Here is a checklist of personal gears and equipment for trekkers and climbers. We highly recommend you bring along with you only the Union of International Alpinist Association (UIAA) tested one, for mountaineering concerning the safety majority. We ensure that only trustworthy and comfort equipment make more sense to grab achievement.
It’s only for Trekking peaks of up to 6,000 meters (19,685ft) and packaging climbers under the Himalayan Diamond Adventure (P) Ltd.
Personal Climbing Key Gears:
- Helmet – 1
- Harness - 1
- Jumar (Ascending device) - 1
- The figure of Eight or ATC guide ( Descending device) - 1
- Normal Ice axe - 1
- A Pairs of Crampon, in good condition and fitting one
- A Pair Alpine boots enough warm and crampon fitness
- Lock Carabineers – 3
- Open get Carabineers - 4
- Auxiliary cord 7 to 8mm in dynamic rope, 3 and a half meters
- Prussic rope 4 to 6mm in dynamic rope, 5 meters
- One tape sling with 120 cm
Check the list of grouping (packaging) climbing gears for trekking peaks:
- Dynamic Ropes in Single, Twine or Double (Necessary).
- Static Ropes in Single (Necessary).
- Tape slings and Auxiliary cords (Necessary).
- Rock pitons, Ice crew, Snowbars and Hooks (Necessary).
- Screw get and Open get carabineers (Necessary).
- Runners or Quick drop (Necessary).
- Shabel – 2.
- Ice tool – 1 pair.
- Normal Ice axe – 1Pair.
- Hamber 1pair.
- File 5/6 Pc.
- Foam and thin waterproof mattresses, Dining, Kitchen, Toilet, Store tents, Hot shower, Tables, Chairs.
- North face VE 24 or Mountain hard wear tents in base camp 1 Tent each member.
- Necessary cooking gas, cooking utensils.
- High altitude North face tent VE25, only use for high camp (C1), (C2).
- Poisk oxygen (O2) cylinder bottle with 4 liters or Russian oxygen cylinder bottle, Set of Summit Mask & Regulator for rescue evacuation.
- Solar panel for base camp use, lightning, and battery charge.
- Weather forecast from Metro logiest, Bern (Switzerland) during the expedition.
- Communication system: Satellite Phone and Radio sets as necessary.
Personal Equipment Pack List.
We recommend merino wool base layers as they are very good at wicking moisture away from the body and are retailed at an affordable price.
As the first layer of clothing you wear, the base layer is important for higher altitudes and colder parts of the trek. This means you will probably not wear it during the first and last parts of the trek. The fit and material are the most important considerations when deciding on a good base layer.
The second layer is the insulation layer and it is usually made from a fleece type material.
We recommend a Polar Tec 200 Fleece Jacket, which is very lightweight allowing for easy movement when trekking. They are also warm but still breathable and well-priced.
Good brands that make fleece jackets include The North Face, Helly Hansen, Columbia, REI and Patagonia.
This layer consists of a warm and waterproof jacket and trousers often called the outer core layer. These will mainly be used for higher altitudes of the trek or if the weather gets very cold and/or rainy.
As one of the more important and lasting pieces of clothing you will buy, paying a bit more money for a good quality winter jacket should be viewed more as an investment than an expense.
Our recommended brands for jackets are North Face, Mountain Hardware, Eddie Bauer, Rab, Haloffs, and Berghaus. If you are in the USA then the Eddie Bauer Cirrus Lite is great. For UK readers the Berghaus Tephra is a good shout.
Recommended brands for fleeced ski-like trousers include O’Neill’s and Trespass.
Hiking clothes are needed in addition to the three layers mentioned above.
Trekking Trousers and Shorts
We recommend taking 1 x pair of hiking trousers and 1 x pair of hiking shorts (for the lower / warmer stretches of the trek).
There are many good trekking trouser brands, including Crag hoppers, Trespass, and Columbia.
You will need around 4-5 shirts that will be worn on most days. Avoid cotton as it absorbs moisture instead of wicking away sweat, resulting in bad smelling shirts after a few uses. Ideal fabric is a breathable, lightweight and quick-drying polyester, merino or nylon. A combination of short and long sleeve shirts is recommended.
Waterproof Jacket and Trousers
Encountering rain on the trail is always a risk, especially if you plan on hiking from June to September (we definitely don’t recommend trekking in the region during these months).
As a general precaution, we recommend that you bring along some rain clothing – ideally a Gore-Tex membrane hard-shell jacket.
The North Face makes really good waterproof gear. Check out the North Face Resolve Jacket for example.
As for trousers, you can usually get away with a cheap pair of waterproof pull-overs.
Underwear and Bra
Underwear also needs to be breathable and moisture-wicking so we recommend 3/4 pairs of sports underwear and 2 sports bras for women.
You will need a good, wide brim trekking hat that offers protection from the sun.
The best options are ones that are lightweight, easy to pack and cover your neck.
A beanie is a must for when it gets cold at night or when you get closer to Tengboche Monastery.
North Face and Berghaus make great beanies that will keep your head and ears protected from the elements.
- Neck Gaiter
A neck gaiter or warmer is another great piece of cheap yet irreplaceable clothing.
It will keep your face and neck warm while also preventing the cold flue as you breathe in the cold mountain air.
The TYTN Microfibers Neck & Head Scarf Bandana is fantastic.
If you plan on traveling in the winter months, you may want to consider balaclava.
As one of the most exposed parts of your body, you will want a warm pair of gloves for the colder segments of the trek.
We recommend taking two types of gloves, a lightweight inner glove that can be warm when there is a little nip in the air, and a heavier more insulated pair of gloves.
- Inner Gloves 2 Pairs
Light inner gloves can be used when the temperature is moderate or when performing intricate tasks such as tying shoelaces.
- Outer Insulated Gloves 2 Pairs
Outer gloves or mittens must be warm, waterproof and durable. They don’t need to be super well insulated unless you plan to do some climbing in the region, for example, Island Peak, but they should keep your hands nice and toasty when in sub-zero temperatures.
Ideally, you are looking for a mid-weight fleeced glove.
The following brands make good outdoor winter gloves: Black Diamond, The North Face, and Outdoor Research.
Footwear is without a doubt one of the most important pieces of gear that you need to get right.
Think about it, your feet are what get you to Tengboche Monastery and back, so you want to make sure you have comfortable trekking boots.
Aches and blisters are a nightmare that no one wants to experience, so spend a bit more money on some good quality boots and socks.
Top tip: Make sure your boots are well worn-in before starting your adventure trip. Brand new boots will give you blisters.
- Hiking Boots
Getting a comfortable boot that is the right size is probably more important than the brand of shoe.
You should be able to fit one finger behind your heels to ensure proper fit. Too much space for your finger means too big a boot and not enough room means too small.
Find a middle to light-weight hiking boot that offers good ankle support and that has waterproof uppers.
Make sure you can tie and untie the laces with ease and check that the boot has deep cut traction on the sole.
Goods brands of boots include Salomon, Hi-Tec, Berghaus or Karrimor. If you want the top of the range, check out Meindl or the Scarpa Kailash.
- Trekking Shoes/ Sandals
We recommend that you hike in boots instead of shoes as the former provides a lot more support. The last thing you want is a twisted ankle!
However, it is worthwhile bringing a lightweight and comfortable pair of shoes so that you can use them in and around the tea houses after a day's trekking.
If you are a sandals person check out these trekking sandals that can be worn with socks or, if not, here are some great trekking shoes.
- Climbing boots
We recommend you La Sportiva G2 SM Men's Mountain Climbing Mountaineering Boot/ La Sportiva Men's Spantik Boot
- Climbing Socks/Warm Thermal Socks 2 Pairs
We recommend you Smartwool Mountaineering Crew Socks - Women’s Extra Heavy Cushioned Wool Performance Sock.
WARM INSULATION: Experience durability at its peak with the Smartwool Women’s Mountaineering Extra Heavy Crew Socks. These socks are built for performance to the highest degree, making them ready for any adventure on your list.
COMFORTABLE FIT: The Women’s Mountaineering Extra Heavy Crew Socks feature a flat knit toe seam for additional comfort and a 2-degree fit system with arch and ankle supports for a secure fit.
VERSATILE WEAR: These socks are the perfect pair for moderate hiking or aggressive walking, regardless of the adventure you choose, these socks will provide you with comfortable, all-day wear.
- Hiking Socks
Good hiking socks should be breathable and moisture-wicking, so don’t choose anything made from cotton.
Merino wool is our preferred material for trekking socks. Good brands include Bridge dale, Coolmax, Smartwool, and Point6.
We recommend bringing 2-3 pairs of socks.
- Gaiters - 1 Pair
We recommend you Black Diamond Apex Gaiters.
Gaiters cover the ankle-high opening to your boots and are designed to prevent water, mud, rocks and basically anything else from getting into them.
From our experience, gaiters are not an absolute necessity for trekking during the peak of the season when it is warmer.
A duffel bag is the best option if your gear is going to be carried by porters. Your duffle bag should be water-resistant, durable and lockable.
1 large duffel bag (Company will provide).
1 medium rucksack (45 - 60 liters/3000-3500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon).
A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables should have good shoulder padding.
1 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional).
We recommend having the Osprey Talon 22 is the perfect size for carrying things such as water, sun cream, camera, hats, and snacks.
You should also invest in a rain cover for your backpack /daypack. An Osprey The backpack Rain cover will do the trick – just check that you have the right size for your backpack/daypack.
- Sleeping Bag
Along with your hiking boots, your sleeping bag is another critical piece of gear. Teahouses along the route usually provide basic sleeping facilities with blankets but they are generally not clean and certainly not warm enough!
Once you get above 3,000m in altitude the temperature inside teahouses, especially during the dead of night, is very cold. Most teahouses are not well insulated and do not have heating outside of central yak furnaces in the common lounge areas.
Therefore, a warm 4-season sleeping bag (rated for at least -20°C) is a must! The best sleeping bags are generally made from duck or goose down, but nowadays there are good quality synthetic options too.
Your sleeping bag should be a good fit for the shape of your body (mummy-shaped is ideal) and should have an insulated hood for added warmth.
Our recommendations are the Hyke & Byke Snowmass, TETON Sports LEEF or the REI Downtime.
If you rent instead of purchasing a sleeping bag, a liner will give you a clean environment in which to rest. Any mummy-shaped liner, such as these, will suffice.
Earplugs are a good idea if you are a light sleeper and hate the snoring of fellow adventurers!
- Trekking Poles
For most trekkers, the use of trekking poles is recommended as they significantly reduce the impact and stress on your joints.
If you have trekked with poles before and don’t like the experience then they are not a mandatory requirement.
Lightweight, packable poles such as the TYTN Carbon X or the TYTN Aero Trekking Poles are recommended.
A good pair of UV protecting sunglasses are a necessity due to the higher strength of UV at altitude and the glare from snow-covered peaks.
100% UV protection and at least 80% light reduction glasses such as those from Julbo are recommended.
A headlamp for getting around the teahouses at night should be brought along as many of the teahouses are poorly lit.
A Petzl Actik Headlamp/Black Diamond Storm Headlamp with some spare batteries should prove to be useful.
- Water Bottle/ Hydration Bladder
As dehydration contributes to altitude-related sicknesses, proper hydration is vital on the trek. You should aim to drink between 2-3L of water a day. Some people like water bottles, but we prefer water bladders.
In terms of the latter, we recommend the Platypus Big Zip Water Reservoir, which fits snuggly into the back of most daypacks.
Alternatively, if you prefer water bottles then bring 2x 1L standard Camelback Water Bottles made from hardened plastic.
Please make sure you purify all the water you drink (more on this below!).
A smallish towel is useful for drying yourself after a wash. Quick-drying trekking towels are recommended.
- 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel.
- Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable).
- Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable).
- Nail clippers.
- Face and body moisturizer.
- Female hygiene products.
- Small mirror.
- Personal Hygiene:
- Wet wipes (baby wipes).
- Tissue /toilet roll.
- Anti-bacterial hand washes.
- Reading book.
- Trail map/guide book.
- Journal and pen.
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps).
- 1 modest swimsuit.
- Voltage converter (from 220 to 110).
- Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs).
Usually, a good idea if you are using porters or carrying around some more valuable stuff – see these TSA Locks
Does as the label says – here some cool dry bags by Duc-Kit Pro.
You will definitely want a good camera to document and remember your time in the Himalayas.
The smartphones, despite being really good nowadays, will just not do justice to the amazing mountain scenery during your adventure. If you want to invest in A DSLR camera, check out these.
For something more modern, light and trendy, try out the GoPro, and perhaps you can create awesome Videos.
- Portable Charger
If you plan on bringing anything electronics like your phone, camera or Kindle, a USB charger is highly recommended! In the 21st century, there is nothing worse than running out of battery and having no means to recharge
Some tea houses have charging facilities but they will likely make you pay and reliability isn’t great.
Check out the Portable Charger by Anker Power Core
- Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light).
- Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids).
- 1 skin-blister repair kit.
- Anti-diarrhea pills.
- Anti-headache pills.
- Cough and/or cold medicine.
- Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide.
- Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are respiratory depressants.
- Water purification tablets or water filters.
- Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.
- Lip balm (At least SPF 20).
- Sunscreen (SPF 40).
- Practical Items:
- 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit.
- 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches.
- 1 compass or GPS (optional).
- 1 alarm clock/watch.
- 1 a digital camera with extra cards and batteries.
- large Ziplocs.
- 2 water bottles (1 liter each).
- 1 small folding knife.
- Binoculars (optional).
- 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks.