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Mexico Volcanoes • Guided Ascent

Pico de Orizaba • Iztaccihuatl

Details

Length:

7-9 days in Mexico

Climbing Season:

Winter

Climbing Grade:

Cost

$2600 - $3000

Climbing Grade: Advanced

This climb requires a high level of climbing proficiency on steep, exposed and technical terrain above 8000 meters. Class 5.6 rock climbing is required. Excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Climbers must provide climbing resume including high altitude experience.

Climbing Grade: Advanced Intermediate

This climb requires a high level of climbing proficiency on steep, exposed and technical terrain at high altitude. Class 4 ice or 5.8 rock climbing is required. Excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Climbers must provide climbing resume including high altitude experience.

Climbing Grade: Intermediate

This climb requires snow and ice climbing skills with proficiency on steep and icy terrain. Strong backpacking and excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Prior climbing experience is required. High altitude experience is beneficial.

Climbing Grade: Advanced Beginner

Prior climbing experience is beneficial. Basic snow and ice climbing skills are introduced during the program. Above average physical conditioning is requisite for this climb. No high altitude experience is required.

Climbing Grade: Beginner

No prior climbing experience is required. Strong hiking skills and good physical conditioning are requisite.

Trekking Grade: Easy

No experience required.

Trekking Grade: Moderate

This trek requires 4-6 hours of hiking per day with a small pack. Elevation gains of 1000-2000 feet per day. Strong hiking skills and good physical conditioning are requisite.

Trekking Grade: Strenuous

This trek requires 6-8 hours of hiking per day with a small pack. Elevation gains of 2000-3000 feet per day. Strong hiking skills and great physical conditioning are requisite.

If you have further questions about our climbing or trekking grades; or about your qualifications for a particular expedition, trek, climb or course, please contact us.

Join our guides this winter. We're currently offering two options to climb Orizaba in Mexico. Our 9-day Ixta and Orizaba expedition. As well as our 7-day Orizaba express climb. In addition to climbing our trip is packed with opportunities to explore Mexico's rich history and culture. Call us to learn more!

Expedition Overview

The Mexican Volcanoes offer an excellent introduction into the world of high altitude mountaineering. Snowcapped El Pico de Orizaba at 18,490 ft is the highest mountain in Mexico and the third highest in North America also known as Citlalcotepetl (Mountain of the Star). These mountains while never technical are interesting and offer straight forward glacier climbing at moderately high altitudes. After climbing Mount Rainer, Mount Baker or other Northwest peaks the Mexico Volcanoes are a great next step for those seeking to expand their international mountaineering experience or planning future expeditions to peaks like Elbrus and Aconcagua.

Orizaba and Iztaccihuatl Climb • 9 days

Our Orizaba and Iztaccihuatl climb allows more time for acclimatization as well as enjoying the chance to discover and learn about Mexico’s rich history and cultural sites with a tour guide. While in Mexico City we stay in the popular Zona Rosa district near the Plaza de la Reforma. We visit the pyramids of Teotihuacan (a famous pre-Aztec archaeological site) and tour the Museum of Anthropology known as one of the world’s best museums. We climb Iztaccihuatl the “Sleeping Lady” also referred to as “Ixta” via the less travelled Ayoloco Glacier route, North America’s seventh highest mountain at 17,158 ft and third highest in Mexico. From the summit of Ixta you will experience an incredible close up view of the highly active Popocatepetl volcano, also known as “Popo”, Mexico’s second highest peak which is restricted from climbing. During our rest day, we enjoy another cultural tour of the beautiful and historic city of Puebla and nearby colorful Cholula town. Our expedition then heads to the village of Tlachichuca near the base of Orizaba where we plan our ascent. We now travel by jeep up the mountain’s western flank through pine forest to the Piedra Grande Hut. After waking early, our guide leads the group by headlamp to the toe of the Jamapa Glacier at 5000 meters. We rope up and ascend 35-degree slopes to Orizaba’s final summit crater. View slideshow from our Mexico Volcanoes Expedition

You now have the option of departing for home or spending an additional day sightseeing Mexico City. Shop at a local artisan’s market, visit the historic downtown area and its Metropolitan Cathedral and enjoy an evening at one of Mexico City’s fine restaurants.

Orizaba Express Climb • 7 days

During our Orizaba express climb we first acclimatize on La Malinche which stands at 4,448 meters or 14,646 feet high and is located near the colonial city of Tlaxcala. La Malinche’s position offers amazing views of Iztaccihuatl, Popocatépetl and Pico de Orizaba. After sightseeing in Tlaxcala, we head to Orizaba sometimes known as Citlaltépetl and continue our acclimation and ascent of North America’s third highest peak. From Zoapan we travel by 4×4 jeep up the mountain to the Piedra Grande Hut. Our express climb sometimes uses a high camp at 4500 meters to shorten summit day. You also have the option of an additional sightseeing day in Mexico City following the climb.

Orizaba and Iztaccihuatl Itinerary

Day 1 • Arrive Mexico City
Day 2 • Mexico City
Day 3 • Base Camp • Iztaccihuatl • 12,000 ft
Day 4 • High Camp • Iztaccihuatl • 15,000 ft
Day 5 • Summit Day • Iztaccihuatl • 17,158 ft
Day 6 • Puebla
Day 7 • Base Camp • Orizaba • 13,800 ft
Day 8 • Summit Day • Orizaba • 18,490 ft
Day 9 • Mexico City • Depart

Orizaba Express Itinerary

Day 1 • Arrive Mexico City
Day 2 • Base Camp • Malinche • 10,000 ft
Day 3 • Summit Day • La Malinche • 14,646 ft
Day 4 • Zoapan • Orizaba • 13,800 ft
Day 5 • Base Camp • Orizaba • 15,000 ft
Day 6 • Summit Day • Orizaba • 18,490 ft
Day 7 • Mexico City • Depart

Itinerary

Flight Schedule: USA – Mexico City (MEX)
Expedition begins and ends in Mexico City, Mexico


Orizaba and Iztaccihuatl Climb • 9 days

Day 1 • Arrive Mexico City
Transfer airport to hotel. We stay in the popular Zona Rosa district near the Plaza de la Reforma.

Day 2 • Mexico City
Today we tour Teotihuacan with a cultural guide, one of the world’s oldest archaeological sites (Pyramid of the Sun) near Mexico City. In the afternoon we have an expedition orientation and equipment check.

Day 3 • Base Camp • Iztaccihuatl • 12,000 ft
After breakfast we tour the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. We then head towards the volcanoes of Popocatepetl and Ixta stopping for lunch in the village of Amecameca. Our drive continues towards Popo-Ixta National Park and to the Paso de Cortez, named after the Spanish General Cortez who crossed the pass in 1529 en route to the city of Teotihuacan. We spend the night in a high mountain Altzomoni refuge. (D)

Day 4 • High Camp • Iztaccihuatl • 15,000 ft
In the morning we hike to high camp at the base of the Ayoloco Glacier on Ixta. We spend the night at the Ayoloco Hut. (B, D)

Day 5 • Summit Day • Iztaccihuatl • 17,158 ft
The day starts early. We climb for 4 to 5 hours to the summit of Ixta via the Glacier de Ayoloco route passing several short bands of rock and false summit. We descend to the Ayoloco Hut, pack, and return to Ixta base camp and drive to Puebla where we will spend the evening. (B)

(We also have the option of climbing the La Arista del Sol route (Ridge of the Sun) depending on weather conditions and the strength of the group. Ixta is known in Aztec mythology as the “Sleeping Lady” and with your imagination, you can see the head, breast, belly, and knees of the mountain along the skyline. The La Arista del Sol route climbs steep terrain to gain the Rodillas (knees) and then traverses multiple false summits before reaching the top.)

Day 6 • Puebla
After breakfast we have a cultural tour of Puebla (7000’) known for its excellent local cuisine and nearby colorful town of Cholula. The afternoon is free to take a rest or walk the city on your own.

Day 7 • Base Camp • Orizaba • 13,800 ft
We eat breakfast and depart to the village of Tlachichuca (Zoapan) at the base of Orizaba. We then take a four wheel drive shuttle up the mountain to Piedra Grande Hut at 13,980′. (L, D)

Day 8 • Summit Day • Orizaba • 18,490 ft 
The climb takes 10 to 12 hours round trip with an alpine start. After reaching the glacier, we ascend moderate 35-degree snow slopes of the Jamapa Glacier before reaching the crater rim and final summit high point marked with a steel cross. After descending the mountain, we meet the shuttle and return to the village of Tlachichuca. We have an opportunity to clean up and then drive to Mexico City late evening. We spend the night in Mexico City. (B, D)

Day 9 • Mexico City • Depart
Depart for flights home or enjoy an optional day in Mexico City. Our last full day in Mexico City is spent shopping at a local artisan’s market, the historic downtown area and enjoying a celebratory lunch. Overnight at hotel. That evening sample some of Mexico City’s vibrant nightlife.

Day 10 • Optional Departure
Transport to airport for flights home.


Orizaba Express Climb • 7 days

Day 1 • Arrive Mexico City
Transfer airport to hotel.

Day 2 • Base Camp • Malinche • 10,000 ft
After breakfast we drive east towards La Malinche. On the way we tour the Teotihuacan pyramids as well as the beautiful colonial town of Tlaxcala where we enjoy lunch. We spend the night in cabins at the base of Malinche.

Day 3 • Summit Day • La Malinche • 14,646 ft
We wake early for our ascent of La Malinche. After reaching the summit we’ll descend the mountain and drive to the village of Zoapan where we will spend the night. (B, L, D)

Day 4 • Base Camp • Orizaba • 13,800 ft
We eat breakfast and gear check and then take a four wheel drive shuttle up the mountain to Piedra Grande Hut. (B,L,D)

(We also have the option of spending a rest day in Puebla on Day-4 and driving to Piedra Grande Hut on Day-5. After breakfast we have a cultural tour of Puebla (7000’) known for its excellent local cuisine and nearby colorful town of Cholula. The afternoon is free to take a rest or walk the city on your own.)

Day 5 • Base Camp • Orizaba • 13,800 ft
Today we climb to the base of the Labyrinth for acclimatization. We return to Piedra Grande Hut and prepare for an early alpine start. We will review climbing techniques including the use of crampons ice axe and roped glacier travel. Overnight at the refuge. (B,L,D)

(We also offer the option of setting up a high camp on Orizaba at 15,000 feet. After climbing to the Labyrinth we will take a short acclimatization hike to the glacier. High camp requires the use of tents and porters.)

Day 6 • Summit Day • Orizaba • 18,490 ft 
The climb takes 10 to 12 hours round trip. After descending the mountain we meet the shuttle and return to the village of Zoapan for the evening. (B, L, D)

(We have an opportunity to stay in Zoapan or clean up and then drive to Mexico City late evening. Overnight in Mexico City.)

Day 7 • Mexico City • Depart
Return to Mexico City and depart afternoon for flights home or enjoy an optional day in Mexico City. Our last full day in Mexico City is spent shopping at a local artisan’s market, the historic downtown area and enjoying a celebratory lunch. Overnight at hotel. That evening sample some of Mexico City’s vibrant nightlife.

Day 8 • Optional Departure
Transport to airport for flights home.


Itinerary Notes: Mountain Gurus makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the particular needs of the group. Please request a detailed itinerary for a list of scheduled and non-scheduled meals.

Details

Land Cost*

Orizaba and Iztaccihuatl Climb • 9 days
Price per person: $3000 (American guided, based on minimum of 4 climbers)
Price per person: $3600 (American guided, based on minimum of 2 climbers)

Orizaba Express Climb • La Malinche & Orizaba • 7 days
Price per person: $2200 (based on minimum of 4 climbers)
Price per person: $2600 (based on minimum of 2 climbers)

Single Supplement: $300

*Additional hotel and transport costs apply for the optional day in Mexico City. Using high camp on Orizaba requires the use of porters, tents at additional expense, please inquire.


Deposit and Payments
$700.00 deposit includes reservation fee, due with application.
Balance due 90 days prior to departure


Services included
Park Fees
All scheduled land transportation in Mexico
Hotel accommodations in Mexico City
Hotel accommodations in Puebla, Zoapan
Huts or tented accommodations
Scheduled meals during the expedition
Professional guide and city tour guide
All group equipment for the expedition (including tent, stoves, group climbing gear)


Services not included
International airfare and meals during travel – USA – Mexico City
Non-scheduled airport transfers
Non-scheduled meals
Snack/lunch food during the expedition
Personal gear
Trip cancellation insurance
Medical and evacuation coverage
Staff gratuities

Gear List

Head and Face

  • Warm Hat: Wool/Synthetic, one that covers the ears. Simple skull-cap style hats are recommended as they tend to fit better beneath a climbing helmet.
  • Buff or Balaclava
  • Sun Hat or Baseball Cap
  • Glacier Glasses: Essential eye protection at altitude. Wrap around style or side shields.
  • Ski Goggles, High-quality goggles for sun and wind protection at altitude, optional
  • Sunscreen: SPF 30+
  • Lip screen: SPF 30+
  • Climbing LED Headlamp: Bring plenty of batteries.

Upper Body

  • Upper Body Layers: We recommend you have three warm layers for the upper body. Items must be made of synthetic or pile. Make sure all layers fit comfortably over each other and supply good insulation. A good combination is a long underwear top, a sweater, and a pile jacket. Cotton items do not provide adequate insulation and are completely useless when damp.
  • Softshell Jacket and/or Fleece Pullover: This breathable but wind-and-weather resistant jacket is a key part of a mountaineering layering system. Medium weight synthetic, form-fitting, for use over base layers. Hoods are highly recommended.
  • Baselayer Tops: One synthetic short-sleeve shirt. One synthetic long-sleeve shirt for summit day is required. Lighter colors absorb less sunlight which can be nice on sunnier days.
  • Hardshell Jacket w/ hood: Snow and high wind can be common. GORE-TEX© or a fully waterproof nylon shell that has been “seam sealed”.
  • Expedition down parka w/ insulated hood: 700+ fill down.

**An expedition down parka w/ hood is required for the Mexican Volcanoes**

Handwear

  • Lightweight synthetic (fleece) Gloves: One pair (WINDSTOPPER© is recommended)
  • Softshell Gloves: One pair, Leather construction offers durability and grip on ropes and other gear.

Lower Body

  • Baselayer Bottom: One pair. Synthetic, no cotton
  • Hardshell Pants: Bring a good pair of rain/wind pants of GORE-TEX© or a fully waterproof nylon shell that has been “seam sealed”. (full-length side zips are required; you may need to take off your hard shell pants without removing your boots).
  • Softshell Climbing Pants: Synthetic, stretchy, non-insulated, comfortable to climb in and provide good warmth on cool misty days, dry fast and prevent sunburn. Schoeller© fabric is recommended.
  • Gaiters: Full-sized waterproof gaiters that must fit snugly over your mountaineering boots.
  • Undergarments: Enough for the duration of the program. (Sports bra for Woman)

Footwear

  • Double Plastic Climbing Boots or Leather/ Synthetic/ Hybrid Mountaineering Boots (full shank and crampon compatible)
  • Hiking Boots or Trekking Shoes: One pair medium weight hiking boots/shoes.
  • Medium to Heavyweight Socks: Three or four pair of wool or synthetic socks to wear for warmth with climbing boots.

**Read our Mountaineering Boot and Crampon guide for more information. Double plastic mountaineering boots or Heavy-weight synthetic/ hybrid mountaineering boots are required for the Mexico Volcanoes.**

Sleeping

  • Sleeping Bag: Bring a warm bag (rated 0 to 10 degree Fahrenheit).
  • Sleeping Pad: One full-length closed-cell foam pad and/ or an inflatable pad.

Backpack and Packing 

  • Backpack: One lightweight large size 70-80 liters (4500-5500 cubic inches) comfortable pack with good support, adequate to carry personal and group gear. The pack should fit properly and have a good waist belt. Carry gear between 40 and 50 pounds.
  • Travel Duffle/zip Bag: One large size, transporting gear.
  • Travel locks, nametags, and contact information written directly on the duffels.
  • Bags: large plastic bag, large Ziploc bag or waterproof stuff sacks
  • Passport

**An adequate size backpack is required. You are responsible to carry all your personal gear and food, as well as a portion of group gear (tents, ropes, stoves, fuel, etc.).**

Climbing Gear 

  • Ice axe with leash: 60-70cm mountaineering axe
  • Crampons: 12-point steel with anti-balling plates
  • Climbing Helmet: Lightweight
  • Alpine Climbing Harness w/ adjustable leg loops
  • Trekking Poles: Adjustable and collapsible w/ snow baskets
  • Carabiners Locking: Two large pear-shaped, screw gate

Drinking

  • Water Bottle: Two, one liter wide-mouth plastic bottles. NALGENE©
  • Water Treatment: We recommend you bring one bottle of “Potable Aqua” or a “Polar Pure”, crystal iodine in a bottle, to treat drinking water. Optional if you prefer to treat your water.

**No water bag or bladder systems for summit day, they freeze and are difficult to fill.**

Personal Health and First Aid

  • Small personal first-aid kit and medications
  • Plastic bowl, insulated mug, and spoon
  • Camera
  • Toilet paper
  • Pee Bottle (1-1.5 Liter), optional
  • Pee Funnel (for Women), optional
  • Earplugs, optional
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Personal Items

**Basic medical supplies in a compact package, we recommend basic painkillers, Moleskin, first-aid tape, Band-Aids, and anti-septic wipes or gel.**

Gear: A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your program will be sent to you in the pre-departure packet upon reservation. For your safety and comfort, it is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.

Travel

International Programs • Mexico

Program start time & location: begins and ends in Mexico City

Visa/Entry Information: A valid passport is required for American citizens to enter Mexico. American citizens do not need a visa for visits of up to 30 days for tourism.

Health & Immunizations: Immunizations are not required for entry into Mexico

Flight Travel Information: USA – Mexico City (MEX)

International Departures: Our itineraries reflect the date and time you’ll need to arrive in country for a particular program. Mountain Gurus programs begin and end in the countries, destination city. When booking your flight you’ll need to account for travel time and crossing the international dateline if needed. It’s easiest to give your booking agent the day and time you’ll need to arrive.

Meals and Food: Please prepare lunch and snack food as this service is not included during the climbing portion of the program. (see itinerary for meal schedule) It is best for clients with special meal concerns (vegetarians, etc.) to bring additional food to help supplement breakfast and dinner meals. Guides will provide boiled water and do their best to accommodate your diet.

Gear: A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your program will be sent to you in the pre-departure packet upon reservation. For your safety and comfort it is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.

Frequently Asked Questions

Even the most experienced climbers have questions and if this is your first time on an Expedition, Trek or Northwest Climb you’re sure to have them. We provide information about such things as travel dates, itineraries and required equipment throughout our website. However, if you can’t find the answers you seek anywhere else, we try to provide them here!

Travel & Insurance

When do I need to arrive and depart?

International Departures: Our itineraries reflect the date and time you’ll need to arrive in country for a particular program. Mountain Gurus programs begin and end in the countries, destination city. When booking your flight you’ll need to account for travel time and crossing the international dateline if needed. It’s easiest to give your booking agent the day and time you’ll need to arrive.

Domestic Departures: Regarding Northwest programs our itineraries reflect the date and time the program begins at a particular start location (North Cascades NP, Olympic NP, etc.). When flying to Washington State you’ll likely need to arrive the day before the climb begins in order to meet the group at the program start location. In regards to your departure flight, our return time to the program start location is often unpredictable. We suggest a hotel reservation for the night of the last day and plan to return home the day after the end of the program.

What if I want to arrive early or depart later than the program? Mountain Gurus can assist in arranging accommodations before or after the program. Our Operations Director can recommend things to do if you desire.

Will a Mountain Gurus agent greet me at the airport? For International programs depending on your arrival time, we coordinate ground transportation. We either greet you at the airport or arrange transportation to your hotel. In most cases the program formally begins the morning after arrival day.

Do you recommend trip cancellation insurance? Mountain Gurus highly recommends purchasing of trip cancellation and travel insurance. This comprehensive travel insurance provides coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delays, medical expenses and emergency assistance.

Do I need any other insurance? Make sure you provide yourself adequate traveler’s medical and evacuation insurance for coverage should you have a problem during the trip.

Should I have concerns when traveling internationally? We recommend registering with the United States Department of State when traveling anywhere internationally. Registration is voluntary and is your sole responsibility. Also, the United States Department of State maintains a travel Warning/Alerts list for most countries around the world. www.travel.state.gov

Experience and Fitness

What are climbing and trekking grades? Mountain Gurus provides climbing and trekking grades to help our client choose which programs are best suited for their experience level, knowledge of climbing and overall physical conditioning. Mountain travel can be extremely challenging yet profoundly rewarding. We offer programs of various skill levels and difficulty. Regardless which program you choose we expect our clients to be physically and mentally prepared for the demands of the journey.

Can anyone participate on your MG programs? We feel that anyone in reasonably good physical fitness should be able to join us on many of our programs. Mountain Gurus guides will introduce basic trekking and climbing skills needed during the course of the program. Remember your ability to participate in the program is largely dependent upon your overall health and fitness. An expedition, trek or climb shouldn’t be taken lightly and we encourage you to prepare for it by physically conditioning yourself for the strenuous aspects of the program. We strongly advise anyone who is considering a climb with Mountain Gurus, who may have a medical condition or medical history that may affect their performance, first consult with their physician. If you have further questions or concerns please contact us and our Operations Director can discuss which program is best suited for you.

Domestic & International Programs

How can I find out about necessary visas or entry requirements for the country I am visiting? Mountain Gurus will send you all necessary visa information contained within our pre-departure package. In most case American citizens can obtain a visa upon arrival. It is your responsibility to send in all pre-required visa applications and associated fees. In addition most countries maintain websites that provide all necessary information and application forms.

How can I find about necessary immunizations for the area where I am traveling? As part of your itinerary, we’ll provide you with current recommended/required immunizations for the country where you are traveling. You can always consult the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov

Can I hire an additional porter? On International programs Mountain Gurus can arrange hire of a personal porter if desired for an additional cost. Please notify MG in advance if you’re considering a personal porter.

Can additional gear or clothing be stored during the program duration? In most cases additional items can be stored at the hotel or with our ground operator.

What type of accommodations can I expect?

Hotels: During our stay in international destination cities you can expect to stay in high quality hotels. When available we opt to stay in smaller boutique style hotels that provide a friendly atmosphere and high quality experience.

Camping or Lodges: When camping we provide our clients with high quality mountaineering tents. Depending on the expedition or climb clients participate in setting up tents and help in establishing camp as well as participate in cooking. On Treks and Tours, Mountain Gurus provides our clients with a fully supported experience, your tent will be set up and waiting when you arrive in camp and you’ll be greeted with hot water and a cup of tea. Destinations like Nepal we often opt to stay in high quality lodges (also known as Tea Houses) as an alternative to camping. Due to our local knowledge we choose from the finest lodges available which provide great food and a friendly warm environment.

Do you provide single accommodations? International programs that include hotels, a single room supplement is available for an additional cost if desired. For those traveling alone who do not wish to pay an additional cost for a single room, we will pair you in a room with another same-sex team member. In the event another team member of the same sex is not available for room pairings, you will be assigned a single room. During Northwest climbs single tent accommodations are not available.

How heavy a pack do I need to carry?

On Northwest programs you will be required to carry a portion of the group gear and food, in addition to your personal gear. This should be taken into consideration when deciding what you should bring. Be prepared to carry between 40-65 lbs. depending on the length of the program and group size.

For International programs pack weight varies greatly depending on the type of program. On our fully supported Treks and Tours you will only be expected to carry a small to medium sized day pack with each trekking day’s necessary clothing and essentials. 15-30 lbs. Expeditions will be required to carry a portion of the group gear and food in addition to your personal gear. 40-65 lbs. On fully supported Expeditions we utilize high altitude climbing porters which greatly minimizes the need to carry group gear. 35-50 lbs.

Private and Custom Programs

I have a group of family/friends/colleagues and we have specific dates we would like to climb. Can you customize a program for us? All of our programs can be run on a private basis. The beauty of a private program is you climb what you want, with who you want, when you want. We’ll take care of the entire program. We are also able to provide you with a custom itinerary depending on your interests. We may require a $100 non-refundable deposit for custom program planning which will be applied towards your program cost at the time of reservation.

Equipment

Does Mountain Gurus rent equipment? We do provide limited rental gear on our Northwest programs. All rental gear is limited and needs to be reserved and paid in advance. See Northwest Climbs and Courses for details. Currently we do not rent any equipment for international programs. Also, many local climbing and outdoors stores rent gear for reasonable rates.

Rental items include: Ice Axe, Crampons, Harness, Helmet

Where should I buy equipment? We can help you find a local climbing and outdoor shop where you can purchase the equipment you’ll need.

General

Is it customary to tip your support staff or mountain guide? On international programs where we utilize support staff (porters, cooks, kitchen staff, etc.); it is Mountain Gurus practice to take a group tip and divide it among the support staff. Tipping of Mountain Guides for a job well done is always appreciated.

How can my family get in contact with me when I’m on a on a Mountain Gurus program? After your application and deposit are accepted; you will be provided with a detailed itinerary which will include hotel and ground outfitter contact information for your program. Due to the nature of the wilderness areas we travel it is likely you will be out of contact during the duration of the program. Telephone and internet access is available in some destinations at you own expense.

What if my spouse, family or friends don’t climb; can they still join me on safari? We would be delighted to make arrangements for non-trekking family and friends to join you after the climb. We suggest you extend your safari a few days to take advantage of Tanzania’s remarkable wildlife parks and diverse landscape.

Can my son or daughter join me on the program? What’s the minimum age requirement? Possibly, we would prefer to talk with you about the program you’re interested in and see if it’s an appropriate choice for someone under the age of 18. We accept participants 16 years or older on our regularly scheduled trips, accompanied by a legal guardian.