Iztaccihuatl Summit onsight

Climbing Iztaccihuatl guided tours

 Full expeditions from Puebla or Mexico City

Mountain guides, transport, accommodation… all you need


Iztaccihutal, also known as Izta or Mujer Dormida (sleeping lady), with its 5220m (17,130 ft) is the third highest mountain in Mexico. It consists of six craters what make it difficult to realize that you are on a huge volcano while climbing it. Nevertheless, its peculiar forms and the proximity of the imposing Popocatepetl volcano or Popo, which is active and always smoking, turns its climb into any photographer’s delight.


Our Service:

Local Agency: Cheaper, qualified guides with over 100 summits, and a real Mexican experience while with us.

Transport: All ground transport from México or Puebla Cities to Pico de Orizaba

Accommodation: All accommodation during your climbing trip.

Meals: All food and purified water in the mountains.

Staff: Professional local and international guides, camp assistants, cook, etc.

Included gear in all packages: Crampons, Ice Axe, helmet, harness, carabineers and hiking poles always included so you don’t have to carry them all the way to Mexico.

Rentals: Do you lack any of the not included gear? we can also arrange that for you.

Insurance:  mountaineering insurance for summit days.


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  • 5 star review  Excellent and motivating guides, fantastic service & unforgettable memories! I will always remember the weekends with you and the incredible feeling of standing on the top of Pico de Orizaba, Iztaccíhuatl, Nevado de Toluca, Sierra Negra & Malinche. Thank you so much for the great experiences, all the support and always making me feel safe - 100% recommendable!

    Nicola Neumann Avatar Nicola Neumann
    21 May, 2018

    5 star review  Excelente servicio . Muy profesionales en todo sentido, además de que están muy pendientes de la buena preparación y estado antes y durante el recorrido de cada participante (salud, equipo, comidas, etc) son muy flexibles para adaptarse a las circunstancias que puedan presentarse y asegurar que tanto los que pueden lleguen con guía a la cima como lo que se ven imposibilitados aprovechen el máximo de su experiencia y regresen de manera segura y acompañados por un guía más a la base. Los guías son muy profesionales en su trabajo y la organización también excelente.

    Guillermo Román Avatar Guillermo Román
    9 April, 2018

    5 star review  Super profesionales, organizados, atención todo el tiempo, mi hija Lucia esta muy feliz de haber vivido esa experiencia con ustedes

    Lily Karam Avatar Lily Karam
    3 April, 2018
  • 5 star review  Gracias por la experiencia, por el apoyo, por una gran aventura, por ser unos grandes guías y llevarnos adelante en todos los sentidos

    Felipe Alejandro Avatar Felipe Alejandro
    26 February, 2018

    5 star review  Best hiking agency experience so far. Professional and motivating guides, excellent equipment and very well organized. We did the 2 nights & 3 days tour to the Iztaccihuatl and we were glad to do it with 3Summits. They gave us all needed equipment (from tent to clothes to boots) for free and even brought us missing stuffs from the town when we were in the base camp. The communication could not have been better and the price is very fair for that. High recommendation!

    Tui Vu Avatar Tui Vu
    8 December, 2017

    5 star review  Such an incredible and amazing experience. The guides were great, we felt safe during the entire hike and the food was good! I totally recommend doing the guided hikes with 3summits adventures. Easy communication and a lot of fun 🙂

    Lisa Geiss Avatar Lisa Geiss
    3 December, 2017
  • 5 star review  Excelente guianza y organización, muy atentos en todos los sentidos y bastante responsables y al pendiente de todos y cada uno de los interesados en llegar a la cumbre.

    Alejandro Arz Avatar Alejandro Arz
    23 November, 2017

    5 star review  What a experience! Very professional guides, we felt very safe and it was absolutely worth it. I can highly recommend 3 Summits with its amazing guides and perfect organisation!

    Jonas Schmid Avatar Jonas Schmid
    13 November, 2017

    5 star review  We did a 3 day and 2 night trip on the Iztaccíhuatl and we could not have had better guides than Álvaro, Elisa and Christian - thank you so much!! The organisation and communication before the trip was nearly perfect and very professional! The food and especially the hot tea was really good as well and gave us plenty of energy. 🙂 Most importantly, we felt very secure the whole time and Álvaro was very patient with us and still pushed us to our limits so we made it to the summit!! Thanks for everything, that was an amazing experience! 🙂

    Friederike Franke Avatar Friederike Franke
    12 November, 2017
  • 5 star review  Perfect organized trip to Izta, very professional and super nice guides. It was painful but it was totally worth it!

    Timo Linnemann Avatar Timo Linnemann
    11 November, 2017


Iztaccihuatl Gallery

Climbing Iztaccihuatl, Mexico Volcanoes
Climbing Iztaccihuatl, Mexico Volcanoes
Climbing Iztaccihuatl, Mexico Volcanoes
Climbing Iztaccihuatl, Mexico Volcanoes
Climbing Iztaccihuatl, Mexico Volcanoes
Climbing Iztaccihuatl, Mexico Volcanoes
Climbing Iztaccihuatl, Mexico Volcanoes
Climbing Iztaccihuatl, Mexico Volcanoes
Climbing Iztaccihuatl, Mexico Volcanoes
Climbing Iztaccihuatl, Mexico Volcanoes
Climbing Iztaccihuatl, Mexico Volcanoes
Climbing Iztaccihuatl, Mexico Volcanoes
Cumbre del Izta - Glaciar del Pecho



The Climb

Climbing Iztaccihuatl can be split into two days or if you are in good conditions just in one. Also, the route, called “Los Portillos” has also two main sections:
The first section goes from the car park “La Joya” (3.900 m – 12.800 ft) to the hut named “de los Cien”. The way to the hut goes sort of edging from the Mexico state valley side to the Puebla state valley side and back to Mexico side and so on. Every time we go from one side to the other it’s called “Portillo”. The last one is the fourth Portillo just before a short descent to the hut.
The second section begins with the hardest part of the climb, from the hut to the “knees” at 2.000 m (16.400ft). After a while we reach the Paza Glacier (Belly) and not long after we find ourselves standing on the summit just above the “Pecho” Glacier (Breast)


To take into consideration

To summit Iztaccihuatl you must be in a good physical condition and your body acclimatization process must be properly carried out.

Depending on your experience, your acclimatization, your time, etc. we suggest the best program scheldule for you to maximeze your summit options.

Also, if you have doubts about your level of fitness, we can send a personalized training program designed to climb mexican volcanoes so that you don’t suffer from physical exhaustion on summit day.

We operate locally and with full time profesional guides, what means that prices are always lower than in your home country.


About our climbing team

We are a locally run business with both local and international guides, all resident in Mexico and therefore, we have climb this mountains hundreds of times. Of course when not working we enjoy travelling to other countries to challenge ourselves both in mountaineering and rock climbing, some of our experience has been forged in South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

In addition, in case our field experience  is not enough, our guides have the following international backing in knowledge and practices in high mountains:

– Training in Mountaineering and Mountain Rescue techniques taught by instructors from the AGMP (Mountain Guides Association of Peru) belonging to and with UIAGM standards (International Union of Mountain Guides Associations)

– International First Aid Certification in remote places given by ECSI (Emergency Care & Safty Institue)

– We all speak English and Spanish. Some even Fench.

There is no official Mountaineering Certifications in Mexico, so we do our best to catch up with international standards.


More about Iztaccihuatl…

Since the volcanic activity Popo began in 1994 with its subsequent closure, Izta has become one of the most popular volcanoes and quite often serves a dual purpose according to the interests and mountaineer level:

• on the one hand is the target and challenge of many mountaineers who wish to overcome the barrier of 5000 meters (16400 ft)
• and on the other hand serves as excellent training and acclimatization to try the highest and most challenging Pico de Orizaba. Iztaccihuatl will tell you whether you have the sufficient physical, technical and mental skills to climb it.

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