Kit List for Everest
Kit List Tim Mosedale | Photo’s Stuart Holmes
Trekking In & Base Camp & Acclimatisation kit
[ ] 45-55 Litre rucksack will suffice for the trek in.
[ ] Approach shoes
[ ] Lightweight trekking boots
[ ] Gaiters
[ ] Lightweight spikes
[ ] Tevas / sandals (optional)
[ ] Base Camp booties (with some sort of rugged sole)
[ ] Waterproof jacket
[ ] Waterproof overtrousers (must go over your plastic boots for use up to Camp 2)
[ ] Duvet jacket
[ ] Lined windproof
[ ] Thermal / wicky tops x 4 or 5 min (mix of short and long sleeve).
[ ] Also thermal / wicky long sleeve tops x 1 or 2 in light colours (white or light grey)
[ ] Thermal leggings.
[ ] Trekking trousers / softshell pants x 2 or 3 prs
[ ] Underwear x 5 (absolute minimum).
[ ] Good quality trekking socks x 3 or 4 prs.
[ ] Light gloves (depends on circulation as to how thick they should be)
[ ] Sunhat (baseball style hats not so good as they offer no ear protection from the sun).
[ ] 3 x 1L Water bottles (See Note 1). Please ensure that they are marked in some way so that you can identify them because everyone else will have bottles just like yours
[ ] Water bottle insulation covers
[ ] 4 season sleeping bag
[ ] Sleeping bag compression sack
[ ] Sleeping bag liner
[ ] Karrimat / Thermarest / Ridgerest (repair kit required if using Thermarest)
[ ] Beanie style hat or silk balaclava (must be comfortable to wear when sleeping i.e. no big seams and poppers to jab you in the head)
[ ] A buff (great multifunctional piece of clothing)
[ ] LED headtorch for knocking around Base Camp
[ ] Sunglasses (See Note 2)
[ ] Nose guard (optional)
[ ] Sunglasses hard case
[ ] Sun cream – Factor 45 or above. Personally I am a great fan of the Nivea spray although it can freeze higher up
[ ] Lip salve with SPF (x 2) … and don’t bring that partially used one from your last ski trip as there will undoubtedly be less than you expected and you are away for a L O N G time
[ ] Plastic insulated mug for Base Camp (optional as metal cups are available but drinks soon go cold in them)
[ ] Toiletries
[ ] Sponge or flannel (makes washing your bits a lot easier)
[ ] Towel
[ ] Small personal 1st aid kit
[ ] Personal medication
[ ] Foot powder (optional)
[ ] Wet wipes
[ ] Antibacterial Hand gel
[ ] Multi vitamins (optional)
[ ] Earplugs. You never know – the person you may be sharing with in the teahouse or on the mountain could well be a snorer! And even if they aren’t they may well have some bouts of sleep apnoea which could keep them, and you, awake.
[ ] Penknife / multitool
[ ] Watch with alarm
[ ] Trekking poles (optional / personal preference).
[ ] Personal stereo + batteries (optional)
[ ] Camera + Lots of Film / memory + Spare camera batteries
[ ] Personal solar charging system (optional).
[ ] An international plug adaptor for recharging purposes when in teahouses
[ ] Waterproof stuff sacks to separate your gear. Lots to choose from in the Exped range. Please put your name on them
[ ] Some ziplock bags usually come in handy
[ ] Reading books
[ ] Diary
[ ] Pen
[ ] An old (working) mobile phone with charger. You can buy a SIM in Kathmandu card for around Rs500 and it’s about Rs18 per minute to phone the UK (subject to signal of course) rather than £2.00 to £2.50/min. PLEASE REMEMBER your charging cable
[ ] 2 / 3 Kitbags for portering gear and storing it in your tent (90L recommended). Available in KTM. Please make sure that these are well marked and easily identifiable because you don’t want your ‘it’s a black / red / yellow 90L duffle’ to get confused with all the other similar items that are going hither and thither with other teams
[ ] A few heavy duty plastic bags to keep your packed items waterproofed in to your kitbag. Or, better, a selection of coloured drybags so you know what is packed where – all marked with your name on
[ ] A few clothes pegs will probably come in handy
[ ] Small combination padlocks (no keys to lose) that fit kitbag zippers
[ ] Tips for the crew (US$350)
[ ] Also US$1,500 (for your Summit Day Sherpa)
But that’s not all… full Kit List available here