Arequipa is now probably the most dangerous city in Peru. We are receiving increasing reports of robberies; muggings are occuring in crowded streets in broad daylight and the police seem to be powerless. Our advice is take a taxi wherever possible. Climbers returning from El Misti have been subjected to armed hold-up and rape. Our advice is to hire an accredited guide before setting out.
Challenge Trek To Summit Of Active Volcano – 1 Day Tour
El Misti volcano (5825m) haves symmetrical cone of considerable scenic beauty, is located in southern Peru near of Arequipa city, the second largest city in the country, lies at the foot of El Misti in a fertile valley located 2400m above sea level. El Misti is a Quechua name, means the gentleman. El Misti volcano stands at 5825m and lies between the mountain Chachani (6075m) and the volcanoPichu Pichu (5669m), these impressive mountains, located northeast of Arequipa, are visible almost year-round, but especially during winter (April-December).
Misti 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).
DAY 1: AREQUIPA – CHIGUATA – MISTI BASE CAMP (4600M)
At 8AM we pickup at hotel and travel 1 1/2 hours in our four wheels drives vehicle to the base of the volcano (3400M). We arrive at the West part of the base of Misti volcano.
At 10AM arrival to Los Pastores (3400 meters above sea level) 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 meters above sea level). 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.
TOUR ITINERARY OF HIKE AND CLIMB TO MISTI VOLCANO
At 00:00HRS (midnight) you will collected from your hotel by experienced and certified mountain guide and 1 hour of travel in our 4×4 truck from the city to the trailhead (3400m), this is the highest point reached by the 4×4. Trek on stony path climbing through bushes and Andean tree forest as known Queñuales and Andean grass. This climbing will during the night following sandy path and sometimes will be necessary to climb small section of rock walls like 1 or 2 meters high.
After 7-9 hours of hard climb you will arrive to the small crater of the Misti volcano (5730m), hike around the crater to see the deepest point of the volcano, you will appreciate volcanic activity of sulphuric gas coming out.
After amazing break we continue climbing to the highest point of the volcano following a sulphur track, where is planted iron cross looking to Arequipa. The highest point of Misti volcano is above 5825m, 30 minutes for picture and spectacular views of volcanic and snow-capped range of south of Peru and the amazing view of Salinas lagoon.
Fast downhill following a dark volcanic sand trail to meet our 4×4 truck located at the bottom of the volcano. Aboard the 4×4 and return to the hotel of Arequipa and end the service.
DAY 2: MISTI BASE CAMP (4600M) – 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 (5825m). If the time permitting descend into the mayor crater from where 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.
- Travel insurance
- Soft drinks are okay but alcoholic drinks are prohibited
- Drinking water – 4 liters per person for all day
- Extra batteries for your headlamp
- Tip for guide and camp staff
- Wind proof jacket or wind proof pants (can be hired from our office of Arequipa $3 USD per day each thing)
- Water proof climbing boot (can be hired from our office of Arequipa $5 USD per day)
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING/CARRY
- Backpack 45Lt minimum
- Windproof jacket
- Strong comfortable and waterproof boots
- One complete change of clothing
- Headlamp and plenty of batteries
- Sweater and thermal pants and everything you can have to be warm
- 4 liters of water per person minimum
- Hat or cap and sun block to be protected from the strong sun
- Toilet paper
- Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits, etc
- Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
- Sunglass is strongly recommended to protect your eyes from the snow and sun
- Your personal medications
PORTER SERVICE will cost $95 USD per day, to carry your personal items. You will need to carry with you a daypack with your Camera, bottle of water, snacks, a fleece or something warm and a poncho in case of rain (unlikely in Dry season but as a precaution) and anything you will need before lunch as porters do not walk alongside you. Your bag will be waiting for you in your tent at campsites. Please note there are fines if you give an excess of 18 kgs so try to underpack rather than overpack. You can hire a porter from Arequipa to carry your pack over the base camp.
IMPORTANT BEFORE YOU BOOK A TREK TO EL MISTI VOLCANO
PERU ADVENTURE TOURS as a certified tour operator never works as intermediarian or pass our customer to other local operator to develop this adventure – We sell our treks/tours/services and we develop them according our own logistics (transportation, guides, equipments, camp staff and others) without compromise with other tour companies – We really recommend to take lot care before you book a cheap trek to Volcan Misti with other “tour company” because easily they can cancel the depart if they don’t get more than 4 participants to make a group or they can change the date of your trek to join other later group or they will refund your money saying fake excuses to avoid any responsability as intermediarian.
4×4 RESCUE EVACUATION SERVICE (Group & Semi-Private Service)
This service is available at any time and for Group & Semi-Private Service for $105 USD for picking up from the base of the volcano and drop off at your hotel or near hospital – Normally this happen with people feeling high sickness or other accident on the mountain.
Our tour price doesn’t include this service but easily can be covered by your travel insurance.
The PRIVATE SERVICE already have included this service at any time.
December to March. Some days blue sky with good conditions for trekking up to Misti volcano – During the rain season easily we can find lot snow close of the summit and for this section of the trail we need to use ice axe, crampons, rope and harness but everything depends how high is the snow up there – Of course we recommend to bring good rain gear as waterproof backpack and hiking boots, and others.
BEST TIME TO CLIMB THE MISTI VOCANO
April to December, on the rain season same days are with good weather (blue sky) permiting to climb this volcano. before to book your tour please see the weather report – Between June and September is the dry season in all the Andes and the coldest season during the night and we recommend to bring good sleeping bag to stay warm during the night.
Anyone who becomes a victim should make a complaint (denuncia) to the police and also make a report at their Embassy.
We would like to receive written reports from anyone that has been the subject of crime in Arequipa so that we can send documentary evidence to the appropriate authorities. Please send these either by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax to (511)425-0142, or by letter to Casilla 3714, Lima 100, Peru.