Mexico - Pico De Orizaba

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 timed to coincide with the end of the storms that brings 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. Please inquire upon sign-up.

See full description below
$2,400.00
Difficulty rating and Skill requirements
Overall Difficulty Level: Difficult Skills Required: Advanced skiing ability and ski touring ability along with cramponing skills required. Fitness Level: Very strenuous due to climbing and ski touring at high altitude
  • Category: Alpine
  • Type: Guided
  • Ratio: 3:1,6:2

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 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 timed to coincide with the end of the storms that brings Orizaba most of its snow, and happens to on the week before Dia de Muertos – the Day of the Dead, one of the great holidays of Mexican culture.


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 sets this trip apart. And while this trip is relatively short – only 7-8 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.

Itinerary

Day One – Fly to Puebla, Mexico and be met by your guide. We’ll 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.
 
Included in cost:
Transportation to/from Puebla, Mexico.
Lodging
Meals
Hiking guide and refuge warden
Team camping equipment (tents, stoves, etc).
Team technical equipment (ropes, protection, etc)
Not included in cost:
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.
Sign up for a course or a trip and receive a 10% discount on purchases and a 20% discount on gear rental. Pro Ski and Mountain Service is our retail specialty store. It has been located in North Bend, WA since 1999. The past trips and courses have had a large influence on what we sell. Many of our Pro Guiding customers come on trips and courses with gear they purchased from our store. Not only do we want our clients to have the right gear for the job; we also receive direct feedback from them while they are using it in the field. Trust us - if the gear does not work - we won't sell it.

PICO DE ORIZABA EQUIPMENT LIST CLOTHING

BASE LAYER
 1 Bottom - midweight or lightweight - Non-Cotton Underwear
 1 or 2 Tops - midweight or lightweight
 Sock Liners - 2 or 3 pair
 Ski Socks - 2 pair 
 
MID LAYER
1 Windshirt, Soft Shell, or Fleece
Soft shell pant 
 
OUTERWEAR
 Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Jacket
 Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Pants
 Warm Hat - should cover ears
 Sun Hat - baseball type or visor
 Lightweight Gloves
 Ski Gloves
 
INSULATION
 Down or Synthetic Jacket
 Sleeping bag, pad
 
PERSONAL GEAR
 Day Pack - 25 to 40 Liter
 Headlamp - lightweight LED recommended
 Water Bottles - 1 or 2 liters, wide mouth
 Sunglasses - adequate for snow travel
 Goggles
 Sunscreen - SPF >25, waterproof
 Lip Balm - SPF 15+
 Personal Toiletries - toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
 Waterless hand cleaner- there is no running water in the huts.
 Small Personal 1st aid kit - blister repair (Compeed™), aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.
 Mug, bowl, spoon
 Ear Plugs - essential for sound sleep
 
SKI GEAR
 Skis - Alpine Touring or Telemark
 Ski Boots - Alpine Touring or Telemark – no downhill boots
 Ski Poles - telescopic poles work well, but not required
 Climbing Skins o Ski Crampons - THESE ARE REQUIRED!
 Ski Brakes
 
SAFETY GEAR
 Transceiver - single frequency, 457 kHz only, new batteries at start of trip
 Shovel - compact, lightweight, metal blade preferred o Probe - dedicated probe only, ski poles do not suffice
 Climbing or Ski Helmet
 
TECHNICAL GEAR
 Ice Axe - 55-70 cm length, lightweight
 Boot Crampons - STEEL ONLY; NO ALUMINUM!, check fit prior to departure
 Anti-Balling Plates - fit to crampons
 Climbing Harness - lightweight, BD Alpine Bod style.
 GLACIER TRAVEL KIT -2 Locking Biners - (1) large HMS style and (1) regular locker - 3 Non-locking Biners - any style, we recommend wire gates- 1 Cordelette - 6 mm diameter, 6 meter lengths, untied - 1 Sewn Sling - nylon or spectra, double-length
 
OPTIONAL ITEMS **We highly recommend these items, but do not require them to participate.
 Camera
 Skin Wax
 Thermos - vacuum type
 Compass - adjustable declination a must
 Altimeter - Suunto watch works well
 Sleep Sack - lightweight silk or cotton
 Warm Socks - to sleep in
 Foot Powder
 Cash - see note below
 
GROUP GEAR PROVIDED BY PGS
 Ropes
 Technical Group Gear
 VHF radio or SAT phone
 Group 1st Aid Kit