OverviewThis route has become the Normal Route on the volcano following several "incidents" (attacks, robberies) on the historic Delantera Route that starts in Arequipa dangerous northern suburb of Independencia.
Getting ThereYou need a 4x4 to reach the trailhead comfortably (21 km from Arequipa).
From Arequipa, take the old road to Puno that is used for going to Chiguata village (2987m), northeast of Arequipa. At about 3/4 of the distance between downtown and Chiguata (also called Chihuata), on the left side of the road, you should see an abandoned irrigation / hydraulic installation. At this point the Misti summit should be between north and 10 degrees from north clockwise. Turn left here toward the volcano and take the dust track that enters into a field limited by white walls. From here follow the earth road (there are junctions) that leads to the base of the volcano. The dust track ends at about 3400m where there is a board indicating the Aguada Blanca ecologic reservation. This is the trailhead.
From the trailhead at 3400m follow the trail that continues in direction of the volcano. Later the trail crosses 1 or 2 depressions to catch the main rib on the left side. Once on the rib follow the trail that stays on this rib (north-northwest) up to an altitude of about 4400m. At this point to the left of the trail, there is low gradient traverse to a breakthrough in another rocky rib. The breakthrough is at about 4500m. Here you find many tent platforms. The place is called Campo Pirámides. Some people go to another camp, +100m higher on the same rib. Here there are other tent platforms: this is Campo Pirámides Alto at 4610m (5 to 6 hours). Most people pitch a tent here. In this case, usually people start their summit bid during the night, between 2:00 and 3:00. The route continues on the rocky rib (North) until reaching the crater. You may not find a path, especially during the night, but the main idea is to climb on the rocky rib instead of the 2 scree / ash fields on its right and left (the one on the west of the rib features the descent route). As long as you stay on the rib, there is no wrong way. Once close to the crater you traverse to the left to reach it at some kind of saddle which is the highest point of the previously mentioned scree / ash field. From here you have to go around the crater clockwise and climb about 150m to the highest point identified by an 8m high, 5m wide steel cross (5 hours).