Explore the most popular trails in Parque Nacional Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

30 days ago

very good trail, perhaps a bit harder than rated. Great views, suggest aclimitization for two days in CDMX (~ 7,000 feet) and one more at the trail base (13,000). Then for those fit, up and back in 12-14 hours, or if a bit older and/or not as fit, there is a good place to overnight (shelter) or camp at a place called El Refugio, which is at about 15,500 feet and about 4-5 hours from the summit. Really beautiful trail ! Will meet some wonderful people along the way. Of course crampons required to get across about 1/2 kilometer of glacier, just before summit.

3 months ago

Amazing

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4 months ago

Very exciting trail, difficult in some sections but with beautiful views. We started at 1am and we arrived to “La rodilla” (The Knee) just in time for the sunrise, this was a wonderful moment. Walking on the glacier, arrive to the summit and contemplate the landscape in all directions was an unforgettable experience.

This is a long but beautiful trail. At about the mile 2.2, I walked on the left side narrow trail that goes near the arroyo with fantastic vistas, then I took again the dirty road and return by the other side. Most of the trail you walk trough the forest full of plants and pine trees. At the top, the site and the views are wonderful!. I had an unforgettable experience.

4 months ago

this is a classic Mexico hike. however you must spend the night before at high elevation. There are many campsites near the trail head at 4000m elevation. serious hiking gear required. Poles a must for coming down the numerous ravelling gravel slopes. I started from Mexico City that day and could not make it past 4900m; body shut down but I did not expect to summit not having had time to acclimatize. even if you make it half the way still a great scenic hike up a volcano.

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5 months ago

Climbing to the summit of Ixta is not super difficult if you are acclimated to the altitude. Camped at the Altomoni hut and summit in the morning at sunrise. Good prep for Orizaba if that’s on your climb list. Beautiful at the top with great views!

6 months ago

Very hard, lots of different terrains. From big round boulders to sharp stacked rocks, sand walls and dust paths. I definitely got altitude sick, but an amazing experience. I went with a guide, and used more water then expected.

6 months ago

We did not hike on the dirt road that the people use and it was not a good idea, the views were fantastic but the trail was not well maintained and in some sections was difficult to walk. We did not reach the top of the mountain, the rain did not allowed us to continue, and we returned this time by the dirt road which is the best route. We had a good time, this is a wonderful place, and we plan to come again to reach the top.

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11 months ago

We spend the night at La Joya near the trailhead to start the trip the next day at 2 am. That night there was an electric storm that did not let us rest but left the mountain all snowy. Due to the snow that almost reached our knees and the lack of sleep, we decided to arrive only to the Refuge. The snowy mountain, something that does not happen frequently, made us enjoy an incredible landscape. We also enjoy the beautiful views of the volcanoes El Popo, La Malinche and Pico de Orizaba. I will definitely go back soon to get to the top.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Great training grounds for high altitude. Go with someone that knows the way. Easy to get lost if you come down too late.

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Thursday, May 03, 2018

Hard to hike all the way up if you are a starter but great exercise and practice for high altitude. I recommend to camp on-site because the city is not that near and also the hike to the top takes many hours. Great experience and definitely go there with a guide if you have never been there. Bring good and enough equipment (warm clothes, hiking boots, and lots of water and some snacks). The best time of the day to start climbing is at 12 or 1am because it’s cold and there is no sunlight (which burns you really bad if you are not cautious because of the altitude, reflection and dry air).

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Go with a guide. Strenuous but worth every second. 10:45h out and back.

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