Iztaccíhuatl is the nation’s third highest summit, after Pico de Orizaba 5,636 m (18,491 ft) and Popocatépetl 5,426 m (17,802 ft), and the seventh highest in North America.

The name “Iztaccíhuatl” is Nahuatl for “White woman”, reflecting the four individual snow-capped peaks which depict the head, chest, knees and feet of a sleeping female when seen from east or west.

Iztaccíhuatl lies to the north of Popocatépetl, to which it is connected by the high altitude Paso de Cortés.

Most of the time you can see Popocatépetl erupt during the climb.

Trip plan

We will pick you up at the destination of your choice (usually Mexico City International Airport or hotel) and transport you to Paso de Cortés.

Based on your choice we either spend the night in the hut or drive to the trailhead at La Joya. The climb itself is very scenic, leads through several passes, gorgeous views and non-technical terrain with a few class 3 rock moves.

After returning back to the trailhead, we will transport you back to your hotel or your next adventure.


If you are coming from sea-level or area with much lower altitude, we recommend to add a few more days for acclimatization. You can stay in Mexico City (7,382′), climb Nevado de Toluca (15,354′) or Malinche (14,636′).

Our team has the expertise to recommend an itinerary based on each client group’s needs and create an acclimatization plan to increase your ability to summit.

Our guides are EMT trained and ready to respond to acute altitude sickness symptoms.

Altitude: 17,160 feet.

Activity: Two days.

Entity: Puebla Estate and Mexico Estate.

Location: Izta-Popo National Park.