Climb La Malinche & Pico de Orizaba – Go and Live Outdoor Adventures

The Malintzin (Venerable Herb Woman) Volcano or the Malinche is an inactive volcano with an official altitutde of 14,566 ft, making it the fifth highest volcano in Mexico, imposingly dominating the Tlaxcalan
landscape. Located in Malintzin National Park (MNP), in the southeast of the state of Tlaxcala—east of Mexico City and north of Puebla—it forms part of the Transversal Neovolcanic Axis. Malintzin National
Park is the fifth largest of the 85 national parks in Mexico. It is an ideal mountain that allows us enough acclimation to later attempt higher peaks such as the Pico de Orizaba. The ancient Tlaxcaltecans named this volcano after Matlalcueye, who was Tlaloc’s wife and the goddess of vegetation. But upon the arrival of the Spanish, it was named Malintzin, in honor of the woman named Malinalli (Marina) who helped the Spanish as their interpreter.

The Pico de Orizaba is a volcano located on the borders of the states of Puebla and Veracruz. It is the highest mountain and volcano in Mexico, with an altitude of 18,410 ft, making it the third highest mountain in North America, surpassed only by Mount McKinley in Alaska (20,322 ft) and Mount Logan (19,554 ft) in Canada.

Near the rural town of Tlachichuca, it connects with the eastern-most point of the Anahuac mountain range, its profile raised high over golden cornfields. This mountain is an inactive volcano with an elliptical crater. The summit of the Orizaba is covered by snow year-round due to its great height, standing alone and dominating its surroundings like a great sentinel of Mexico.

This excursion takes place every year from September to the end of April.

Minimum age for participation is 15 years.

- Participants need to follow a personal physical training schedule prior to departure
- This is not a luxury trip; days would be tiring and intensive.
- People with past history/ailment of heart, asthma, epilepsy are recommended to take medical
advice
- Weather disruptions may at times result in discomfort or unplanned adjustments.

Mountaineering is considered an extreme sport with potential risks. Participants are expected to understand the hazards and are required to sign an undertaking/disclaimer prior to participating in the expedition.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Mexico City International Airport Arrivals- Transfer Hacienda Soltepec (Tlaxcala).
Arrival in Mexico City, reception in Terminal 2 of the Mexico City International Airport. Transportation to Hacienda Soltepec (Tlaxcala). (D)

Day 2: Hacienda Soltepec-Tour de las Haciendas-Malintzi Cabins (Malintzi National Park).
We will leave the Hacienda Soltepec in the morning (9:00 a.m.) to go on the “Tour of the Haciendas,” which visits several of these buildings dating back to the 17th century. We will then learn about the production of a traditional drink, pulque.

After returning to the Hacienda Soltepec and enjoying a delicious and typical meal, we will head to the cabins in Malintzin National Park where we will spend the night. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Malintzi Cabins-Malinche Summit-Malintzi Cabins-Tlachichuca.
After a light breakfast, early in the morning (5:00 a.m.), we will prepare to begin this intense day. Once we are ready, we will begin our climbing. Our first challenge is to reach a beautiful oak, pine, and fir forest on an ascending road that takes us directly to 13, 123 ft above sea level, where the forest ends. The terrain up to this point is not technically difficult; however, from this point on for the next 5 hours, the road is a typical high mountain trail. Like in all mountain settings, we will find rocky, sedimentary, and sandy passes which we will have to cross until we reach our main goal: the summit at 14,566 ft above sea level. During the climb, we will enjoy incredible views of Mexico; once we have reached our goal, we will
proceed to descend to our cabins where we will eat. We will leave in the evening for Tlachichuca. (B, BL, L, D)

Day 4: Transfer Tlachichuca-Piedra Grande Hut (13,780 ft).
After a delicious breakfast, the 4×4 vehicles will be waiting for us to take us to the Piedra Grande Mountain Hut located at 13,780 feet above sea level. Once we are settled into the mountain hut, as part of the acclimation process for our climb, we will have enough time to explore the surroundings, acclimate, rehydrate, contemplate the landscape, and prepare the equipment that we will use the following day. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Piedra Grande Hut- Acclimation hiking day up to 15,700 ft-Piedra Grande Hut.
Today will be dedicated to hiking, part of the acclimation process that will allow us to be in better conditions to face the following day’s challenge. We will do a short climb up to 15,700 ft and then return to the Piedra Grande Mountain Hut where we will prepare our equipment, eat, drink lots of water, and go to sleep early in the evening in order to be ready for the final climb, scheduled shortly after midnight. (B, BL, L, D)

Day 6: Piedra Grande Hut-Pico de Orizaba Summit Day (18,410 ft)-Piedra Grande Hut-Tlachichuca.
Shortly after midnight, we will get ready for the big day. Once we have had a light meal and a comforting hot drink, we will leave with light loads towards our goal: the summit of the Pico de Orizaba.
The estimated time of ascent and descent depends on various factors; however, the whole day can take about 10-11 hours.

Once we have reached our goal and returned to the Piedra Grande Mountain Hut, we will collect our belongings and return in 4×4 vehicles to the town of Tlachichuca where we will sleep and enjoy a well deserved dinner. (B, BL, D)

Note: The time of departure from the Piedra Grande Mountain Hut towards the summit will be very early in the morning (approximately 1:00 a.m.)

Day 7: Transfer Tlachichuca- Mexico City.
After breakfast, we will head to the Hotel in Mexico City. (B)

Day 8: Transfer Hotel- Mexico City International Airport.
Depending on your flight schedule, you will be transported to the Mexico City International Airport.

COST

USD $1,800 per person. Reservations must be made and paid in full at least 40 days prior to scheduled trip start date.

Includes:

1 night accommodation in Hacienda in Huamantla (state of Tlaxcala); 1 night accommodation in furnished cabin in Malintzin National Park; 2 nights accommodation in Tlachichuca (State of Puebla); 2 nights accommodations in Piedra Grande Hut at 13,123 ft elevation on Pico de Orizaba; 1 night accommodation in Mexico City hotel; 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 breakfast/lunches, 6 dinners; All ground transportation from time of your flight arrival at Mexico City airport until time of your flight departure from Mexico City airport; Experienced mountain guides certified by Mexican Mountain Guides Association AMGME; Collective gear – ropes, cooking equipment, utensils; Support and radio communication personnel in Piedra Grande hut; purified water.

Does Not Include:

International flights to and from Mexico City; personal technical equipment, gear and clothing; travel insurance; tips for guides; alcoholic beverages; personal expenses and purchases; meals at Mexico City hotel; Any cost not listed as included.
NOTE: Personal gear is available to rent for an additional USD$50.