This very special training course combines the opportunity to learn expedition skills in combination with climb wonderful snowcapped peaks with sufficient rest days to absorb the culture and visit the colourful Indian market in Otavalo.
Lying at the northern tip of the Andean Chain, Ecuador is an astonishingly beautiful country that has some of the highest volcanoes in the world. Our training course will climax with an ascent of Cayambe (5790m) where you will be astounded at the unusual volcanic rock landscapes combined with spectacular glacial scenery.
The course is ideal for regular mountain walkers or climbers who want to broaden their experience under the guidance of our expert leaders and instructors. No technical skills are required but you will need a good level of fitness. For this trip we have achieved a fully inclusive cost for two weeks that is roughly equivalent to many one week courses in the European Alps! The courses cover:
- Use of Ice Axe and Crampons
- Glacial Travel
- Crevasse Rescue
- Travelling on fixed lines
- Local Culture
- Building High Altitude Camps
- Food issues at altitude
- Cooking and Boiling Water at high Altitude
- Medical & Health issues
- Equipment for high altitude
- Mountain Weather
- AMS – Acute mountain sickness
- Avalanche awareness & snow conditions