Mount Khuiten - Mongolia
The following checklist should help you with your packing. Please remember that you need to keep the weight of your equipment to a maximum of 15 kgs. / 33 pounds. Once on trek, your mountaineering equipment including your plastic boots will be carried separately in group equipment bags and will not form part of this weight limit.
Mountaineering boots see separate section
Trainers / sneakers /or sandals for camp
Trekking trousers / pants
Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
Long johns (thermal underwear)
Thermal vests (baselayer)
Casual shirts and/or T-shirts
Warm jacket (down)
Warm hat or balaclava
Eyewear sunglasses with side protection
Lightweight thermal gloves
Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
Backpack c. 70 litres / 4500 cubic inches (for carry to high camp)
Headtorch / headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
Sun protection (including for lips)
Total block sun cream
Water bottles 1 Litre / Quart (x2)
Washbag and toiletries
4 season sleeping bag*
Sleeping bag liner
Thermarest or similar sleeping mat*
Plastic bowl and spoon (for high camp)
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).
Smaller daypack c. 25 litres / 1500 cu. in. (for travelling)
Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
Repair kit (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
Camera and batteries
Small padlock (too lock your KE trek bag)
Warm and insulated mountaineering boots
Ice axe *
Crampons (preferably with step-in bindings)*
Mountaineering or climbing harness*
Carabineers (2 x locking)*
Prussik loops x 2 (5 meters of 6mm cord makes 2)
Mountaineering boots required for this trip - We recommend warm, insulated and substantial mountain boots, as temperatures can fall well below freezing. Plastic boots with insulated inners (eg. Scarpa Vega HA, Scarpa Omega IT) and also the new generation of synthetic double boots (eg. La Sportiva Spantik, Boreal G1 light), are the best to keep your feet warm at altitude in these low temperatures. Also, you can sleep in the removable inner boots to ensure warm toes in the morning! You can also use 4 season insulated mountain boots such as La Sportiva Nepal Extreme and Scarpa Cumbre for this trip. All of these boots are also designed to take step-in crampons, quickly and efficiently, which is necessary in the cold conditions. Please note that at high camps night-time temperatures can reach 10 degrees below freezing, and on the summit day wind-chill can bring the effective daytime temperature to this range also. You must make sure that you are suitably equipped for these extremely low temperatures.
Equipment hire - Items marked * can be hired / rented through KE Adventure Travel. Please make all requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure.
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.
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.