A famous dormant Volcano is Mexico's 3rd highest peak and the 7th highest in North America at 17,159ft. The mountain’s name means ‘White Woman’ in an Aztec language. From a distance the mountain’s profile resembles a sleeping woman, sometimes seen blanketed white with snow.

Beginning at the Izta Popo National Park entrance, obtain your permit and follow the bumpy road as it winds towards La Joya. This is the base camp area at 13,000ft that offers plenty of areas to set up your tent. Take your time and acclimate here to ensure a successful summit bid.

An alpine start offers extra time on La Arista del Sol (The Ridge of The Sun) route. This route follows along the ridgeline starting with the feet, knees, stomach and finally breasts - the highest point.

At 16,000ft you'll see an overnight hut commonly used to break the route up into 2 days. Nearing 16,500ft you'll find an old hut, long destroyed by weather, and another false summit leading to the snowfield. This uncravassed glacier offers little challenge with crampons.

The final summit bid is a steep section with some class 2 scrambling. At the top you'll find an amazing view of a huge area.

Pack List

  • A guide!
  • Transportation to base camp
  • Water, food, fuel
  • Tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag
  • Hiking boots, crampons
  • Trekking poles
  • Backpack
  • Extra layers
  • Your camera
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RT Distance 8 Miles
Elevation Gain 4159 Feet
Activities Camping, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Forest

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Awesome warm-up to Orizaba

The #1 thing on this pack list is a local guide for a good reason - we never would've been able to navigate past the "knee" without someone who knew this mountain well. We climbed Izta just three days after its neighboring Popocatepetl erupted, sending smoke and ash around the surrounding area. The views of Popo during the entire Izta climb are literally breathtaking - at over 17k feet, this is a seriously high altitude feat, and a perfect training ground for Mexico's tallest mountain, Pico de Orizaba.

"La mujer dormida"

The Iztaccíhuatl volcano is a unique mountain in México, it has two glaciers and it's very dangerous; you have to be careful on the "knee", check well your crampons and follow the marks. It is an amazing hike, you can see the two highest volcanoes in México (Citlaltépetl and Popocatépetl) from the summit.


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