Insurance

Insurance is a pretty unexciting topic, but could become very important if you’re unlucky! All participants are required to have their own insurance appropriate for outdoor activities, such as health, accident, mountain rescue, repatriation, cancellation, personal indemnity etc.

Since 2018 insurance is mandatory to enter Ecuador. 

Accommodation

This varies by destination, however all are comfortable, they offer great food and hospitality.  In Ecuador we choose small eco-lodges and haciendas normally family - run, which allow us to support local partners and to ensure that you get the most of your stay. 

 

In the Alps we choose comfortable hotels when we are close to small cities. Some days, depending on the route we stay in huts or refuges that offer comfortable beds, fantastic views, plenty of food and cultural experiences.

TRAIL RUNNING TOURS PACKING LIST 

Minimum mandatory safety equipment

  • Emergency blanket

  • Whistle

  • Trail running shoes

  • Running vest/backpack

  • Water container (minimum 1L for  Ecuador, min 2L for the Alps)

  • Rain jacket

  • Rain pants

  • Buff or warm hat

  • Sun hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Gloves

  • Electrolytes

  • Snacks

  • First aid kit

  • Sunscreen - SPF 50 or above

  • Phone

  • Head torch (with spare batteries, we will use it) 

  • Medication (ensure you carry any medication that you need) 

  • Travel sheets. Absolutely mandatory for the Alps, not Ecuador

Recommended extra equipment

  • Wind jacket

  • Running tights/shorts

  • T-shirt

  • Shorts

  • Long running trousers 

  • Long sleeved t-shirt

  • Underwear

  • Socks

  • Watch

  • Poles (recommended, but not essential in Ecuador). However in the Alps, you might wish you have them.

  • Toilet paper – you never know...

 

GENERAL EXTRA PACKING LIST

Note that this is in addition to what you would normally bring for a trip

  • Down jacket and warm hat (nights are cold in the mountains)

  • Warm sweater

  • Comfortable lodge-hut clothes (lightweight clothes for evening use)

  • Extra shorts

  • Small travel towel

  • Swimming suit

  • Sandals

  • Trekking trousers (lightweight and quick to dry)

  • Gadgets (e.g. phone, camera)

  • Insect repellent (if your trip includes the jungle)

  • Toiletries

  • Small plastic bag (to keep travel documents safe)

  • Travel documents

  • Insurance - All participants are required to have their own insurance appropriate for running, such as mountain rescue (including helicopter), medical, repatriation, travel, cancellation, etc. * Please note that travel insurance is mandatory to enter Ecuador and this may be checked at the airport so bring a copy of the insurance document or card

  • Cash in USD for Ecuador and EUR or for the Alps - for snacks and beverages (not all lodges accept cards!)

 

HIKING TOURS PACKING LIST

A normal day-tour takes around 6-8 hours, including lunch. Below is our equipment list for a trip like this. As you can see, it's very simple and you do not have to buy a new wardrobe.

  • Backpack - 25-40 litres

  • Rain jacket - bring this even if the weather forecast is sunny as it might be windy in the mountains!

  • Thin fleece or wool sweater

  • Hiking trousers or shorts - depending on weather

  • T-shirt and underwear

  • Hiking shoes or boots

  • Hiking poles – nice to have but not necessary

  • Comfortable socks 

  • Snacks - for example chocolate, dried fruit, nuts or bars

  • Water for the day - 2 litres is recommended

  • Toilet paper  (you never know)

  • Scarf or Buff

  • Hat

  • Gloves (if the weather forecast predicts cold)

  • Sunscreen - SPF 50 or above

  • Sunglasses

  • Camera

  • Head torch (with spare batteries)

  • Toiletries (the bare minimum and in small containers)

  • Travel sheets. Absolutely mandatory for the Alps, not Ecuador

  • Water for the day – bottles with a capacity of at least 2 litres is recommended

MULTI DAY HIKING

 

Clothes

  • Rain jacket - bring this even if the weather forecast is sunny as it might be windy in the mountains (or you can bring a soft shell jacket and a poncho)!

  • Rain pants (depending on personal preference - but highly recommended if rain is predicted)

  • Fleece or wool sweater

  • Warm jacket - down or synthetic insulation

  • Synthetic hiking trousers - Should be able to repel some rain, breath plenty, and dry fast

  • T-shirt and underwear for active use (two-three sets) and another set to sleep in

  • Hiking socks - two to three pairs (wool or synthetic)

  • Shorts

  • Scarf or Buff

  • Hat

  • Gloves

If you have any questions, please get in touch.

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