Appropriate clothing and equipment are essential for a safe and enjoyable trek. Experienced trekkers will often take only a selection of the following items based on their past experience and personal preference. Please find the required equipment list below for preparation for your travel with Fundraising Treks.
- Running shoes: 1 pair of comfortable, supportive shoes to wear on lighter walking days.
- Light hiking boots: 1 pair of sturdy hiking boots in which you should be able to wear a light synthetic sock under a warm heavy (wool or synthetic) sock comfortably. The sole should be flexible but still provide adequate support. Boots should be highly water repellent.
- Hiking gaiters: 1 pair to keep rocks out of shoes and to keep boots dry in case of precipitation. Optional if trekking pants are worn.
- Wool socks: 3 pair heavyweight wool socks to be worn over liner socks. When layering socks, check fit over feet and inside boots. Remember to keep one fresh, dry pair of socks available at all times. Socks with padded shins are especially nice with boots.
- Liner socks: 3 pair smooth, thin wool, nylon or Capilene socks to be worn against the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hotspots and helps the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should fit comfortably inside your heavyweight socks.
- Long underwear: 2 pair, tops & bottoms, Capilene, other synthetic or wool. No Cotton. Lightweight is preferable as it is more versatile (worn as a single in warmer conditions and double layered for cold conditions). Zip-neck tops allow more ventilation options. One set of white for intense sun and one pair of dark for faster drying provide the most versatility.
- Light trekking pants: Lightweight nylon pants designed to be used while trekking. They are extremely permeable, dry quickly and provide protection from the sun. Zip-off lower leg sections are convenient for switching to shorts.
- T-shirts: Lightweight crewneck t-shirts that wick away moisture. Shirt can be made of any synthetic material.
- Bandanas: Bring bandanas to use as facemasks for dusty days and for miscellaneous tasks.
- Soft shell jacket: A full-zip version is easier to put on and has better ventilation than a pullover.
- Down jacket: Medium to heavy weight with hood.
- Hard shell jacket: We recommend a waterproof breathable shell material with full front zipper, underarm zips, and no insulation. This outer layer protects against wind and rain.
- Hard shell pants: Waterproof, breathable. Any side zipper length is fine as long as you can get them over your boots.
- Fleece/Soft shell gloves: 1 pair. A heavier fleece will do a better job of keeping hands warmer when wet than lighter polypropylene or Capilene.
- Shell gloves/Mittens with insulation: 1 pair. Insulation does not need to be removable. A good quality ski glove is sufficient.
- Headlamp with spare batteries: A high quality climber’s headlamp for use at night. Bring extra batteries!
- Sun hat/baseball cap: The sun can be intense at high altitudes. A hat with a good visor provides protection for the nose and eyes. Baseball hats work well. A Buff is recommended to reduce the amount of dust inhaled while trekking and to reduce the chance of infection.
- Sunglasses: Preferably “glacier glasses” with 100% UV, IR, high quality optical lenses designed for mountain use. They must have side covers, leashes, and a nose guard is particularly helpful. No more than 8% light transmission. If you wear contact lenses, we recommend packing a spare pair of glasses—it is a good idea that these are made with “photo-gray” or equivalent light-sensitive material so they can double as emergency sunglasses. If you wear glasses, we recommend prescription glacier glasses (gray or amber). Talk to your eye care professional to find out where prescription glacier glasses are available. Regular sunglasses are not dark enough and do not provide side protection from the sun.
- Sleeping bag: High quality with hood and a lower rating limit of at least -10°C. Down is lighter and less bulky, but more expensive than synthetics. (The company provides sleeping bags for this trek).
- Backpack: A daypack large enough to carry water bottles, camera, lunch and extra clothing. 3,000 cubic inches max.
- Adjustable Trekking Poles: Optional
- Water treatment tablets: Iodine or Chloride Dioxide tablets. A small bottle or multi pack is sufficient. Taste neutralizer tablets remove the iodine taste. Chloride Dioxide formulas will not discolor water. If you own a water filter pump this can be used, and the water in the mountains tastes great.
- Water bottles: 2 Wide mouth bottles with minimum 1-litre capacity per bottle. No water bags or bladder systems because they can freeze or are difficult to refill.
- Pee bottle (Optional) : but very useful.
- Pee funnel for women (Optional): Lightweight urinary director (for minimal undressing and discreet use on the trail).
- Sunscreen: SPF 30 or higher, 2 small tubes. The sunscreen must be no older than 6 months. After 6 months, sunscreen loses half of its SPF rating.
- Chemical hand and foot warmers (Optional): Recommended if you easily get cold hands and feet; 1-3 sets.
- Lip screen: SPF 30 or higher, at least 2 sticks. No older than 6 months.
- 3 passport photos: For visa and trekking permits.
- Large duffle bag: 1 for transporting and storing gear and clothing.
- Plastic bags: For lining stuff sacks and pack and to keep gear dry. Trash compactor bags work best.
- Light traveling clothes: You will need street/casual clothing for air travel days and time spent in city area.
- Toiletry bag: Include toilet paper, soap, a towel, and a toothbrush, wet wipes (1-2 per day), hand sanitizer, and hand moisturizer.
- Personal first aid kit (Small And Simple): Aspirin, moleskin, adhesive tape, plasters.
- Drugs/Prescriptions: Climbers should bring Mupirocin (Bactroban) cream, a high quality topical antibiotic for scrapes and cuts. Cirprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for traveller’s diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium for diarrhea. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin for headaches. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.
* The above list is to serve only as a guideline. While you are required to bring everything on the list, you can choose to use alternative brands.