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Mexicos Volcanoes Grade

Grade: Hardcore

  • These are our toughest trips. They are exceptionally strenuous, lengthy, balls-out mountain climbing expeditions. Whilst Itza achieves a grade of 'demanding', Oriziba is a much tougher nut to crack because the climb to the summit from the Piedra Grande Hut consists of a monsterous 1400m height gain. It'll take at least 10 hrs.
  • You will need previous high mountain experience, a very high level of cardio-vascular fitness and physical and mental toughness in order to succeed. This will usually involve a programme of hard training prior to departure; running/ cycling, hill walking and gym work.
  • We spend several nights above the 4000 meter mark, so you should expect to experience some of the symptoms of high altitude; headaches, disturbed sleep and loss of appetite.
  • With high altitude comes extreme weather and conditions. Specialist equipment will be required to deal with temperatures of minus 10c (and below).
  • When trekking from La Joya to the El Grupo de Los Cien hut (4hrs) on Iztaccihuatl you will have to carry sleeping bags, camping mats, food, water and equipment over easy but high altitude walking terrain walking terrain.
  • On the other mountains, it will only be necessary for you to carry a light day pack at the mountain huts can be accessed by vehicle.
  • Whilst the ascents are usually considered to be technically easy, it is important that you are familiar with the use of crampons and ice axes.
  • Ropes and harnesses will be required for safe passage over glaciers.