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Packing List for Peak Climbing in Nepal

  • Author: Naba Raj Amgai
  • Posted on: Sunday Jul 19, 2020
Peak Climbing In Nepal
​​​​​​​Climbing a Himalayan peak is no joke. Careful and thorough planning is required if you want to make it to the top of the summit and get back to safe ground. Having a complete packing list for peak climbing would help you in so many ways, if you are planning a mountaineering adventure in Nepal. The right equipment and appropriate gear are essential for the success of your climbing adventure.

The peaks in Nepal which range in altitude between 5,800m to 6,584m are designated as trekking peaks. The time taken to reach the summit of these peaks is very short. You only camp for a night or two at base or high camp and descend down to the nearest village or settlement after reaching the summit. But even though the climbing days are much shorter, it’s important to scale the mountain using high quality gear and equipment.   

 We reckon a ready-made packing list for climbing in Nepal will be helpful and save you time plus energy, especially if you are a novice climber. So that you do not miss out on the essential items for your peak climbing adventure in Nepal, we have compiled a comprehensive list of gear and equipment.

However, please do bear in mind that this is a tentative list and you won’t be needing all the items listed below. The timing (season) and duration of your adventure, weather, variation in elevation and your personal needs should be taken into consideration while packing for your trip.

Conducting a little research on your own, checking for the day-to-day temperatures and weather pattern while creating your personal packing list will help you in many ways. It will save you a lot of space in your luggage and extra baggage fee.

Your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. While climbing, all the heavy camping gear and equipment (tents, ropes, food supplies, utensils, etc.) will be carried by the sherpas. You carry your camera, snacks and other accessories in a light day-pack.

Before heading to the mountains, you can leave your spare luggage at your hotel. Every hotel in Kathmandu offer locked storage which is completely safe and free. But make sure that you lock your luggage before leaving it at the storage.

 Most of the items listed below can easily be hired and bought in Kathmandu. Thamel in Kathmandu has many shops selling branded as well as locally made trekking and climbing gear and equipment. Please do note the list given below is just a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. You can use it as a reference to customize your packing list as per your needs. 

Suggested Read: Top 10 Tips To Summit Island Peak: Most Popular Trekking Peak In Nepal

Important documents and items

  • Passport with 6 months validity, 2 passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, Pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit card, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's cheques, etc.
  • Nepalese currency to buy snacks and other items on the trail

Must Read: Climbing Gear List For Lobuche Peak

Personal Climbing Gears

  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Harness
  • Tape slings (2)
  • Screwgate karabiners (2 lock, 2 unlock)
  • Descender/eight figure
  • Plastic mountaineering boots
  • Ascender/Jhumar
  • Helmet

Group Climbing Gears

  • Snow bar
  • Rope
  • Ice hammer
  • Ice screw

Personal Trekking and Climbing Gear Checklist

Clmbing Gear Checklist

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • A small daypack/backpack(30-40L) for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Large duffel bag (80-100L)
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • Waterproof covers

Head

  • Bandana or head scarf, very useful for dusty conditions
  • Balaclava that covers your ears
  • Beanie
  • Wide brimmed sunhat
  • Neck gaiter or warmer
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Snow goggles and Sunglasses with UV protection (carry an extra pair in case you lose or break it)
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

  • Long sleeve shirt (moisture absorbing and breathable)
  • T-shirt (moisture absorbing and breathable)
  • Thermal base layer of merino wool
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down Vest
  • Expedition weight insulated down jacket with hood
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

Hands

  • A pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves or lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • Summit Mittens (warm insulated gloves with safety straps)

Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight thermal leggings of merino wool
  • Trekking trousers (waterproof, breathable fabric)
  • Hard shell trousers
  • Synthetic insulated pants

Feet

  • Double insulated climbing boots
  • Good quality hiking boots (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
  • Gaiters
  • Crampons
  • Lightweight inner socks, heavy poly or wool socks and cotton socks
  • Running shoes and rubber sandals/flip-flops

Sleeping

  • Sleeping Bag ( a 5 season sleeping bag, suitable for temperatures for as low as -40°C)
  • Therm-a-Rest sleeping pad (NeoAir XTherm) which offers insulation and warmth in sub-freezing temperatures
  • Foam pad
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner
  • Pillow case

Medical

  • Small, personal first-aid kit (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • Skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Paracetamol
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills - Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic - Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Throat lozenges
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • Earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
  • Sunscreen

Practical Items

  • Small roll of repair tape, sewing-repair kit
  • Cigarette lighter / small box of matches
  • Compass or GPS(optional)
  • Alarm clock/watch
  • Camera with extra SD cards and batteries
  • Large Ziploc bags
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • Lightweight steel thermal bottle
  • Small folding or Swiss knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
  • Socket adapter Type C (with circular pins)
  • Trekking poles(foldable)

Toiletries

  • Medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Small sachets of shampoo
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror

Personal Hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Pee Bottle (1 litre, leak proof, wide mouth)
  • Pee funnel (for female)

Extras/Luxuries

  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • iPod
  • Playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  • A modest swim suit
  • Binoculars (optional)

Sleeping bag and liner, down jacket, trekking poles, gaiters, crampons, backpack etc. can be rented or bought in Kathmandu. Mountaineering boots of size 12 and above are very hard to find in Nepal. So if you have a large feet (+12 size), you might as well bring your climbing boots from home.

A seasonal temperature chart for Nepal that might help you pack for your Nepal peak climbing adventure. The listed temperatures are in Celsius.

Altitude

Spring

March, April, May

Autumn

Sept, Oct, Nov

Winter

Dec, Jan, Feb

 

Max.

Min.

Max.

Min.

Max.

Min.

1000m

37

10

35

10

24

6

1500m

33

9

34

7

22

4

2000m

28

5

28

6

20

2

2500m

25

2

25

5

18

-1

3000m

22

1

20

0

16

-2

3500m

18

0

18

-3

14

-4

4000m

17

-2

12

-4

12

-7

4500m

16

-4

11

-5

10

-6

5000m

14

-6

10

-8

6

-12

5500m

-4

-20

-5

-21

-13

-26

6000m

-7

-23

-8

-24

-16

-29

6500m

-12

-27

-12

-27

-19

-32


  • Author: Naba Raj Amgai
  • Posted on: Sunday Jul 19, 2020

Naba Raj

About Author - Naba Raj Amgai

Naba Raj Amgai, stepped into the world of travel and tourism in 1996. He is Founder and Managing Director of Third Rock Adventures.

Beginning his journey in the tourism industry as a humble Porter Guide to founding hospitality establishments and an adventure travel company, he has come a long way.

In a career spanning more than two decades, he has achieved more than anybody dreams of achieving. Along with his professional achievements, his selfless contribution towards his community and society has won him a lot of accolades and praises.

Having dedicated more than two decades in the tourism and hospitality sector, he has amassed a wealth of experience.

After passing high school, he began helping out some trekking guides and was soon recruited as a porter guide at a reputed trekking agency. Within a short time, he was individually guiding clients across the well-known trails of the Himalayas.

He went on to lead tour groups on multi-country tours to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. Being a part of mountain climbing expeditions familiarised him with expedition logistics and operations. Later on, he went to become the Executive Director and took over the reins of Operations, Sales and Marketing departments. Spending several years in the tourism field has made Naba Raj Amgai a destination expert.

Travelling is his passion and he has been to many countries across the world – USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, Holland, Germany, Austria and many parts of Asia.

His journeys to different parts of the world have enriched his travel experience and knowledge. This experience has been instrumental in planning and organizing successful trips for several clients.

As of today many reputed travel companies, hotels and restaurants are under his leadership. A dynamic and proactive leader, he continues to inspire and motivate people from all walks of life.

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