Pico de Orizaba Trip Report (#966)
- Signed By: Chris Higgins
- Date submitted: August 17, 2002
My wife and I hiked to the summit via the southside during the rainy season, though it was nice as we were essentially the only ones on the mountain. I know most people try this mountain Dec-Jan, but late July really was nice. It snowed the night before we left, but the cold made for great conditions on our early morning summit hike.
We hiked to the summit and back in 3 days, starting at 3900 m, with one day just for acclimitization (also recommended - none of the 4 guys who had tried to do it in 2 days the night before us made it to the summit due to the altitude). We went with local guides hired through Desafio (www.desafio.cjb.net) - our guides were really first class, and we would highly recommend them.
Though we were surpised to see quite a bit of garbage in the lower elevations, we found Orizaba to be a much more enjoyable experience than Kilimanjaro, which we hiked last summer, and that doesn't even account for the fact that it is much cheaper (unless you have a fair amount of mountaineering experience, you probably want a guide for this one).