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Iztaccihuatl is a 8.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Amecameca, México, Mexico that offers the chance to see wildlife and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length 8.3 mi Elevation gain 4,550 ft Route type Out & Back

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Running

Views

Wildlife

Blowdown

Rocky

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No shade

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Recordings (51)
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Karen C.
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Recomiendo esta ruta por los maravillosos paisajes aunque es difícil vale mucho la pena.

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Kevin H
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Hiking

Harder than anticipated due to the many hours spent above 5000m. You ascend to the knee and then go down and up a few more times to the south summit. The north summit and back will add another hour. When the altitude hit my body I got very sleepy for the strenuous descent. La Joya to north breast in 7 hours. Summit to La Joya in 5 hours. Go with a guide.

Jonaz Miguel
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Emmett Hume
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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.

Miguel Vega
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Amazing

Jorge Carrillo
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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.

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Freeman Smith
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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.

Mychal Wooldridge
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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!

Dennis Van Laerhoven
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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.

Elmer Pinzon
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Jorge Carrillo
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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.

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

Alejandro Reyes Rucker
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Hiking

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).

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

Christian Rapp
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Bruce Felix
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Fraia Pérez-Rayón Forsman
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Adrian el explorador User
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Bob White
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Jose Pacheco
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craig yeung
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Fermin Ambas
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Alex Agueros
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Tyler Law
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Jorge Eduardo Coss Ocampo
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