Mexico - Volcan Orizaba 18,491ft

Dec. 7th - 15th, 2019



DECEMBER 7-15TH, 2019

  • Join our 8 day Mountain Medicine CME course in the heart of Mexico - pass through the dessert, trek through the forest, scramble up the rock band and finally climb the glaciated volcano cone to the summit of Pico de Orizaba (18,491 ft) - The highest mountain in Mexico and the 3rd highest in North America !


  • This course is ideal for those interested in providing medical care in the wild or those travel enthusiasts, group leaders, climbers, walkers, EMT’s, nurses, NP's, PA's or doctors with a desire to learn medical treatment in austere environments. While completing the core curriculum of this CME course we will gradually ascend the 5,636m peak of Orizaba, completing the core lectures and skills at various camps or in the wilderness settings along the route.



  • Learn the latest wilderness medical skills for patient assessment, stabilization and evacuation.

  • Work with our expert faculty and local mountain guides to develop your mountain skills and attempt to summit Pico de Orizaba (5,636m)

  • Earn AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits

  • Obtain Fellowship credits from the Wilderness Medicine Society (FAWM)


  • Approved for TBD AMA PRA Category 1 Credits and WMS FAWM Credits 


  • An opportunity to stand at the highest point in Mexico and the 3rd highest mountain in North America

  • Experience wilderness medicine in context, not in the classroom

  • Test your fitness & physiology whilst supported by our highly qualified team of mountain guides and medics

  • Uninterrupted incredible views to the Caribbean coast and live volcano below (Popocatépetl)

  • Crampon up the steep glaciated slopes at dawn and watch the sun rise as you arrive at the summit cone…an incredible experience

  • Build friendships to last a lifetime


  • Day 1 – Arrive in Mexico City and overnight in Hotel - Mexico City.

  • Day 2 – Transportation to Tlachichuca village, Wilderness Lectures. Stay in hotel

  • Day 3 – Drive to forest hut. Lectures and practical skills. Day Hike for acclimatization

  • Day 4 – Acclimatization trek, lectures, gear check.

  • Day 5 – Drive to Refuge (4,200m). Lectures, skills and light acclimatization hike. Overnight Stone Refuge

  • Day 6 – Trek/scramble to final tented High Camp (5,000m). First aid scenarios and crampon skills/self arrest practice on the lower slopes of the Jamapa glacier if possible and time permitting.

  • Day 7 – Climb the glaciated cone to the summit (5,600m). Descend to village for evening meal.

  • Day 8 – Depart Village and Visit Teotihuacan Pyramids - Last Meal together as group. Overnight Hotel in Mexico City.

  • Day 9 – Depart from Mexico City Airport


  • The mountain logistics and leadership will be provided by extremely experienced international mountain guides from ‘Orizaba Mountain Guides’, whose team members have each summited Orizaba dozens of times in differing weather conditions.

  • The Wild Med Adventures Team are all mountaineers, well traveled and experienced, but are only responsible for the educational aspect of this trip. Please see BIO's for instructor information.

    Please do your own research in regards to safety and experience. Mountaineering is dangerous and despite taking all necessary precautions, you may still be injured or killed due to unpredictable avalanches, slips, falls, equipment failure and/or trauma.


PRE-REQUISITES: (Anyone can attend but mountaineering experience recommended)

  • EMT, Paramedic, Nurse, PA, NP, RRT, PhD or Physician for the CME

  • A keen interest in wilderness first aid / medicine

  • An excellent level of physical fitness (**This is a very demanding climb at altitude and with steep terrain)

  • Previous winter hill walking experience

  • Experience in the use of crampons, self arrest with an ice axe and moving roped up on steep terrain is recommended and prior basic mountaineering course is recommended as a prerequisite. Those with less experience/confidence must understand the physical demands of the environment and the risks of climbing at altitude. Prior experience is recommended. Please ask if you are unsure if you are cut out for this type of climb.


  • Delegates should be vaccinated appropriately - Please see CDC recommendations for visiting Mexico.

  • Delegates should be aware this is intended to be a wilderness course in every sense of the word. The team in some parts of Mexico will have limited access to medical care. This is not a packaged holiday and neither Wild Med Adventures nor OMG can control mother nature. Should our plans be affected by floods, landslides, volcanic eruptions, snow storms, earthquakes and the like, we will continue with alternate plans in true expedition spirit, affecting self rescues and problem solving along the way.


  • Get involved with the Wilderness Medicine Society and earn your fellowship. Learn more by clicking below links.



  • Delegates should have personal insurance / travel insurance to cover any in-country medical examinations, treatment or rescue/evacuation from a remote area. Rescue/Evacuation Insurance is Mandatory. We recommend Global Rescue and they offer trip specific and year long coverage.


  • Trip Cost with CME: $3250

  • Non-Medical Spouse/Partner/Friend: $2750

  • Deposit: $1000


Early bird: Delegates signing up prior to July 1st will receive a $250 discount on the total price.

Discount Code: “EARLYORIZABA”

  • Included: 8 nights lodging, CME certification, Teotihuacan Pyramids entrance fee, guiding and most meals

  • Excluded: All Flights to Mexico, airport taxes, airport transfers to/fro the hotel, travel insurance, gratuities, alcoholic beverages. Also, does not include additional days of travel or global rescue insurance (required)


  • Cancellation Policy: Your deposit for the travel portion of the course is nonrefundable unless the course does not reach its minimal number of participants. If we do not reach the requirement of 6 participants and we have to cancel then a full refund will be given. The entire balance of your trip fee will be due 60 days prior to departure. No refunds will be given 90 days prior to start of trip. If you have not paid in full 60 days prior to Dec. 7th a $250 fee will be applied or we have the right to cancel your trip.

  • We have a minimum registration requirement of 6 participants and a maximum of 20. If the course is cancelled due to insufficient registration you will receive a full refund.

    Please contact us before purchasing plane tickets to confirm minimum number of registrants. ]