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. Once on trek, your mountaineering equipment including your mountain boots will be carried separately in a group equipment bag and will not form part of this weight limit.
You must bring the following items:
Mountaineering boots - see notes
Trekking trousers / pants
Windproof and waterproof overtrousers / rain-pants
Windproof and waterproof jacket with hood
Long johns (thermal underwear)
Thermal baselayer shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)
T-shirts or similar
Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
Warm hat and thermal balaclava
Eyewear - Sunglasses
Thermal gloves or mittens
Warm and waterproof over-gloves or mittens
Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
Daypack minimum 40 litres
Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
Headtorch/Headlamp with spare batteries
Washbag and toiletries
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Water bottles 1 Litre x2
Warm jacket (down)*
5 season sleeping bag (rated to 25ºC)*
Thermarest or similar sleeping mat*
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, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).
Ice axe *
Crampons (preferably with step-in bindings and ant-ball plates)*
Mountaineering or climbing harness*
Karabiners (2 x screwgate)*
Descender (rappelling device) *
Sling (120cm. / 3ft.)*
Prussik loops X 2 (5m. / 16ft. of 6mm cord makes 2)*
The following items are optional:
Trainers / sneakers or similar for camp use
Sleeping bag liner
Swimwear (for the hotel pool in Kathmandu)
Trekking poles (recommended)
Insect repellant (DEET)
Camera, media, spare batteries
Pocket-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
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.
Equipment hire: Items marked * can be hired from KE Adventure Travel. Please make all requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date. All equipment is issued in Kathmandu. Please remember to allow room in your trek bag for these items (note that on trek your mountaineering equipment including boots will be carried separately in communal equipment bags once the trek starts).
Mountaineering boots: Alpine mountaineering boots are really not suitable for conditions at high altitude. 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 in at altitude. These boots are also designed to take step-in crampons, quickly and efficiently. This combination insulated double boots and step-in crampons is by far the most sensible option when considering a trekking peak climb. You must make sure that you are suitably equipped for extremely 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.
View >> http://www.phdesigns.co.uk/gearadviser/destination.php?destinations_id=65
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.