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A Typical Kit List
The equipment lists may vary slightly for each trip, but as a rough guideline, would typically include the following:
A large 60 - 90 L backpack, or expedition duffel bag (we think the North Face duffel bags work best).
A smaller daypack, with rain cover, for use while trekking (your larger bag will typically be carried by porter or mule).
Underwear (our advice, for men at least, would be to avoid boxer shorts).
Trekking socks – mid-weight (synthetic or wool is fine, although we prefer the latter).
Every day trekking pants - lightweight and quick dry (and ideally with one or two pockets).
Trekking shorts - again lightweight and quick dry (often it will be shorts weather in the mountains on sunny days).
Waterproof trekking pants (these can be either a soft or hard shell style).
A couple of long-sleeved trekking shirts or tops (quick dry, moisture-wicking material works best).
A couple of short-sleeved shirts or tops for warmer days (and at lower altitudes).
A couple of warm soft shell layers such as as good long sleeved fleece, or down jacket (very lightweight these days).
Waterproof jacket (this is one of your most important pieces of kit, so get a good one).
Lightweight gloves (or mittens).
A wooly hat (often useful to wear at night).
Sun hat (a wide circular brim is probably best).
A neck protector, or scarf (to keep the sun off).
A good pair of sunglasses (polarized, wrap around, category four models typically work best) are also essential.
Footwear, Poles & Drinking
Mid-weight, waterproof trekking boots (again, like your waterproof jacket, best not to skimp on these).
Closed toe sandals for wearing around camp (Crocs work well).
At least one good trekking pole (some people prefer two) is essential, for fending off wolves of course (only joking)!
A re-usable 1 to 1.5 litre nalgene (or similar) water bottle (or if you prefer CamelBak).
Sleeping bag comfort rated to minus 5 degrees Celsius (check with us first what rating would be most appropriate).
Small inflatable pillow (we would invariably supply the sleeping mattresses).
Head torch (with spare batteries).
Talcum powder or anti-chaff cream (for obvious reasons).
Toothbrush & toothpaste.
High SPF Sun lotion (extremely important in the high mountains).
Lip balm with high SPF (again, a must have).
Personal wipes or tissues (for when it is not possible to wash fully).
Small roll of toilet paper (always useful to have an emergency stash).
Insect repellant (depends on the time of year).
Moisturizer (your skin can get very dry in the mountains).
Personal medical kit with for example blister plasters, ibuprofen, antiseptic cream, diarrhoea pills etc.
Other Useful Bits & Bobs
Some tape (or a small tube of super glue) for any running repairs.
A camera (although many people prefer to just use their phones these days).
A lightweight, foldable solar charger (there are some great travel models available these days).
A lightweight pair of micro spikes (handy if you are a little unsteady crossing any icy sections).
A small, lightweight pair of binoculars (often useful, but like all items in this section not strictly necessary).
1 or 2 of your favourite treats (good chocolate works for us) and/or energy bars, for when you need a pick me up.
A travel adaptor (country dependent).
Flexibility, and a good sense of humour (it pays to enjoy each day as it comes).
Finally, we have probably forgotten something, so if in doubt, please just ask.
Oh, and best to pack light, so if you think you probably don't need it (whatever it is), then you probably won't.