Camping on the slopes
Misti from near the trailhead
Thirteen tourists and three guides were driven to a sign saying 3415m.
Twelve tourists and three guides reached the camp site at 4500m, as one Brazilian tourist got a real bad case of altitude sickness around 4000m and made the only possible choice. One of the guides escorted him back to the trailhead and called for transportation. Of course, the Brazilian had to pay for that, but that's better than paying with your life!
Fading daylight on Pichu Pichu from our camp site high on the slopes of Misti Sunset from our camp
Exhausted on the summit Heading for the summit
Very early on the second day we started for the summit. Eventually, eight of the twelve made it. Considering that most of us had never climbed a mountain before, or been this high, I think that's a pretty good number!
I had expected a bare mountain, but even as I landed in Arequipa I already saw that there was some powder high on the mountains. When I reached the snow high up, with the summit in sight, I got a real big boost, since the snow made it a much more beautiful mountain with great views.
The two craters of Misti. I'm standing on the outer rim, not far from the summit, looking over the inner crater. Clearly behind it is Pichu Pichu.