche-5th highest peak in Mexico & 3 hours from MC. (Mexico City) *B, ML, L, D

Day10: Visit Humantla Travel and stay Iztacciuhatl refuge. Huamantla designated Mexican “Magic” Town of touristic importance.*B,D

Day11: Izta ascent (5,200m). Refuge stay. Iztaccihuatl-3th highest peak in Mexico & 2:30 hours from MC. *B, ML, L, D

Day12: Visit Cholula am, historical town. Travel to and stay in hotel in Tlachichuca. Cholula-Historical town with pyramid. *B, D

Day13: Travel to Piedra Grande. Stay at refuge. Possible acclimatisation hike. *B, L, D

Day14: Pico Orizaba ascent (5,700m). Travel back to MC/Hotel. Pico de Orizaba-1st highest peak in Mexico & 4 hours from MC *B, ML, L

Day15: Departure. Airport transfer. *B

Prices per person in Mexican pesos

1 person $ 36,000

2 persons $ 27.500

3 or 4 persons $ 26,000

5 people or more $ 24,000

If you have questions, you want a different package or require more information please contact us.

What is included?

  • Accident insurance
  • Qualified guides
  • Safety equipment
  • Helmet
  • Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Comidas (las que vienen indicadas en el itinerario)
  • Hospedaje en refugios, cabañas, hoteles y tienda de campaña.
  • Transportación Aeropuerto-Hotel-Aeropuerto
  • Transportación entre excursiones.
  • Entradas a los diferentes lugares y montañas

What to Bring

  • Towel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Clothes to sleep in
  • Wash kit
  • Thermal underwear
  • Fleece or fibre pile mid layer
  • Gore-Tex or similar outer layer to protect from the wind and rain
  • Sunglasses with ultraviolet protection with a close fit to the face or side protection
  • Sun cream of at least factor 30
  • Water proof jacket
  • Rucksack (25-30l)
  • Trekking poles
  • Rigid or semi-rigid mountain boots, previously used and waterproof
  • High mountain gloves
  • Insulating mat for the floor
  • Ropa para todos los días

Optional

This is not recommended for pregnant women, people with neck or back problems, people with haemophilia, asthma or epilepsy or for people with heart problems.