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.

Gear: Get all you need for the climb directly with us.  All technical gear INCLUDED!! Please check the link below to find out gear requirements.

Iztaccihuatl Necessary gear

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.

Insurance:  mountaineering insurance for summit days.


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  • I am 63, I tried to climb Pico de Orizaba 6 months ago without success. I was in a group of 8 people and the guides seemed to be in a hurry to finish their job, I could not keep up with their pace. I decided to try it again, searching the web for Pico de Orizaba climbing I found Explore-Share where you can find guides from all over the world, 3Summits Adventure was the option that could not have been better, I can say there is a world of difference between 3Summits Adventure and the other mountain guides. My guide Lalo was all attention to detail, he let me climb at my pace always making sure I was in condition to continue and checking for any symptoms that could affect the climb, without his patience and experience in the mountain I could not have reached the summit. In 5 days I climbed La Malinche and Pico de Orizaba, something that at my age I could not have done it without the guides and services 3Summits provided, Karla and Lalo made it possible for me. You can take a risk and try other guides, there are plenty of them, but if you really want to make it to the summit 3Summits the best option.

    20 April, 2022

    The whole process was AWESOME! They made everything so easy and enjoyable, even accommodated me with a food allergy. Could not recommend enough!

    19 March, 2022

    It is safe to say this experience with Angel & Dani was truly one that we will remember for life. The whole experience was well organised, the lodge we stayed in was amazing. The climb gear itself was well provided. There is not a single thing we would complain about. The guides Dani and Angel were just amazing.

    18 March, 2022
  • Tremendo tiempo que la pasamos. Los tres guías Danny y Alejandro fueron puntuales, pacientes y se aseguraron que mis meta fue alcanzada. El viaje sobrepasó mis expectativas y lo recomiendo!!!

    18 January, 2022

    My first mountaineering trek was awesome, from coordination to the guides themselves were all excellent and practiced safety first. I'm will definitely book another trek with 3 Summits!

    31 December, 2021

    The guides and overall team for the Pico and La Malinche ascents were great! Both hikes were amazing. Highly recommend!

    29 December, 2021
  • The guides were awesome, helpful people. Definitely would take this hike again!

    17 December, 2021

    Successful summit of Pico de Orizaba with a group of unexiprenced climbers! Highly recommend 3 summits. Very experienced and knowledgeable of the mountain. Would not have summited without them 10 out of 10. Mesh is the GOAT

    10 December, 2021

    WGuides are the best, super helpful, always motivating me to push forward. Both mountains are challenging but the view at the top is well worth it.

    29 November, 2021
  • An absolutely amazing experience. My first mountaineering experience and was given all the guidance I needed. Christian on La Malinche and Mesh on Pico were great guides. Would highly recommend this for anyone wanting to reach the highest point in Mexico!!

    8 November, 2021

    Great trip for both Izta and Pico with 3Summit Adventure! We had an incredible experience and every detail was thought through. Great communication and we really enjoyed climbing with our guide, not only was he an expert on the mountain, he was also extremely supportive and a pleasure to be around. Thank you for the great trip.

    3 November, 2021

    The best experience possible. Excellent service. Great organization and the best accommodations possible. Fully recommended.

    30 October, 2021
  • Lo súper recomiendo. Me encantó TODO, los guías mega preparados se nota que saben, dormí en una cama en vez de en una casa de campaña eso te ayuda a descansar para el día siguiente, te rentan el equipo que te falté, la comida rica como en casa y de los snacks no te tienes que preocupar porque es mucho.

    25 October, 2021


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 5.000 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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