TREKKING 10 FAQ'S + GEAR DISCUSSION + GEAR CHECK LIST
TREKKING 10 FAQ'S
1. What will I carry?
crux of knowing what to take is, knowing what to expect. Please discuss with us
anything you are not sure about. This list is for our high altitude treks.
sensitivity is the hallmark of considerate travelers. Dress standards vary
considerably around Nepal - eye-popping halter-tops and loincloth-clad saddhus
to the Victorian ankle standard, but foreigners are judged differently. For
trekking tidy with covered shoulders and long pants or a long skirt earns the
most respect, skimpy tops and tight leggings invite unwarranted attention.
April to the end of October it is warm, even hot during the day. Cool, light
clothes are best, longer shorts are acceptable. November thru to the end of
March, it is still often warm during the day and a single layer will often do,
but in the evenings you will want a jacket, either a fleece or gore-tex and
during late December thru to February, a light down jacket is better for
eating/drinking outside. The hotel stores free of cost whatever you don't take
trekking, and of course they have a laundry service. You might want to plan with
a clean set of clothes for your return from the trek.
carry a daypack with your camera, jacket, water and snacks. The porters (or
sometimes yaks) carry your duffel bag and anything else.
trekking in the Everest region - what you are planning for
we fly in to Lukla we miss the hot low country and so slightly different gear is
needed. It will be mostly cool but sunny however we should be minimally prepared
for all types of weather. At medium altitudes a shirt will do, higher up a
thermal top or thermal and T-shirt is a good combination. If there is a breeze
then walking in a fleece or windproof jacket becomes practical. Trousers are
standard wear, rather than shorts. Lodges usually have a potbelly stove but open
doors and drafts mean that it can still be fridge-like in some of the high
altitude lodges. Here a thick down jacket and fleece pants and/or long johns and
trousers are necessary. Washing at altitude is difficult however most people get
by with only 2 changes of top and a single pair of pants. When deciding on warm
clothing the principle of only what you can wear at once should apply. Take
another thermal top to sleep in but your evening long johns should do for
sleeping as well. Take the best but no excess.
bags or the new synthetic ones are required. High altitude nights will be cool.
Good bags should be, light and fluffy. Reasonable sleeping bags are cheaply
available for rent in Kathmandu. Alternatively add a fleece sleeping bag liner
to add warmth to a 3 - 4 season bag.
silk or fleece. Saves washing your sleeping bag and adds warmth. Fleece liners
are readily available in Kathmandu and cost around $15.
closed cell pad is required for climbing expeditions on the mountain. If you are
part of trek that includes an overnight at base camp, we provide sleeping pads
to the trekkers.
should be comfortable and a good waist- band that transfers some of the weight
to the hips is most important. It needs to be big enough to take a jacket,
fleece, water, camera and odds and ends.
a happy trek you need comfortable feet. Good boots have: good ankle support,
plenty of toe room for long descents, a stiff sole to lessen twisting torsion,
and are light because with every step you lift your boot up. Good lightweight
trekking boots or light all leather boots are perfect. Boots must be lightly
worn in before trekking and this should include some steep hills to show up
trouble spots. The longer the trek, the better the boots you need.
the low country your feet will be warm or even hot while walking. We recommend
the two-sock system, one liner poly pro sock to absorb moisture and easy to dry
at night covered by a wool sock for comfort and higher up warmth.
A good combination to ward off blisters as well.
your feet at the end of the day. Sandals or running shoes or recommended.
tent or roommate will appreciate this very much at the end of the day. Toss some
in your smelly boots and dry your feet with it. Another experienced tip is to toss a bounce laundry sheet in
your sleeping bag and duffel bag. Personally I find a little aroma- therapy can
make a big difference.
trekkers consider this essential, but alternatives are a thick thermal top or a
light down jacket.
for cool evenings, if you don't already have one they are easily rented in
Kathmandu for around $2 a day.
and breathable is required for temperature control and staying dry inside and
out. Plastic or non-breathable raincoats are not suitable
underwear top and bottom
thermals are one of the secrets to cold weather trekking comfort.
Expedition-weight thermals are the most versatile and can be worn as your high
altitude trekking top.
is better, useful but not essential.
for the chilly evenings, thicker is better.
are popular but a wicking polypro shirt is more versatile. The collar protects
the back of your neck and the sleeves can be rolled up or down. Take two so you
can swap damp for dry.
will live in these. Light material, loose and dark-colored is best. You can
survive with only one pair.
your trekking pants are reasonably windproof then special wind pants are not
needed. If you do bring a pair, it is not necessary to have gore-tex or similar,
non-waterproof is quite OK.
to 5 pairs or more if you are on an intended trek itinerary. If you are on a
climbing expedition or have a base camp stay, you can do laundry here.
hat or balaclava
useful, especially downhill on steep, rough terrain, but if you are not used to
using them you can survive without. Also if you opt to bring them be careful not
to lean on the too much. Shoulder problems are a common complaint of pole users.
To prevent this using one instead
of two poles works great and less to pack in your luggage.
for snow, itís bright up there, but specialized glacier glasses are not
needed. Contact lens wearers report very few problems. However cleaning them in
these remote conditions can be troublesome. Ski goggles are unnecessary for
don't need to be fancy. A light pair works best for trekking and in the
evenings, pockets work great.
be one litre or more in capacity, take boiling water and be leak-proof. You want
a total of 1 litres capacity. Camel back hydration systems are very convenient
resulting in one drinking more often with ease.
useful on cold nights! I use an old Nalogene bottle well marked to avoid error.
new LED headlamps are best. I donít recommend a flashlight. They are
cumbersome for reading, walking and anything hands free. A head style torch is a
and odds and ends
for the trek only: There are a surprising number of showers or buckets of hot
water available. The smallest tube of toothpaste is perfect for a trek. Donít
forget to bring a supply of toilet paper. I make small zip lock bags with folded
paper in each of them. These bags doubled for storing used paper for dropping
off at the lodges. Please avoid tossing waste on the trail or the trail toilets.
Paper will be happily burned as fuel supplements at the lodges.
only a small one for trekking, the quick dry hiking style are best. In Kathmandu
the hotel supplies towels.
screen and lip care with sun protection
sun is strong at altitude, especially after snowfall.
small tube for sensitive or well cared for skins. The air is dry and the sun
The best being a wide brim one to help protect the back of your neck.
First aid kit
forget the moleskin and something to cut it with.
forget to bring any personal medicines that you may need. And please consider
that broad spectrum antibiotic. Very important!
We tend to use boiled water from the lodges.
tablets can be helpful on days when boiling water is too rushed not allowing
time to cool before consumption.
Iodine tablets can be helpful on days when boiling water is too rushed not allowing time to cool before consumption.
Bring plenty spare batteries. Recharging of batteries from local power sources is not always possible. The best thing to do is to just bring more batteries to last the trip.
there is nowhere to recharge your batteries. The limited places where charging
is available is also very busy with everyone lining up to use the limited power
sources. If you choose to bring chargers donít forget adapters.
or two is good with high swapability. Kathmandu has some great second-hand
people find wearing one while trekking a hassle and keep it buried in their
kitbag or daypack. The bulk of your credit cards and money you donít need on
trek, passport and airline tickets will be best stowed in Kathmandu in our
really needed but if you have them, bring them. You just never know!
camp you can wear camp shoes, sandals (for non-winter treks) or leather boots.
No matter what altitude and what season, it is cool to bloody freezing in the
evenings. By far the best clothing is:
will feel your best with plenty of good food and keeping hydrated. Chocolate and
chocolate bars and nuts are readily available in Kathmandu.
Cliff bars, Power bars are also now available. Bring vitamin tablets from
home and your favorite energy bars or drinks that you are familiar with. Meat is
not readily available on the trek so those who may have a craving it is
advisable to consider bringing along some beef jerky or sealed pepperoni for you
personal stash. You can buy this in Kathmandu and it is quite good. Juice
crystals such as Gatorade or Crystal-Lite are great additives to help with
hydration and it is also enjoyable to cover up that smoky flavor the boiled
water sometimes absorbs.
is available in Kathmandu
are dozens of small gear shops in Kathmandu but they mostly sell locally made
local clothing and a strange variety of knock offs.
items that are better brought from home are: socks, boots, thermal underwear,
quality fleece, liner gloves and Gore-tex jackets.
to rent items in Kathmandu include: down jackets and sleeping bags and daypacks.
provide all the sleeping tents, and dinning dome tents, sometimes sturdy A
frames and normally people share one tent between two; a foam mattress each; all
the cutlery and utensils, cooking pots, stoves; candles/kerosene lantern, tables
and stools, kitchen tent, dining tent. Three meals a day ore provided but not
snacks or mineral water, alcoholic beverages or showers.
is very important to have appropriate equipment for trekking Nepal. It's
frustrating to be uncomfortable, inconvenienced or unable to do all you want
because of improper equipment, and of course it can even be dangerous. Pack
carefully following the list below. Don't overload yourself-or the porters--.
But do make sure what you bring is suitable. (Duffel bags for the trek should
only weigh about 15kg or 33 pounds.)
like down jackets, sleeping bags can be purchased or rented in Kathmandu in
trekking shops. There is no need to
purchase expensive equipment if you won't need it again.
Although the exact model or style that you want may not be available in
Kathmandu, there is quite a selection of gear to choose from. This may be
especially pertinent for people undertaking an extensive journey in Asia where
the Nepal trek is only part of it. We will be able to assist you if you want to
rent or buy equipment in Kathmandu upon your arrival.
NOTE* Our rental equipment includes the following: Please ask for a rental application if required.
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