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PACKING LIST

Below is the list of recommended packing items. More information will be provided during trip meetings on what will be necessary for this trip. 

GEAR

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

 

 

CLOTHING

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

 


TOILETRIES

 

Basic toiletry necessities


Ear plugs


2 Rolls soft toilet paper


Wet wipes


Spare contact lenses


Glasses


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


Wound dressings


Antiseptic wipes


Band Aids or similar


Blister kits


Joint supports: knees, ankles etc.


Talcum powder


Ladies sanitary towels

Malaria tablets: all treks begin and end in malarial areas


Insect repellent: DEET based (not needed on mountain)

Antacids


Cold medicine


Antihistamines


Diarrhea medicine: Imodium or similar


Laxatives

Oral rehydration salts


Painkillers: paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin.

Additional information: 

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.

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