Trekking : If you've never trekked in Nepal before deciding what clothing and equipment to bring can be difficult. Fortunately many trekking guide books provide lists of suggested clothing. What is important to keep in mind is that it is likely to be both hot and cold on your trek at various stages, or on the same day!! Even in October and November trekking can be very hot work in a strong sun, especially at lower altitudes. Therefore, you need sun protection both creams and clothing, particularly for your head.
You must also consider your requirements based on your chosen trek and trekking style (higher altitude = colder, tea house = better shelter from the cold) . Clothing that can be combined to create layers is the most flexible i.e. Thermal underwear beneath your trekking trousers turns warm weather clothing into cold weather clothing. A windproof and ideally water proof layer is also essential for your torso, many trekking trousers are windproof.
It gets very cold at night, especially at high altitudes e.g. around mountain base camps.
Those on full service camping treks might wish to consider down jackets for the evenings and early mornings (Down jackets may be hired from Kathmandu). A good quality sleeping bag rated to 4 seasons will insure your trekking experience is a positive one. The addition of a thermal/silk liner can significantly increase the warmth of your sleeping bag, and also adds flexibility for those warmer nights at lower altitude. Trekking poles are extremely popular choices for trekkers. They have been scientifically demonstrated to aid walking (reducing the strain on legs) and are particularly useful on the numerous ups and downs encountered on a Nepalese trek.
Trekking Peaks : It is assumed that if you are attempting a trekking peak you are familiar with basic mountaineering equipment, and will have your own preferences. Temperatures can be as low as -20ºC during Alpine starts in November, therefore warm mountaineering boots, down jackets, warm climbing mitts/gloves are essential. Regarding personal climbing equipment: The most popular, non-technical peaks require only a basic climbing kit addition to the normal trekking kit (see below). In addition to personal climbing equipment we will rent extra rope for fixing, snow stakes, and ice screws from Kathmandu. These rental items are at an additional cost to the group. A guide to rental rates can be found to the left. Obviously bringing your own snow and ice equipment will remove this additional cost.
Additional camps on trekking peaks: Most of the popular trekking peaks can be summitted from their base camp by well-acclimatized, relatively fit parties, therefore, high camps are not necessary. However, some peaks i.e. Mera Peak, Chulu East routinely require an additional camp. Although it is our intention to provide you your meals from the trek kitchen, this may not be possible at some camps due to safety consideration for kitchen staff and porters. In such circumstances the necessity for personal cooking appliances will be discussed before booking your trip. Tentage - Ridge-pole tents are provided in the trekking fee. They are large for two people and adequate even for base camps, however, they might not be suitable for certain high camps, in which case clients should bring their own mountain tents. This will be established prior to booking.
Suggested kit list
1 x Day Pack (Ruck sack)
1 x Jacket (Gortex ideal)
1 x Pullover/fleece (Sweater)
2 x T-Shirts
2 x Trekking trousers
1 x Shorts (Half pants)
1 x Sandals
4 x Socks
1 x Sun hat (wide brim or legionnaire style is ideal)
1 x warm hat
1 x sunglasses (glacier style)
1 x walking boots
1 x windproof gloves
1 x Towels
1 x Water Bottle
1 x Sun/Lip cream
1 x Torch (Flash) light Spare batteries
1 x Thermal underwear (for high altitudes)
1 x sleeping bag (4 season rating)
1 x trekking poles
Medical Kit (bandages, antiseptics, band-aids for blisters, aspirin, throat lozenges)
Trekkers should limit their baggage weight to 15kg. Unnecessary clothing and equipment can usually be stored in Kathmandu at your hotel.
Trekking peak equipment
In addition to that already listed, you should consider:
1 x Harness
1 x ascending device
1 x descending device
3 x screw gate karabiners (min.)
1 x helmet
1 x climbing rope
1 x mountaineering boots
1 x crampons
1 x ice axe
Climbers should attempt to limit their baggage weight to minimum. Contact me if you have any concerns. Unnecessary clothing and equipment can usually be stored in Kathmandu at your hotel.