A Typical Kit List

 
The equipment lists may vary slightly for each trip, but as a rough guideline, would typically include the following:

Packing

  •  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).

Clothing

  •  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

  •  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).

Personal care

  •  Talcum powder or anti-chaff cream (for obvious reasons).
  •  Biodegradable soap.
  •  Deodorant.
  •  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.