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Clothing and Equipment

This section is intended to provide information on clothing and equipment requirements. It is not intended to be a final and authoritative checklist. For those who would like a more detailed discussion of these issues we ask you to contact us at dhanne@hikingtrek.com, gurungdhanee@hotmail.com

The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend that you take with you. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recommend that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable

Footwear
1. Walking boots with suitable ankle support that have been worn-in prior to the trek, and which are waterproof
2. Trainer or casual shoes, for trekking and/or for traveling
3. Warm socks for colder areas
4. Gaiters, in case of rain or snow

Leg wear
1. Loose, casual trousers for trekking
2. Thermal leggings for colder areas
3. Long skirt for women as an alternative to trousers
4. Waterproof trousers

Body
1. Selection of T-shirts, and long sleeved shirts, preferably not cotton
2. Thermal shirt for colder areas
3. Warm shirt, possibly fleece, for colder areas
4. Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper
5. Windproof, waterproof outer shell garment for higher altitudes
6. Down jacket (optional for cold nights & mornings; can be hired in Kathmandu cheaply)

Head / Hands
1. Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
2. Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
3. Sunglasses or goggles
4. Warm gloves

Other Items
1. Strong rucksack or large hold all to be carried by porters
2. Day sack to be carried personally
3. Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store/separate trekking gear inside your main bag
4. One liter water bottle
5. Personal first aid kit to include essential items
6. Sleeping bag, 4 season
7. Torch, ideally head torch
8. Camera and film! - For those not to be forgotten shots of the Himalaya
9. Toilet items and towel
10. Large handkerchief/bandana for neck

Optional Items
1. Binoculars
2. Books (see Recommended Reading)
3. Altimeter
4. Compass
5. Playing cards / backgammon / chess set

Recommended Mountaineering Kit
In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialist items which are required for the trekking peaks.

Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters & crampons that have been tested for a good fit.

Peak Climbing Equipment Nepal.
1. Ice Ax
It is arguably one of the most vital tool in your arsenal as a mountaineer. The axe is primarily used during the ascent and descent with snow and/or ice conditions. However, it can also be used as an improvised anchor that involves steep climb, self-arresting tool in case of an unexpected downhill slip, or can be employed simply as a walking stick during uphill climb.

 2. Crampons
Crampons are mainly used for ice climbing, but it can be useful in many other situations involving snow and ice such as crossing snowfields, icefields and glaciers, and scaling ice-smeared rock. For your purposes in Nepal, crampons with semi-rigid construction with horizontal frames are a suitable choice.

3. Harness
A harness should be an important part of your list, and it is used for securing the climber to a rope or an anchor point. Needless to say, you will require awell-fitting sit harness to make sure avoiding discomfort in the upper thigh and groin area.

 4. Tape Slings
They are designed for attaching the climber to anchors, creating equalized anchor systems, and clipping into the rope and gear to reduce drag. Ideally tape slings made from either nylon or dyneema are preferred.

5. Screwgate karabiners lock and unloc
Another must-have in our packing list, this one is widely used in safety-critical systems like mountain or rock climbing. Karabiners go hand in hand with anything that involves rope-intensive ascent. Four karabiners, two locking and two unlocking, are recommended for the trip.

6. Descender/Eight figure
This equipment functions as a friction brakes, and allows steady and controlled descent on a rope. Eight figure are effective in dissipating excess heat caused by friction, and sometimes can also be deployed as a belay device.

7. Plastic mountaineering boots
Another essential in our packing list, mountaineering boots are designed to be used with crampons. The boots not only allowone to move over difficult snowy or icy terrain, but also protects the wearer’s feet from elements and avoid any kind of feet complications such aims frostbite.

8. Ascender/Jumar
This device is used by mountaineers to ascend fixed ropes. Jumar is just a type of mechanical ascender made out of metal. During the ascent, ascender can also perform the task of a braking component within a rope hauling system.

9. Helmet

Many mountaineers opt not wearing helmet, but the importance of helmet cannot be emphasized more when it comes to scaling a peak. Seems trivial, but helmet must be an essential component of your packaging list, and would certainly keep you safe from any head injuries that could ruin your entire trip. Better safe than being sorry.

10. Snow Bar
A snow bar holds the rope in place for a secured weight support of the climber. It is a useful device employed for fall protection and holding static loads.

 11. Rope

Needless to say, rope forms a vital piece of equipment in your mountaineering trip. Broadly speaking, climbing ropes are classified as either static or dynamic. Static rope stretch very little and are mainly designed for abseiling, and can also be used as fixed ropes for ascenders. Dynamic ropes are stretchable and are used as belaying ropes to absorb the impact of a falling climber. It is recommended you carry a few of both types.

12. Ice Hammer

Although not entirely a necessary gear for you trip, ice hammer can be used as an alternative to the adze component of an ice axe. It is especially useful in terrains involving softer snow, or sometimes it is used to strike the snow bar into hard ice.

13. Ice Screw

Ice Screw is used in tackling steep ice surfaces. It can be employed as a running belay or anchor in the ice. Not all peak in Nepal require the use of this kit, but you would still want to keep it in your arsenal, depending on the peak that you have chosen.

Where can you buy or rent peak climbing equipment in Nepal?

Now that we have listed the essential peak climbing gears in Nepal, you might be wondering where you can buy or rent them before you are headed for the mountains. Although all of these equipment are easily available to buy or rent in Kathmandu, we always encourage climbers to bring their own, if possible. Alternatively, if you are planning to get them when you arrive in Kathmandu, most trekking agencies would be happy to assist you in finding them according to your budget and need. For some of the more popular peaks in Nepal like Mera, Lobuche and Island, you can even rent these them from their respective base camps.


And Finally

The most important things that you must take with you are a sense of humor, an open mind, and an understanding that a trip to Nepal is an adventure to a land which is very different to your own.