Equipment – The weather, the terrain and the constraints on the weight of luggage on domestic flights in Nepal influence the choice of materials and equipment for trekking. To avoid a lot of inconvenience , it is advisable to choose wisely equipment. It is better to forget the appearance and emphasize comfort , knowing is limited to essentials . The adventure travel has its requirements and restrictions. The equipment must be suitable for typical and extreme changing weather conditions of high mountains . Depending on the time of year and the region visited , temperatures can range from -20 ° C and 20 ° C.
At high altitude , the temperature differences are important. There should be clothes that keep them cool during the day and warm at night . Clothing made of synthetic fibers , although they may be less comfortable, with some advantages over natural fiber clothing : they wick moisture from the body more efficiently, they dry faster and are lighter . The multi-layer system is an excellent choice jersey long sleeve technical body of medium thickness or t-shirt, fleece jacket and technical windproof (shell) that breathes well to protect you from the rain, snow, but especially the wind. Adding or removing
layers to adapt to changing conditions of wind and temperature. Remember also that the weight of baggage is limited to domestic flights in Nepal. It is therefore important to choose wisely clothing and equipment.
Shoes randonnéeCertains items deserve give them special attention. Hiking shoes , you know , must be very comfortable and have been brought before departure. The sleeping bag should be minimally rated at -20 ° C if your trek more than 4,000 meters.
In the fall , the nights are cold in the mountains . The down coat is a must beyond 4000 meters, especially if you are camping . The hottest will be the best choice. It will not serve you during the day but you will enjoy the morning at breakfast time and in the evening during dinner. Remember walking sticks . They offer a significant additional boost , help maintain balance on uneven terrain and are particularly useful downhill. The backpack day should also be comfortable because it does not leave you.
Below is a list of my equipment for the trek from the base camp of Everest via Gokyo shipping autumn style . This list excludes camping equipment provided by the trekking agency . In regard to clothing, I preferred synthetic fabrics .
woolen cap ;
cap or sun hat ;
cotton scarf (to protect the neck from the sun ) ;
neck warmer ;
2 suits of synthetic Long Sleeve ;
1 T- shirt with long sleeves ;
2 T – shirts with short sleeves ;
1 long-sleeved shirt
One technical jacket ( shell Gore -Tex or other);
1 coat very warm down ;
1 light fleece jacket ;
1 average fleece jacket ;
gloves of good quality.
2 short underwear made of synthetic material ;
1 long underwear (synthetic light or mid weight ) ;
1 thermal long underwear or fleece average ;
2 trekking pants can be converted into shorts ;
walking boots ;
spa slippers (evening high altitude ) ;
3-4 pairs of low technical ( Smartwool , Thorlo … ) ;
1 pair of warmer low ( night) ;
2 pairs of cotton socks ( Kathmandu ) ;
in there ( if you walk with two pairs of socks ) .
backpack 60-80 liters or duffle bag ;
30 liter daypack ;
Sleeping bag (-20 ° C to -25 ° C ) ;
self-inflating sleeping pad ( Thermarest Ultralight )
Thermarest repair kit ;
sunglasses good quality ( Cecchinel Cebe … ) ;
telescopic walking sticks ;
iodine tablets , or Micropur Aqua Lung Pristine (water) ;
headlamp and spare battery ( Petzl or other);
1 liter bottle ( Nalgene -type) ;
insulated bottle holder ;
camera , film, batteries ;
plastic bags to keep belongings dry ;
travel wallet ( hanging neck ) ;
pocket knife ;
packets of energy foods ( nuts, dried fruit) ;
travel diary and pen ;
trekking guide .
kit personal hygiene ;
multi- use biodegradable soap (body, clothing);
small towel viscose ( synthetic chamois) ;
toilet paper (2 rolls ) ;
Drugs and other
broad-spectrum antibiotic ( Cypro 500 mg) ;
antiperistaltic ( Imodium 2mg or other);
anti- nausea ( Gravol or other);
anti -inflammatory ( Voltaren , Naprosyn) ;
Diamox 250 mg ( altitude sickness )
analgesic (Tylenol , Aspirin) ;
antibiotic cream ( Polysporin or other);
electrolyte rehydration sachets ( Gastrolyte ) ;
sunscreen 30 + ;
lip balm ( full screen) ;
kit bulbs ( pads Moleskines , Compeed ) ;
personal first aid kit .
On domestic flights in Nepal , the weight of individual baggage carried in the hold must not exceed 15 kg . It is usually possible to carry with you in the cabin, a daypack up to 5 kg . Also , should provide the necessary to be comfortable while sticking to the basics.
You can enjoy some afternoon rest to wash your clothes on the way! If they are not dry when leaving the next day , attach to your backpack, they will dry in no time .
They must be light, strong and well waterproofed . A good shoe hiking in the mountains can also do the trick but less protective plugs on glacial moraines. The hiking shoe does not fit on the snowy slopes . The walking boot is preferable to the Khumbu .
At equal efficiency, the down is lighter and more compact than the synthetic . However, less tolerant of moisture. At high altitude , the mummy bag is preferable. A tip: if you have cold feet at night , place the bottom of your sleeping bag , water bottle with boiling water and paste your feet. Then see how much such a small thing can bring such happiness .
Backpack for trekking Day
The bag , preferably wide belt snug fit at the waist, must contain an undershirt and a pair of low spare anorak , a fleece jacket , gloves, medications, kit
first aid, sunscreen , sunglasses , necessary for the purification of water, camera and accessories , toilet paper, trekking guide . Water is essential for acclimatization , we must drink little at a time but often. It is preferable to attach the bottle out of the bag and hand.
Buying and renting
It is possible to buy or rent camping equipment and clothing in Kathmandu and Namche Bazaar. The prices are reasonable for a quality quite acceptable. But be careful … clothing bearing the label of a great brand are not always authentic . They are mostly made in Kathmandu.
Regulars recommend loading the lighter items at the bottom and the top of the backpack. Heavier items are placed in the center near the back.
The after trekking
In a situation of scarcity of oxygen , hands and feet cool more quickly than other parts of the body . Provide gloves or mittens and quality socks that will
keep you warm at night when you stop walking. After the walk , so forget the multi- layer. Put on dry clothing and wrap yourself in your down jacket ( short coat down ) as soon as the temperature begins to cool. It is easier to keep warm than trying to warm once too cold.
Trekking from hut to hut has probably less extreme conditions. The equipment can probably be revised downward with respect to certain items. But do not worry , you do not smother heat at high altitude, especially in the fall . The lodges are fairly rudimentary and usually there is not very warm at night.