Misti volcano (5825 m.) has symmetrical cones of considerable scenic beauty, is located in southern Peru near Arequipa city, the second largest city in the country, lies at the foot of El Misti in a fertile valley located 2400 m.a.s.l. El Misti is a Quechua name, meaning gentleman.
El Misti volcano stands at 5825 m. and lies between Mountain Chachani (6075 m.) and the Pichu Pichu Peak (5669 m.), these impressive mountains, located northeast of Arequipa, are visible almost year-round, but especially during winter (April-December).
Misti volcano has been active numerous times since historic records began. The last strong eruption of Misti is thought to have occurred between 1438 and 1471. Many other eruptions have been reported since the mid-15th century affected Inca inhabitants living near the volcano. The last eruption of this volcano was in 1870. Also the archaeologist found several Inca mummies near the crater. Most of the city’s colonial buildings were constructed from El Misti’s white volcanic stone (sillar).
Mountain Climbing Volcano
Day 1: Arequipa – Chiguata – Misti Base Camp (4600 m.)
At 8AM, we will pick you up at the hotel and travel 1 hour and a half to the base of the volcano (3400 m.). We arrive at the west part of the base of Misti volcano.
At 10AM arrival to Los Pastores (3400 m.a.s.l) which is the maximum point for our four wheel drives and begins our ascent. This is six to eight hours to the Eagles Nest base camp (4800 m.a.s.l). This is a hard day as we walk up the sandy and slippery trail. You need to be in good physical condition and acclimatized to the altitude.
At 5PM arrival to our base camp, energetic dinner, set-up our tents and rest.
Day 2: Misti Base Camp (4600 m.) – Attack The Summit Of Misti Volcano – Downhill – Arequipa
At 4AM following an early and healthy breakfast, we start to climb to the summit of the volcano. After four to six hours, we enter the snow area, depending on the season, and adjust our climbing equipment (crampons + ice axe – Snow season only).
We will carry only what is needed for cold windy conditions, something to drink, some energy food, a first-aid kit and our mountain gear. The time of ascent will depend on the physical condition and acclimatization of each climber.
This day we need to follow a vertical ascent (hard and freezing), to reach the cross at the summit (5825 m.). If the time permits, descend into the major crater from where it is possible to see volcano activity or have a short walk over the top and around the biggest crater of this volcano. There is time for pictures and enjoying the landscape of all the highest mountains in this volcanic chain.
At 12PM decent to our base camp. This will take approximately one hour. At 3PM, arrival at the base camp, have lunch, pack up camp and descent to find our transportation waiting for us at the base of the volcano. At 4PM transfer back to Arequipa driving one and a half hours.
- Private transportation by 4 x 4.
- Safety equipment (Rapes, Anchorages, others).
- First aid kit.
- Camping equipment.
- All meals. Porters.
- Experienced official mountain guide.
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Sleeping bag.
- Tips or taxes.
- Flight tickets.
- Hotel in Arequipa.
What to bring?
- Backpack with rain shelter.
- Sleeping bag.
- Clothing for warm and cold climates like a waterproof jacket.
- Rain pants and lightweight pants.
- Trekking shoes.
- Slippers or sandals (for showers).
- Woollen or synthetic socks and a sweater.
- Long- and short-sleeved polo/T-Shirts.
- Rain poncho and a hat.
- Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
- Camera (wrapped in plastic bag).
- Flashlight and batteries.
- Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
- Original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles.
- Since the weather can be very cold and moist, your clothes – once gotten wet – won’t dry at night. So take some clothes to change
Prices from USD 306.00 (per person based in double occupancy)
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