MOUNT PICO DE ORIZABA
Pico De Orizaba is a strato volcano, the highest mountain in Mexico and the third highest in North America after Logan and Denali. The Volcanic peak last erupted in 1846, is dormant but not extinct and overlooks the city of Orizaba. The peak is the second most prominent volcano in the world after Kilimanjaro and also supports glaciers. The first of Pico de Orizaba ascent took place in 1848.
The attitude is 5636m and acclimatisation is required. Pico de Orizaba is a symmetrical volcano with snow fields and glaciers and the use of ropes, harnesses, crampons and ice axes, but is achievable to the fit novice. Only walking on the peak is required.
The route is very similar to Cotopaxi, but easier. A continuous ascent, a few places are steep, compact hard snow (although terrain can change quickly if the mountain gets a snow storm before the ascent). There are very small cracks on the glacier, no big crevasses. The first part is rock and sand. Since we are leaving very early in the morning for the summit the ground might be frozen, until late morning. Scree rock and sand can be expected from 4200m up to 4800m depending on snow during ascent days. From there we “jump” onto the Jamapa Glacier which has a “cone” shape, going above the “Sarcophagus” on your right hand side.
Includes: Permit fees, communal gear, food on the mountain and lodge/tents, an Adventure Dynamics experienced high altitude mountaineer on the entire trip as a guide. One nights hotel accommodation in on a bed and breakfast basis, lodge accommodation as per itinerary, all transportation to and from the mountain, InfoPack, cap and t-shirt, discounts on the purchase of personal equipment can be arranged.
Excludes: All airfares, visas, medical rescue and health insurance, personal equipment, tips (approx $200 per person), soft drinks, bottled water, satellite telephone calls, porters, alcoholic beverages, items of personal nature, lunch and dinner restaurant meals in Mexico and extra hotels and meals, excess baggage fees, change of flight fees, health requirements, hospitalisation, unexpected costs outside of itinerary and evacuation if required, any extras, hotel at end of expedition if expedition ends early (approx $60), trip cancellation insurance and evacuation and medical insurance.
Adventure Dynamics Volcano Hunters programme continues its quest for the 7 highest continental volcanic peaks namely Elbrus, Kilimanjaro, Damavand, Sidley, Ojos del Salados, Pico de Orizaba and Mount Giluwe. Join us!
The season is from September to December
Day 1: Arrival in Tlachchuca – Mexico city, drive 3 hours to the Soap Factory Lodge in the Historic site. Accommodation in bunks. Dinner.
Day 2: Today we will drive 45 minutes towards the surrounding hills and climb to an altitude of 4000m, following a gorge and river on the west side of the range. Sleep back at a Soap Factory Lodge 2600m, dinner, bed, breakfast and lunch.
Day 3: We take the bus to the beginning on the trek and establish a forest camp 3700m. Night in tents. Dinner, lunch and breakfast.
Day 4: We hike from an altitude of 3700m to 4200m. Our gear will be transported in a truck. You hike with your day pack, lunch and water. Night in hut bunk house.
Day 5: We head out for a day hike to get acclimatised from 4200m to 4700m. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 6: Waking at midnight we attempt the summit over the glaciers to 5633 meters. It is a rocky scramble until the start of the glacier at 5000m, we rope up and walk roped to the summit once we are through the “Rocky labyrinth”. Descend the mountain back to high camp and transport back (3 hours) to the Soap factory lodge for the night in Tlachichuca.
Day 7: Celebration dinner for own account in Mexico City.
Day 8: Transfer to airport – flight onwards.