The "Misti" Volcano in Arequipa 2d/1n - Ascend Adventure Travel
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Trip Notes
Difficulty: Moderate (If sufficiently acclimatized)

Duration: 2d/1n

Distance: 25 km (15 miles)

  • Stunning, up-close views of the stratovolcano “El Misti”!
  • Reach elevations exceeding 5800 meters! (19,000 feet)
  • Descend into the magnificent crater of the volcano
  • Splendid views of the surrounding volcanoes and desert landscapes
Distance: 25 km (15 miles)

  • 2 person tent and sleeping-pads
  • Bilingual, experienced trekking guide
  • 13 pounds (6 kilos) of personal items and all camping gear to be carried by our porters (you will only need to carry your daypack and your sleeping bag)
  • 1 breakfast, 1 dinner and 2 sack lunches
  • Snow climbing gear if there is snow on the summit (Crampons, ice axe and ropes)
  • Hot water (for sanitary/cleaning purposes)
  • First-aid kit and oxygen tank
  • Private 4x4 from Arequipa to the trailhead
  • Personal Chefs to cook and prepare all of your meals
Not Included:
  • 5 liters of water
  • Additional beverages (alcoholic beverages and drinks in addition to our meals)
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Sleeping bag for -10ºC (can be rented for $5 a day)
  • Snacks/Energy bars
  • Windproof jacket and pants (can be rented for $3 a piece per day)
  • Dinner the last day in Aguas Calientes
  • Waterproof climbing boots (can be rented for $5 per day)
Packing List:
  • Backpack
  • One change of clothes and warm clothing
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Hiking or sports shoes
  • Camera
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Hat and gloves
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: Candy or energy bars
  • Water bottle and sterilizing tablets/water filter
  • Swimsuit (if you want to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Cash in Peruvian Soles or $US
  • Original passport (required for entry to the Inca Trail)
  • Walking stick or poles (Suggested)
Possible Extensions/Upgrades:
  • Personal porter to carry all of your belongings (an additional $45 per day)
  • Private service, contact us for details
Available Discounts:
  • Students (Requires a valid International Student Identity Card)

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The "Misti" Volcano in Arequipa 2d/1n

The Volcano “El Misti” is a glorious sight to behold when visiting the City of Arequipa, the 2nd largest city in Peru. Looming at an incredible 5830 meters (19,101 feet), this magnificent stratovolcano, whose name means “Gentleman” in Quechua, stands guard over the inhabitants of Arequipa. Although technically still an active volcano, Misti has only erupted four times in the past 500 years with the last major occurrence in 1870. This unforgettable two-day climb takes you to the top of the volcano and into the crater, and then back again – all the while accompanied by splendid views of the surrounding desert terrain.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arequipa – Eagle’s Nest

You will be picked up from your hotel or hostel in Arequipa at 8 AM and we will travel approximately 1 ½ hours in a 4x4 to the western part of the base of the volcano. From the base, we will ascend another ½ hour in the 4x4 to our starting point of “Los Pastores.” From here, we begin a steep ascend of six to eight hours to our first base camp, aptly named “the Eagle’s Nest.” Here, we will enjoy a nice dinner prepared by our cooks, set up camp, and get to bed for an early wakeup. The hiking is characterized by being sandy and slippery, but not technical. You should be relatively fit and acclimatized to the altitude in order to have an enjoyable experience.

Day 2
Eagle's Nest – Summit – Volcano Crater – Downhill – Arequipa

We will get up early (usually around 4 AM) and eat a quick breakfast and get on our way. While summiting Misit, we will enjoy expansive views of the desert landscape far below. After about 4 to 6 hours, we will enter the snowcap area of the volcano (depending on the season) and adjust our equipment if necessary.  We will carry light snacks, ample water, sack lunches and first-aid gear for our ascent and leave all unnecessary items at base camp in order to cut down our weight. We usually reach the cross at the summit around 10 AM, at which point we will have 2 hours to walk around the rim of the volcano and snap some pictures or descend into the crater to get a closer look at the inner workings of an active volcano. We will enjoy great views of the nearby (and slightly higher) volcanoes of Chachani and Pichu Pichu. At 12 pm, we will start back towards the base camp, which will take approximately 2 ½ hours.  We will have a quick lunch, pack up, and head back to the starting point of the trail where our 4x4 will be waiting to take us back to Arequipa. Ascent times depend on the physical condition of each climber, so if you are a fast hiker you may want to consider a private tour if you are also hoping to visit the deep crater of the volcano.   








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