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The two day trek to the summit of Misti Volcano in Arequipa, Peru is anything but easy.

We climbed over boulders on our hands and knees, teetered on the edges of thousand foot drops, and scaled snow and ice covered rock walls… all after a 1am wake up call in thin air at high altitude.

Summiting Misti Volcano was without a doubt the toughest hike I’ve ever done, but also the most rewarding. The views were stunning from start to finish, and we all know epic climb deserves epic photos…

If you’re planning to visit Arequipa, Peru or climb Misti Volcano check out these shots to see more of what you’ll have in store!


climbing Misti Volcano

Where the Trail Starts


Misti Volcano in Arequipa, Peru

Beginning the Uphill Climb


Chachani Mountain from Misti Volcano

The View of Neighboring Chachani Mountain


campsite on Misti Volcano in Arequipa, Peru

Our First Campsite at 15,000 ft.


view of Arequipa from Misti Volcano

Arequipa at Sunset


sunrise on Misti Volcano in Arequipa, Peru

Sunrise on Day Two: Taken at 17,000 ft. 


sunrise on Misti Volcano in Arequipa, Peru

The Shadow of Misti at Sunrise


climbing Misti Volcano in Arequipa, Peru

Rest Break at High Altitude


crater of Misti Volcano in Arequipa, Peru

The Still Active Crater


summit of Misti Volcano in Arequipa, Peru

Reaching the Summit


360 degree views from the summit of Misti Volcano

View from the Summit of Misti Volcano


view from the summit of Misti Volcano in Arequipa, Peru

Descending on gravel trails is not for the faint of heart


Descending Misti Volcano in Arequipa, Peru

Sliding down the Scree


Climbing Misti Volcano is an awesome, terrifying, and exhilarating experience.

To learn more about the details, how you can do it, and what to expect, read the full write up: Climbing Misti Volcano, Altitude Sickness, and How Ski Poles Saved My Life.

Ready to go?

Use Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights to Peru and then explore accommodation like unique stays on Airbnb or the top-rated hotels on to plan your trip through the country.

Or, stick around to explore more adventures in Peru like climbing Nevado Mateo in Huaraz, hiking the 4-day Santa Cruz Trek without a guide, or visiting Peru’s rainbow mountain in Cusco.  


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