Trekking kit

People often tell us it was colder on trek than they had anticipated – please make sure you bring plenty of warm clothes particularly for night time – it can be below freezing in camp.

This list includes everything you might want on a long and high altitude trek so you may not need everything mentioned here but it should be useful as a list of ideas to consider – ask us if you need help.

General

  • Rucksack or kit bag to put overnight trekking kit in for horses to carry (may get a bit beaten up)
  • Waterproof sac to put over your day pack and plastic bags to help segregate and organise things in kit bag
  • Day pack (30 litres or so) to carry things you want access to during the day
  • Sleeping bag – 3 season up to about 3000 metres, 4 season above that
  • Silk liner for extra warmth
  • Thermarest inflating mattress (if you feel you need extra padding – thin mattresses are provided)
  • Inflatable pillow (if you find it more comfortable to have a head support when sleeping on flat ground)

Clothing  (generally, layers of clothing make sense as temperature changes regularly)

  • Trekking trousers
  • Fleece pants or tracksuit to wear in camp
  • T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, sweatshirt
  • Thermal underwear (top and bottom) for night use

Outerwear

  • Down jacket if above 3500 metres
  • Fleece
  • Windproof jacket
  • Waterproofs
  • Scarf and gloves

Footwear

  • Hiking boots (should be water repellent)
  • Sandals or trainers for use in camp
  • Thick hiking socks and silk sock liners to guard against blisters
  • Gaiters if trekking close to the monsoon season or in snow

Headwear

  • Broad brimmed hat or baseball cap for sun during the day with bandana for shading the neck
  • Woollen hat or balaclava for evenings
  • Polarising sunglasses – best to have the ones with side covers

Other

  • Walking poles
  • Head torch with spare batteries and bulbs
  • Washing line
  • Small knife
  • Water bottles (preferably metal)
  • Dextrose tablets, snack bars and energy drinks

Medicines

  • Medicine for diarrhoea eg Immodium
  • Rehydration sachets eg Dioralyte
  • Paracetamol or Nurofen
  • Plasters and Compeed for blisters
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Strepsils, Lemsip, cold and flu medicine
  • Sting relief and Insect repellent

Toiletries etc

  • Travel towel and sponge
  • Soap and biodegradable liquid for laundry
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Toilet paper, tissues, wet wipes
  • Sun cream (including total sun block)
  • Lip salve
  • Iodine tablets – or you can just use boiled water and on shorter treks mineral water
  • Tweezers
  • Camera, film and polarising filter
  • Books, iPod, playing cards and other diversions for evenings eg Yahtzee dice