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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!
Where the Trail Starts
Beginning the Uphill Climb
The View of Neighboring Chachani Mountain
Our First Campsite at 15,000 ft.
Arequipa at Sunset
Sunrise on Day Two: Taken at 17,000 ft.
The Shadow of Misti at Sunrise
Rest Break at High Altitude
The Still Active Crater
Reaching the Summit
View from the Summit of Misti Volcano
Descending on gravel trails is not for the faint of heart
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 about Climbing Misti Volcano, Altitude Sickness, and How Ski Poles Saved My Life.
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