Equipment list for peak climbing & Expedition in Nepal:
Essential personal climbing gear:
Essential body wear:
- One T-shirt lightweight
- Two Long lightweight shirts
- One Polar fleece pullover- medium weight
- One Polar fleece Jacket
- One Gore-Tex waterproof and breathable jacket with large hood to accommodate climbing helmet.
- Lightweight down jacket for chilly days in base camp or warm layer when stopping for short breaks.
- One very warm goose-down (duvet) jacket with hood or a down/duvet suit if you prefer, for high altitude use.
- One pair lightweight poly-liner gloves, these will be worn when tying knots, but not inside your mitts
- One pair mittens, consists of 1 Goretex over mitt matched with the very warm polar fleece mitt liner
- Warm hat wool or synthetic that covers your ears
- Scarf or neck sleeve
- Face mask
- Ball cap or brimmed sun cap
- Glacier Sunglass with side shields
- One pair ski goggles (optional with light and dark lens)
- Bandana or head scarf, useful for dusty conditions
- Lower Body:
- One pair walking shorts
- One pair walking trousers for trekking and around camp
- Two pair lightweight thermal bottoms
- One pair medium weight thermal bottoms
- One pair polar fleece trousers
- One pair Gore-Tex trousers or bibs. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips
- One pair of Goose-down (duvet) trousers or bibs. You may prefer a down (duvet)
Note: All clothes should be kept in waterproof sacks or plastic bags to keep dry during trek.
- One pair One-Sport Millet Everest Overboots or equivalent (with Aveolite liners; good quality plastic shells with inner boots; avoid tight fit with heavy socks.)
- One pair sturdy leather or synthetic (Gortex) hiking boots with good ankle support for the walk to advanced base camp
- One pair cross-trainers, running shoes and/or sandals for Kathmandu and in camp
- One pair down booties (optional)
- Two pair med-heavy poly or wool socks
- Two Pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or wool
- Vapour barrier liner socks or plastic bread-bags
- Two pair lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool
- Light wool or cotton socks for in town.
- Travel & Sleeping Bag:
Rucksacks and Travel Bags:
- One medium rucksack (50-70 litters / 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for airplane carry).
- Two large (120 L / 7500 cubic inch) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment. Must be durable for use on pack animals.
- Small padlocks for duffel kit bags.
- For high altitude, one down (duvet) sleeping bag (rated to –35 to -20). In the high camp, you can sleep in your down (duvet) clothing inside your sleeping bag.
- For base camp, one additional sleeping bag
- At least 3 closed cell foam mats for use in base camp and high altitude, which can be purchased in Kathmandu inexpensively; we do not recommend inflatable mats due to high probability of accidental puncture.
- Two tubes lip sun cream, 1 large tube skin sun cream (min. factor 30);
- Anti-mosquito cream;
- One toothpaste/brush set;
- One bar soap or hand sanitizer gel/1 small synthetic towel;
- Hand wipes.
- Personal prescription medications. Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb.
- One skin blister repair kit.
- Medications are inexpensive and readily available in Kathmandu with no doctor’s prescription:
- Anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium).
- Anti-headache pills.
- One small bottle cough and/or cold medicine.
- One course antibiotics for stomach infection, available locally at chemist shop with no doctor’s prescription.
- One course antibiotics for chest infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
- One small bottle anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide.
- Do not bring sleeping pills. They are a respiratory depressant non compatible with high altitude physiology.
- One small bottle of water purification tablets or water filter.
- Extra prescription glasses/contact lens. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency.
Note: Small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and Light) Aspirin, first-aid tape, plasters (band-aids), personal medications, etc. The leaders will have extensive first-aid kits,