Information about equiments we need for peak climbing in Nepal.
All you need to know about kit for trekking with us in the Himalayas.
When you book our trip with us, we’ll supply you with all of the information you need prior to your trek. Below you’ll find an outline list of the type of kit you would need, but as this varies so much between treks and seasons, just use this as a guide to get a general idea.
You can now buy pretty much everything you need in Kathmandu so don’t worry if you forget anything or are on a longer trip and don’t want to take a down jacket around the world for months just to use it in Nepal for a short period. We’ll help you get kitted out.
Prices in Nepal are very cheap. A lot of the gear in Kathmandu can be cheap and may be copies of major brands, but it is at least functional and warm and will definitely do the job. For example a down jacket from Kathmandu will be perfectly adequate and will cost a fraction of buying one in the UK or US – but a ‘Gore Tex’ waterproof made in Kathmandu will definitely not be Goretex – so it won’t work as well. You should also note that in the last few years some genuine brand shops at western prices have opened in Kathmandu selling real North Face, Mountain Hardwear etc – these shops are genuine and the kit is the real thing. We’ll happily guide you around.
- Down Sleeping Bag (-20 oC)
- Warm fleece jacket and trousers
- Waterproof (Gore Tex) jacket and trousers
- Down jacket
- Thermal x under wear
- 2 pair nylon quick dry trousers/pants for trekking
- 1 pair long underwear bottoms
- Cotton t-shirts and polypropylene t-shirt (both full and half sleeves)
- 3 pairs light weight trekking socks
- 1 pair warm gloves fleece
- 1 pair waterproof gloves
- Warm hat / Balaclava
- Baseball hat
- Walking poles
- Small size rucksacks (for your day pack)
- Sun Block cream and lip balm with sun block – must be SPF 30-50
- Sun glasses
- A pair of comfortable walking boots and a pair of sandals
- Water bottle
- Water purification iodine tables
- Ziploc bags small and medium
- 1 large / medium duffle bag for gear
- Head torch
- Toiletry kit
- Microfibre (quick drying) towel
To make it a hassle free and a cost effective climbing trip, we will provide the free use of the following gears.
- Carabineers (regular and screw gate/locking)
- Ice axe w/leash
- One mechanical ascender (jumar)
- Belay device (figure 8)
- Trekking poles
- Sewn runners / prussik sling
- Climbing helmet
- Fleece inner liner for the sleeping bag
- Snow gaiter
- Trip duffle bag to keep all the trekking and climbing gear
- Ropes (fixed and main)
- Ice screws
- Snow bars
- North Face V25 series 2-men sleeping tent
- Foam mattress and mat
- Dining tent with table and chairs
- Kitchen and staff tent
- Toilet tent
- Kitchen utensils
Proper hiking boots should be waterproof with an ankle support and a durable sole with a good grip. It should have ample room to move your toes to keep the circulation and to fit in thicker socks when cold.
Climbing boots, preferably plastic, should be waterproof and depending on the altitude you are climbing, bring or hire the boots accordingly. It should have ample room to move your toes to keep the circulation to avoid frozen toes and to fit in thicker socks when cold.
A good night sleep is essential for a fresh day to trek and climb. So you will be required to bring or hire a -20 oC sleeping bag. We will provide you an extra inner liner.
A down jacket will be a must for the evening and the morning when it most cold. Besides one may carry it too while climbing and especially if it gets cold, really cold!
Rain jacket with Hood:
A Gore-Tex jacket with the hood and a pant will be essential.
While hiking during the day, a fleece top jumper is very useful and can be worn under your jacket or raincoat comfortably. This way it’s easier to carry the day pack too.
It should be loose fitting, light and quick drying. Note that cotton often takes a long time to dry in the mountains. Jeans are not suitable for trekking. During camping and on cold days, warm trekking or fleece pants are highly useful. Thermals will be really handy.
A 1 litre bottle, preferably ‘Nalgene’ to ensure you stay hydrated. You can also fill your Nalgene with hot water, and it stays warm for long.
A 7L to 15L capacity with a comfortable harness and should be waterproof.
A larger rucksack of about 30L will be carried by the porter.
A penknife, binoculars, energy bars and reading books may be carried too.