When you book our trip with Climb High, 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.
To save all the hassles and to make it a cost effective trip, we will provide the following gears at no extra cost.
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. They 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’s sleep is essential for a fresh day to trek and climb, so you will need to bring or hire a -20C 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!
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.