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With a strong team of women by your side, anything is possible—and so is summiting Pico de Orizaba, the highest volcanic summit and the third highest peak in North America. Also known as Citlaltépetl, this dormant volcano soars to a staggering height of 18,491 ft, and is home to the largest glacier in Mexico. By going on this guided, all-women, 7-day mountaineering expedition to Pico de Orizaba, all the logistical challenges and organizational hassles are taken away—meals, transportation, accommodation, camp, acclimatization, skills practice, everything is taken care of. All that’s left to do is see what you’re made of! As each step propels you higher, the camaraderie among your team amplifies the achievement and creates lifelong memories. Consider this your introduction to high-altitude climbing and enjoy the feeling of major success!

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  • Plenty of time to acclimatize to the altitude, with enough time to work on needed skills

  • Cap two high-altitude peaks—Pico de Orizaba and La Malinche—in one trip alongside an all-women team

  • Just show up—meals, transportation, acclimatization, and accommodation are taken care of

Itinerary

Pico de Orizaba is Mexico’s highest mountain, as well as the third tallest peak in North America—and you’re about to summit it. Alongside a team of like-minded women, you’ll get to practice your skills and acclimatize to the altitude, and climb the La Malinche volcano as a preparation for the big peak. And then finally, on day 6, you’ll summit the 18,491-foot Pico de Orizaba! Two guides will accompany you and make sure you’re ready—and you also don’t have to worry about food, accommodation, transportation, and any other logistical obstacles. Together with your all-women team, push beyond your limits and achieve new heights.

  • Make sure to arrive by mid-afternoon in Mexico City, with plenty of time to clear immigration and customs. Check into your hotel and freshen up for a welcome dinner, which will most likely be around 7 pm. Get to know your team and your guides and talk about the expedition ahead.
    Meals: Dinner

    Statue in Mexico City
  • In order to get used to the altitude, take an acclimatization hike near La Malinche—an inactive volcano at 4,462 m (14,636 ft).
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

    Group of backpackers in Mexico
  • Today is the summit day! Usually no special equipment is required and the trail is quite straightforward to follow.
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

    La Malinche active volcano
  • Get transferred to Piedra Grande, from where you’ll reach the Orizaba basecamp.
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

    Base camp at Pico de Orizaba
  • Today is all about acclimatizing at Piedra Grande and making sure you’re ready for the summit. Your guides will go through all the necessary information and you’ll get to practice your skills. Get some rest because today is the summit day!
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

    Glacier climbing ad Pico de Orizaba
  • Today’s the day! Along with your guides and your amazing team, you’ll summit Orizaba at 5,636 m (18,391 ft). Congrats! Once you’ve soaked in the views and the feeling of achievement, return to Mexico City for a final team dinner.
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

    Pico de Orizaba volcano
  • Your mountaineering expedition in Mexico has come to an end. If you’d like to stay longer and explore, just ask your guides for some recommendations.
    Meals: Breakfast

    Mexico City skyline
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Meet your guides

Sunny Stroeer
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Sunny Stroeer
Lead guide and the owner of AWExpeditions
Lead guide and the owner of AWExpeditions
Sunny led a career-oriented life as an international strategy consultant with a Harvard MBA until a formative adventure on Aconcagua made her drop everything and take on the outdoors full-time. Before long, her exploits on high-altitude hiking and climbing routes saw her breaking speed records worldwide. When she’s not traveling and setting FKTs left and right, Sunny organizes guided adventures, celebrates the sporting life and promotes female empowerment through her writing and photography.
AWExpeditions
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AWExpeditions
AWExpeditions organizes mountaineering, high altitude and backcountry adventures for women, by women. AWE decreases barriers of entry to the world of big mountain adventures for women from all walks of life by providing a platform for women and organization adventures in all-female or predominantly-female environments. Today, AWE runs all-women's (and a few co-ed) trips across five continents, with more destinations in the works. The Paria Canyon Backpack is a collaboration between AWExpeditions and Kanab, UT-based Dreamland Safari Tours and the Shasta glacier course is produced in partnership with Shasta Mountain Guides.
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Andrea L (source: Trip Advisor)

First class organization that cares about getting women into the wilderness with other women. From communication leading up to the trip to the actual in the mountains personal experience, AWExpeditions over the top delivers. I will work with this phenomenal expedition company again and gain.

Rjharbitter88 (source: Trip Advisor)

What a pleasure to spend time in the backcountry with incredible women and two phenomenal guides. I am so happy to have found AWExpeditions and so proud of the work they are doing. Do not underestimate going into nature with women — it is powerful, rejuvenating, and inspirational.

Farah S (source: Trip Advisor)

This was my second trip with AWExpeditions and it once again, did not disappoint. Sunny does such a wonderful job with planning, preparing, guiding, and caring for us on and off the mountain. I ran into some personal health issues and Sunny was proactive with what my next steps were to ensure my safety. It was truly an AWEsome experience, and the AWE community is the real thing.

Tina Q (source: Trip Advisor)

Wow! Just wow! Everything I was hoping for and more. The geology was jaw dropping, the trip organization was stellar, and Sunny’s intimate knowledge of the canyon allowed us to see the little secrets that other will miss. But the best part was Sunny’s competency in not only leading the trip, but invoking a camaraderie and chemistry amongst a group of strangers that will inevitably lead to long term friendships. That is a gift to all of us!

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • Experienced mountaineering guides with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 7-day Pico de Orizaba mountaineering tour
      • Accommodation (hotel in Mexico City, double occupancy — single supplement possible at an additional fee)
      • All logistics & transport while on tour
      • Almost all meals (welcome & final team dinners in Mexico City; all meals during the climb)
      • Team gear including four-season tents (double occupancy) and cooking gear
      • Emergency GPS tracking and communications

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Mexico City
      • Some meals — listed in detail in the itinerary
      • Sodas and alcoholic beverages
      • Personal climbing gear and attire — boots, sleeping bags, ice axe, crampons
      • Personal snacks — bars, trail mix, beef jerky
      • Medical, travel, and rescue insurance
      • Expenses while on expedition that are above and beyond the normal scope of the trip such as medical treatment, evacuation, trip interruption, flight changes, alcohol, gifts for friends and family, alcohol, mini bar, specialty coffees, 3rd party wifi charges
      • Expenses incurred due to events out of the control of AWE such as delays or interruptions, political events, natural events of disasters, events outside of our control will not be covered by AWE. These may include circumstances such as extra hotel nights due to delays and need to be covered by your insurance
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • Orizaba is a formidable, high-altitude summit just outside of Mexico city and it’s often underestimated by many visitors, resulting in a low summit success rate—mainly due to short-change acclimatization. However, this itinerary is designed to allow enough time for acclimatization and skills practice. Once you’re ready and acclimated, you will summit Orizaba.

    In order to join this guided tour, you must be in excellent physical shape. Previous multi-day hiking experience is required and previous backpacking experience is highly recommended. If you’ve never tried mountaineering before, no problem—your guide will go through all the necessary steps to make sure you’re comfortable and ready for mountaineering.

    There are plenty of other all-women tours on high peaks! If you’re looking for something in the U.S., this beginner-friendly glacier travel tour of Mount Shasta might be interesting for you. Feel free to check out this all-women climb of Kilimanjaro or women’s mountaineering expedition to Aconcagua. Scroll through our complete offer of all-women trips!

  • You will receive a detailed packing list once you sign up for this trip. Your guides provide the team, cooking, and emergency gear, including tents and emergency communication. You’re responsible for personal climbing gear and attire, including but not limited to the following items.

    Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:

      • Backpack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 50L bag)
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2-3L capacity)
      • Warm sleeping bag (20F) & compression stuff sack
      • Sleeping pad
      • Ice axe and crampons
      • Climbing helmet
      • Trekking poles
      • Sleeping bag
      • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
      • Headlamp & spare batteries
      • Glacier glasses & ski goggles
      • Buff, sun hat, and beanie
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, chapstick with SPF, etc.)
      • 100% UV Sunglasses
      • Adapter
      • Camera — optional

    Here’s a list of clothing we suggest you bring:

      • Insulated mountaineering boots & light hiking boots
      • Expedition-weight down jacket
      • Hardshell (GoreTex) jacket
      • Softshell jacket
      • Thick wool socks & thin trekking socks
      • Gloves (lightweight liner gloves, softshell gloves, insulated mittens)
      • Warm mid-layer top & long-sleeve hoodie
      • Short or long-sleeved base layer top
      • Softshell pants & hardshell (GoreTex) pants
      • Fast-drying base layer bottom (no cotton)
      • Underwear
      • Light towel
      • Set of town clothes

    Tents and group gear will be provided by your guiding service, but you’re required to bring your own backpack, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad. A broad selection of rental gear is available through national brands such as REI or Kit Lender. Rentals for mountaineering boots, crampons, ice axes, helmets & sleeping bags are also available locally in Mexico through your guide’s AWExpedition’s partner Nomada Mexico.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this women’s Pico de Orizaba mountaineering tour, the maximum group size is 10 with 2 guides.
      • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

    Mountaineering on Pico de Orizaba can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Mexico, the starting point of your mountaineering adventure, you can fly into Mexico City International Airport (MEX). The expedition kicks off with a welcome dinner, so make sure to arrive by mid-afternoon, with plenty of time to clear immigration and customs as well as to check into your hotel prior to the dinner at 7 pm.

    In order to reach downton Mexico City, you can take the metro, an airport shuttle, a taxi, or a bus.

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Mexico, please refer to Mexico’s COVID-19 travel advice,

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • Deposits

    You can secure one of the set dates with a 30% deposit upon booking. The remaining 70% of the trip price is to be paid 90 days prior to departure, at the latest.

    Secure your early bird spot with a 10% deposit! This tour gets sold out very quickly, but with early-bird booking, you will be the first one to know about any new upcoming dates. Pick your preferred dates without the risk of your bucket list adventure selling out!

    • Only 10% of the total amount should be paid as a deposit upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another 57hours adventure anytime in case the dates don’t suit you.
    • Once the dates are set, you can confirm your booking by paying another 20% of the total amount.
    • The final balance is due 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.

    Cancellations

    Booking fees are non-refundable in all cases. During checkout, however, you can choose one of 57hours’ flexibility options:

    Basic

    • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
    • For cancellations 90 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a 70% refund of the trip price.
    • For cancellations 0-89 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Flexible

    • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
    • For cancellations 90 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
    • For cancellations 60-89 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
    • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Super Flexible

    • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
    • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
    • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.

    Though unlikely, an expedition may be canceled for any reason prior to departure. In that event, the deposit and expedition fees paid by the participants will be refunded.

    In the event of cancellation of a program and upon refund to participants of all program fee payments, the expedition organizer shall be released from any further liability to participants, including but not limited to liability for additional costs participants may have incurred, pre- departure expenses, non-refundable advance purchase air tickets, visa fees, equipment purchases and medical expenses.

    Participants agree that beginning on the first date of the program itinerary, there will be no refunds of program fees for any reason whatsoever. Expedition participants agree the cost of any search and rescue undertaken on their behalf will be their financial responsibility. Including costs incurred by the expedition leader, other expeditions, government, and/or other entities.

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