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hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
21 days ago

I climbed the Pico de Orizaba on March 13 with a friend and an experienced guide. The trail starts from the hut and is sandy and rocky, you have to be very careful when walking especially in the Labyrinth. It took us 4 hours to get to where the glacier starts, we arrived just at sunrise with a wonderful landscape. There we put on crampons and we connected to the guide with a rope, each with an ice ax. The glacier is very steep and at this time of year it is crystallizing and there are many parts with slippery ice, this is the most difficult part of the ascent but it is worth the effort, the view from the crater and the summit in all directions is spectacular. Going down the glacier was more difficult and slower, and in some sections dangerous due to ice and cracks. This is one of the most difficult and tiring adventures I have ever done but with great satisfaction for having reached the summit and having contemplated an incredible landscape from the top of the highest mountain in Mexico.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Climbed in Feb before the COVID-19 hit hard. Rented a car from MEX and stayed in Pueblo to get supplies before leaving at 1AM in the morning to Orizaba. I drove up as high as I could get to Refugio Fausto González Gomár which ended up not being very far as my little rental car got stuck in the sand in the dark. I walked up to the hut and slept for an hour before starting my climb up. I was not acclimatised as I had flown in only 12hrs before from sea level but I slowly made my way up sticking to rocks to avoid the scree. Trail is fairly easy to see but there were a few, I would keep left towards the rocks as I found it easier than the scree to the right. Keep heading to the pulpit and past the aircraft to the summit. On the way down the scree is easiest and I ski/slid all the way back in just 30-40min from the summit. I was prepared to use crampons but this was not necessary as there was almost no snow. I chose this route to avoid the dangers of the glaciers and would encourage anyone going solo to do the same as well as spending some time acclimatising. The views were amazing, the clouds were around 2000m so being up past 5000m was an incredible feeling almost like being outside an airplane!

hiking
icy
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Very tough hike, coming from sea level altitude definitely affected me. We hiked la malinche 2 days prior to help acclimatise. My brother took diamox as he suffered a little with altitude on la malinche, I did not but I could not sleep the night of the hike & once we hit 5000m I struggled. Spectacular views at the top. 10hrs up & back (our guide pushed hard). Highly recommend

Completed this route from Valle del Encountura to the summit (around 9miles). Trail looks short, but it is very steep, mostly scree and uneven rock scrambling. Cramptons and ice axe are highly recommended for the final summit push. Great trail! Beautiful mountain.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
muddy
over grown
2 months ago

Empezamos el sendero por el camino del Rancho el Chalet y de ahí llegas directo a una presa, al lado de la presa chau un camino que no es muy visible, luego hay unas subidas y bajas al lado del río, por ahí es muy resbaloso. es bueno llevar bastones y zapatos a prueba de agua.

icy
rocky
scramble
snow
3 months ago

Completed this on December 24th. Took 7 hours up and 4 coming down. Hardest climb I ever did (and I'm in very good shape), with the glacier section being the toughest part. I completed La Malinche and did a hike in the Pico forest both at around 14k before to help acclimatize. I was roped up with a guide and crampons + ice axe are a must. Go prepared and acclimatize properly so that you can guarantee your summit, the altitude is brutal, but the view at the top is fantastic. My watch clocked in around 6500ft gained total from start to finish (hut was the starting point). This was probably due to some sections that go up and back down. Good Luck!

This is a beautiful trail through a wonderful river of clear water, full of plants and trees with fantastic views. The amazing thing is that the river is born here.

one of the best hikes needed a good guide it was very snowy can be dangerous up there.

Hike by the trail that passes through a beautiful forest and then climb the rock to the top where the antennas are located, it was a wonderful experience. The views in all directions are fabulous!

hiking
rocky
Tue Mar 19 2019

Very nice trail, not to long but with beautiful forest and rock formations views.

no shade
rocky
scramble
snow
Mon Feb 11 2019

I climbed the peak unguided yesterday. It was beautiful. We had a group of seven guys in fairly good shape. From the hut, it took us 7 hours to the top and 4 hours coming down. The first 2/3 of the hike is dirt and rock with some scrambling and then glacial travel for the last 1/3. Most people do not rope up, but crampons and an ice axe are a must. There are multiple trails through the Labyrinth below the glacier. When coming down, I recommend tracking the trail so that you can follow it on the way down. Also stick to the trails on the left when you are in the Labyrinth. We used summitorizaba. com for our accommodations and the lodging and transportation was fantastic.

Thu Aug 23 2018

Great hike! South side only!

Sat May 12 2018

Climbed both the north and the south face! Spend the night at the refuges. Need plenty of planning and at least a couole days. Summit attempts need to get started during the night.

hiking
Thu Apr 26 2018

I visited "El Pico" several times. Great place to visit. Need good planning.

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