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In August 2003 we camped on the side of the lagoon without a permit (didn't know we had to get one), and no one came around to bug us. There are several sites where rocks have been formed in box or U shapes, great for shelter from the wind.
Watch out for the cows which wander around!
I believe the correct coordinates for the Nevado are:
19 degrees 6 minutes 51 seconds N
99 degrees 46 minutes 4 seconds W
If you use these on Google Earth you can see the lagunas of the Sun and Moon.
I hope that this information is useful
The 2006 price for a stay in the refugio / park hut at 4,050 is 65 pesos or about $6 USD.
It is basic but fairly nice. There are 3 rooms of 4 bunks with mattresses. And there is a 4 burner propane stove.
Hitchhiking up the road to the refuge seems easy. I had no problem doing so midweek (Jan 2006).
Also you are not charged any entrance fee if you walk through the park gate by the first "campamiento".
In August of 2014, the road into the crater is now closed at the last building site where there are located some bathrooms on a hill and some few other simple maintenance buildings and a vending station.
You must now hike about a km or so from this spot up to the Crater rim. Then a brief straight and steep 100 m or so leads down into the crater. To climb the peak you then need to cross the crater and ascend the ridge from the other side. This probably adds perhaps 2-3 r/t kms and some 250 meters of cumulative gain to the climb.
The old road continues on from this closure for foot or bicycle traffic, but it seems much too long to merit travelling that way on foot for a climb.
The price to enter the park was 20 pesos per car. The main hut down below at the entry area is in quite sorry shape and seems almost abandoned. We were charged $100 pesos per person (didn't charge kids under 12) and were supplied with blankets to supplement our sleeping bags. Scare and sorry mattresses, no electricity, and they didn't even start a fire as promised. Cold water only in dark bathrooms. Bring a headlamp. Camping was also abundant and available but we didn't want the hassle. There are 4-5 comedores there below the hut and the food was rustic but very hearty and good. Reasonable prices (15 pesos per big filled quesadillas and tlacoyos, 40 pesos for sopa azeteca, good cafe de olla for 10 pesos, same price for bottled pop).
Is a guide needed to hike up to summit of nevado de toluca?
No, not required. You can use a local company for logistics and to watch your gear like we did. I highly recommend Nomada, they were cheap and very very good (nomadatravelmexico at gmail).
I just climbed Nevado and Izta, camped at both - really easy and inexpensive, 3-season tent was just fine. Used a local company for all logistics and watching our tents while climbing - very reliable and reasonable price (easier than buses) - highly recommend them! (NomadaTravelMexico at gmail). The rim traverse on Nevado is the way to go!
Quick question--do you know if Nomada operates in other parts of Mexico? Looking for a ride from Ciudad Serdan to hut on the south side of Orizaba.