Sidenote 4 – Equipment And Extra Expenses

Equipment – what to take, what not to take and how much can you economize on toilet paper. These questions will be answered in this entry. Let’s start with the following. For a 14 – 21 day trip of actual trekking with out any extraordinary peak attempts you should be well served with the following per person:

Packing List 2 – 3 weeks of trekking

  • 1 Comfortable big backpack, you carry yourself (when you buy a new one, take your time and load it to the weight you expect to carry – I had 16 kg)
    • OR, alternatively
  • 1 small comfortable backpack (for your immediate daily stuff during each day’s hike) AND a big duffel bag that holds all your others ruff listed below, carried by the porter.
  • 1 normal pair of hiking/trekking pants (long, detachable legs may make sense up t possibly Tyengboche, beyond that it may be a bit nippy)
  • 1 pair of warmer hiking/trekking pants (long)
  • 1 fleece sweater or fleece vest (Polartec and/or windstopper fleece preferable)
  • One Windstopper jacket (light)
  • One rain jacket (Gore Tex, preferred)
  • 1 Down Jacket, light (we have the Mont Bell Ultralight Down Jackets, they are pure down and fit into a small stuff bag – very warm and convenient)
  • 2 pair of liner socks
  • 3 pair of thicker socks ; I wear liner and thicker socks in my hiking boots. Has avoided blisters for me.
  • 3 cotton T-Shorts (short sleeve)
  • 2 long sleeve T-shirts
  • 1 technical long sleeve T-shirt – something that wicks sweat away and does not leave you wet and cold.
  • Underwear: Men – 5 underpants / Women – 8 underpants; 4 undershirts
  • 1 Jogging pants, something for inside the tea houses
  • 1 baseball cap or similar
  • 1 warm hat, that covers the ears
  • Bandana and/or HUD (a sleeve that fits around your neck and can be worn over the face, too.
  • Gloves thin – I had some running gloves (Saucony mittens)
  • Gloves warm – I had Windstopper fleece finger gloves AND just in case a pair of Keprotec overmittens (thin, but impenetrable for wind and water. I use them for snowboarding)
  • 4 handkerchiefs + Paper Handkerchiefs
  • 1 roll of toilet paper (per person; I recommend you start from day one to use it consciously)
  • 1 Sleeping bag – warm!!!. Down s very warm, but when wet, takes for ever to dry and is heavy. Synthetic fibers can be lighter and dry quickly when wet. Synthetic is also usually a bit cheaper.
  • 1 Liner (cotton or fleece) – if you are really cold.
  • Walking poles – while weight is not an issue when you are in the store, it is a big issue when you are walking with them at altitude. (We had the Black Diamond Carbon Cork, they are light weight, stiff, sturdy and reliable)
  • 1 Headlamp with fresh and spare batteries. The tea houses have usually poor lighting in the hall ways when you walk at night to the toilet…..which you will do numerous times a night.
  • Gaiters, if you intend to do any passes (Tokyo, Chola, Renjola, Kongma) or just as a precaution, if it drops snow – which can happen.
  • 2 Sigg bottles – you need to drink a lot along the way – everyday
  • 1 tube of superglue, especially if you have La Sportiva hiking / trekking boots. Apparently the Italian company has a great sense of style and good looks, but NO IDEA about material science and how to attach materials for more time than they spend at a dealer store – this warrants a dedicated separate blog entry!
  • 1 small bottle of antibacterial gel
  • ~1 snack bar per day – get good stuff, stuff you like.
  • 1 tooth brush + 1/2 tube of toothpaste
  • 1 small bottle of soap / shower gel. You can get small, sealable bottle at REI or Amazon. Then just fill your favorite gel in there. Before you lock the cap on, squeeze the bottle a little. As you ascend the external pressure drops, causing the slightly squeezed bottle to assume its original shape. If you do’t squeeze, you run the risk of the bottle opening and magically distributing its contents ALL OVER your every belonging.
  • 1 small towel for splashing ice cold water in your face in the morning  (quick dry preferred)
  • 1 bigger towel (quick dry preferred) to dry off if you have splurged on a hot shower – the quick dry towels don’t take up much space, they can get washed quickly and they dry you off quickly
  • Magnesium tablets
  • Isotonic drinking powder
  • Sun protection with HIGH protection factor
  • After sun gel
  • Lip balm with high UV protection (in Europe anywhere and in America at Amazon there is Labiosan, you look like a clown, but it works extremely well)
  • Band Aids
  • Sports Cream (we brought Muai Thai Salve)
  • First Aid pack
  • A book to read in the tea houses
  • Map of the area you are hiking in – optional
  • Camera with a UV filter (without it, your images will likely look washed out, due to the high UV exposure at altitude.

Extra Expenses:

  • Internet access: between 100 Nepali Rupees – 500 Nepali Rupees
  • Battery charge: between 100 Nepali Rupees / hours – 500 Nepali Rupees for a full charge –> keep in mind, that electricity comes from photovoltaic arrays and that the current is fairly low. The systems usually operate at 12-24V. Charging your iPhone from 20% to 80% can take up to 3hrs.
  • THE HOT SHOWER: between 100-400 Nepali Rupees. These showers are a treat. They are extremely hot, but with very little water pressure, while the surroundings are usually VERY cold. You, too, will dance under the shower to ensure you don’t leave skin too long exposed tot the cold surroundings. Definitely part of the experience.
  • Extraordinary luxuries: softdrink, candybar, toilet paper; cost depends on where you are. The first villages right after Lukla will try to milk you. Between Namche and Pheriche / Tingboche prices are lower, but they increase with altitude and distance from Lukla. Everything you buy is brought up and in on human back – considering that, $5 for a role of TP is cheap when you buy it in Görakshep.

I think that covers everything

Stay sharp

Markus \m/



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