Trekking up to Misti Volcano

Overview

  • Duration tour:   2d/1n.
  • Schedules: 06.00 am to 16.30 hrs.
  • Daily Departures: All Days.
  • Classification: Easy
  • Minimum altitude: 3,500 m.a.s.l
  • Maximum altitude: 5825 m.a.s.l

Itinerary

An active one is a perfect volcanic cone sits right above Arequipa. It is climbed very often. There is no water on the mountain except at the Aguada Blanca reservoir. There is usually no snow either. The mountain is another that was climbed by the Incas.  Many routes are commonly used. The longer climb but easier access is from the town of Apurimac San Luis on north side of Arequipa we head for Tres Cruces (3000m) then up under pylons to Los Pastores at 3300m. From here follow the path up a rib past a possible camp at 4200m, for the first night. Then continue to the summit.

Other route is 3 hours drive from Arequipa to Aguada Blanca which gives a height advantage head for a prominent rib. There are a few tent sites at 4600m, for the overnight, from here follow the path which takes a rising traverse up some slopes to the summit.

The average of time for the ascent per day could be 6 or 7 hours up and for descent could be 3 hours where the transport is waiting for us to bring us back to Arequipa.

The best time to climb on this region is between April and September, that is, during the Andean summer.  During the rest of the year, it is also possible to climb the volcano, but it is more likely to have some bad weather. The rescue police see for the safety of all mountaineers in the region.

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