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Expedition Terms And Conditions

  • Each person partaking in an El Paseo LLama Expedition must read and understand all the Expedition Terms and Conditions. Each person must make payment according to the stated schedule. Each person must complete and sign the registration form.
  • El Paseo LLama Expeditions offers treks in the Hondo/Columbine, Wheeler Peak and Pecos Wildernesses and the Carson National Forest of Northern New Mexico to groups of one (1) to eight (8) persons for two (2) to eight (8) days.

Payment Schedule: Planning and implementing an expedition requires considerable  time and effort prior to the event. We, therefore, require reservations with a deposit and full payment according to the following schedule. Payment may be made by check, Visa, or MasterCard.

  • A deposit of half the total for each person must accompany the registration form received more than thirty (30) calendar days prior to the expedition.
  • Full payment is required at thirty (30) calendar days prior to the expedition and must accompany the registration form received fifteen to thirty (15-30) calendar days prior to the expedition.
  • Any registrations within fifteen (15) calendar days prior to the expedition must include full payment and receive prior clearance from El Paseo LLama Expeditions by telephone or e-mail.
  • All time periods are reserved on a first come, first served basis. The earlier you reserve, the more likely your date choices will be available. Choose alternate dates in case your first choice is taken.
    Call 1.800.455.2627 or e-mail dates@elpaseollama.com to check on date availability. Date reservation is confirmed when your deposit or payment is received. You will receive a confirmation by return U.S. mail or e-mail.
    Once your dates are reserved, they are yours and payment must be
    made according to the above schedule.
  • Refund Policy: Should you opt to cancel prior to thirty (30) calendar days before your reserved dates, your deposit minus $50.00 will be refunded. Non-payment of the balance due at thirty (30) days could be considered a cancellation. If so, your deposit minus $50.00 will be refunded.
    Cancellations between fifteen to thirty (15-30) calendar days before your reserved dates will result in a refund of your payment minus 30% of the total trek fee plus applicable taxes.
    Cancellations between one to fourteen (1-14) days before your reserved dates will result in a refund of your payment minus 50% of the total trek fee plus applicable taxes.
    Persons who cancel during the day before the trek or do not appear at the appointed departure place and time or who choose to leave an expedition in progress will forfeit the entire total trek fee including all taxes. Traveler's insurance is available from your local travel and insurance agencies.
    "Total trek fee" is the fee agreed upon at the time of registration including sleeping bag rental fees and any other services contracted between you and El Paseo LLama Expeditions.
  • El Paseo LLama Expeditions strives to avoid any cancellations and has never had to cancel an expedition. Should a cancellation become necessary due to unforeseen circumstances, your payment will be refunded in full. Our responsibility is limited to refunding the trek fee only. Transportation to and from the trailhead is the participant’s responsibility and any cost incurred due to a cancelled trek will not be paid by El Paseo LLama Expeditions.
  • Because of restrictions placed by the insurance company, El Paseo LLama Expeditions cannot transport participants in company vehicles. Participants will receive directions to the trailhead where they are met by the guide and llamas.
  • El Paseo LLama Expeditions reserves the right to expel any participant who in the judgement of the trek guide is exhibiting dangerous or inappropriate behavior, ignoring or defying the safety rules, or is in any way causing danger or discomfort to other participants, the guide, or him/herself. Payment will be forfeited under these circumstances.
  • Do not bring firearms, pets, or sound equipment on any trek. You may bring alcoholic beverages but drinking them while hiking and drunkenness will not be allowed and will be treated as dangerous and inappropriate behavior. If you are still smoking, you may do so only in camp. All smoking materials must be disposed of properly. Smoking is not permitted in the tents. Smoking is not permitted at any time during the trek if the Forest Service has a smoking ban in effect.
  • All of the treks are safe and are not dangerous, however in the event of an accident or illness on the trek, your guide will provide first aid to the limits of his training and experience and will arrange for evacuation if needed. Any costs of the evacuation or medical treatment beyond the first aid are the responsibility of the injured or ill person. Any costs incurred in locating a lost participant are also the responsibility of the participant. Your guide is trained in wilderness first aid and extensive first aid equipment is carried on all treks. Obtaining the appropriate medical and evacuation insurance is advised.
  • Each expedition will be unique and tailored to the abilities and desires of the participants (see DAY HIKE CATALOG, EXPEDITION CATALOG & WHAT'S IT LIKE OUT THERE ? pages). Since each expedition will vary in length and number of participants, the number of llamas used will also vary. Llamas carry a load equal to 25-30% of their body weight, so our boys will carry 75-100 pounds each. They carry all the food and equipment.
    Packing Instructions:Each participant will be allowed a total of twenty (20) pounds of baggage for the llamas to carry (this includes the sleeping bag; An El Paseo sleeping bag weighs 5 lbs. ).
    Clothing and all other items including the sleeping bag must be packed in two stuff sacks (one stuff sack for the clothing, etc. and one stuff sack for the sleeping bag. If you rent an El Paseo sleeping bag, bring only one bag containing your clothing, etc.). Stuff sacks are small duffel bags (10"Dia. x 20"Long) usually made of nylon and waterproof. You may use a smaller stuff sack or a larger stuff sack that can be compressed to the required size. ( No suitcases or other containers that are non-compressible can be used.)
    If your gear is not packed properly to fit in the llama panniers or is in unsuitable containers, you will be required to repack.
    Please note ... your baggage will be weighed before we leave as weights must be
    carefully balanced on a llama's back.
    Write your name on or otherwise identify each bag.
    Items in these bags will generally be unavailable during the hiking portions of the expedition, so you must carry a day pack with those items you will need on the trail such as: camera, film, extra sox, wind breaker, rain gear, water bottle, snacks, etc.
  • Included in this web site are Suggested Clothing and the Safety Rules . It is the responsibility of each participant to bring the proper clothing and to be aware of the safety rules. Not following the rules is deemed to be inappropriate behavior (see above).
  • We recommend that, if possible, you arrive in Taos a day or two prior to the expedition to help acclimate yourself to the altitude.
  • We also ask that you embark on a physical conditioning program if you are not on one already. Aerobic exercise such as walking, bicycling, stair climbing or exercise machines will help. You will want to have good lower body muscle tone and good lung and heart capacity. Remember that better physical condition at the start of your expedition will mean less effort expended and less tiredness during the hikes as well as lessening the possibility of sore muscles and injuries.
    All hiking will take place above 7,000 ft. elevation and could reach 13,161 ft. depending on the trails we take. There will be ample energy food and rest stops and the hiking rate will accommodate physical skill levels and portions of the day will be available for rest and hanging out if you desire.
    However, please realize that if we have an itinerary that requires the trek to be at a certain point at a given time, all participants must rise to the situation. Once camp is established, you will be able to hike in the local area if you have the requisite skills.
  • When you embark on your expedition, you will be cautioned about possible risks and hazards you will encounter (nothing unusual). You will also sign a waiver required by the Forest Service and the insurance company stating that you are aware of the existence of risks and hazards inherent in wilderness trekking.
  • All activities involving llamas and other animals have inherent risks for participants. NM state law protects operators, owners, trainers, promoters and others from liability for injuries which are the result of an equine animal's behavior including llamas and alpacas as defined by the law. Use these animals, participate in these activities, and use these facilities at your own risk. 42-13-1 to 42-13-5 NMSA 1978. New Mexico Laws of 1995, Ch 193, Sect 1.
  • El Paseo LLama Expeditions is an equal opportunity recreation provider. No persons willing and able to participate in a llama expedition will be discriminated against because of age, sex, religion, race or national origin.
  • El Paseo LLama Expeditions is permitted to operate by the Carson National Forest, Questa Ranger District, P.O.Box 110, Questa NM 87556. phone. 505.586.0520 . El Paseo LLama Expeditions carries liability insurance as required by the Forest Service.
  • El Paseo LLama Expeditions wants your entire experience with us to be as enjoyable and pleasant as possible. If you have concerns or questions, please e-mail or call and we will be more than happy to discuss them with you. E-mail at expdterms@elpaseollama.com or call 1.800.455.2627.

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Day Hike Terms And Conditions

  • Each person partaking in an El Paseo LLama Expeditions day hike must read and understand all the Day Hike Terms and Conditions. Each person must make payment according to the stated schedule. Each person must complete and sign the registration form.
  • El Paseo LLama Expeditions offers day hikes in the Hondo/Columbine, Wheeler Peak Wilderness and Carson National Forest areas of Northern New Mexico to individuals and groups. Hikes of mixed individuals, couples and small groups are normally limited to eight (8) persons. If your group is larger then eight, we will make arrangements to accommodate you if possible.
  • A deposit of half the total for each person must accompany the registration form. Payment may be made by check, Visa, or MasterCard.
  • All day hikes are reserved on a first come, first served basis. The earlier you reserve, the more likely your date choice will be available. Choose alternate dates in case your first choice is taken. Call 1.800.455.2627 or e-mail dates@elpaseollama.com to check on date availability.
  • Payment Schedule: A deposit of 50% is required with a reservation. Date reservation is confirmed when your deposit or payment is received. You will receive a confirmation by return U.S. mail or e-mail. Once your date is reserved, it is yours. Any one who registers for the same date subsequently will go on the hike you reserved as the lead party. The balance of your fee can be paid at the trailhead the morning of the hike in cash or by check, Visa or MasterCard.
  • Reservations may be made up to 24 hours prior to a given date. Short time reservations will be taken on a hike and space availability basis. When you reserve and place a deposit your hike is guaranteed.
  • Refund Policy: Should you opt to cancel prior to 24 hours prior to the reserved date, your deposit minus $15.95 will be refunded.
    Persons who cancel within 24 hours prior to the hike or do not appear at the appointed departure place and time or who choose to leave an day hike in progress will forfeit the entire deposit/payment.
    Traveler's insurance is available from your local travel and insurance agencies.
  • El Paseo LLama Expeditions strives to avoid any cancellations. Should a cancellation become necessary due to unforeseen circumstances, your payment will be refunded in full. Our responsibility is limited to refunding the trek fee only. Transportation to and from the trailhead is the participant’s responsibility and any cost incurred due to a cancelled trek will not be paid by El Paseo LLama Expeditions . In the past six seasons, El Paseo LLama Expeditions has cancelled only one hike (due to death in the family).
  • Because of restrictions placed by the insurance company, El Paseo LLama Expeditions cannot transport participants in company vehicles. Participants will receive directions to the trailhead where they are met by the guide and llamas.
  • El Paseo LLama Expeditions reserves the right to expel any participant who in the judgement of the trek guide is exhibiting dangerous or inappropriate behavior, ignoring or defying the safety rules, or is in any way causing danger or discomfort to other participants, the guide, or him/herself. Payment will be forfeited under these circumstances.
  • Do not bring firearms, alcoholic beverages, or sound equipment on any day hike. Pets may attend day hikes. The pet is the responsibility of the participant and a leash is required.
  • Each day hike will be unique and tailored to the abilities and desires of the participants (see DAY HIKE CATALOG & WHAT'S IT LIKE OUT THERE ? pages). Since each day hike will vary in length and number of participants, the number of llamas used will also vary. They carry all the food and equipment. Each person on the hike up to a maximum of eight will have a llama to lead (subject to llama availability).
  • Included in this web site are the Suggested Clothing and the Safety Rules . It is the responsibility of each participant to bring the proper clothing and to be aware of the safety rules. Not following the rules is deemed to be inappropriate behavior (see above).
  • When you embark on your day hike, you will be cautioned about possible risks and hazards you will encounter (nothing unusual). You will also sign a waiver required by the Forest Service and the insurance company stating that you are aware of the existence of risks and hazards inherent in wilderness hiking.
  • All activities involving llamas and other animals have inherent risks for participants. NM state law protects operators, owners, trainers, promoters, and others from liability for injuries which are the result of an equine animal's behavior including llamas and alpacas as defined by the law. Use these animals, participate in these activities, and use these facilities at your own risk. 42-13-1 to 42-13-5 NMSA 1978. New Mexico Laws of 1995, Ch 193, Sect 1.
  • El Paseo LLama Expeditions is an equal opportunity recreation provider. No persons willing and able to participate in a llama day hike will be discriminated against because of age, sex, religion, race or national origin.
  • El Paseo LLama Expeditions is permitted to operate by the Carson National Forest, Questa Ranger District, P.O.Box 110, Questa NM 87556. phone 505.586.0520. El Paseo LLama Expeditions carries liability insurance as required by the Forest Service.
  • El Paseo LLama Expeditions wants your entire experience with us to be as enjoyable and pleasant as possible. If you have concerns or questions, please e-mail or call and we will be more then happy to discuss them with you. E-mail at dayterms@elpaseollama.com or call 1.800.455.2627.

 

Friends sharing a trailside break.

NiƱo and the boss having a cool one..

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Fees

DAY HIKES

FEE

HALF DAY HIKE

$59.00

FULL DAY HIKE

$79.00

EXPEDITIONS

FEE

2 DAYS / 1 NIGHT

$249.00

3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

$374.00

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

$499.00

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

$624.00

6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS

$749.00

7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS

$849.00

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

$949.00

Fees shown are per person. N.M. Sales Tax ( .058125 ) and the Federal Users Fee(.03 ) will be added to the fee shown.

Payments must be made in U.S. Dollars. Cash, checks, Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

FAMILY RATES: When accompanied by an adult, children under 10 years of age are 1/2 price and infants and toddlers are free on half day and full day hikes.
On all expeditions, children under 10 are 1/2 price. Infants and toddlers are $ 15.00 per day. Infants and toddlers are children too small or too young to ride a llama or hike and are usually carried by a parent in a child carrier. Any child old enough to ride a llama and does is 1/2 price.

See our sister site "A Family Llama Trek" to learn more about Kids and Llamas.

GROUP RATES : Groups of six to twelve adults receive a discount of 10 % on all hikes and expeditions. Call 800.455.2627  or email to rates@elpaseollama.com for rates for larger groups.

SLEEPING BAG RATES: You may rent an El Paseo sleeping bag that will keep you warm for $7.00 per night and a maximum of $30.00 per expedition (plus the tax & Fed.Users Fee listed above).

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Safety Rules

Do's and Don'ts List

l. Do not drink any water from any stream or pool. All water must be filtered or boiled before consuming.

2. Do not eat any berries, fruits, or plants.

3. Do not leave the group without informing the guide where you are going and when you will return. Do not enter the forest after dark without assistance.

4. Do not approach or feed any wild animals.

5. Do not discard food or refuse. All edibles must be consumed or deposited in trash bags.

6. Do not allow your llama to browse on any plants except grasses. Ask if you have doubts.

7. Do not expose bare skin to sunlight for extended periods of time.

8. Report all injuries to the guide no matter how slight.

9. Report all physical symptoms to the guide no matter how slight.

10. If horses are met on the trail, arrangements will be made with the horse riders for safe passage...usually the llamas will be led off the trail on the down hill side at the nearest possible exit.

11 .Do not stand in open spaces, or under an isolated tree, or along ridge lines during thunderstorms.

12. Carefully check all logs and rocks used for stream crossing for stability and slipperiness.

13. Do not take risks for fun.

14. Keep a safe distance from all edges.

15. Keep feet dry. Do not hike in wet sox.

16. No fires, smoking or food in the tents.

17. Do not run on slippery surfaces.

18. Always place your foot (hiking boot) flat on the trail. Avoid walking on your toes going uphill or your heels going downhill.

19. Keep your knees bent (flexed) and lean slightly forward when hiking downhill.

20. Always be aware of loose rocks and debris on the trail.

21. Do not get soaked with sweat… take layers off. Do not get chilled… put layers on.

22. When hiking uphill, take deep breaths. Watch your breathing.

23. If you are having any difficulty during hiking do not have any hesitancy to call out.

24. If you feel faint, lower your head below knees.

25. All toilet calls must be over 100 feet from any water. All solid waste must be buried and toilet paper buried, burned or carried out.

26. Avoid dehydration. Urine should only be slightly colored. If it is strongly colored, you are  dehydrated. If it is Gin clear, you are drinking too much.

27. Be aware of your body temperature. A slight chill over a long period of time is just as harmful as a rapid heat loss. Overheating is to be avoided by breaks in the shade and splashing water on your head.

28. Smoking and alcohol consumption is permitted only in camp. Neither is allowed while hiking or in the forest.

29. Safety first at all times. Your best medical assistance in the wilderness is prevention.

30. Observe the basic rules of sanitation. Wash your hands.

31. Now that you have waded through this list, park all this information on the back burner and go forth and enjoy yourself. If you have any questions, ASK!

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Instructions for Registering

Read the information in this web site. You can choose a trek listed or we can design one to fit your needs and abilities. You can schedule your own expedition or hike or you may join one  scheduled by another party. If you have questions, e-mail them to instructions@elpaseollama.com or call 1.800.455.2627. Let us help you plan your expedition.

1. Determine the composition of your party and the length of your expedition and possible dates. El Paseo LLama offers 1/2 day and full day hikes as well as 2 to 8 day expeditions for individuals and groups up to eight persons. Larger groups pre-arranged by you will be accommodated when possible.

2. E-mail to dates@elpaseollama.com or call 1.800.455.2627 for date(s) availability.

3. Read the parts on the weather, suggested clothing, and  physical conditioning on the SUNNY NEW MEXICO page and read the Safety Rules. This will give you an idea of what to expect.

4. Read the Terms and Conditions for Expeditions or Day Hikes as is appropriate. This is our contract listing what you will do and what El Paseo LLama Expeditions will do. When you sign the registration form, you are stating that you have read the Terms and Conditions and you accept them.

5. For an expedition, print out the REGISTRATION FORM . Complete the registration form and mail it with a check or credit card number or fax it to 1.505.758.3111 with a credit card number. You may use any means of electronic transfer to get the completed registration to us that you have at your disposal. If all else fails, call us and we will mail one to you.

6. For a day hike, you can fill out the registration form ignoring the question about sleeping bags and mail it with a check or credit card number or fax it to 1.505.758.3111 with a credit card number. You may use any means of electronic transfer to get the completed registration to us that you have at your disposal.As an alternate method for a day hike, you can call and we will register you over the phone and the forms can be filled out on the day of the hike.

7. IMPORTANT: Because El Paseo LLama Expeditions offers an enormous variety of adventures, we schedule all hikes and expeditions on a demand basis.
This means instead of pre-scheduled treks, we accommodate your schedule.  We can do this only if the dates you desire are available.
To be fair to everyone, we schedule on a
first come, first served basis.
You may join a trek that another party has scheduled if it fits your needs.
If you call and ask for a set of dates, we can pencil you in, but be aware that
you do not have a reservation until we receive your deposit by check or credit card.

We suggest that you reserve as early as possible for the best selection of dates.


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Questions, comments, concerns, problems?...To contact us, use one of the following addresses:
e-mail: aventura@elpaseollama.com
land line:  800.4.LLAMAS (800.455.2627)
local phone:  505.758.3111
fax:  505.758.3111
US mail:  El Paseo LLama Expeditions
Andrew & Sandra Crooker
P.O. Box 2672, Taos NM 87571

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