Climbing Nevado de Toluca (Mexico)

Hiking Nevado de Toluca

Climbing Nevado de Toluca.

It’s one of the fashionable daytrips from Mexico Metropolis. Nevado de Toluca has the 4th highest peak in Mexico at 4,680 meters (15,354 ft). A spotlight are the 2 spectacular lakes (one inexperienced, one other blue) inside the volcanic crater on the prime of the mountain. But, regardless of the excessive altitude, it’s a very accessible volcano that may be visited by anybody.

I took the tour with Vibe Adventures, a tour operator specializing in genuine, off-the beaten-track experiences. It’s a full day, 12-hour tour that additionally consists of the town of Toluca (which actually impressed me). However I’ll cowl Toluca in a separate submit. This submit covers solely the unbelievable Nevado de Toluca.


Nevado de Toluca from a distance




What’s Nevado de Toluca?

It’s a volcano which will have as soon as been as excessive as Popocatépetl (at 5,393 m, Popocatépetl is the 2nd highest peak in Mexico) till, about 25,000 years in the past, the volcano erupted. The eruption blew an approximate 900 meters off the height of Nevado de Toluca and created the 1.5 kilometre crater that you simply see on the prime.

The final eruption of the volcano was 10,500 yr in the past. Simply for example the dimensions and impression of Nevado de Toluca, the eruption lined Mexico Metropolis (which is 110 km away) with about 50 cm (or 2 ft) of volcanic mud.

As we speak, the volcano is inactive. Throughout the crater you’ll see a mound – that’s what’s known as a volcanic plug (a big chunk of magma that hardened and is obstructing the vent of the volcano). You’ll additionally see two lakes: one is the bigger inexperienced lake (the “Lago del Sol” or “Solar Lake”) and the smaller, however deeper, “Lago de la Luna” (“Moon Lake”).


Lago de la Luna




Attending to Nevado de Toluca

It takes about 2 ½ hrs to drive from Mexico Metropolis to Toluca: about an hour to Toluca (which incorporates some stunning geography) after which an extra 1 ½ hours from Toluca to the parking zone on the prime of the mountain (the 4th highest street in Mexico, culminating at 4,254 m).

Notice that the final 18 of the street is unpaved. There are spectacular views wanting down the mountain on the valley beneath.

The Official web site of the Park


Hiking Nevado de Toluca

Hiking Nevado de Toluca

Hiking Nevado de Toluca




Climbing Nevado de Toluca

While you arrive on the parking zone on the prime of the mountain, you’ll be shocked by how chilly it’s up there. We had been mountain climbing Nevado de Toluca in late September and temperatures had been 12C. However with the brisk wind it felt fairly chilly. Be sure to carry a superb sweater or windbreaker. You may additionally see snow, I learn that it can snow anytime of the yr up right here (though chances are high greater November to April). In truth we met a Mexican woman on the best way up and he or she mentioned “why are you going? There’s no snow!”. Seeing snow is certainly a motive many come to Nevado de Toluca.

The opposite factor is the altitude. It’s solely about quarter-hour from the parking zone to the lip of the crater however I actually felt it in my lungs. Then it struck me that I had by no means been at 4,254 meters…most mountains I’ve climbed have been across the 2000 meter mark.


Hiking Nevado de Toluca


When you get to the lip of the crater, there are two mountain climbing choices. 1) Happening and doing the tour across the two lakes. Views are nice and it’s a very simple stroll that takes round 2 ½ hrs. 2) Climbing the lip of the crater. That is far more difficult and a 7-8 hour hike that features the very best peak (Pico de Fraile) at 4,680 m. We clearly didn’t do that more difficult hike however I discovered this submit which covers it.






So why hike Nevado de Toluca? Most individuals agree that this hike presents one of the best views and most spectacular geography within the area.

As I mentioned on the prime, I took this tour with Vibe Adventures. Nice tour which included the town of Toluca (which I’ll be writing about within the close to future).



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