Trekking and Climbing gear

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.

Equipment List

  • Alpine climbing HARNESS: Must have adjustable leg loops
  • Four locking CARABINERS
  • 4-6 regular CARABINERS
  • ICE AXE w/leash
  • One mechanical ASCENDER with handle and arm length leash
  • Figure of eight BELAY DEVICE
  • One pair CLIMBING BOOTS.
  • TREKKING POLES
  • 2 SEWN RUNNERS / 2 PRUSSIK SLING (shoulder length -24″)
  • Climbing HELMET
  • HEADLAMP
  • CRAMPONS

Upper Body

  • 1Down/synthetic sweater
  • Hard Shell jacket (Gore-Tex) with hood waterproof and breathable.
  • One down parka with hood. For base camp It is important that your jacket is 700+ fill down, and has a thick insulated hood.
  • 2 cotton t-shirts
  • 1 polypropylene t-shirt
  • 1 long sleeve polypropylene shirt light weight
  • 1 soft shells wind shirt and jacket

Hand Wear

  • We require two systems, one glove system for lower on the mountain and a mitten over mitt system for the cold temperatures encountered on summit day.
  • Two pair liner gloves thin wool or polypropylene
  • 1 pair warm gloves fleece or wool
  • 1 pair expedition shell gloves
  • 1 Pair waterproof gloves
  • 1 pair modular expedition shell mitts.

Head Gear

  • Warm hat wool or synthetic that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava
  • Face mask
  • Hat or baseball cap
  • Glacier glasses 100% UV protection with side shields. (I.e. Julbo or Cebe)
  • 1 pair extra sunglasses
  • 1 ski goggles with UV protection

Lower Body

  • 1 pair of liner socks. Polypropylene/Capilene
  • 2 pair light weight trekking socks
  • 2 pair med-heavy wool socks (check boot fit with liner and wool socks on)
  • 1 pair nylon shorts
  • 1 pair nylon pants for trekking
  • 2 pair long underwear bottoms
  • 1 pair soft shell pants.
  • 1 pair of hard shell pants. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips, Gore-Tex is best.
  • 1 pair trail shoes (for hike to Base Camp)
  • 1 pair of climbing boots.

Sleeping Gear

  • 1 down sleeping bag (-25)

Pack

  • 1 daypack for the approach hike, possible use on summit day. If you want to use it for your summit pack, it must be large enough for your down jacket, misc. clothes, food and water
  • Duffle bags for gear. Must be durable for use on pack animals

Miscellaneous

  • 1 first-aid kit
  • Sunblock lip balm (factor 30-50)
  • 2 sticks
  • Sunscreen
  • Microfibre towel
  • Ziploc plastic bags small and medium

Climbing Gears

To save all the hassles and to make it a cost effective trip, we will provide the following gears at no extra cost.

  • Harness
  • 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
  • Crampons
  • 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

Camping equipment

  • 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

Hiking Boots

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

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.

Sleeping bags

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.

Down jacket

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.

Fleece jumper

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.

Pants

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.

Water Bottle

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.

Daypack

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.

Additional

A penknife, binoculars, energy bars and reading books may be carried too.