Iztaccihuatl

Iztaccihuatl Trip Reports

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There are 89 trip reports for Iztaccihuatl.

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  • Log #22291 - by jessie_linette on Feb 16, 2012
    All the time it was great!!!! For my first high Mountain was the best.
  • Log #22130 - by Tubroos! on Feb 04, 2011
    One day climb from the hut at Altzomoni (comfy, clean, handy); lovely weather, only a few other people on the mountain.
  • Log #21908 - by Christian Rodriguez on Feb 18, 2010
    Awesome hike/climb with some guatemalan friends. Perfect weather, cold but clear skies.
  • Log #21249 - by Chris Starkie on Apr 13, 2008
    From La Joya the climb is relatively easy going, with one tricky part about an hour in involving a descent down a slight cliff. It´s approximately 4 hours steady going round the Pies to the shelter...
  • Log #21216 - by Jen Petrik on Mar 09, 2008
    I am looking for a guide or climbing partner for Izta. I am going on a guided trip to Orizaba March 17-22 2008 and would like to climb Izta as well. I have experience in Bolivia, Peru, Colorado and...
  • Log #3267 - by Mike Lakotish on Nov 09, 2004
    I climbed this peak as part of Phil Ershler's IMG Mexican Volcanoes program. I treated it in the beginning as a warm up to Orizaba, but I quickly learned what a mistake it would be for one to take...
  • Log #3270 - by Francisco J, Garza on Oct 29, 2004
    I finally reached this elusive summit on my third attempt. This time the weather was phenomenal on both days; we hiked to the third portillo on the first day and camped there, the next day we went...
  • Log #3271 - by Pablo Carreto on Sep 30, 2004
    We left La Joya at 7:00 p.m. after 2 hours in a rain storm we decided to camp 15 minutes away of the second "portillo". After a wet night we left our camp at 5:30 a.m. Reached the summit at...
  • Log #3272 - by Sheldon Jefferson on May 13, 2004
    Read Secor's book before the trip and decided it was possible to reach summit by noon in one day, but with the amount of snow this year, impossible. Left La Joya trailhead(13,083ft) at 4:30 am and...
  • Log #3273 - by Patricia on May 12, 2004
    It was an incredible experiencie. The mountain is so beautiful but horrible at the same time. It seems it is talking to you, but usually we don't listen...perhaps because we just want to reach the...
  • Log #3274 - by Victor Solano on May 05, 2004
    The crew: -Paty my girlfriend who proposed this expedition. -Horacio a friend with not much experience. -Karim our guide, he has made many expeditions to the Izta. -Me, this one is my second failed...
  • Log #3276 - by Eduardo Arturo Vega on May 04, 2004
    Hi there, I am looking for a partner to climb Izta on May 4th,(2004) starting on the 3rd from Mexico City. I am traveling from New York City, Will be in Mexico from April 28, till May 7. How about...
  • Log #3277 - by Eduardo Arturo Vega on May 04, 2004
    Quiero subir el Izta, el 4 de Mayo de este año (2004) empezando desde el 3. Estoy buscando compañero.Viajo de Nueva York,Quien se anima? Tel/Fax: (212) 253-9618
  • Log #3278 - by Enrique Fernandez Sanchez on Jan 16, 2004
    excellent climbing, very snowy and nice weather
  • Log #3279 - by trinidy r. barksdale on Dec 09, 2003
    i was 16 yrs. old and by far was the most enlightning thing i have ever done
  • Log #3280 - by Armando Vazquez on Nov 25, 2003
    The best night of my life
  • Log #3281 - by Ling Zhang on Nov 18, 2003
    I am planning to climb izta on Dec 27th this year. Just have a couple questions: 1. Would I be able to hire a taxi from Amecameca to La joya trail head around 2 am? (I dont speak spanish at all) 2....
  • Log #3282 - by Francisco J, Garza on Nov 05, 2003
    This year I`ve had my worst luck on the nicest climb in Mexico; twice. The first attempt guided by Beto Carrillo along with some friends we were sttoped at the knees by a strong ventisca with high...
  • Log #3283 - by Andres on Nov 04, 2003
    We summited Izta via de normal (feet) route. The rainy season in Mexico is a little bit late this year so we had some clouds and a bit of fog during the early dawn climb. We reached the summit around...
  • Log #3285 - by Joaquin Reig Montañer on Oct 22, 2003
    Primeramente deciros que gozo de una extraordinaria condiciòn physica, prueba de ello es que me cague a los 5000 y no antes como el Baston. El pico me resulto muy bonito salvo que pase un poquito de...
  • Log #3286 - by Nyle K Walton on Sep 25, 2003
    Beside Popo and Orizaba, Ixti I never considered to be much of a challenge. I reached the top of the Sleeping Woman's feet when clouds closed in and upon seeing that there would be no view if I...
  • Log #3287 - by John Stonewall on Aug 14, 2003
    Climbed with Jackie. While I agree that it wasn't the most spectacular affair, I did enjoy it a lot. Along with Orizaba, it was a great intro to high altitude for me.
  • Log #3288 - by Jackie Stonewall on Aug 14, 2003
    We took the normal route. Very boring slog at moderately high altitude. After you gain almost all the altitude you need, you still have quite a ways to go. There's a lot of fairly flat walking very...
  • Log #3289 - by Peter Müller, Gerrit Reiniger Moeller on June 19, 2003
    We started out in Puebla at 5am. By car it took us about 3 hrs to get to the LaJoya carpark, including stops to take pictures of the sunrise and Popocatépetl. We've made it up to the first knee in...
  • Log #3290 - by Hector Ruben Rodriguez-MERUCHO- on May 31, 2003
    In March 2003 we reached the summit of Iztaccihuatl's Cabeza (Head), 5 100mts. Incredible view from the summit. It was a hard, very demanding, but awsome climb, following the route of Las Agujas, and...
  • Log #3291 - by Ryan Leonard on May 22, 2003
    Soloed in a day and a half 32hrs from mexico city. Climbed the glacier on the west side. No need for tent stay in hut at 14,ish
  • Log #3292 - by Roberto Gracia Bolaños. on Apr 25, 2003
    This is the first high mountain I have climbed thanks to my father and a friend whose name is Nabor. It was a great experience, and I hope to climb Pico de Orizaba this year and climb again the Izta...
  • Log #3293 - by Ed Orozco on Apr 20, 2003
    My third summit on this mountain, I'm always looking for new routes. This time I went up through the orientales (North east face) from the neck up. It was a very technical climb and by far the...
  • Log #3295 - by Ed Orozco on Mar 07, 2003
    Nice practice run, it was too bad the glacier is so depleted this season, would've liked to do some more glacier or ice climbing, the view at the top is definately worth it made it round trip in 8...
  • Log #3296 - by Margarita Rauchenwald on Nov 23, 2002
    It was a great experience! My highest mountain so far!!!
  • Log #3298 - by James Vivenzio on Nov 13, 2002
    Flew to Mexico City on 19 Oct. Had a restful night at the Hotel Christina. Picked up the next morning by Luis Reyes of Servimont guide service. With him was my guide and friend Roberto...
  • Log #3299 - by Jeremy Smith on Oct 22, 2002
    It was a great and beautiful time. I have summited Orizaba twice in two tries and Malinche sixe times in seven tries, but Ixta was always illusive, holding me back from her highest summit five times...
  • Log #3300 - by Alfredo Avelar on Aug 30, 2002
    En una de las experiencias mas significativas, llegamos a acampar a la panza por la subida de Allo Loco para quedarnos unos dias y poder aclimatarnos a la altura. Fur una gran experiencia ya que...
  • Log #3301 - by bob weber on Mar 05, 2002
    this mountain really dowes resemble a 'sleeping princess' from the aztec legend that sees popo's eruption as tears for his dead princess,Iztacciuatl. my days there were weather perfect....trail...
  • Log #3302 - by Antonio Guevara on Feb 09, 2002
    La primera vez que subi la sima del izta y mi primera asencion de alta montana, eramos un grupo de 5 ,dos eramos novatos pero sin mucho contra tiem- po,celebramos con vino y queso en lo alto del...
  • Log #3303 - by Jared on Jan 14, 2002
    Permit required to access Paso de Cortes and La Joya, can be had at the National Park office right next to the Hotel San Carlos in Amecameca. Not a whole lot of snow on route below the knees. Very...
  • Log #3304 - by Joop van Dijk on Dec 29, 2001
    I'm looking for a professional guide to climb Pico de Orizaba or Iztacchuatl in January 2002. Do you have any suggestions? Thanx for your help!
  • Log #3305 - by Jorge Gaviño on Dec 03, 2001
    el sabado 3 de dic 2001 fui a la volcana y sucede que ahora tienes que sacar un permiso en SEMARNAP de Amecameca, la oficina esta en el centro del pueblo, el tramite es rapido pero si no lo llevas no...
  • Log #3306 - by Adam Beal on Nov 29, 2001
    I couldn't believe how little snow there actually was on the standard route, La Arista del Sol; only about the last 160 vertical meters or so. The route was quite non-technical, but fun all the same....
  • Log #3307 - by Nicolas Rodriguez on Nov 22, 2001
    Hicimos cumbre mi amigo Mauricio Gzz kane y yo junto con otras personas. Fuimos con los excelentes montañistas israel c y juan g por ayoloco. El tiempo estuvo medio frio (entre -15 y -10 en las...
  • Log #3308 - by Alejandro Orbezo ElÌzaga on July 13, 2001
    I love this mountain, it's very special for me. All the views it gives are great and the experiences are unique each time I climb it.
  • Log #3357 - by P.O. on June 29, 2001
    The hut (Republica de Chile) is trashed we cleaned as much as we could. We had wet cloudy weather most of the time and then a break let us dash to the top.
  • Log #3356 - by Gerry Roach on June 28, 2001
    I am heading back to Ixta next month to bag it in the 1990's so I will have ascents in each of five decades. This is a great peak. I have done 3 different routes and also summited the head and feet.
  • Log #3355 - by Philip S. Manson on June 27, 2001
    It was my first ascent of ANY alpine mountain. It was very taxing, physically, but utterly amazing. The route was well discerned, and we didn't hit any snow until we reached the "Barriga"...
  • Log #3354 - by Josh Swartz on June 26, 2001
    There was virtually no snow on the mountain! Still, it was an enjoyable climb. Check out the trip report and pictures on my web page.
  • Log #3353 - by Jobe Wymore on June 25, 2001
    Just got back from Mexico (Ixta). The peak is "dry as a bone." Just a couple of sections of high that have glacier snow on them. Right around 16,000 or so.
  • Log #3352 - by FERNANDO FLORES V. on June 24, 2001
    El Izta es una montaña especial. En ningun otro lugar de la Tierra se puede sentir una energia tan profunda. El pasado 11 de noviembre de 1998 la escalamos 10 compañeros de Bancomer y yo hasta el...
  • Log #3351 - by Fernando Flores Velarde on June 23, 2001
    Los integrantes de nuestra expedicion que llego a la cima (pecho) del Izta (5286 msnm) fueron: Hilmar Deras, Horacio Garcia, Jose Luis de AS/400, Hector Hernandez C. (Ing. Cardenas), Boris Belmont,...
  • Log #3350 - by Carl Malmfeldt on June 22, 2001
    Had a great two day climb. Very little snow on the mountain and no other climbers! Stayed at the large hut just below Las Rodillas (the knees). Good climbing team. Thanks Kevin and Deb (and Andy).
  • Log #3349 - by John Peluso on June 21, 2001
    Had to leave one of our climbing partners in the parking lot...heaving his guts out. The rest of us (4 total) made the summit on a gloriously beautiful day. Ice ax and crampons were not necessary as...
  • Log #3348 - by Mark Fleck on June 20, 2001
    Very nice conditions. Not enough snow to hinder climbing but just enough snow at the Republic de Chile hut for water needs. Fantastic view on this day, especially of Popo. A few puffs of smoke,...
  • Log #3347 - by Russ LeFevre on June 19, 2001
    Clear day, no clouds, departed Cortes hut @ midnight, hit summit @ noon. Crossing upper glacier field took some time, 10/12 of our group peaked, only one had altitude sickness. Colorado Mountain...
  • Log #3346 - by Dave Robinson on June 18, 2001
    A beutiful mountain! I don't know what it looks like from the summit though. Only three of our group of seven made it to the top.We tried the west face and I don't think we had enough time between...
  • Log #3345 - by YAXKIN RESTREPO on June 17, 2001
    hi to all climbers and people who knows about iztaccihuatl i am a member from CLUB ALPINO MEXICANO and usually i climb this mountain more than any other if you are traveling in mexico and youre...
  • Log #3344 - by Dan Sutton on June 16, 2001
    Gorgeous peak, perfect weather. Best to avoid the weekend crowds, though it seems most don't go as far as the upper reaches. Went from sea level to RdC hut in 24 hours -- could've used a day to...
  • Log #3343 - by Hecto Ruben Rodriguez S. on June 15, 2001
    In 1998, I went climbing the Iztaccihuatl with my uncle, a cousin and a couple of friends. We climbed untill we arrive to Ayoloco's shelter, that is about 5,460 meters. In front of the shelter...
  • Log #3342 - by Hecto Ruben Rodriguez S. on June 14, 2001
    Sorry, I got mixed up when I submitted my last message. I said in the first message that the shelter is located at 5,460, but it is wrong, I wantted to say that this shelter is at 4,640...
  • Log #3341 - by Fernando Flores Velarde on June 13, 2001
    Despues de una noche bastante fria, acampando cerca de Los Pies, algunos integrantes de nuestro pequeo" grupo de 22 personas alcanzaron la cima. Quienes conquistaron el pecho del Izta a la 1 pm...
  • Log #3340 - by Jay Leppanen on June 12, 2001
    Thanks to Bob and Celin and everyone with me in our group from Colorado Mountain School. What a long day from the trailhead parking lot but the views were well worth it. The key toward summiting is...
  • Log #3339 - by adam probosz on June 11, 2001
    I put the Polish flag on the summit of Iztaccihuatl on sunday 14th of November at 1:05 p.m. The climb was beautifull but a little bit risky - this is not a "safe mountain". On your way you can see a...
  • Log #3337 - by Jose Manuel Gonzalez Diaz on June 09, 2001
    Sumited 5 times. This time was special, we climbed through AYOLOCO glaciar and camped nightlong at "El Pecho"!
  • Log #3336 - by Dada on June 08, 2001
    Adam !!! Ja tez tu bylem, miod i wino pilem, a czegom nie widzial i nie slyszal, w bajki obrocilem !!! Wisi zbojnik, wisi za posredni ziebro ! Hej !!! Wilczki Forever !!! Dada
  • Log #3335 - by Maria A. Roa on June 07, 2001
    Approached West Side of Izta from Llano Grande and climbed via Ayoloco Glacier. Finding the Ayoloco Hut in thick cloud cover was tricky.
  • Log #3334 - by Kirk Hess on June 06, 2001
    As part of a 10 day trip on Izta and Orizaba, sadly she was not kind to us. Our summit day on the 16th was terrible. The clouds had us socked in the whole morning and afternoon. By the time we got to...
  • Log #3333 - by Humberto Hernandez Macias on June 05, 2001
    Los tiempos como las cosas cambian ya sea para bien o para mal. Y en mi opinion : Para la IZTA han cambiado para mal, porque desde que se cerro el paso al POPO toda la bola de fanfarrones,...
  • Log #3332 - by jose mijares on June 04, 2001
    I haved climbed with my friend guro jensen the first time for here on a mountain
  • Log #3331 - by Andreas Fink on June 03, 2001
    Austrian "Mexico's Volcanos"-Expedition by "die Bergspechte". Usig the normal-route we started at the Retransmisora-Station around 4.00am, around 9.00am we reached the first...
  • Log #3309 - by Frank Konsella on May 04, 2001
    climbe direcha a la pecha via northern access. very confusing maze of roads on the approach, but it's the only way if popo is active and you cannot reach la joya. feel free to ask questions about N...
  • Log #3310 - by Yaxkin on Apr 02, 2001
    Definitivamente El Iztaccehuatl el Popocatepetl y el Citlaltepetl ofrecen paisajes de incalculable belleza, ese magnetismo que nos atrae a todos los que de alguna manera nos identificamos con esta...
  • Log #3311 - by Fernando Pineiro on Feb 09, 2001
    It was my first 5,000m summit, it was an incredible day for me.
  • Log #3312 - by Martin Lizama on Feb 05, 2001
    Raul Olvera,Genaro Meza and I took 5 americans to this beatiful mountain and had a very intense experience we climed via "La arista de la luz" thru the neck and had to ice climb the...
  • Log #3313 - by Alex Sanders on Jan 12, 2001
    If you want to climb two of the 3 "highests" of Mexico (Popocatepetl is closed, for it's active volcano). I have spent many, many unforgettable days on that mountain. Is beautiful, high and...
  • Log #3314 - by Carsten Schoene on Jan 11, 2001
    Climbing the Iztaccihuatl has been a wonderful experience. We started at 4 a.m., and the first highlight was the view of Mexico City, as it looks like a glittering sea of lights, bigger than you...
  • Log #3315 - by Ricardo igartua on Dec 29, 2000
    well in honor at many of my friends, that in 1968 in a expedition, to this mountain, with the CAIC Club Alpinista Del Instituto de Ciencias De Guadalajara. 12 of they death that night, in a very cold...
  • Log #3316 - by Mike Ostby on Dec 26, 2000
    What a beautiful day. A great hike. Set a new altitude record for myself. On to bigger and higher mountains!!!
  • Log #3317 - by Francisco Quinones on Dec 10, 2000
    I will try to climb this peak sometime between 26 december 2000 and 3 january 2001. Would anybody like to join me? I am in great shape and would like to get up there with other adventurous people...
  • Log #3318 - by Uwe Kraus on Dec 09, 2000
    On 29 December 2000 I am going to travel to Mexico in order to climb Izta and Orizaba. Are you interested to join me to climb in Mexico? My temporary itinerary is as follows: The first two days I...
  • Log #3319 - by Carlos Vasquez-Lastra, Mexico, D.F. on Oct 25, 2000
    Vivir cerca de 2 de los volcanes mas hermosos de Mexico es algo inigualable. Pero tener la oportunidad de escalar uno de ellos es algo indescriptible. Esta fur mi primera experiencia en el alpinismo,...
  • Log #3320 - by Juan Carlos Bonilla Mercado on Sep 15, 2000
    My father, my brother and I, we want to climd the Iztaccihuatl mountain this year.
  • Log #3321 - by Alejandro Puebla S on Aug 29, 2000
    Quiero pensar y creer que lo mas grande que se puede lograr en la vida son las proesas personales, y el sufrimiento con el que se logran, una verdadera forma de alcanzar estos limites es con el...
  • Log #3322 - by marc zastrow on Apr 10, 2000
    and a friend from Israel, summited the Ixta on 8 of march 2000. we had perfect conditions, bride sky, there is nearly no snow left on the two glacier fields. we didn't need any kind of tools (no...
  • Log #3323 - by Michael S. Roden on Mar 29, 2000
    My partner and I attempted the peak on March 15th and the 16th. We were unable to reach the summit due to sickness. My partner started developing AMS at 15,500 feet. You must keep a close watch on...
  • Log #3324 - by Jim Mallory on Feb 27, 2000
    I summited Ixtaccihuatl after climbing El Pico de Orizaba on Tuesday, Feb 22nd. Traveled from Tlachichuca to Amecameca on Wednesday, Feb 23rd, staying at the Hotel de los Volcanes. Took taki to La...
  • Log #3325 - by Geoff Ruttan on Feb 14, 2000
    Mexico is such an amazing, cheap, fantastic place to climb. I can not wait to go back. It helps a lot if you speak spanish. If you don't you'll pick up the basics pretty quickly though.
  • Log #3326 - by marc zastrow on Feb 07, 2000
    who would like to join me to climb the izta ? i am not so experienced in alpine climbing, but itza should be alright. I'll be in mexico ciudad the 3 of march 2000 and i would like to go for izta...
  • Log #3327 - by Piotr Fuksiewicz on Feb 05, 2000
    Climbing Izta was a part of two weeks expedition to Mexico. Considering rather short time we had for the whole country we also had to climb this wonderful mountain fast and with no chance for...
  • Log #3328 - by Peter Leth on Jan 30, 2000
    This is a long day hike from the hostel at Altzomoni, about a mile south of the La Joya trailhead. It's not very technical, but there is some ice to be traversed along the upper glaciers beyond...
  • Log #3329 - by Horst Wilmes on Jan 30, 2000
    Slept at the hut the day before and started the ascent at about 7:00 in the morning. It took us (I was ascending with a guide from Amecameca and 2 Germans) a little more than 1 hour to the top of the...
  • Log #3330 - by Eduardo Rubio Herrera on Jan 26, 2000
    It was my first 5000 mts. mountain in my life, really I enyoyed the experience. I liked so much the white of the ice and the contrast of it again the blue sky. We arrived with my friend Jaime, to...