Stok Kangri and the Markha Valley Trek
India, Climbing, 21 days - from £1,795 (land only) - from €2,515 (land only) - from $2,900 (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 whilst trekking, including your sleeping bag and camping mattress, should be no more than 15 kgs. Please note that your mountaineering equipment will be packed into additional, communal kitbags at the start of the trekking and this equipment will not be part of your personal 15kg weight limit. There is a baggage limit on the flight to Leh of 15kg for hold baggage and an additional 7kg for cabin baggage.
You must bring the following items
Mountaineering boots (see Mountaineering equipment below)
Trainers or sandals for river crossings and camp use
Lightweight waterproof overtrousers
Long johns (thermal underwear)
Thermal baselayer shirts (at least 1 long sleeve)
Shirts or T-shirts
Fleece jacket or warm jumper
Warm jacket (down)
Warm hat or balaclava
Eyewear - Sunglasses
Warmer over gloves or mittens
Daypack c. 30
Headtorch with spare battery
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Water bottles 1 litre (x2)
Washbag and toiletries
Sleeping bag rated to minus 10C*
Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)
Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).
Insulated and rigid mountaineering boots which can be securely fitted with crampons. (B2 grade minimum). For the September departure, an insulated double boot is required.**
Karabiners (1 x screwgate)*
The following items are optional:
Trekking poles (recommended)
Thermarest (note that foam mattresses are provided)
Sleeping bag liner
Scarf or buff
Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
Repair kit (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
Camera, media, batteries
Equipment hire: Items marked * can be hired / rented through KE Adventure Travel. Please make requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure. All hire / rental equipment is issued in Leh.
**Mountaineering boots: Well-insulated single boots designed for Alpine mountaineering (minimum B2 rating) are suitable for departures prior to September. For departures in September or October the low temperatures encountered combined with high altitude mean that double boots with insulated inners (eg. Scarpa Vega HA, Scarpa Omega IT, La Sportiva Spantik, Boreal G1 light) are the best to keep your feet warm. These boots are also designed to take step-in crampons, quickly and efficiently. You must make sure that you are suitably equipped for these low temperatures
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.