mountaineering - pico de orizaba & la malinche, mexico - December 26, 2024

Pico De Orizaba, Mexico (18,491 ft) is the third highest peak in North America. We will also hike to La Malinche (14,640 ft), the fifth highest peak in Mexico, for acclimatization. There is an optional Izta (the 3rd highest peak in Mexico) extension - add 2 extra days to Jan 4 if you want to do Izta. For Pico De Orizaba, we will have skiers and non-skiers. Due to the complexity of the trip logistics, we will have a local company that will help us with the trip logistics. Participants must 1) have excellent physical condition with previous mountaineering experience (rope travel, glacier travel, the use of crampons, and ice axe arrest); 2) have no history of altitude sickness at 14k peaks (We will do a short acclimatization hike before Orizaba); and 3) be willing to buy/rent required individual gear if necessary. If you want to ski Pico De Orizaba, you must be an expert skier and mountaineer who can ski on the steep hard ice slope. The cost for the local company per person is $652 that includes all transportation in Mexico, all meals except in Mexico City, the lodging except in Mexico City (3 nights), camp assistant at the Piedra Grande (3 days), guides for Orizaba (for those who want a guide), and national park entrance fee for Orizaba. Additional cost for the Izta extension - $840 per GROUP (max 4 climbers per group) - the cost/person will depend on how many climbers want to do Izta. The additional cost will be for international flights, travel insurance, hotels in Mexico City, meals in Mexico City, national park entrance fee (for Izta - only for those who will do Izta), tax, and tips. The schedule includes international travel. If interested, please contact the organizer with a description of your fitness level and your climbing resume and to receive more detailed information. WMC members only.

Organizer:Akiko Kamimura
Date:Thu Dec 26 2024 — Thu Jan 2 2025
Meeting Place:Registration required