When planning for your trip, choose equipment that is appropriate for the activities, is dependable, light in weight and is adaptable to a variety of weather conditions. All your equipment must function together as a system that you understand.

Hire:

We recommend that you bring your own items rather then thinking about hiring. You are able to hire most items in Nepal, and only some items in Leh, India. The items that you can hire in Leh, India has been denoted with (H) on the lists.

Recommended gears for a 7,000m Himalayan peak climb:
  • Ice Axe (H): A general mountaineering ice axe of your size
  • Crampons (H): General mountaineering crampons
  • Trekking Poles (H): Adjustable poles for the trek to base camp
  • Climbing harness (H): An alpine climbing harness
  • Carabiners (H): 4 locking and 2 non locking
  • Belay / Rappel device: For rappelling or belaying climbers
  • Helmet: Must fit over a wool hat and under climbing jacket
  • Ascender: One right or left hand ascender
  • Prusik Cord: 20’ or 6mm cord (2x1.6m)
  • Light trekking shoes: For the trek to base camp, these can be worn at base camp and  high camps depending on route conditions
  • Mountaineering Boots (H): A boot with a built in gaiter such as the La Sportiva, Millet, Scarpa, etc.
  • Note: You can only hire white plastic mountaineering boots in Leh. For 6,500m+ peaks: Double mountaineering boots are recommended.
  • Socks: Minimum 3 pairs of thick mountaineering socks and 3 pairs of liner socks
  • Short Underwear: 2-3 pair of synthetic short underwear
  • Long Underwear/Thermals: 2 pairs of thermal pants and shirts, 1 pair of expedition warmth thermals
  • Soft Shell Jacket: A hooded jacket for trekking and climbing
  • Soft Shell pants: For trekking and climbing
  • Insulated Jacket: PrimaLoft or Down for trekking and climbing
  • Expedition Down Jacket: A hooded down jacket with 800 minimum down fill
  • Insulated Pants: PrimaLoft or Down with full side zippers
  • Hard Shell Jacket:  For wet conditions
  • Hard Shell Pants: For wet conditions with full side zippers
  • Balaclava: For your face and neck
  • Warm Beanie
  • Sun hat
  • Buff: For your neck & face to block the wind, UV rays, dust
  • Sunglasses / Glacier glasses: wrap around style sunglasses with dark lenses
  • Goggles: With dark lenses
  • Soft Shell Gloves: 1 pair
  • Shell gloves with insulated liner: 1 pair
  • Shell mittens with insulated liner: 1 pair
  • Expedition Backpack: A minimum 65 litre internal frame backpack for major mountain expeditions.
  • Trekking Backpack(Daypack): A small pack(min 40 litre) for the trek
  • Sleeping Bag: Rated to at least -20 °F. Down is preferable over synthetic since it is lighter.
  • Compression stuff sack: For reducing volume for your sleeping bag and down jacket
  • Self Inflating pad: A full length air mattress (e.g. Exped, Thermarest) for mountain expeditions and for trek(personal choice)
  • Headlamp: With spare set of batteries
  • Cup: 16oz. Minimum, lightweight
  • Bowl: ½ liter minimum capacity, lightweight
  • Spoon: Plastic and lightweight
  • Sunscreen: 2 tubes, SPF 40 or stronger
  • Sunscreen for lips: SPF 30 or stronger
  • Thermos: 1 liter capacity
  • Water bottles: 2 bottles with 1 litre capacity (e.g. Nalgene)
  • Water Purification System: Tablets or Steripen
  • Water Bottle Parkas: Optional, to keep your water from freezing
  • Pee Bottle: 1 liter capacity minimum
  • Pee Funnel : For Women
  • Knife: Optional
  • Toiletry Bag: Toothpaste, toothbrush, baby wipes, etc.
  • Hand Sanitizer: 2 small bottles
  • Hand warmers / Toe warmers: 3 sets of each
  • Trash Compactor bags (4): To line stuff sacks and separate gear
  • Camera: lightweight with extra batteries
  • Large Duffel Bag with lock: for transporting all personal gears to base camp
  • Small duffel bag: to store items in the hotel
  • Personal First Aid kit: Should include athletic tape, band aids, Ibuprofen, Moleskin, blister care products, personal medications, cough drops. Please look at our   recommended personal medication list for high altitude mountaineering expeditions and trekking trips (below).
Recommended gears for a 6,000m Himalayan peak climb:
  • Ice Axe (H): A general mountaineering ice axe of your size
  • Crampons (H): General mountaineering crampons
  • Trekking Poles (H): Adjustable poles for the trek to base camp
  • Climbing harness (H): An alpine climbing harness
  • Carabiners (H): 2 locking
  • Helmet: Must fit over a wool hat and under climbing jacket
  • Light trekking shoes: For the trek to base camp, these can be worn at base camp and  high camps depending on route conditions
  • Mountaineering Boots (H): A boot with a built in gaiter such as the La Sportiva, Millet, Scarpa, etc. Note: You can only hire white plastic mountaineering boots in Leh. For 6,500m+ peaks: Double mountaineering boots are recommended.
  • Socks: Minimum 2 pairs of thick mountaineering socks and 3 pairs of liner socks
  • Short Underwear: 2-3 pair of synthetic short underwear
  • Long Underwear/Thermals: 2 pairs of thermal pants and shirts, 1 pair of expedition warmth thermals
  • Soft Shell Jacket: A hooded jacket for trekking and climbing
  • Soft Shell pants: For trekking and climbing
  • Insulated Jacket: PrimaLoft or Down for trekking and climbing
  • Expedition Down Jacket: A hooded down jacket with 800 minimum down fill
  • Insulated Pants: PrimaLoft or Down with full side zippers
  • Hard Shell Jacket:  For wet conditions
  • Hard Shell Pants: For wet conditions with full side zippers
  • Balaclava: For your face and neck
  • Warm Beanie
  • Sun hat
  • Buff: For your neck & face to block the wind, UV rays, dust
  • Sunglasses / Glacier glasses: wrap around style sunglasses with dark lenses
  • Goggles: With dark lenses
  • Soft Shell Gloves: 1 pair
  • Shell gloves with insulated liner: 1 pair
  • Shell mittens with insulated liner: 1 pair
  • Expedition Backpack: A minimum 65 liter internal frame backpack
  • Trekking Backpack: Optional. A small pack for the trek
  • Sleeping Bag: Rated to at least -20 °F. Down is preferable over synthetic
  • Compression stuff sack: For reducing volume for your sleeping bag and down jacket
  • Self Inflating pad: A full length air mattress (e.g. Exped, Thermarest)
  • Headlamp: With spare set of batteries
  • Cup: 16oz. Minimum, lightweight
  • Bowl: ½ liter minimum capacity, lightweight
  • Spoon: Plastic and lightweight
  • Sunscreen: 2 tubes, SPF 40 or stronger
  • Sunscreen for lips: SPF 30 or stronger
  • Thermos: 1 liter capacity
  • Water bottles: 2 bottles with 1 liter capacity (e.g. Nalgene)
  • Water Purification System: Tablets or Steripen
  • Water Bottle Parkas: Optional, to keep your water from freezing
  • Pee Funnel: For Women
  • Knife: Optional
  • Toiletry Bag: Toothpaste, toothbrush, baby wipes, etc.
  • Hand Sanitizer: 2 small bottles
  • Hand warmers / Toe warmers: 3 sets of each
  • Trash Compactor bags (4): To line stuff sacks and separate gear
  • Camera: lightweight with extra batteries
  • Large Duffel Bag with lock: for transporting all personal gear to base camp
  • Small duffel bag: to store items in the hotel
  • Personal First Aid kit: Should include athletic tape, band aids, Ibuprofen, Moleskin, blister care products, personal medications, cough drops. Please look at our recommended personal medication list for high altitude mountaineering expeditions and trekking trips (below).
Recommended gears for a Himalayan trek:
  • Trekking Poles (H): Adjustable poles for the trek
  • Light trekking shoes: ankle support recommended
  • Socks: Minimum 3 pairs of liner socks
  • Short Underwear: 2-3 pair of synthetic short underwear
  • Long Underwear/Thermals: 2 pairs of thermal pants and shirts
  • Soft Shell Jacket: A hooded jacket will be good
  • Soft Shell pants
  • Insulated Jacket: PrimaLoft or Down
  • Hard Shell Jacket: For wet conditions
  • Hard Shell Pants: For wet conditions (optional)
  • Liner Gloves: 1 pair
  • Warm Beanie
  • Sun hat
  • Buff: For your neck & face to block the wind, UV rays, dust
  • Sunglasses / Glacier glasses: wrap around style sunglasses with dark lenses
  • Trekking Backpack: A daypack(30L - 40L)
  • Sleeping Bag: Rated to at least -20 °F. Down is preferable over synthetic( it is always better to be warm then cold)
  • Compression stuff sacks: For reducing volume for your sleeping bag and down jacket
  • Self Inflating pad: A full length air mattress (e.g. Exped, Thermarest)
  • Headlamp: With spare set of batteries
  • Sunscreen: 2 tubes, SPF 40 or stronger
  • Sunscreen for lips: SPF 30 or stronger
  • Thermos: 1 liter capacity
  • Water bottles: 2 bottles with 1 liter capacity (e.g. Nalgene)
  • Water Purification System: Tablets or Steripen (optional)
  • Water Bottle Parkas: Optional, to keep your water from freezing
  • Pee Funnel: For Women
  • Knife: Optional
  • Toiletry Bag: Toothpaste, toothbrush, baby wipes, etc.
  • Hand Sanitizer: 2 small bottles
  • Hand warmers / Toe warmers: 3 sets of each - optional
  • Trash Compactor bags (4): To line stuff sacks and separate gear
  • Camera: lightweight with extra batteries
  • Large Duffel Bag with lock: for transporting all personal gear to base camp
  • Small duffel bag: to store items in the hotel
  • Personal First Aid kit: Should include athletic tape, band aids, Ibuprofen, Moleskin, blister care products, personal medications, cough drops. Please look at our recommended personal medication list for high altitude mountaineering expeditions and trekking trips (below).
Recommended personal medication list for high altitude mountaineering expeditions and trekking trips:
  • Acetazolamide (Diamox) for altitude illness
  • Antibiotics such as Ciprofloxacin or Azithromycin for gastrointestinal or respiratory illness
  • Ibuprofen for muscle soreness
  • Pepto Bismol for loose stool
  • Excedrin for headaches
  • Anti - nausea medications
  • Band - Aids (for blisters etc).
Recommended personal climbing snacks:
If you have any questions, please contact us.