Tcherskiy Mountains Explorer

Russia, Trek & Walk, 26 days - from $5,355 (land only)

Trek & Walk

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 12 kgs./25 pounds. Items not required for the trek may be left at the group hotel. The total weight of your trek bag and daypack must not exceed 20kg on the internal flights.

During exploration above our base camp on the Bugchan River, group members will need to carry everything they need for these 2 or 3 days, plus a portion of the communal equipment and food. You should bring a backpack large enough to carry these items (minimum 55 litre capacity recommended).

You must bring the following items:

Waterproof hiking boots or wading boots (see notes)

Sandals or similar for the canoe trip

Trainers /sneakers or similar for camp use

Socks

Underwear

Trekking trousers / pants

Waterproof (preferably breathable) overtrousers / rainpants

Waterproof and breathable jacket with hood

Long johns (thermal underwear)

Shorts

Thermal baselayer shirts

T-shirts and/or casual shirts

Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater

Sunhat

Warm hat and balaclava or buff

Mosquito hood (see below)

Insect repellant – (DEET)

Eyewear - Sunglasses

Warm and waterproof over-gloves or mittens

Thermal gloves

Small padlock (to lock trek bag)

Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)

Backpack 55 litres

Headtorch / headlamp with spare batteries

Lightweight (plastic) bowl, cup, knife, fork and spoon

Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

Water bottles 1 Litre (1 quart) x2

Washbag and toiletries

Small Towel

Antibacterial handwash

4 season sleeping bag (rated to – 10°C minimum)

Thermarest or foam sleeping mat

Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent (DEET), and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

Spare laces

Sleeping bag liner

Swimwear

Trekking poles

Camera, media, spare batteries

Pocket-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

Repair kit – (eg needle, thread, duct tape)

Fishing tackle (see below)

Thermos flask

Travel clothes

Notes:

Wading Boots:There are many river crossings on this trip. It is not practicable to change footwear for each river crossing and we suggest you bring either: waterproof trekking boots fitted with sealed on ‘Yeti’ gaiters or a pair of wading boots which are comfortable for trekking. Note that wading boots are sold locally at the ‘Chinese Market’ in Yakutsk. A pair of waders which come up to mid-thigh will cost US$15 – 20. If you decide to buy a pair of these boots we strongly recommend you bring comfortable insoles with you. For either of the above combinations you must also have a pair of waterproof overtrousers that you can fit over the boots or waders (i.e. with full length leg zips)

Mosquito hood:We strongly advise that you purchase a mosquito-proof hood. The best quality hoods are available in good outdoor stores but they can also be purchased in Yakutsk. for US$5 – 10

Fishing equipment:During the trip we will supplement our food rations with what we can gather or hunt ourselves, and a large part of our diet will be the fish that abound in the rivers. You should purchase some fishing equipment in Yakutsk. If you are unfamiliar with fishing tackle, your trip leader will assist with purchases. You should allow approximately $10 - $15 for this.

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