El Misti (5822m) & Nevado Chachani (6089m)
Climbing El Misti (5822m) is non-technical and straight forward.
No ropes or crampons are needed & if you are acclimatised and able to follow a well beaten trail, it can easily be done without a guide.
The only problem is to get to the base of the mountain. And unless you are at least 3 or 4 people, organizing private 4×4 transport will end up being more expensive than just joining a guided 2-day tour which is offered in dozens of agencies in town.
For U$ 60 per person you get an overnight trip including a guide, tent, all gear, food and transport.
“Jo” (a Swiss brotha I met in my hostal in Arequipa) & Zigeiner on the summit
looking into the crater of El Misti!
My altimeter stats:
||Departure Hostal “The Point”|
||Base of El Misti
||Arrival at the lower camp|
||Summit El Misti
|21.09.2009||08:37am||5822||Summit El Misti||Departure|
|21.09.2009||09:23am||4480||Overnight camp||Packing up tents|
|21.09.2009||10:54am||3415||Base of El Misti||Back at trailhead
|21.09.2009||11:47am||2300||Arequipa||Hostal “The Point”|
After 2 days rest in Arequipa,Â Jo and I left to climb Chachani (6089m):
People usually climb this mountain in 2 days, we missioned it in some looong 17 hours from Arequipa to the summit and back to the hostel.
Be sure to be acclimatised! A difference in altitude of 3800m in just a few hours is a huge step for the human body. Ascending too fast can cause serious altitude sickness if not worse, result in HAPE (high altitude pulmonary edema) or HACE (high altitude cerebral edema).
Jo on the summit of Chachani – El Misti is visible in the distance (right)
Due to darkness and a poor route description we first climbed half way up Angel before the rising sun showed us the right way. At this point we already spent 10 hours on the road before we actually reached the point where “normal” people leave for their nightly 7 hour summit attempt. ..
Be careful: Don’t follow the zigzag path out of base camp to the right – instead go all the way through to the end of the camp and climb straight ahead over the boulders until you hit the path leading up to the col. Â Then traverse BEHIND Angel & Fatima until you reach the steep final ascent to the summit of Chachani.
What a mission!Â – Yes we made it!
The climb is also not technical but depending on the season and conditions, crampons and a long ice axe might be needed.
The 4×4 return transport (roughly 2.5-3 hours one way) cost us U$ 120.
My altimeter stats:
|25.09.2009||00:25am||2300||Arequipa||Departure Hostal “The Point”|
|25.09.2009||02:35am||5015||Base of Chachani
||Realised we just climbed the wrong mountain…|
||Start climbing Chachani
|25.09.2009||15:18pm||5015||Base of Chachani||Finish climbing|
|25.09.2009||17:10pm||2300||Arequipa||Hostal “The Point”|