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A Guide to Hiking

What to Pack

  • Good quality Sleeping bag
  • Soft Bag / Hold all or Rucksack (framed or unframed) – large enough to hold your personal gear (limit 25Kg) on the mountain; this will be carried by a porter.
  • Daysac – minimum capacity 20kg – that you will carry. Big enough for you to carry your daily water (3litres), lunch box, camera, wet weather clothing and fleece jacket.
  • External protective cover for rucksack & daysac (or pack all contents in plastic bags for water-proofing)
  • Polarized snow glasses or goggles – to protect your eyes from sun glare and snow. At the very least good quality sunglasses (models with side-shields are preferable).
  • High factor sun block (minimum factor + 15)
  • Lip salve
  • Head Torch and a set of spare batteries (special batteries are not always available locally)
  • 2nd / Back up torch and spare batteries
  • Water bottle(s) (strong) to hold 3 liters – which you will carry with you, daily)
  • Water treatment tablets / iodine or quality filter (although water gets boiled for you by our staff and served as tea or coffee)
  • Spare plastic bags (to keep things as dry as possible)
  • Wash kit plus a small towel
  • Basic First Aid kit (for personal use) including paracetamol & dehydration sachets
  • A few of your favorite sweets/’chewies’/dried fruit
  • We provide: harnesses, crampons, ropes, caribinas, helmets and ice axes  

Clothing (essential)

  • Summer shirt/s and shorts – for walking in the heat at the start of the trek
  • Warm long-sleeved shirt – for when it gets cold
  • Warm long walking trousers (not jeans!)
  • Fleece jacket (one or more, and/or a down jacket) – for additional warmth; or a warm anorak/jacket which should not be too heavy
  • Thermal underwear
  • Good quality waterproof and windproof outer shell (Jacket & trousers)
  • Cheap plastic poncho
  • Hat – a warm hat and a sun hat (that has both a peak and shades the back of your neck)
  • Wool Hat/Balaclava
  • Gloves – 2 pairs; one pair of thin liners and another of warmer, waterproof outer gloves are more practical than mittens.

    Footwear
  • Mountain boots – essential (good quality well- worn in)
  • walking Shoes (another pair of lighter weight walking shoes / trainers for the start of the climb)
  • Several pairs of warm, cushioned socks (so you always have a dry pair to change into)
  • have a limited but useful role in preventing scree, snow and mud (at the start of the climb) from getting into your boots. Rubber boots can work out more.

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