KIT LIST

Wicking T-Shirts / Polo Shirts (technical like football tops)
- please avoid all cottons.

Long Sleeved Shirt or Blouse (non cotton)

Trekking Trousers

Lightweight Wool or Fleece Jumper

Fleece or Pile Jacket

Insulated Jacket (down jacket)

Waterproof Jacket

Waterproof Trousers

Lightweight Thermal Underwear - Top and Bottoms

Underwear

Lightweight travel clothes - separate to trekking gear.

Synthetic Gloves (3 layer system - base gloves, padded finger gloves and larger mitts to wear over the other two)

Boots: It is most important that you have well fitting, comfortable boots, lightweight boots (Gore-Tex or leather). Boots are to be preferred rather than training shoes for the actual trekking, giving your ankles and feet much better support on rough and stony ground and providing better grip. Boots protect the feet from bruising or damage caused by protruding stones or boulders. Boots should be sturdy enough to take flexible crampons.

Trainers/Sandals: For travelling in and around the cities, hotels and at camp.

Socks: 2-3 pairs of thin liner socks to be worn next to the skin and 2-3 pairs of thicker wool or wool blend socks.  Wearing one of each per foot, reduces the incidence of blisters and hot spots.

Gaiters: Useful if we encounter snow.

Sun Hat: Baseball cap or wide brimmed sun hat.

Wool or Fleece Hat

Head Torch: With spare batteries.

Sunglasses: Essential to get a pair, which cuts out 100% UV rays. It is a good idea to also have a spare pair of good sunglasses. Glacier glasses with side covers are recommended. At altitude, the sun is very intense and reflects brilliantly off snow.

Rucksack or Day Sack: This is what you carry containing any items you will need during the day, e.g. camera, water bottle, jumper, waterproofs, personal first aid kit (or part of it), toilet paper & lighter etc. A rucksack of around 35 to 40litres capacity should be large enough, lined with one large plastic bag to ensure contents remain dry.

When we have early starts or in the higher valleys, the mornings can be quite cold, you will want to be wearing your warm clothing.

As we get underway, the day warms up, duvet jackets and extra clothing can be peeled off. Make sure your day sac is large enough to carry these bulky items.

Sleeping Bag & Liner: A good quality 4/5-season down or synthetic bag and cotton, thermal or silk liner. Suggested manufacturers RAB, North Face, Vango.

Scarf/Bandana: Silk, cotton or nylon for keeping the sun off the back of your neck or dust out of your mouth.

Water Bottle: 2x 1litre (Nalgene bottles are recommended as they also make a great hot water bottle)

Water Purification: Biox Aqua Tablets are more effective than either chlorine or iodine tablets (working against both cryptosporidium and giardia), and leaves no bad tastes or colours behind.

Each application will take between 10-30 mins to take effect, dependent on the condition of the water source. Puritabs are not advised as they have no effect on amoeba and will not protect you from hepatitis.

Sun Screen: High protection factor 30 or higher

Lip Screen: High protection factor 20-30 or higher

Toiletries: Soap, travel towel, flannel (or J-cloth), toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, comb, sanitary protection, toilet paper is provided but bring a roll for personal use and at airports!

Sewing Kit: Needle, cotton and a few safety pins for emergency repairs.

Small Knife: Swiss army style - has many uses (do not carry this in hand luggage when taking international or internal flights it will be confiscated).

Notebook/Diary/Pens

Small Padlocks: Essential for locking your kit bag and bags left at the hotel

Passport & Spare Passport Photographs: (3-4 plus any required for permits)

A Copy of Your Insurance Certificate: This is very important and useful.

Money Belt: To carry valuables (passport, money, air ticket) this should be worn at all times when travelling.

High Energy Trek Snacks: Sweets, chocolate bars, dried fruit, glucose sweets, Kendal mint cake. These can make all the difference in unfamiliar surroundings.

Personal Medical Kit

Compression Bags, Stuff Sacs, Pillow Cases or Small Plastic Bags: To separate the gear in your kit bag and kept dry.

Large Heavy Duty Dustbin Liner or Plastic Bag: To line the kit bag (kit bags are adequately water resistant but not fully waterproof). This is very important as kit bags will be carried by camels and there are several river crossings involved on the trek.

Cigarette Lighter/Matches: For burning toilet paper and rubbish.

Wet Wipes: One pack very useful for wiping hands, face and other parts of body.

Antibacterial Hand Cleansing Gel: Small bottle.

Kit Bag: 60-90l is sufficient.

 

OPTIONAL

Diamox: This is a prescription drug that can be useful on the mountain to prevent and reduce acute mountain sickness. 

Walking Poles/Stick(s): These can reduce the impact on your knees! Telescopic ones for ease of carrying.

Self-inflating mattress: ¾ length mattress is ideal (with repair kit). On camping treks a basic mattress is provided but for added comfort on camping treks.

Travel Pillow: A small pillow

Camera: If you are using a digital camera bring enough media storage, spare batteries, battery charger and travel adapter.

Binoculars: A small pair advisable.

Reading Material

IPod or MP3 player:

Games: Cards, travel chess etc.


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