The Salt Plains and Volcanoes of Bolivia
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.
The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 kgs./33 lbs.
You must bring the following items:
Crampon compatible boots - see below
Trekking poles (invaluable on Acotango)
Mountaineering or climbing harness*
2 screwgate karibiners*
Climbing sling (120cm / 4ft)*
Climbing helmet (provided locally)
Trekking trousers / pants
Waterproof overtrousers / rain-pants
Long johns (thermal underwear)
Thermal baselayer shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)
T-shirts or similar
Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
Waterproof jacket with hood
Warm jacket (down)
Warm hat and thermal balaclava
Eyewear - Sunglasses
Thermal gloves or mittens
Warm and waterproof over-gloves or mittens
Daypack minimum 30 litres / 2000 cu in
Headtorch/Headlamp with spare batteries
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Water bottles 1 Litre (1 quart) x2
4 season sleeping bag*
Washbag and toiletries
Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).
The following items are optional:
Trainers / sneakers or similar for camp use
Sleeping bag liner
Thermarest* - recommended (a foam camping mat is provided)
Insect repellant (DEET)
Camera, film, batteries
Penknife (remember to pack all sharp objects in hold baggage)
This holiday includes 1 camping night only. On 3 of the other nights, when staying in hostals in Sabaya and Sajama, you may find your sleeping bag useful to augment the bedding provided.
*Available for hire/rental through KE Adventure Travel
Please make all requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date. Please note hire / rental equipment is normally issued in La Paz. Please remember to allow room in your trek bag for these items. (note that on trek your mountaineering equipment and plastic boots will be carried separately in communal equipment bags).
You need to take a pair of warm and reasonably substantial mountain boots that are sufficiently rigid to be securely fitted with crampons. The B2 (semi-rigid) boot rating is appropriate. Ideal boots for this trip are the Salomon SM Lite or the Scarpa Manta M4 Tech.
Crampons: Crampons with front points which work well with your chosen boots. These can be step-in, strap-on or a bit of both like Grivel's New Matic bindings.
Climbing Helmet: Recommended for the ascent of Acotango and provided locally.
Needle Sports (specialist mountaineering equipment shop)
Needle Sports is the English Lake District's foremost specialist climbing shop supplying mountaineering, rock, ice, alpine and expedition equipment worldwide. Internationally recognised as among the very best of the UK's top technical climbing gear retailers. They have a good range of equipment appropriate for this trip and offer knowledgeable advice both on their website and in store.