Iztaccíhuatl

Izta is a very interesting and intriguing mountain; It’s an amalgamation of 6 volcanos from different eras overlapped into a big, stretched massif. Because of this, climbing Izta is not entirely straight forward, the route has many fine details and although it’s not technical, it is easy to loose your bearings, even more so when the ever present fog comes down.

A beautiful sunset; from Izta with love.

The climb is usually done in two days; a day to get to the hut at 4,700 m (you start at 3,900m), and another one to climb up (5,250 m), get down and drive back to the city. It isn’t a technical ascent, however you spend the better part of a day at more than 4,700 m and more often than not, the altitude does take its toll. Acute mountain sickness is all to common, usually making altitude and exhaustion the hardest obstacles.

Arno negotiating his way to the top, from Iztaccihuatl Arno & Jurgen

Conditions vary a lot, depending on the time of year and the route, climbing Izta can range from high altitude trekking to serious mountaineering (though these conditions are highly unlikely). On a normal day it’s generally an easy, albeit very strenuous climb.

Izta can be climbed any time of year, even though during the rainy season the chances of getting to the summit decrease significantly. Ironically, it is during the rainy season, with more snow, when the mountain is at its prettiest. In any case, the best time is probably winter, just after the rainy season.

All prices are in american dollars, and for groups larger than 5 there are two guides and a BIG van. We can arrange a pick up for a reasonable fee, otherwise we depart from metro taxqueña, close to the south bus station. Gear includes an ice axe and strap-on crampons.

# of people Services (per person) Transport (total) Gear (per person)
1 – 2 180 usd 200 usd 35 usd
3 – 5 150 usd 200 usd 35 usd
6 – 10 130 usd 400 usd 35 usd

See the gear list for Izta.

The summit, nothing like it.

If you’re lucky, this is how it will look like:

Izta on gmaps:

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All photographs and video by Everardo Barojas.