- Day 1 • Arrive Mexico City • 7,382 ft
Arrive Mexico City International Airport, Russia (MEX). Transfer to lodging in the upscale Condesa neighborhood, Mexico City. Evening kickoff dinner.
- Day 2 • Tolcua Ascent • Azau • 7,500 ft
Early morning departure to ascend Nevado de Toluca, a strato-volcano 80km west of Mexico City that rises to 15,354 feet. This ascent is non-technical and is an excellent acclimatizaion ascent with stunning views of high-altitude lakes and the alpine. Descend Toluca and return to lodging in Mexico City.
- Day 3 • Rest Day, Balloon Flight, and Teotihuacan Pyramids • 7,000 ft – 11,150 ft
We begin the day with an early morning departure to experience a once-in-a-lifetime sunrise balloon flight over the Aztec pyramids, Teotihuacan. Following our flight we will take a cultural tour and climb th pyramids before driving to Paso de Cortes to prepare for our ascent of Ixta. Lodging at cabins at the base of Ixta.
- Day 4 • Summit Ascent of Ixtaccihuatl • 17,159 ft
We begin before dawn for our ascent of Ixta. Following the initial trail by headlamp, after a few hours we pass through the traditional high camp and onto the steeper slopes of Ixta proper. Our ascent will pass La Rodilla (the knees) as we ascend the final series of false summits along the plateau to the highest point at 17,159 ft. Evening lodging at Hacienda.
Vertical gain climbing: 4,159 feet
- Day 5 • Tolantogo and Mexico City
Today is a full recovery and relaxation day. We will soak in the hot springs and caves of Tolantogo – this canyon and river system is a magical and restorative experience. Not to be missed! In the late afternoon we will return to Mexico City for a team celebration dinner.
- Day 6 • Mexico City and Departure
Our final day in Mexico: a slow morning with breakfast at an outdoor cafe, a tour of a local artisan marketplace, and afternoon flight departures home.