Pico De Orizaba
Pico De Orizaba
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  • James B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pico de Orizaba with 3Summits Adventure..best choice!!
    Amazing trip to this beautiful mountain. From start to finish, communication with 3Summits Adventure team was great !!! before the climb and even after the climb they helps us with our logistics. Best agency ever. The climb was great and challenging. Amazing views and what a glacier. We acclimatized very progressively sleeping at increasingly altitude and doing acclimatization hikes every day. First in the city (2.135m), then in a nice mountain lodge (3.420m) already in Pico de Orizaba Forest where you pick up the 4x4 to base camp and last night in base camp (4.250m) we set a nice camp instead of going to the noisy hut. They gave us the option to spend the night in the hut but recommended us to stay in tents and we are glad we followed they counsel. By the way, best food ever on the mountain!! We felt totally safe with the guides Christian and Mesh, very knowledgeable and friendly. They help us set the right paste and motivated us when our motivation was low... they really went out of their way to help us summit. We are for sure coming back with 3ummits to climb Iztaccihuatl and La Malinche.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Olga
    London, United Kingdom109 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pico de Orizaba plus 2 more!
    We climbed three peaks with 3Summits Adventure: La Malinche, Iztacćhuatl & Pico de Orizaba. Our climbs were organised by Karla & Alvaro who were just amazing. They were in contact with us daily before/during/after our trips to ensure everything was in order. Our guides were Alejandro, Eduardo & Cristiano. They were all highly skilled/experienced guides with phenomenal personalities - so helpful, friendly, positive & encouraging. We had such a great week climbing these mountains. All the logistics were taken care of and we were just focused on climbing and having a great time. We will definitely use this company again!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 8, 2023
  • Iris S
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    For the best mountain experience in Mexico, choose Orizaba Mountain Guides
    In December of 2023, my two teenage kids, and I booked a climbing trip to Citlaltepetl - Pico de Orizaba with Orizaba Mountain Guides. The pre trip communication with owner/operator, Roberto "Oso" Flores Rodriguez, was outstanding. This was confirmed when you stay at the Hostel and you can freely observe how busy Roberto's schedule actually is. The logistics for pick up from Mexico City and the return were flawless. Unfortunately, due to my daughter's school schedule, we had to travel to the Hostel from Mexico City on December 12th which is a National holiday - Day of the Virgin Guadalupe. We felt bad for our driver missing a family day and also for the extra 2 hours travel time due to holiday traffic. If you can avoid this travel date, please do so. Roberto is incredibly flexible, informative, and cooperative when it comes to developing your own climbing itinerary, which we did for Citlaltepetl. I am absolutley confident in stating that our itinerary was critical in achieving my dream of summiting Citlaltepetl with my kids as a 60th birthday milestone. The Hostel itself, in San Miguel Zoapan can best be described as both wonderful and advantageous. Location is perfect for daily acclimation and for proximity to acclimation hikes, particularly if your primary focus is summiting Citlaltepetl. We particularly enjoyed the the surrounding pastoral scenery with outstanding views of Citlaltepetl from the rooftop terrace. Roberto's operation is very community orientated and one can readily observe how content, committed, and gracious his staff are. Everyone of his staff is treated with respect and as result the operation resembles a family atmosphere. As well, all of his drivers are skilled and courteous without exception. The food served at the hostel and at the upper base camp was excellent being both nutritious, flavourful and generous in portion size. On numerous occasions we observed portion sizes which would easily equate to $50 plus meal in Canadian restaurants. Staying at the hostel afforded us an opportunity to observe Roberto's kindness and generosity which was extended to both his guests and to spontanous climbers who ocassionally arrived without adequate gear. When people arrived at the Hostel lacking some basic essentials Roberto graciously assisted in preparing them for their asscent by sourcing the gear they were lacking. Roberto has strict standards for his guides which we can attest to. Our guides, Poncho and Carolina are both highly accomplished and passionate guides and exemplify the eptiome of professionlism. Carolina was solely responsible for my daughter's successfully summiting. Her patience, encouragement, and competence was exemplary. If you are looking for exceptional service, staff, and facility look no further than OMG.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written January 3, 2024
  • fcgg
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida234 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not easy, but TOTALLY worth it!!
    A huge challenge, beautiful views, making every drop of sweat count. Very thin air due to altitude, and clearing a very steep slope are the price to pay for getting to the highest peak between Colombia and Canada. If not knowledgeable, I recommend you get a guide. We used "Rock and Ice Expeditions MX", hired through QueLocoTours, and they were simply amazing.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written February 12, 2024
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fcgg
Fort Lauderdale, FL234 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
A huge challenge, beautiful views, making every drop of sweat count. Very thin air due to altitude, and clearing a very steep slope are the price to pay for getting to the highest peak between Colombia and Canada.
If not knowledgeable, I recommend you get a guide. We used "Rock and Ice Expeditions MX", hired through QueLocoTours, and they were simply amazing.
Written February 12, 2024
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Iris S
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
In December of 2023, my two teenage kids, and I booked a climbing trip to Citlaltepetl - Pico de Orizaba with Orizaba Mountain Guides. The pre trip communication with owner/operator, Roberto "Oso" Flores Rodriguez, was outstanding. This was confirmed when you stay at the Hostel and you can freely observe how busy Roberto's schedule actually is.

The logistics for pick up from Mexico City and the return were flawless. Unfortunately, due to my daughter's school schedule, we had to travel to the Hostel from Mexico City on December 12th which is a National holiday - Day of the Virgin Guadalupe. We felt bad for our driver missing a family day and also for the extra 2 hours travel time due to holiday traffic. If you can avoid this travel date, please do so.

Roberto is incredibly flexible, informative, and cooperative when it comes to developing your own climbing itinerary, which we did for Citlaltepetl. I am absolutley confident in stating that our itinerary was critical in achieving my dream of summiting Citlaltepetl with my kids as a 60th birthday milestone.

The Hostel itself, in San Miguel Zoapan can best be described as both wonderful and advantageous. Location is perfect for daily acclimation and for proximity to acclimation hikes, particularly if your primary focus is summiting Citlaltepetl. We particularly enjoyed the the surrounding pastoral scenery with outstanding views of Citlaltepetl from the rooftop terrace.

Roberto's operation is very community orientated and one can readily observe how content, committed, and gracious his staff are. Everyone of his staff is treated with respect and as result the operation resembles a family atmosphere. As well, all of his drivers are skilled and courteous without exception.

The food served at the hostel and at the upper base camp was excellent being both nutritious, flavourful and generous in portion size. On numerous occasions we observed portion sizes which would easily equate to $50 plus meal in Canadian restaurants.

Staying at the hostel afforded us an opportunity to observe Roberto's kindness and generosity which was extended to both his guests and to spontanous climbers who ocassionally arrived without adequate gear. When people arrived at the Hostel lacking some basic essentials Roberto graciously assisted in preparing them for their asscent by sourcing the gear they were lacking.

Roberto has strict standards for his guides which we can attest to. Our guides, Poncho and Carolina are both highly accomplished and passionate guides and exemplify the eptiome of professionlism. Carolina was solely responsible for my daughter's successfully summiting. Her patience, encouragement, and competence was exemplary.

If you are looking for exceptional service, staff, and facility look no further than OMG.

Written January 3, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Olga
London, UK109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We climbed three peaks with 3Summits Adventure: La Malinche, Iztacćhuatl & Pico de Orizaba. Our climbs were organised by Karla & Alvaro who were just amazing. They were in contact with us daily before/during/after our trips to ensure everything was in order. Our guides were Alejandro, Eduardo & Cristiano. They were all highly skilled/experienced guides with phenomenal personalities - so helpful, friendly, positive & encouraging. We had such a great week climbing these mountains. All the logistics were taken care of and we were just focused on climbing and having a great time. We will definitely use this company again!
Written November 8, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

James B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Business
Amazing trip to this beautiful mountain. From start to finish, communication with 3Summits Adventure team was great !!! before the climb and even after the climb they helps us with our logistics. Best agency ever.

The climb was great and challenging. Amazing views and what a glacier.
We acclimatized very progressively sleeping at increasingly altitude and doing acclimatization hikes every day. First in the city (2.135m), then in a nice mountain lodge (3.420m) already in Pico de Orizaba Forest where you pick up the 4x4 to base camp and last night in base camp (4.250m) we set a nice camp instead of going to the noisy hut. They gave us the option to spend the night in the hut but recommended us to stay in tents and we are glad we followed they counsel. By the way, best food ever on the mountain!!

We felt totally safe with the guides Christian and Mesh, very knowledgeable and friendly. They help us set the right paste and motivated us when our motivation was low... they really went out of their way to help us summit.
We are for sure coming back with 3ummits to climb Iztaccihuatl and La Malinche.

Written July 25, 2023
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amsdp999
Zurich, Switzerland4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We summited Pico de Orizaba with OMG. Everything was perfectly organized. They provided extra equipment we didn’t have (such as crampons, ice axe, harnesses). The tour itself also couldn’t have been better, our guide Juan was great and got us up there with his steady pace. Even further, OMG organized our transport from Malinche to San Miguel Zoapan, and back to Mexico City after the climb.
All in all, OMG organized everything perfectly, tailored to our needs.
Written March 5, 2023
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Nazly A
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Solo
OMG is THE ONE for several reasons. 1. SERVICE: The service is exceptional, very client centred and your trip will be tailored to your needs. They provide transportation and all meals. The food was delicious and fresh, the facility was very clean, hot showers, beautiful garden. 2. STAFF: from the owner Roberto, to the cook, the driver, the helpers (shout out to Juan Carlos) and my favourite, the guide Juan. The cook (I feel so bad about forgetting her name) would always check in with me to see what time I would like to eat my meals! 3. GUIDE: ask for Juan. He is so good natured, attentive, considerate and just a very genuine human being. He went above and beyond to make me feel comfortable and safe. 4. PRICE: even the price is reasonable!! It’s actually cheaper than some other companies I looked at!!
Written April 22, 2022
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marcomalcotti
Costa Rica76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
This is a beautiful park, 2-3 hours from Puebla. No easy car access, the last 30 min are really bad road, you need a real 4x4. There is a refuge at base camp open to the public where you can sleep indoors, or decide to camp outside in tents. There are no toilets available. The hike up the mountain is moderate, all going up, almost no level terrain. The first part is easily viewed as there seems to be some kind of path, then you will get to the rock maze which becomes a bit more tricky if you don't know the way. After that it is pretty straight forward up to the glacier where you will need crampons. Going on from there is just a steep hike up the glacier to the summit, you can easily navigate by sight from the glacier as you can clearly see the summit,
Written March 1, 2022
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KDsTravels
Bellingham, WA266 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
If you love climbing tall mountains, this one's a must! HG High Guiding is based in Mexico City, but they picked me up in Puebla where I was staying. The guides were awesome! They let borrow all the gear I needed. The trip I booked required I bring my own food, but these guys had all the cookware, plus a huge pot of soup to share, tea, coffee, and cake in the morning, so I didn't even need to eat much of the food I brought. They were really fun and the whole trip was a blast!
Written January 9, 2022
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micaela
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Planned a trip to climb Pico de Orizaba with Guided Ascent guide Ivan. We got to basecamp and it was pouring rain all night so we couldn’t climb. I was pretty disappointed since I’d paid about 10k pesos for all the expenses of the trip, plus taking time off work. So at 2:30 in the morning, Ivan and I agreed we wouldn’t attempt to climb in the rain, and I would instead join another group in about a month.

I had paid upfront for his fee, plus all the transportation, food, 3 sets of batteries he bought for himself, etc. So I was losing a lot of money and would have to spend it all again the next time, minus his fee. By joining another group, I was making sure he’d get paid the same but actually would make the climb once instead of twice. I had paid 1500 pesos to rent his clothing, and the one thing he said he would reimburse me for was the gear I didn’t use at all, which was 650 pesos worth.

As we are in the taxi to his house, where I left my bags and needed to grab them before going back to Mexico City, I asked for the 650 reimbursement. He gave me 500 pesos. I pointed to his calculation of the rentals and said it was 650. He said, “No matter how pissed you’re going to get or pout this is all you’re going to get.” I told him using the word “pout” for my simple request was misogynistic – he proceeded to say “if you were a man I wouldn’t give you anything”. Then he conveniently decided he was “done with me”, would not take me on a tour or speak to me anymore about the fact he was stealing to me and breaking our verbal contract, went to his apartment dramatically taking my bags out, triple locking the door behind him, telling the taxi driver to come up because he didn’t trust the “gringa loca” (I am a 110 pound female and he is about 3x that) and calling me a “b****”. !!!

At basecamp he had moved from the bigger one to the tiny isolated one when another group of climbers came up, saying “they won’t stop talking, plus they like you and are going to ask questions, like do you have a boyfriend, and maybe you don’t, and maybe they’re lucky,” which I thought was particularly odd thing for him to complain about – the idea that someone might ask me if I have a boyfriend? He had no sensitivity to me being a vulnerable female traveling alone with him - but worst of all, after his screaming at me in the taxi and stealing from me, he went on to text me a bunch of very ugly insults, attacking me for being Catholic, etc.

He also seemed to have no regard for his other clients. We saw the forecast that it was going to rain much more the following night, and he had a group coming to climb. I asked him if he should call them early so they could turn around, since they were driving from San Luis Potosi. He told me, “They wouldn’t want to turn around,” and so didn’t call them, so they could go through a similar experience that I did.

TL;DR: Avoid going to Pico with Ivan. He could steal your money, time, and sanity.
Written October 2, 2020
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ccs5t
New York City, NY31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
If you want to climb Orizaba then these are the guys to use. Robert runs a great outfit. The guides, food, hospitality , lodging, and help with logistics were all perfect. I booked by trip literally 2 days before but they were able to accommodate me for a great climb.
Written October 9, 2019
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