Health & Fitness
Expedition members will be provided with pre-trip medical advice and a medical questionnaire and asked to visit their family physician to receive a full medical examination. This information will be sighted only by the expedition leader and our medical adviser and treated with full confidentiality.
Level of skills required
To climb these peaks you need to be physically fit, have strong mental stamina and be capable of strenuous exercise for several days’ duration. Expedition members can expect to be exerting themselves for about six hours per day and be capable of carrying a 20 kg pack.
Climbing at altitude affects people differently; most climbers notice a lower performance rate than normal. Our climbing days are mostly short to accommodate this and vital rest days are usually welcomed! Our graduated acclimatisation program allows you to progressively consolidate your fitness.
This expedition is suitable for those who are relatively new to mountaineering or have had some previous experience. Climbing skills and techniques will be instructed by your guides during the expedition.
What you carry on the mountain
Ecuadorian mountaineering rarely requires us to carry heavy packs due to huts being located close to the road end. Occasionally we will have to carry loads for short periods and it is worth training for this. An example is when we must carry our equipment and food from the road end to the mountain huts, taking about 40-50 minutes. Typical summit day pack should be no more than 15 to 20 pounds, or 6 to 10kgs.