Below is the list of recommended packing items. More information will be provided during trip meetings on what will be necessary for this trip.
1 Duffle bag or soft kit bag: in which porters carry your main equipment (recommend large NorthFace Camp duffle)
1 Small backpack: 30/40 litre for you to carry (recommend Osprey or Deuter brand)
1 Rain cover for small backpack: optional
10 Plastic bags: to keep your gear dry
1 Sun hat: wide brim for shade against the sun
1 Woolly hat: for warmth, preferably Balaclava type
1 Scarf or bandana
1 Pair sunglasses or goggles: against snow-blindness
1 Poncho: optional
1 Hooded waterproof jacket: good quality, waterproof (recommends Gore-Tex)
1 Four seasons duvet jacket: thick insulated jacket (recommends down) - *We may be providing one for the team*
3 Warm upper body base layers: to fit over each other
3 Upper body under base layers: preferably synthetic ASK ABOUT THIS
3 Sports bras: not usually necessary for men
1 Pair waterproof outer gloves: good quality, waterproof
1 Pair thin undergloves
2 Gel-activated hand warmers: for summit attempt
1 Waterproof trousers/pants: good quality, waterproof and breathable David Recommends Gore-Tex
1 Pair fleece trousers/pants
2 Lightweight trousers/pants: to fit over each other
2 Short trousers/pants
2 Thermal under trousers/pants: to fit over each other
3 Underwear: smart wool or synthetic
1 Pair hiking boots: David recommends leather or gore-tex and vibram sole
Very importantly, your boots need to be well broken-in and of proven quality. This is the one item of your kit which we would have serious difficulty in replacing should you lose them. Please wear them on the plane and do not let them out of your sight before you set out for the mountain.
1 Pair gaiters: waterproof (optional)
1 Pair spare laces
1 Pair trainers, running shoes or trekking sandals: for use around camp
3 Pairs thick socks: wool or synthetic
6 Pairs Thin socks: wool or synthetic
1 Pair walking poles: ***
1 Sleeping bag: must be four seasons, fleece liner is optional ***
1 Inflatable sleeping mat: repair kit essential WEI recommends we rent these
1 or 2 Foam sleeping mat: thin
1 Foam sleeping mat: thick, 75mm/3" : x1 ***
2 Water bottles: metallic SIGG type 1 litre
1 Water bottle: bladder Platypus type
Note that the metal drinks bottles can also be used as hot water bottles. If you bring a water bladder then the tube will most likely need to be insulated to protect against freezing.
1 Water purification pump: optional
Water purification tablets: not required
Water flavoring: optional
Snacks and energy bars: optional : not really needed
If you do bring water purification tablets (which is not necessary), then we recommend iodine rather than chorine. If you bring water flavoring then we recommend type vitamin C tablets and electrolytes.
1 Hot water bottle: optional
1 Head lamp: powerful but lightweight
4 Sets spare lamp batteries
2 Spare lamp bulbs
Personal oxygen kit: optional *** We will discuss renting these.
Pencil and paper: optional
Pocket knife or mini multi-tool: optional
Camera: optional If you do bring camera equipment then make sure you bring plenty of memory cards and batteries.
Solar charger: optional
Reading material: optional
Headphones for audiobooks and music: optional
Games and cards: optional
1 Towel: can be the lightweight quick-dry type
Basic toiletry necessities
2 Rolls soft toilet paper
Spare contact lenses
Sun block: for skin and lips (factor 15+)
Lip balm: preferably with sun protection
Insurance documentation: with 24hr emergency number WEI will provide travel insurance for participants
Map: usually available at trailhead - WEI and our guide service will have these
PERSONAL FIRST AID KIT
All climbs are equipped with a full medical kit. However, trekkers are also encouraged to bring their own small medical
kits containing the items on the list below and any other medication specific to your own health requirements.
Hand lotion: important for cracked skin
Band Aids or similar
Joint supports: knees, ankles etc.
Ladies sanitary towels
Malaria tablets: all treks begin and end in malarial areas
Insect repellent: DEET based (not needed on mountain)
Diarrhea medicine: Imodium or similar
Oral rehydration salts
Painkillers: paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin.
1. Carry any essential medicines onto the plane on the way over to prevent problems in the event of lost luggage.
2. Aspirin and paracetamol are recommended as they thin the blood and help prevent blood clots
3. Strong painkillers are not recommended as they can suppress respiration.
4. Ladies please note that altitude may affect the menstrual cycle, so bring appropriate materials.
5. All contact lens wearers should take care to remove the lenses at night as the eye needs to absorb oxygen from the atmosphere. The rarefied conditions of altitude reduce oxygen levels and in extreme cases a corneal oedema can develop.