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Mountaineering: Nevado de Toluca, Mexico

Summit elevation: 15,354 feet / 4,680 meters
6 miles with 2,900 feet of climbing
Nevado de Toluca • Route Profile
Route Profile

Nevado de Toluca • Description

Nevado de Toluca, also known as Xinantecatl, is the fourth highest of the Mexican volcanoes (after Pico de Orizaba, Popocatépetl, and Iztaccíhuatl). The mountain has two main summits, Pico del Aguila in the north (15,223 feet) and Pico del Fraile in the south (15,354 feet). Inside the crater are two lakes, Laguna del Sol and Laguna de la Luna. A dirt road which leads to the crater lakes (but is gated at the hut) makes Nevado de Toluca the most accessible of the volcanoes.
Several ascent options are popular, to either one of the summits or both. This route leads up the north side of the volcano to the rim of the crater, then continues on to Pico del Aguila. From here it follows the ridge, which eventually leads up to Pico del Fraile. Several descent options are available. This route leads down the west side of the volcano and then heads north towards the dirt road and back to the starting point.

Nevado de Toluca • Interactive Map

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Nevado de Toluca • Ascent
Ascent
Nevado de Toluca • Ascent
Ascent
Nevado de Toluca • Caldera Rim
Caldera Rim
Nevado de Toluca • Caldera Rim
Caldera Rim
Nevado de Toluca • Caldera Rim
Caldera Rim
Nevado de Toluca • Caldera
Caldera
Nevado de Toluca • Ascent
Ascent
Nevado de Toluca • Pico del Fraile
Pico del Fraile
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Nevado de Toluca • Personal Notes

2015
A week ago we climbed La Malinche, then spent a few days with family and friends in Puebla. On Friday we traveled to Toluca, at 8,750 feet the highest city in Mexico. Saturday we acclimated on Nevado de Toluca. On Sunday Faus, Sergio, Sandra, Hilarion (guide), and I went up the mountain.
Thanks a lot to Faus and Sergio for their hospitality.
2016
A week ago we climbed La Malinche, then spent a few days with family and friends in Puebla. We were scheduled to climb Iztaccíhuatl, but due to snowfall had to move the climb by a week. Instead we traveled to Toluca. On Sunday Faus, Sergio, Sandra, Maria Elena, and I went from the pay station, where the road was closed, to the crater of the volcano (route).
Thanks a lot to Faus and Sergio for their hospitality.
2017
On Saturday we acclimated on Nevado de Toluca. On Sunday Faus, Sandra, Boris (golden retriever), and I went up the mountain (route).
Thanks a lot to Faus for her hospitality.
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