- female or male hygiene supplies;
- 2 tubes lip sun cream, 1 large tube skin sun cream (min. factor 15);
- anti-mosquito cream;
- 1 toothpaste/brush;
- 1 bar soap or hand sanitizer gel/1 small towel;
- hand wipes.
Medications are inexpensive and readily available in Kathmandu with no Doctor`s prescription:
- Small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and Light), blister repair kit, waterproof first-aid tape, athletic tape, plasters, Band-Aids, personal medications, etc. The leaders will have extensive first-aid kits, so leave anything extra behind. Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb;
- 10 anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium, Loperamide);
- 10 anti-headache pills (Paracetamol, Tylenol);
- 10 anti-inflammatory pills (Ibuprofen);
- 20 cough lozenges, cough sweets, Strepsils, Halls;
- 1 small bottle anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetyzolamide;
- 10 stomach antibiotic pills: (Ciprofloxacin, Norfloxacin);
- 6 broad spectrum antiobiotic pills: (Azithromycin);
- Do not bring sleeping pills. They are a respiratory depressant
- 1 Steripen, or bottle of water purification tablets or water filter
- 1 set earplugs;
- 1 small bottle of hand-sanitizer
- Sun cream for skin and lips. minimum factor 20
Extra prescription of Glasses: contact lens supplies. Contact lens wearers, WARNING: your contact lenses might not work well on the mountain, please carry glasses at all times in case of emergency. A new pair could be quickly made in Kathmandu around $45. Please order prior to arrival if you are interested. A new pair could be quickly made in Kathmandu.
Our skillful cooks prepare 3 delicious hot meals and plenty of drinks each day along the trek and in base camp.
On the mountain we supply plenty of food for you to cook 3 hot meals each day. This food will consist of soup, local cheese & sausage, biscuits, dried noodles, potatoes, rice, porridge, butter, dried and tinned vegetables, fruit, meats, and fish, tea with milk and sugar, powdered juice drink, and drinking chocolate. Our staffs will be carrying this food to the higher camps.
- We ask each client to bring their own imported daily snack and energy foods. We also ask clients to bring 3 dehydrated meals (freeze-dried dinners) for their summit attempt. We do not provide cold “snack” food such as chocolate or "energy-bars". We ask that you bring or buy your own "snack" or daily cold energy food, 2-5 kilos/4-10 pounds, is a good amount. A growing variety of imported foods such as European and American cheeses, chocolates, biscuits, cookies, nuts, and locally made power-bars are now available in Kathmandu, at realistic prices. However, imported power bars, GU, re-hydration drinks, dehydrated food, "freeze-dried meals", imported cheese and sausage are not available. If you want these items, you must bring them from your home country. Many of our Clients, especially Britons, Europeans, and Australians with tiny baggage allowances, now purchase their daily snacks in Kathmandu. Our schedule in Kathmandu allows plenty of time for shopping.
- 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing repair kit;
- 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box matches;
- 1 compass or GPS;
- 1 battery powered alarm clock/watch;
- 1 camera and film, or digital camera with extra cards and extra batteries;
- nylon stuff sacks For food and gear storage, large Ziplocs are useful also;
- 3 water bottles (1 litre) wide-mouth Nalgene (1 is a pee bottle);
- 1 plastic cup and spoon;
- 1 small folding knife;
- binoculars (optional);
- 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks;
- passport, 2 extra passport photos, flight ticket, flight itinerary;
- Separate Photocopies of passport and relevant visa pages, proof of insurance;
- Dollors, Pounds or Euros, Cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, Tibet visa, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts;
- Credit Cards, Bank/ATM/Cash Machine Cards for use for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.;
- 1 bathing suit/swimming costume (you never know);
- Base camp entertainment. It is good to bring additional items which you have found to be useful on previous expeditions. For example: paperback books, playing cards, I pod mp3 player, short-wave radio, game boys, musical instruments, ear plugs, lots of batteries, etc.;
- travel clothes for base camp and in town;
- Please be sure and bring your patience and try to keep an open, relaxed, positive and friendly attitude as travelling in this part of the world may be very different than what you are used to, but things always seem to fall into place at the last moment.
This is not an exhaustive list. Please submit other equipment concerns and suggestions. Thank you.