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Mexico - Pico De Orizaba

Overview

Pico de Orizaba (18,491ft/5,636m) is the highest point in Mexico and the third highest point in North America. This is a popular mountaineering objective on its own, but we have the option to do what we are best known for – skiing right off the summit!  This trip is timed to coincide with the end of the storms that bring Orizaba most of its snow. If you are looking for a great way to introduce yourself to high altitude climbing, this is it. This trip can run either as a mountaineering or ski mountaineering trip depending on conditions. If the advertised date does not work for you, please call us to arrange for a private trip.

$2,950 Per Person
8 Days
Difficulty
Ratio:
2:1

Trip Information

$2,950
Price based on 3 climbers/skiers per guide. Please contact us directly for private trips. 425-888-6397 x2 | info@proguiding.com
 Pico de Orizaba (18,491 ft / 5636 m) is the highest point in Mexico and the third highest point in North America. This is a popular mountaineering objective on its own. We also propose doing what we’re best known for – skiing right off the summit to the toe of the Jamapa Glacier! This trip is timed to coincide with the end of the storms that bring Orizaba most of its snow.This trip can run either as a mountaineering or ski mountaineering trip. Please inquire upon sign-up.
A shorter itinerary, lower guest-to-guide ratio, and a ski mountaineering climb and descent set this trip apart. And while this trip is relatively short – only 7 or 8 days – we spend those days maximizing our acclimatization. We’ll take a unique trekking approach from the town of Tlachichuca to the refuge at the base of the route, carrying light day packs while our heavier mountain and ski equipment is shuttled up by car. To make this trip possible we’ve teamed up with Servimont Climbing Adventures, a three-generation local logistics and guide service.
Duration: 8
Ratio: 2:1
Difficulty Level:
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Overall Difficulty Level: Difficult

Skills Required: Advanced skiing ability and ski touring ability; experience with crampons also required.

Fitness Level: Very strenuous due to climbing and ski touring at high altitude


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Itinerary

Day One – Meet your guide in Mexico City, Mexico. We’ll then drive to the town of Tlachichuca (8500 ft / 2600 m), and stay in the Servimont Lodge, our base for the week.
 
Day Two – Because of the sudden elevation gain, we’ll take the first day a little easy and have a light day hike, climbing no higher than 11,800 ft / 3600 m, on the west slopes of Orizaba.
 
Day Three – We’ll start an overnight trek that will give us added acclimatization and some light exercise. Carrying light day packs and with a local Servimont hiking guide, we’ll start climbing up the west slopes of Orizaba, and meet our camping equipment at 11150 ft / 3400 m.
 
Day Four – Finish the overnight trek to the Peidra Grande refuge (14,000 ft / 4270 m), where we’ll thank our hiking guide, meet our warden, and be reunited with all of our mountain and ski equipment.
 
Day Five – A final acclimatization hike to the Jamapa Glacier, climbing no higher than 16,000 ft / 4900 m. Depending on snow coverage, this may be a ski tour.
 
Day Six – Summit Day! Climb the Jamapa Glacier to the crater rim, and ski from the summit. Then we’ll be met by a driver at the Piedra Grande refuge and be driven back to Tlachichuca for a celebratory dinner and final night.
 
Day Seven – POSSIBLE WEATHER DAY. We recommend that everyone “pad” their trip by one day to allow for a possible weather delay. This can be as simple as purchasing refundable tickets to allow for an earlier booking home. If we choose to take this weather day, there will be added costs not included in the price advertised.
 
Day Eight – Travel day to Puebla, and return home.

Private Trips

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Pricing

$2,950
per person
Price based on 3 climbers/skiers per guide. Please contact us directly for private trips. 425-888-6397 x2 | info@proguiding.com
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What's Included In the Trip Price
  • Transportation from Puebla, Mexico to Tlachichuca
  • Lodging
  • Meals
  • Hiking guide and refuge warden
  • Team camping equipment (tents, stoves, etc).
  • Team technical equipment (ropes, protection, etc)
What's Not Included
  • Flight to Puebla
  • Alcohol
  • Lodging and meal costs incurred by adding the weather day described above (if it occurs)
  • Gratuity for hiking guide, refuge warden, and mountain guides
  • Personal Equipment
Payment Policy
If booking a domestic trip that is over 30 days away or an international trip that is over 60 days away, you can book your trip by paying a 20% deposit.  View Full Policy
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel for any reason 30 or more days before domestic trips or 60 or more days before international and Alaska trips, we will refund everything you have paid minus half of your deposit. No refunds will be provided if you cancel your trip for ANY REASON (this includes but is not limited to illness including CoVid-19, injury, or work-related issues) within 30 days of the start of domestic trips or 60 days of international and Alaska based trips.  View Full Policy

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FAQs

Will we be skiing off the summit?

Our hope is to ski off the summit of Pico de Orizaba, but this will be decided based on the conditions we find while we are there.

Should I tip my guide?

Although tipping is not a requirement, it is considered standard practice in the guiding industry and is appreciated by our guides. We generally recommend roughly 10%-15% of your course or trip cost or a flat amount that you are comfortable with.

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