Day 1 – Arequipa to Base Camp

Your expert tour guide and four wheel drive will pick you up from your hotel today to drop you at the starting point for your climb at a level of 3500 m. From here we start hiking up and you will notice that the landscape changing due to the high altitude. We hike for approximately 6 to 8 hours to our base camp. Reaching the base camp, you can stretch your legs and your guide will prepare a light meal for you. We spend the overnight in tents with good warm sleeping bags.

Day 2 – Climb to the summit of El Misti Volcano

After an early breakfast and some hot coca-tea at 2 AM, we start our climb to the summit of the volcano. The hike keeps us warm and after 5 hours climbing, we enter the snow area and by the time daylight is coming, you reach the top of El Misti Volcano with a priceless view of the morning sunrise. Congratulations, you made it to the top of the El Misti Volcano at an elevation of 5800 meters! We can descent into the mayor crater, where you can see the volcano activity, or you can have a short walk over the top of this volcano. Once we have some excellent pictures of the spectacular views of the Chachani and Pichu Picchu volcano, we descend to the base camp. As difficult as it was to climb to the top, the descending to the base camp on paths of sand and ash is a piece of cake. We pick up our tents at the base camp and continue descending. Your driver will be waiting for you to transfer you back to your hotel in Arequipa. You arrive in Arequipa at approximately 4 PM.

  • Expert mountaineering guide (bilingual Spanish – English)
  • Private transportation 4x4
  • Camping equipment (tents, mattress)
  • Climbing gear (crampons, ice axe and ropes)
  • All meals
Not included
  • 5 liters of water
  • Snacks
  • Hiking boots (can be rented at our office in Arequipa for $ 8 USD per day)
  • Sleeping bags (can be rented at our office in Arequipa for $ 5 USD per day)
  • Hiking sticks

What do I need to carry?

You need to carry your personal belongings. This includes your sleeping bag, tent, clothes etc. Besides, you need to carry 5 liters of water; 4 liters is drinking water for you and 1 liter is for the guide to cook. Although you may be used to carrying a heavy pack, the altitudes makes a difference and we recommend hiring a porter.

What if I get sick of altitude?

Before climbing the El Misti Volcano, we strongly recommend you are acclimatized to high altitudes. You can acclimatize spending time in Cusco (3400 m) or in Puno (3800 m) before travelling to Arequipa. Everyone responds different to altitude and age, health problems and athleticism do not enter in it. It is very individual and it can vary from visit to visit to the same person. Some people might suffer from some side effects of the altitude, such as a bit headache and exhaustion. Here are some tips to help your body acclimatize to the altitude:

  • Make sure you get sufficient sleep before you start the trekking.
  • Do not eat too much and try to avoid fat food
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Do not hike to fast, but just take small steps to let your body get used to the altitude
  • Drink coca tea, as this increases the absorption of oxygen in the blood.
Your guide will be evaluating each trekking on the first day and observing any signs of altitude sickness. Once you make it to the base camp, most hikers are fine. In the unlikely event that you suffer from altitude sickness, you just stay at the base camp.

How cold does it get?

At the base camp of the El Misti volcano, temperatures drop down to -4 °C and -5 °C at night. On the top of the El Misti volcano, temperatures range from -6 °C to – 7 °C and there is more wind.

Can I hire a porter?

Yes, you can hire a porter for an additional $ 60 USD per day. The porter can carry up to 18 kilos, so 2 people can share a porter and can split the price. Although, you may be used to carrying a heavy pack, it is recommend hiring a porter, as the altitude makes a difference.

How many people are in the group?

We work with small groups, minimum 2 and maximum 5 people. In case there are more people in the group, there will be an extra tour guide.

What food is included?

We provide light and easy digestible meals, such as pastas, soups and sandwiches. We also take enough coca tea with us, as this increases the absorption of oxygen in the blood. Should you have special requirements for meals or you have allergies, just let us know and we will prepare other meals accordingly.

What equipment is provided?

We provide all the equipment for you and this is included in the package price. We provide tents, mattress and climbing gear. Only the sleeping bag and the hiking boots are not included, but this can be rent for an additional price at our office in Arequipa. Hiking boots can be rented for $ 8 USD per day and the sleeping bag for $ 5 USD per day. You do not need to have crampons to climb the El Misti volcano.

What do we need to bring?

  • Warm mountain clothes
  • Hiking boots
  • Sleeping bag (-10 °C)
  • Back pack (60 – 70 liters)
  • Small back pack
  • 5 liters of water (4 liters for you and 1 liter for cooking)
  • Snacks
  • Flash light
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Sun glasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera