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Nepal Annapurna Trek with Chitwan Safari 2018

Solo Travellers 40 Years & Over
Sunday 7 - Friday 19 October 2018 (ex. Kathmandu)

Packing List

LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE

The luggage allowance on internal flights includes hand luggage and is as follows; 
Kathmandu/Pokhara 20kg

PACKING LIST

PERSONAL MEDICAL KIT

We suggest that each person takes the following:

  • Sunscreen, factor 30
  • Lip-balm with sunscreen protection to prevent/treat sore lips.
  • Throat lozenges such as Strepsils
  • One course of a broad spectrum antibiotic treatment such as Cephalexin,
  • Noroxin or Ciprofloxacin (these require a prescription). Should you have an allergy to a particular antibiotic bring a course of one that you can take.
  • Whilst our medical kits carry antibiotics, bring your own as a backup for independent travel you may undertake or on your flight to and from Nepal.
  • Antacid tablets, anti-diarrhoeal (such as Imodium), laxative
  • A packet of cold suppressants eg Night and Day cold and flu tablets
  • Paracetamol or ibuprofen analgesic.
  • Your regular medications, carried in your cabin luggage while flying.
  • Band-Aids.
  • Wet-Ones – anti-bacterial wipes are excellent for keeping your hands, face and other parts clean.
  • Alcohol hand rub – hygienic and easy to use.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Moleskin and leukoplast for blisters/tender skin.
  • 4"crepe bandage
  • Elasticised knee and/or ankle support for those who experience strain in those areas.

 

CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

General Considerations: 

Plan well in advance you are embarking on a major project in an isolated area. Allow time to obtain the most suitable gear for your trip at a reasonable cost. Work through a checklist and establish essential items, and what are ‘like to haves’. 

Check what gear you own already and its suitability and condition. Will it last this trek? Could you borrow something or should you invest in something new to meet the needs of this trip and future ventures. If you need to purchase gear, do some research so that you buy the most suitable item for your needs at a reasonable price. 

Maintain and build up your fitness routine throughout your trip preparations. Consistency is the key - develop uphill and downhill leg strength and aerobic capacity. The fitter you are the easier the trekking and unexpected challenges will be to you, notwithstanding the confidence you will have knowing that you have prepared well.

CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT

FOOTWEAR – You cannot take enough care of your feet….they are critical to your smooth passage in the different conditions you will encounter. Take the time to thoroughly cater to the needs of your feet, from footwear on the trail and at camp, to good quality socks for all occasions.

WALKING BOOTS - A full grain leather boot with vibram sole is thepreferred option eg. Asolo, Scarpa, Zamberlan,Vasque, La Sportiva &Raichle are good quality well known brands. Durability and stability in

rough terrain, and good insulation in cold conditions are important. Boots should be comfortable and supportive when wearing thick socks, and have ample room for toes, noting feet can swell a little when you have been trekking all day, as well as when at altitude. If you already own boots, be sure that they have enough life in them for a trek in harsh conditions; including hot and cold climates and continuous wetting and drying. It is not uncommon for stitching, glue or laceholes to deteriorate in old boots on trek.

A PAIR OF LIGHTWEIGHT WALKING SHOES/APPROACH SHOES OR JOGGERS these will be back ups for your walk boots should they give blisters, and also for clean, dry footwear around camp.

GAITERS - will keep snow and mud out of your boots. Front opening are best for ease of access, and velcro and studs are more reliable and simple to operate than zips.

SOCKS an ample supply of quality socks is equally important as good quality footwear. You will need socks for trekking, for at camp or sleeping in, for colder conditions at higher altitudes, and also for warmer environs on your trek approach and whilst in Kathmandu. We suggest that you will need approx 4 to 5 prs of socks for a three week trek. Cheaper socks will accumulate moisture, the principal cause of cold and potential problems, as well as abrasion, resulting in blisters or hot spots.

  • 1 - 2 pairs for warmer conditions on trek approach that are wicking and comfortable.
  • 2 pairs of liner socks are highly recommended and will help wick moisture away from your skin and reduce the chances of blisters.
  • 2 - 3 pairs of good quality trekking socks with insulative and wicking qualities.
  • 2 pairs of excellent quality socks to wear for colder conditions and pass crossings, when it will be very cold in early morning hours and at night, and damp may accumulate later in the day. We recommend brands such as Thorlo, Bridgedale and Smartwool. Preferably a blend of wool and synthetic for warmth, durability and wicking, as well as well padded with heel and toe reinforcing. Look for these features if considering alternate brands. Socks with high wool content are also suitable as they are warm when wet. Quality socks are expensive but well worth the investment for a comfortable trek.
  • Consider also bed/camp socks, you may have a special pair you might like to bring, or draw them from one of your above pairs.

 

SANDALS OR THONGS (Optional) Suitable for around camp and at lunchtimes, washing, and if you have to get up in the night. One should never walk around barefoot.

THERMAL UNDERWEAR (base layer) 2 SETS top and bottom. This gives you the convenience of having a pair to wear during the day and a clean pair to change into at night. There are a variety of thicknesses and fabrics available, for further explanation please see notes on “Technical Clothing and the Layering System” at the beginning of this section.

WARM JACKET (mid layer) - for general wear in all cold conditions throughout your trip. This is in addition to the down jacket available to you for the trek, which is more bulky and used as a camp jacket. A fleece or softshell is most effective; the latter is the preferred option as it has the advantage of blocking cold winds and some light precipitation. For all jackets check for correct fit at the neck, armpits, wrists and sufficient cover of lower back. Too baggy is almost as ineffective as too tight as both don’t allow you to maintain your precious body heat.

INTERMEDIARY WARM LAYER An optional but very useful garment that you will use a great deal while trekking and will combine with all your other clothing. We suggest a Polartec 100wt fleece or microfleece top in a pullover style with a half zip, or lightweight wool jumper. A windproof vest is also a very handy extra item, although not absolutely necessary, it is handy to throw on over a thermal layer during the day when it’s not cold enough for a full jacket.

RAINJACKET WITH HOOD (outer layer) should be waterproof, breathable and durable as well as being of correct fit. It should be come down over the hips and have a proper storm hood. Storms in the Himalaya can be severe and your rain jacket should be of ample cut and good enough quality to withstand the potential adverse conditions. Goretex is highly recommended although there are some very good alternatives, such as Hydronaute.  Check around for the range and quality available before rushing in to buy this important piece of gear. Note that all raincoats lose their ability to waterproof over time; check whether water beads off the fabric rather than soaking in.

OVERTROUSERS (outer layer) the quality you take will depend on the duration of your trek and the season in which you travel. As a minimum they need to be breathable and waterproof. For high altitude treks and mountaineering they will need to be superior durability (refer to your trip specific gear list for mountaineering expeditions).

2 PRS OF LIGHTWEIGHT PANTS & 1 PR OF SHORTS FOR TREKKING

Should be loose fitting and quick drying if possible eg polyamide or microfibre. Note that cotton often takes a long time to dry in the mountains. Jeans are not suitable for trekking.

4 or 5 T-SHIRTS for trekking and travelling. Cotton is satisfactory and inexpensive, however some of the synthetic, quickdrying, breathable equivalents eg coolmax, bipolar, powerdry, are very effective and hard wearing in a mountain environment. Shirts with a collar or a scarf, will protect your neck from the sun.

UNDERWEAR approx 3 or 4 sets.

A PAIR OF WARM TROUSERS for camp wear and on cold days trekking.

Stretch micro fleece 100 - 200wt or wool is recommended.

WOOLLEN OR FLEECE HAT/BEANNIE

COTTON SCARF/BANDANA/BUFF (neck tube) - varied uses and ideal for sun protection around the neck or dusty conditions.

THERMAL LINER GLOVES Polypropylene and fine wool gloves

GLOVES/MITTS A thicker pair of fleece windproof, thinsulate gloves or mitts to fit over your thermal gloves, or could be worn independently. The best option is a windproof type fleece glove with a grippy palm. Ideally gloves should fit comfortably together and allow dexterity. Ski gloves are not recommended as they get wet inside and are impossible to dry out.

Check with us if you are at all unsure about your gloves.

WATER BOTTLES it is ESSENTIAL to have 2 x 1 litre bottles, to ensure maximum hydration and for convenience Polycarbonate/lexan or polythene (eg Nalgene brand) are inexpensive and ideal. Hydration bladder type systems are NOT recommended as the hoses freeze in cold conditions, they are difficult to fill with a hot kettle from our camp kitchen and there can be problems with hygiene. If you do choose to bring one, it must be IN ADDITION to your two 1 litre water bottles.

DAYPACK Minimum of 35 litre capacity, with comfortable harness so that a majority of the weight rests on your hips rather than shoulders. A more durable fabric will be more waterproof. A larger pack is more preferable for convenience and its superior harness.

TREKKING POLES one or a pair help reduce the strain on your legs; they are excellent for steep descents and loose/slippery terrain. Should be adjustable. Brands such as Leki and Black Diamond are reputable and a good investment for those who do a lot of trekking. Check that spare parts are available for the model you purchase.

LARGE/EXTRA THICK PLASTIC GARBAGE BAGS OR EQUIVALENT

These should be used to line your World Expeditions kit-bag to ensure your

gear stays absolutely dry.

PLASTIC BAGS OR STUFF SACKS very useful for sorting your gear and keeping things clean and dry, in your kitbag and daypack. Zip lock plastic bags are effective at waterproofing your valuables; maps, medicines,

writing material etc.

TOILETRIES keep to a minimum, bio-degradable or germicidal soap and shampoo, comb or brush, deodorant, vitamin E cream for sunburn or cracked skin. Shaving gear for men, a battery operated shaver is convenient. Note : toilet paper is provided on the trek.

TRAVEL TOWEL small size, lightweight. A quick drying travel towel is convenient when washing from the bowl of hot water each morning.

TORCH or HEADLAMP with spare batteries.

CAMERA - see the section on photography. Bring filter lenses for bright light, lens cleaning tissue, spare batteries, and ample battery / memory cards.

PERSONAL MEDICAL SUPPLIES Refer to the medical section of these notes. Note that your guide will carry a comprehensive emergency medical kit.

SUNHAT or CAP one that won’t blow off!

SUNGLASSES good quality with 100% U.V. filtering. Bring a spare pair if you have prescription lenses. Consider bringing a pair of SKI GOGGLES as well, they give excellent face protection against the harsh high altitude sun.

OTHER (Strongly recommended items) -

SMALL SEWING KIT

MONEY BELT or PURSE two can be useful, one for your valuables left at the hotel, and one for your cash on trek.

SELF INFLATING SLEEPING MAT (with stuff sack and repair kit). World Expeditions provides you with an insulated closed cell foam sleeping mat. A self-inflating mattress such as a Thermarest is an added luxury that is well worth having (not required if you are participating on Everest Base Camp & Kala Pattar trek, where private permanent campsites are used on all camping nights). Half length is adequate if you are considering weight and bulk. There is a variety of good quality brands that are not excessively priced. Check around before buying or you may be able to borrow one from

a friend. NB: Inflatable beds (eg Lilo’s) are not suitable.

PENKNIFE or leatherman multitool, on a cord.

SMALL PADLOCKS for travelling and storing your luggage at hotels etc.

PEGLESS CLOTHES LINE or CORD very useful for drying things out.

SPARE BOOT LACES and waterproofing for boots.

PILLOW SLIP optional, to stuff your down jacket into to make a soft pillow.

BINOCULARS (optional) - very useful.

READING MATERIAL, CARDS/GAMES, MUSICAL INSTRUMENT JOURNAL

ETC. a trek provides time to relax and enjoy your wonderful natural surrounds in good company.

CHOCOLATE/DRIED FRUIT & NUTS / SWEETS etc.You may wish to bring along your favourite snacks, but note there is ample food and drink provided on trek.

DRINK POWDER eg Isosport, Gatorade etc. Well worth having a supply for the trek and readily available in Kathmandu.

SLEEPING BAG optional - World Expeditions provide good quality sleeping bags, but if you are tall, and/or have your own high quality sleeping bag, you may prefer to bring it - same applies to your inner sheet. We supply a cotton flannel or fleece inner sheet, but you may wish to bring your own silk or cotton liner.

LUGGAGE ALLOWANCES

The luggage allowance on internal flights includes hand luggage and is as follows;

  • Kathmandu/Pokhara 15kg checked luggage 5kg hand luggage
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