Recommended Trekking Equipment List for a Colombian Holiday
We’ve put together a ‘Recommended Trekking Equipment List’ for you to go through and check that you have all the necessary kit and gear for our Colombia trekking holidays. For our other type of holidays, seeing as most of them are of a nature and adventure-type ilk, required equipment will be quite similar to the list below. Nevertheless, during the booking process we send through a trip dossier that has a tour-specific recommended kit list to ensure that you are well informed as to what you will need before you come over.
Remember – your clothes and equipment that you need to bring with you differs depending on the type of holiday that you’re going on, the area in which you’re travelling and the time of year that you’re travelling in.
For trips to mountain towns, cities, reserves and parks you have to take into account the local temperatures, altitude and activities that you’re looking to do. We’ll provide this information during and after the booking process.
Full Service Treks
Our treks are full service so that means we provide all camping kit such as tents, sleeping bags, therma-rests (sleeping mats) and associated accessories.
Our trek team ensures that you don’t have to carry anything (apart from your day pack), cook or build camp-sites during the trek itself. Mess and kitchen tents are provided along with various other implements to ensure that your camping trip is as comfortable as possible.
We believe in making sure that you are given every chance possible to take in your surroundings and connect with the local cultures and the exuberant nature that surrounds you.
Top-End Trekking and Camping Equipment
Our equipment has been purchased recently and was selected in line with climatic requirements and terrain and will be more than suitable for the trek that you’re on. An uncomfortable sleeping mat or a sleeping bag without enough insulation is something that can ruin a trekking holiday.
We know because we’ve been there, that’s why we ensure the right kit for the trip to guarantee maximum comfort.
Ecosystems and climatic zones that we visit
Our multi-day treks normally start in sub-Andean cloud forest and venture up into high-Andean forest, through Sub-Paramo and into the Paramo at over 3,800 meters above sea-level or 12,540 feet so it’s essential that your personal kit is suitable for the conditions.
We’ll be staying in places where temperatures fall well below freezing at night and snowfall is not uncommon. Full details of what to expect are explained once you’ve booked with us.
Wrap up – Correctly
We advise on wearing multiple layers as opposed to bulky items of warm clothing such as jumpers or big jackets. This will make it much easier to adapt to the different temperatures in the various ecosystems that we’ll trek through.
Walking Boots – Including spare laces. See below for advice on selecting appropriate walking boots.
Training shoes / all terrain sandals – For comfort when travelling and sightseeing and in camp after a hard day’s trek.
Gaiters – The Paramo is mainly grassland punctuated by marshes and dense brush. These work well to protect your trousers.
Waterproof jacket – Needs to be made of a breathable, waterproof fabric. Gore-Tex is recommended. It will also serve as an windbreaker for the evenings and mountain passes.
Trekking trousers – For comfortable trekking and with pockets for money etc and to keep legs warm in camp.
Waterproof over-trousers – Again, these need to be made from breathable, waterproof fabric.
Shorts – Remember to wear insect repellent as there are no shortage of biting insects. Make sure that they don’t snag or pull as you raise your knee as this can be very tiring during a day’s trekking.
T-shirts – To be worn on the trekking days. Bring enough for changes in the afternoon for relaxation in the campsite. Synthetic t-shirts dry quicker though cotton shirts are more comfortable usually. We’ll leave this one down to you!
1 set of thermal underwear – The Paramo can drop well below freezing and whilst our sleeping bags are well equipped to deal with the temperatures thermal underwear is recommended especially if you generally suffer from the cold.
Long-sleeved shirts – To keep biting insects at bay.
Fleece jacket – For the evenings and cold weather. It can be worn underneath your waterproof jacket.
3 pairs of thick socks
3 pairs of thin socks
Warm headgear – Woolly hat or fleece.
Thin pair of gloves
Sun hat – With neck protection.
Swim suit – For the hotels and beach break post trek.
Casual clothes – For cities and air- travel.
Sheet sleeping bag – This can serve as a liner for your sleeping bag though you may want to get a thermal or silk liner instead if you suffer from the cold.
Small day-sack – This is for general use, to keep your accessories and water bottle at hand during the day whether it be on trek or sight-seeing. It should be between 30-40 litres in size.
Trekking poles – These greatly reduce stress on joints and muscles and general fatigue in your legs.
Money belt – Bumbags or Fanny Packs are advised against apart from on trek.
Assorted stuff bags – This can be a purpose-made dry bag to keep all of your electronic devices and accessories dry and organised during the trek – including a spare change of clothes.
Water bottle – Needs to be at least one litre and be made of metal or Nalgene (plastic type). Both can be used as a hot-water bottle at night.
Penknife – Swiss Army or Leatherman type are useful, preferably one with a bottle opener. This should be packed in your main/hold baggage.
Sunglasses & Glasses – Sunglasses are easily lost or broken so you may want to bring a cheap pair. If you wear glasses then bring an spare pair. Contact lenses are generally advised against due to the conditions and altitude though we can talk this through with you.
Personal First Aid kit – We’ll give you a suggested list once you’ve booked with us.
Head torch – Very useful in camp/tent (hands-free).
Camera, Memory cards and spare batteries – We’ll be venturing into areas that do not have electricity for a number of days. The cold also affects battery life so in our opinion spare batteries are essential – we’re sure that you’ll want to capture that abundant natural beauty that you’ll see on the trip!
Powertraveller charger – for all of your electronic equipment.
Binoculars – To enhance views, spot birds and add another dimension to your experience. A pair of binoculars opens the doors to another world entirely when on trek!
Wash bag – Containing shampoo, soap, flannel, toothbrush, paste (biodegradable), deodorant, floss etc.
Trekking towel – You are provided with warm washing water at camp.
Antibacterial hand gel – Essential for places with no running water.
Alarm clock – We have strict wake-up times to ensure smooth logistics. Check if your mobile/cell phone has one.
Free-time gear – IPod MP3, games, writing material (remember to keep this dry), diary etc.
Blow-up pillow – Useful for long journeys.
Earplugs – Excellent to ensure a good night’s sleep.
Sweets – Personal snacks.
Good walking boots that fit well are without doubt the most important part of your kit on any given trekking or walking holiday. We recommend that you use your own boots that you are comfortable with though if you don’t have any or are looking to replace an old pair then we have a few tips to help you make your decision:
- Good quality walking boots range between 80 to 120 GBP or 120 to 180 USD. It is wise to invest here as uncomfortable boots or boots that get damaged easily may ruin an entire trip.
- An all leather boot is more hard wearing and more waterproof than synthetic material but now there are many boot makers that use a mixture of leather and fabric.
- Boots with a Gore-Tex lining are recommended – keeping your feet fresh and dry at the same time. Always check as to how far up the ankle the lining goes so you don’t get any nasty surprises.
- Take as much time as you need to choose boots that are comfortable and remember to take a spare pair of walking socks with you to ensure an accurate fit in the shop.
- Make sure that the boots have good ankle support – trek trails are typically uneven.
- Buy your boots as soon as possible as will need to wear them in – your feet need to get accustomed to your boots as much as possible prior to your trip, otherwise you will run the risk of ruining your trek by using new, tough boots on difficult terrain.
- Try and do as much research into your footwear as possible, by reading reviews and impartial advice. Some of the best brands have designs that through their very nature don’t work that well so don’t be too over-confident just because it’s a big brand. it’s happened to us and it can happen to you!
- Make sure that your boot has a good quality sole. The shop should be able to advise you on this.
There are places where you can hire equipment for the trek though these are few and far between and the equipment is limited, therefore we always recommend that you bring your own clothing and equipment with you as detailed above.
If you have any questions regarding our information or suggestions regarding our recommended trekking equipment list then please let us know. Your feedback is of great importance to us!
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