In the Avenue of the Volcanoes
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.
You must bring the following items:
Trekking trousers / pants
Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
Eyewear - Sunglasses
Gloves or mittens
Headtorch/Headlamp with spare batteries
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Water bottles 1 Litre (1 Quart) x2
Washbag and toiletries
Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
Daypack 25 - 30 litres
Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment,and insect repellent.
The following items are optional:
Training shoes /Sneakers or similar
Scarf or buff
Swimwear and towel (for thermal pools)
Camera, memory cards, batteries
Equipment required for the Cotopaxi Climb option only
Mountaineering boots (see note below)*
Crampons (10 or 12 point, preferably with step-in bindings)*
Climbing harness with 1 screwgate karabiner*
Ice axe *
Insulated over-gloves or mittens
4 season sleeping bag*
Mountaineering boots: For those opting for the climb of Cotopaxi we recommend either double mountaineering boots or insulated mountain boots designed for Alpine conditions. Recommended boots of this type are - Sportiva Nepal (Extreme / EVO GTX models), Scarpa Cumbre, Salomon Prothermic, Millet Alpinist GTX.
Equipment hire:Items marked * can be hired locally and reserved in advance through KE Adventure Travel. Please let the guide know on your arrival in Quito, which items of equipment you would like to hire. The equipment will be issued in Banos on Day 10, where you will pay for the hire equipment directly.