The defining characteristic of weather in the Himalaya is the combination of extreme heat and extreme cold in a single day. The best way to cope with these changes is to have lots of relatively thin layers that can be combined or reduced as the temperature goes up and down.
You can download a full infographic of our kit list with links to the specific items of kit we recommend below. Also for when you are packing there is a printable checklist of all the items you need. Please note that airline baggage weight restrictions are 10kg for your main equipment bag and 5kg for your hand luggage.
- Climbing helmet
- Warm beanie that fits under your helmet
- Glacier glasses (Category 4)
- Insulated stiff-soled climbing boots (B3)
- Crampons (C2)
- Climbing Harness
- Ascending device:Jumar
- Descending or belay device
- Ice axe with wrist strap (suitable for climbing)
- Two lockable carabiners
- Two non-locking carabiners
- Prussik loop
- 220cm Tape sling (open) or 2 x 120 cm Tape sling (closed) - UIAA tested
- Silk liner glove or similar
- Warm insulated fingered gloves safety straps that allow ample dexterity and grip for use with a jumar or unlock/lock caribiners.
- Over mittens with safety straps that fit over your insulated fingered gloves to provide additional warmth and wind protection.
For peak climbs we will increase the weight allowance of your main equipment bag to 15kg. However, if the airline is unable to take the excess baggage on the same flight, we will need to re-pack your climbing kit separately so that it can be sent on a later flight. A porter will then catch up with you on the trek to deliver it.
If there are any items of kit you would prefer to hire please let us know. Most items we can provide ourselves and there are also lots of opportunities in Kathmandu to rent or buy good quality kit at sensible prices.
- Warm beanie style hat - knitted or fleece
- Neck gaiter or scarf - just so many uses!
- Sun hat - preferably wide-brimmed for protection
- Sunglasses - high UV protection
- Headlamp (plus extra batteries)
- Gloves - lightweight, fleece or quick drying fabric
- Gloves or mittens - heavyweight, insulated, preferably water resistant
- Trekking boots - mid weight with good ankle support
- Training shoe or similar - to wear around the teahouses
- Socks - 3 pairs of outer and 3 pairs of liner socks
- Rucksack or Daypack - 35-45 litres
- Waterproof duffle bag (approx 80-100 litres)
- Sleeping bag (4 season or -10 Deg C) and compression sack
- Insulated sleeping mat
- Trekking poles
- Long sleeve shirt/tshirt - light or medium weight, moisture wicking (x 2)
- Fleece or soft shell jacket
- Insulated jacket - down or primaloft
- Water/windproof hard shell outer jacket
- Short sleeved shirt/tshirt - lightweight, moisture wicking
- Leggings - thermal or fleece base layer
- Trekking trousers - light or medium weight (x2)
- Waterproof hard shell trousers
- Sunscreen high SPF
- Water bottles: 2 x 1 litre wide mouth nalgene bottles (or 2 litre platypus for approach only)
- Dry bag (only required if your main duffle bag is not waterproof)
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Camera and spare batteries
- Ear plugs
- Wet wipes and hand sanitizer
- Pee bottle (optional)
- Personal medicines and medical kit
- Personal snacks, sweets, energy bars
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