The Practical Stuff

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. 

Transportation

The trip is booked, the bags are packed and you’re ready to go, but don’t forget about arranging how to get to the first cabane, hotel or trail head! If you’ve booked pick up then you can ignore the rest as we will have a driver at the airport to meet you. Generally, the meeting points and the easiest way to get to the locations are described in our tours. If you’re unsure how to get to us, get in touch and we will help you to arrange this part of your trip.

Packing List

The trip is booked and you know where and when you’re going, the next questions is normally what do I need to bring?  

Getting prepared to head into the mountains doesn’t need to be complicated and doesn’t necessarily require a lot of gear. 

Going on a guided tour requires very little knowledge of the mountains, except perhaps what to bring, so let’s make it easy. Below you will find some lists according to your trip. These lists are recommendations so please add anything else that you might require. 

When you sign up in one of our adventures, we will send you a specific list.  

 

TRAIL RUNNING IN ECUADOR

Items marked * are mandatory safety equipment.

Daily Runs

  • Emergency blanket*
  • Whistle*
  • Trail running shoes*
  • Running vest/backpack*
  • Rain jacket*
  • Wind jacket
  • Running tights/shorts
  • T-shirt
  • Long sleeved t-shirt
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Buff or warm hat*
  • Sun hat*
  • Sunglasses*
  • Gloves*
  • Head torch
  • Water bottles or bladder* (minimum 2L)
  • Electrolytes*
  • Snacks*
  • First aid kit*
  • Sunscreen - SPF 50 or above*
  • Phone*
  • Camera 
  • Watch
  • Poles (recommended, but not essential)
  • Toilet paper – you never know...
  • Medication (ensure you carry any medication that you need) *

GENERAL PACKING LIST

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

  • Down jacket and warm hat (nights can be cold in the Andes)*
  • Warm sweater*
  • Comfortable lodge clothes – lightweight clothes for evening use
  • Shorts
  • Small travel towel
  • Swimming suit
  • Sandals
  • Trekking trousers (lightweight and quick to dry)
  • Gadgets (e.g. phone, camera)
  • Head torch (with spare batteries, we will use it) *
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries
  • Small plastic bag/dry sac (to keep travel documents safe & dry)
  • Travel documents
  • Insurance - You can’t really pack the insurance, but having an insurance is very important if you’re unlucky! 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 snacks and beverages (not all lodges accept cards!)

DAY TOURS HIKING

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 - 15-25 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 and comfortable socks - the shoes should be comfortable and stable
  • Snacks - for example chocolate, dried fruit, nuts or bars
  • Water for the day - 2 litres is recommended
  • Toilet paper or tissue paper (you never know)
  • Scarf or Buff
  • Hat
  • Gloves (if the weather forecast predicts cold)
  • Sunscreen - SPF 50 or above
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera

OVERNIGHT HUT-TO-HUT (three nights)

This is our general packing list that we use for every hike we do regardless of whether it's winter, summer or autumn. The list is calculated on a 4 day trip (three nights).

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 sets) and another set to sleep in
  • Hiking socks - two to three pairs (wool or synthetic)
  • Shorts
  • Scarf or Buff
  • Hat
  • Gloves

Equipment

  • Backpack - 25-40 litres
  • Hiking shoes or boots (comfortable, stable and preferable resistant to water)
  • Hiking poles – nice to have but not necessary
  • Toilet paper (you never know)
  • Head torch (with spare batteries)
  • Toiletries (the bare minimum and in small containers)
  • Travel sheets (silk works best)
  • Small pocket knife
  • Sunscreen (SPF 50 or above)
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Cash - for snacks and beverages (not all huts accept cards!)

Food and water

  • Snacks for three days of hiking - try mixing chocolate, dried fruit, nuts and bars
  • Water for the day – bottles with a capacity of at least 2 litres is recommended (you’ll be able to fill these up at the huts)

N.B. You should add navigational equipment (such as GPS, map and compass) and first aid kit if you’re on a self-guided trip!

 

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

Equipment

  • Backpack - 45-90 litres (depending on the trips length)
  • Hiking shoes or boots (comfortable, stable and preferable resistant to water)
  • Hiking poles – nice but not necessary
  • Toilet paper and shovel (you know...leave no trace!)
  • Head torch (with spare batteries)
  • Toiletries (the bare minimum and in small containers)
  • Tent
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag rated for expected night time temperature (with margin)
  • Mattress - foam or self-inflating
  • Navigational equipment - map, compass, GPS (and proficiency to use them!)
  • First aid kit - fully stocked
  • Small pocket knife
  • Sunscreen (SPF 50 or above)
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Cash - for snacks and beverages (not all huts accept cards!)
  • Water filtration system - water is available along the trails, generally this water is safe to drink but water purifiers could be useful

Food and water

  • Snacks for all days of hiking - try mixing chocolate, dried fruit, nuts and bars
  • Water for the day – bottles with a capacity of at least 2 litres is recommended (you’ll be able to fill these up at the huts)
  • Food for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.

If you have any questions, please get in touch.