Everest the Hard Way Trek
Nepal, Trek & Walk, 22 days - from £1,695 (land only) - from €2,290 (land only) - from $2,970 (land only)
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. For all STOL flights in Nepal including to Lukla, the maximum allowance for hold baggage AND hand baggage combined, is 15 kg. It is essential you keep the total weight of your baggage within this limit. Paying for transportation of excess baggage is not normally an option on these flights. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel in Kathmandu.
You must bring the following items:
Hiking boots (must be waterproof)
Trekking poles or ice axe¹ (see notes)
Trekking trousers / pants
Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
Eyewear - Sunglasses
Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Water bottles 1 Litre (1 Quart) x2
Washbag and toiletries
Toilet paper (you can also buy this in the lodges if necessary)
Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
Daypack 30 litres / 1800 cu in.
4 or 5 season sleeping bag (rated to -15ºC)*
Warm jacket (down)*
Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin.
The following items are optional:
Lightweight trekking boots (for the lower trails)
Training shoes /Sneakers or similar for camp use
Long johns (thermal leggings). It will be cold at times
Sleeping bag liner
Scarf or buff
Swimwear (for the hotel pool in Kathmandu)
Camera, film/memory cards, batteries
Penknife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
Repair kit (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
The Nepalese are still traditional and conservative in the way they dress. Therefore to avoid embarrassment on both sides we recommend that you respect this and do not wear revealing clothing or sleeveless tops while visiting Nepal. Shorts are acceptable, but they should reach to just above the knee and be modest and for women it is preferable to wear trousers or a long skirt.
*Available for hire/rental through KE Adventure Travel. Please make all requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date. Please note all hire / rental equipment is issued in Kathmandu. Please remember to allow room in your trek bag for these items.
¹ For this trip you must bring EITHER a set of trekking poles or a walking ice axe. This is a safety measure only for the pass crossings and you will not necessarily be required to use this equipment. In certain conditions, the trip leader may issue instep crampons to group members for one or more of the pass crossings. These are small lightweight crampons, which can quickly and easily be attached to any kind of walking boot.
PHD Gear Advisor
PHD specialise in cold weather equipment, from the worlds lightest right up to the most protective for Everest or the Poles. Its a large range. So to help you choose what you need to keep you warm, PHD have listed the gear that is appropriate for this expedition.