Big Four Mexico Volcanoes

  • 5,636 m / 18,491 ft
  • Mexico
  • 9 days


This exceptional expedition consists in climbing four of the highest volcanoes of the trans-mexican volcanic belt in seven days (excluding departure and arrival dates). The summits include the highest peak of Mexico and the third highest peak of North America, Pico de Orizaba at 5,636 m / 18,491 ft. The expedition is easy technically (only two peaks would require the use of crampons) but is very demanding physically and represents a great test of your stamina in a short time frame and at limited cost.


Location map

Altitude profile of the expedition


B: breakfast – PL: packed lunch – L: lunch – D: dinner

Day 1
Arrival in Mexico City (2,250 m / 7,382 ft.) Pick up at airport and transfer to hotel. Team meeting at 7pm.

Day 2
Early pick up at hotel. 2.5 hr drive to Toluca and climb Nevado de Toluca (4,680 m / 15,350 ft). Return to hotel in Mexico City. (PL, L)

Day 3
Drive east of city and climb Malinche (4,460 m / 14,636 ft). Stay in Malinche cabins. (PL, L, D)

Day 4
Rest day. Visit of Humantla. Stay in Iztaccihuatl mountain hut. (B, D)

Day 5
Climb Iztaccihuatl (5,260 m / 17,160 ft). Stay in Iztaccihuatl mountain hut. (B, PL, D)

Day 6
Rest day. Visit of Cholula. Stay in hotel in Tlachichuca (B,D)

Day 7
Rest day. Prepare for final summit of expedition. Stay in hotel or Piedra Grande mountain hut. (B, L, D)

Day 8
Summit Pico de Orizaba (5,640 m / 18,491 ft). Return to Mexico City (4 hr drive). (B, PL, L). Back to hotel.

Day 9
Transfer to airport


Costs include:

  • All arrival and departure transfer services to and from airport
  • Transport between climbing locations by jeep / mini bus
  • Transfer of duffle bags between locations
  • Accommodation in hotels and mountain huts
  • Qualified experienced guides (4:1 climber: guide ratio except Pico de Orizaba with 2:1 ratio)
  • Meals as shown on the itinerary
  • Climbing permit, all fees and deposits required by the local regulation
  • First aid medical kit for the group
  • Use of a Garmin OutReach two-way satellite GPS and messaging system for the team
  • World Sherpas duffle bag
  • World Sherpas T-Shirt or buff

Costs exclude:

  • Tip (US$60-80 as a standard tip)
  • Lunch and dinner not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Extras hotel charges (e.g. bar bills, laundry)
  • Personal expenses during the expedition such as carbonated drinks and alcohol
  • Additional nights in hotels outside the itinerary
  • Personal trekking and climbing equipment ¬¬¬
  • Personal medical, travel & evacuation insurance (mandatory)
  • International airfare
  • Mexico entry visa fee (when required)
  • Single room supplement of US$60 (only in Mexico City)
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of World Sherpas
  • Expenses resulting from an early departure of the expedition
Price / Date

7 – 15 November 2022

13 – 21 March 2022

Private trip on request from 2 people


Trip facts

Highest summit altitude
5,636 m / 18,491 ft

Mexico, Puebla and Veracruz States

Type of climb
Rock / Snow / Ice
Trekking – Alpine climbing

We like
  • The demanding physical effort of climbing four peaks in 7 days
  • The limited time (10 days) for this expedition, perfect for busy climbers!
  • Amazing views resulting from the prominent locations of the volcanos
  • A great training for physical and mental preparation for 8,000 m peaks
  • Explore some of the interesting culture of Mexico (you can extend your stay to enjoy the various features offered by the country)