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Equipment list for peak climbing in Nepal

Confused about what to bring for peak climbing in Nepal? Find out the equipment list for peak climbing in Nepal in this blog. This gear list applies to all peak climbing in Nepal such as Island peak, Lobuche East, Mera Peak, Kyajo Ri and others. For 7000m and 8000m expedition please refer to the expedition gear list. 

Peak climbing in Nepal generally refers to climbing up to 6500m peaks. On most trekking peaks in Nepal, it’s a one day climb to the summit and back to base camp. You will leave base camp or high camp early in the morning at around 2 am or 3 am, summit the peak and get back to the base camp by noon. For Kyajo Ri and other less climbed peaks, it will be multiple days climb with few camps pitched above the base camp. Although the climbing days are much shorter on peak climbing as compared to the 7000m and 8000m expeditions, you will still need good gear. Being cold, wet and miserable does not increase your summit chances. Trust me on that one. The time of your visit will also greatly impact on your gear list. Check when do u plan to climb and pack accordingly.  

Peak climbing in Nepal is generally straightforward with fixed ropes and guided climbs. Most of the trekking peaks such as Island Peak, Lobuche East, Mera Peak etc. during the season time sees hundreds of climbers. With the popularity of peak climbing growing these days you can easily hire any missing equipment on places such as Khare, Dingboche, Lobuche, Namche etc.  But it is advisable to get your gear checked and packed in Kathmandu before flying to Lukla.

If you go on a peak climbing trip through an agency then most likely it will be a guided trip with all ropes and camps fixed. The route to the summit will also be established. However, If you are doing an unguided climb then you will need to pack more gears (Anchors, Rope, Tents, Foods etc.) apart from the personal gears.

Important Notes:

  1. Don’t cut corners on the quality of gears
  2. Understand the function of each gear properly
  3. Acquire your gears well in advance
  4. Eliminate unnecessary luxuries
  5. Seasonal fluctuation will impact the requirement of gear

Tips:

  1. You can always rent gears if you are not willing to invest
  2. Check the sizes especially of boots before leaving for the mountain
  3. Wear summit socks while trying the boots

Equipment list for peak climbing in Nepal from head to toe. 

Peak climbing in Nepal

1. Clothing

  • Thermal Base Layers – Tops and Bottoms
  • Heavy Base Layers
  • Trekking Pants
  • Hard-shell pants
  • Down Pant
  • T-shirts – Short and long sleeve
  • Mid Layer Top
  • Insulated Jacket
  • Hard-shell Jacket
  • Down Jacket/Parka

2. Footwear:

  • Double insulated mountaineering boots for climbing
  • Hiking boots (Full and waterproof) for approach
  • lightweight shoes for camp and around town
  • Gaiters
  • Flip-flops
  • Wool/Synthetic socks
  • Liner socks 

Find out the best climbing boots for peak climbing in Nepal 

3. Handwear:

  • Liner gloves
  • Mid-weight gloves
  • Down mittens

 4. Headwear:

  • Cap/Sun Hat
  • Buff
  • Balaclava
  • Warm wool/Synthetic Hat
  • Eye Wear (Full coverage around eyes and nose)
  • Ski Goggles

5. Climbing Gears

  • Helmet
  • Ice Axe
  • Crampons
  • Harness
  • Carabiners
  • Belay Device/Figure of 8
  • Ascender/Jumar
  • Prussik Cord
  • Trekking Poles

6. Backpacking

  • Small pack (35-40 litres)
  • Waterproof duffel bag
  • Padlocks for the duffel bag
  • Pack cover

7. Accessories

  • Water Bottles: 2 bottles of 1 litre each with insulation cover
  • Headlamp: 200-300 lumens with spare batteries
  • Camera
  • Power bank/Solar Charger
  • Universal adapter
  • Notebooks/Diary 
  • Pocket knife

8. Hygiene and first aid

  • Skincare (Maximum SPF sunscreen and lip balm)
  • Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Soap, Moisturizer 
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and wet wipes
  • Personal first aid kit (Include personal prescriptions, high altitude medications, painkillers, first-aid tape, band-aids etc.)
  • Water treatment

9. Others

  • Snack Foods (Bring snacks and foods you like to munch)
  • Travel clothes to wear in Kathmandu
  • Sleeping bag (-20 degrees sleeping bag)
  • Inflatable mattress

For more information on climbing gears please email us. 

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