Mexico - Volcan Orizaba 18,491ft

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  • Join our 8 day AWLS® course in the heart of Mexico November 2nd - 10th, 2015: pass through the desert, 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 AWLS® certification course we will gradually ascend the 5,636m peak of Orizaba, completing the core lectures, skills and scenario based sessions at various camps or in wilderness settings along the route.



  • Learn the latest practical hands-on wilderness medical skills for patient assessment, stabilization and evacuation.
  • Practice your skills in live scenarios in a wilderness and mountain environment
  • Work with our expert faculty and local mountain guides to develop your mountain skills and attempt to summit Pico de Orizaba (5,636m)
  • Earn your AWLS® certification accredited by the University of Utah School of Medicine.
  • Obtain up to 20.5 hours of CME or Fellowship credits from the Wilderness Medicine Society
  • The AWLS program focuses on treatment of the most common injuries and illnesses encountered making the AWLS certification the standard in the medical industry for wilderness medicine. This course offers intensive practical skills 


  • Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS) Certificate
  • Approved for 20.5 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

  • 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, skills and scenarios. Stay in forest hut.

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

  • Day 6 – Trek/scramble to final tented camp (5,000m). First aid scenarios and crampon skills/Self arrest practice on the lower slopes of the Jamapa glacier.

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

  • Day 8 – AM: Written Assessment PM: Visit Teotihuacan Pyramids - Last Meal together as group 

  • 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 AWLS instructors / 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. 




  • EMT, Paramedic, Nurse, PA, NP, RRT, PhD or Physician for the AWLS certificate and CME
  • A keen interest in wilderness first aid
  • 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 useful but not essential as these skill can be taught/revised on the glacier prior to summit day. Those with less experience/confidence can climb the final section with a guide, but you must understand the physical demands of the environment and the risks of climbing at altitude. Prior experience is recommended. 


  • 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 be 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 to cover any in-country medical examinations, treatment or rescue/evacuation from a remote area. We recommend Global Rescue, who can be contacted via their website and offer trip specific and year long coverage. 

Registration Closed


  • Trip Cost Only: $2,299 
  • Trip excluding summit climb: $1999
  • Additional CME / AWLS certification cost: $699
  • Deposit: $699


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

2. Group discount: $100 discount per person for groups of two or more who sign up together and attend the course

*Maximum discount $299 per person.

  • Included:  8 nights lodging, AWLS manual and certification, guiding and most meals (As per the itinerary)
  • Excluded: All Flights to Mexico, airport taxes, airport transfers to the hotel, travel insurance, gratuities, alcoholic beverages. Also, does not include additional days of travel or global rescue insurance (required)


2nd - 10th November 2015 

- Please feel free to ask for references from our past students. 


  • You can pay by PayPal below or you can send check or money order - please email to enquire at


  • Cancellation Policy: TOUR ONLY Your deposit for the travel portion of the course is nonrefundable if the course is not cancelled. 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 and CME fee will be due SEPT. 15th prior to departure. NO refunds will be given after Sept. 15th. If you have not paid in full by Sept. 15 a late fee of $250 will be applied to cost. 
  • 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. The final trip cancelation date will be Sept. 15th , 2015.