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IXTA Express

6 Days. 2 Summits. 17,159 Feet in Mexico.

February 2020 - Sold Out

April 19 - 24, 2020 - 6 Spaces Available

Limited Availability for April 2020 Program  -  Reserve Your Slot


What is this?

Join Matt Walker of MWA on a summit climb of Itzaccihuatl, the eigth-highest peak in North America. This trip is the perfect introduction to high altitude mountain climbing and includes cultural immersion experiences at Haciendas in the Mexican high country, hot springs soaks in Tolantongo, and a hot air balloon experience over the pyramids of Teotihuacan.  

This 6-day summit expedition begins and ends in Mexico City, Mexico.  

Expeditions with Matt Walker Adventure connect physcial, mental, and emotional challenge to create full engagent leadership. These expeditions are curated to give you the space to step into your leadership style and focus on your direction; both personally and professionally. Giving you clarity and confidence to achieve and excel in all aspects of your life. 


Are you ready?

Are you ready to challenge yourself beyond your preconceived notions of what is possible?  

Are you living day-to-day, surving but not thriving? Are you ready to join a team of men that will simultaneaously support you to be a better man in the world and call you out on your bullshit directly?  

Are you ready to unplug from the noise of the world, your professional demands, the burdens of your everyday, and focus on what really matters to you?  

If the answer is 'yes' - click below and join us. We are going. You should be with us.  

The little bitty details

The Expedtion Details 


  • One US-based AMGA certified guide
  • One Mexico-based certified guide
  • All park fees and permits
  • Hotels and lodging in Mexico City and mountain haciendas
  • Scheduled meals during the expedition
  • Sunsrise balloon flight over Teotihuacan pyramids
  • Guided hot springs and cave exploration at Tolantogo 
  • All group climbing gear and equipment


  • International round-trip airfare Mexico City, Mexico
  • Meals, transport, and lodging outside the regular itinerary
  • All expenses incurred in the event of early departure (evac fees, transport, extra hotel nights, etc)
  • Personal gear (see gear list)
  • Tips and gratuities


  • Climbing Skill Level - open to all physically fit individuals, no previous climbing experience necessary
  • Training regimen available 
  • Immunizations are not required for entry into Mexico
  • All group and technical gear included. You will be responsible for personal clothing and footwear 

Don't get left out.

The MWA Approach

This is open to all physically fit individuals, while no previous climbing experience is necessary, we highly recommend joining our glacier mountaineering course in the North Cascades, WA prior to the expedition.  

We cover the logistics and details in full. The question you have to ask yourself: am I ready to play big, step into a significant challenge, and show up fully physcially and emotionally? This is not an amusement park ride - this is as real as it gets.  

You'll be tested, challenged, and called forward to share leadership on our expediton. This isn't a passive expereince - we co-create the experience, we are in it together in this area

Expedition Itinerary

Expedition begins and ends in Mexico City, Mexico  

  • Day 1 • Arrive Mexico City • 7,382 ft

Arrive Mexico City International Airport, Russia (MEX). Transfer to lodging in the upscale Condesa neighborhood, Mexico City. Evening kickoff dinner.  

  • Day 2 • Tolcua Ascent • Azau • 7,500 ft

Early morning departure to ascend Nevado de Toluca, a strato-volcano 80km west of Mexico City that rises to 15,354 feet. This ascent is non-technical and is an excellent acclimatizaion ascent with stunning views of high-altitude lakes and the alpine. Descend Toluca and return to lodging in Mexico City.  

  •  Day 3 • Rest Day, Balloon Flight, and Teotihuacan Pyramids • 7,000 ft - 11,150 ft

We begin the day with an early morning departure to experience a once-in-a-lifetime sunrise balloon flight over the Aztec pyramids, Teotihuacan. Following our flight we will take a cultural tour and climb th pyramids before driving to Paso de Cortes to prepare for our ascent of Ixta. Lodging at cabins at the base of Ixta.  

  • Day 4 • Summit Ascent of Ixtaccihuatl • 17,159 ft

We begin before dawn for our ascent of Ixta. Following the initial trail by headlamp, after a few hours we pass through the traditional high camp and onto the steeper slopes of Ixta proper. Our ascent will pass La Rodilla (the knees) as we ascend the final series of false summits along the plateau to the highest point at 17,159 ft. Evening lodging at Hacienda.  

Vertical gain climbing: 4,159 feet  

  • Day 5 • Tolantogo and Mexico City 

Today is a full recovery and relaxation day. We will soak in the hot springs and caves of Tolantogo - this canyon and river system is a magical and restorative experience. Not to be missed! In the late afternoon we will return to Mexico City for a team celebration dinner.  

  • Day 6 • Mexico City and Departure 

Our final day in Mexico: a slow morning with breakfast at an outdoor cafe, a tour of a local artisan marketplace, and afternoon flight departures home.