The Pico de Orizaba (5610 m – 18.400 ft) is the highest mountain Climbing in Mexico and third in the North American continent.
Climbing Pico de Orizaba is not a walk in the park: at around 5700 m (18,490 ft) it is Mexico’s highest mountain as well as the third highest in all North America. It can be dangerous (accidents happen and people die every year) and it’s very challenging, but mountaineers with some experience and people with an adventurous spirit like myself can test themselves and experience high altitude climbing in this extinct volcano. In other words: if you like challenges and mountains, climbing Pico de Orizaba can be an exciting but tough challenge. Climb Pico de Orizaba is to climb the highest peak in Mexico and the third highest peak in North America. Locally owned and operated, Summit Orizaba is located in the shadows of Pico de Orizaba in the quiet and safe town of Tlachichuca. We continue to lead thousands of successful climbers to the top of Mexico’s highest peaks.
Physical Training for the Climb As an avid surfer I like to think I’m in fairly decent shape. I hit the ocean a few times per week, jog and work out often. Yet mountain climbing is a completely different game. Endurance plays a key role, and while I can be in great shape at ocean level, it’s a completely different game at an altitude. A couple of months before the climb I started training with my friend Cesar Bertomeu (this would be his first mountain ever) who’d join me on the quest, running longer distances two times per week, increasing the time as the date got closer. Three weeks prior to the climb I was running 2-3 times per week for 1-1.5 hours each, swimming, and training leg strength as well. I felt good, I could see a lot of progress but would it be enough? The more I thought about it the more I remembered the fatigue I endured at 5000 m, and I began to wonder if I was simply not made for this. I should have trained walking and climbing lower mountains, but where I live there are none, hence my only acclimatization would come from the days I would spend in the area before the final climb.
The most popular climbing exercise months are around Christmas. The dry season is November through March. April and could bring moisture and snow to the upper part of the mountain but it is still possible to climb. An alpine start is suggested due to the often cloudy afternoons. Get down and up before early afternoon ought to be your goal. A fit team should be able to create the summit in six to ten hours with approximately half that period to return to the hut.
How to reach at mountain pico de orizaba for your climbing exercise journey? As with many international ventures, by far the most difficult part of the climb is becoming yourself and your gear towards the base of the route. Mexico City is probably the cheapest city to fly in to, though the town of Veracruz is closer. Once on the ground, Mexico’s extensive and surprisingly luxurious bus method is the best way to get around. As stated before, the main points of admittance to the mountain are the towns of Tlachichuca to the west and Coscomatepec to the east. Tlachichuca is a small town with a market typical of numerous small Mexican towns. Food of all sorts can be found there, however, there is nowhere to buy any climbing stuff at all, and there are no banking facilities with ATMs, so bring cash. Most people stay at Joaquin Canchola Limon’s Hostel. He has been operating it for decades, and used to climb the mountain extensively himself, so they have a good understanding of the needs of international climbers. He will also provide you with a ride to the hut around the north side of the peak for an additional fee. This particular service is well worth it.