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COLCA TREK is accredited member of APTA The Association of Adventure Operators of Ecotourism in Arequipa And Authorized Accredited travel agency of the Ministry of Tourism of PERU.

Second Option

CLIMBING MISTI  By Aguada Blanca (dam)

We arrive to Aguada Blanca national reserve by 4wd vehicle at 4,000m altitude. We begin the climb at 4,000m and hike up to 4,800m, which is an easier option than starting the hike at 3,300m up to the base camp.

This is a protected national reserve where we can appreciate vicuñas, vizcachas, andean cara cara, guanacos and possibly condors. Then we have to cross the Aguada Blanca dam, where we need a special permit from the government(which is the reason we need your passport number one week before).

This entrance is only authorized to legitimate agencies like Colca Trek.
Warning: be careful when choosing an agency as some agencies don't have the authority to enter the national reserve (and croos the Dam).
If you choose an unauthorized agency you will not be able to enter the reserve. That is why you should choose Colca Trek as we are an authorized agency.

Misti Volcano day 1

We pick you up at your hotel at 9.00 am and drive by Cabrerias in the slopes of the impressive mount Chachani (6,080m) then we cross the Aguada Blanca bridge and finally our 4wd van drops you off at 4,100m altitude. From here we start the climb to El Misti volcano; we have to pass very beautiful ash dunes. Arriving to our base camp at Mount Blanc after 3 or 4 hours of climbing at an altitude of 4,750m, we set our base camp located at the east face of Misti volcano looking over the Aguada Blanca dam. We have dinner which is cooked by our guide and we go to bed early for get rady for the next day.

Day 2

After an early breakfast before sunrise, as we are on the East side of Misti where we will observe the most beautiful sunrise of Peru(impossible in option 1) then we walk from the East face to the North face, arriving to the north face on top of Misti after a 5 hour climb.. Arriving at 8 or 9 am on top of Misti, we can appreciate the spectacular view of the crater and the "big metal cross" (5m in height) at the top, we will be here for approx. 30 minutes to appreciate the amazing view from the top of El Misti. From here, we are able to appreciate the complete volcanic mountain range in order. From South to North in this order, Ubinas volcano(smoking in the last 2 years), Pichu Pichu, Chachani, Ampato, and Coropuna ( we do not see Sabancaya and Walka Walka clearly because these volcanoes are hidden in back of Chachani) After this great experience we start climbing down the slope and at times we have the sensation of sliding down because of the loose sand and ash, making it a very enjoyable experience. The normal time to get back to the base camp climbing down is approx. one hour. After arriving to our base camp, we pick up our tents and return by 4wd around 12 pm. arriving approximately at 2 pm at Arequipa.

We will bring you at your hotel or any other place you wish to be dropped off in the city.

This climb to Misti includes:

  • Private 4x4 vehicle
  • Professional registered mountain guide
  • Climbing equipment (tent, mattresses,ice pick and crampons)
  • All meals while on the mountain

PRICE: please contact us first to check availability

Here check what to bring:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Warm jacket
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Water (4 litres/person required)
  • Snacks (can be bought at a store in the city) (all items can be hired in Arequipa if necessary)


THE BEST PERU ADVENTURE TOURS can be made by Colca Trek if you prefer to be out of the normal climbing, just let us know we can send you our secret adventure routes, or we are ready to made with you the climb or trekking Peru in the way, that you order to do, any different mountain that you would like to climb, just let us know so immediately we can send you more details , maybe you need information about mix the mountain adventure in Peru whit rafting, mountain biking or horse riding, that we can combine to make the best Peru tour for you, for example ¿do you know that is possible to climb the "volcan" Misti and in the way back you can descend to Arequipa city by the most exiting mountain bike downhill, please just ask to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   for a immediately answer of our knowledgeable mountain guide Vlado Soto. Thanks.