Next week I will be setting off on a three-week trekking expedition to the remote Dolpo area of Western Nepal. The aim of the expedition is to trek from Juphal to Jomson, passing over 3 peaks above 5500m. I will be trekking with 12 other members of the Army Mountaineering association (AMA) to celebrate the AMA’s 60th anniversary.
The expedition is being supported by porters throughout. This means that I am able to take more kit than I would normally take if I was self-supported. However, I have tried to keep the kit down to the essentials.
Here is a list of the kit I will be taking:
1 pair of boots/Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 Gortex* – Great pair of boots
1 pair of flip flops/sandals
3 pairs of trekking socks
1 pair of walking trousers/Mountain Equipment Men’s Ibex Softshell Walking Trousers* – expensive but I love these trousers
1 pair of shorts/Nike running shorts
1 waterproof jacket/Regatta point 214 Blue – I think it cost about £50 a few years ago.
1 pair of waterproof trousers/£10 pair from a camping shop
1 pair of waterproof gloves/Mountain Equipment Men’s Gloves* – these are waterproof, warm and not too big
1 fleece/Buffalo style – Army issue
2 pairs of Under Armour compression shorts* to be worn as boxer shorts
1 pair of gaiters/Berghaus Expeditor Gaiter*
2 synthetic t-shirts/1 Adidas sports top, 1 Rab t-shirt
1 baselayer/Helly Hansen Lifa Dry Stripe Crew Base Layer*
1 woolly hat (with bobble on the top)
1 pair of likely to be fake ray bands that I found at the bottom of the ocean whilst diving in Egypt
1 black baseball style cap
1 backpack/Osprey Kestrel 48 Backpack Green* I’ve not really tested the pack out yet. This trip will be only the second time I have used it
1 sleeping bag, 3 seasons with waterproof compression sack/Robens Caucasus 600* This trip will be only the second time I have tested this bag. I used it on a wild camp in Wales and it felt very warm. First time I have used a down bag
1 fold up foam roll matt/Cheap and nasty
1 pair of walking poles/Trekrite Antishock Hiking Sticks / Walking Poles* I have used these a few times. Seem to be decent poles. The number one best seller for walking poles on Amazon
1 metal mug
4 dry bags/I have collected a number of different brands and sizes over the years and have no huge preference. The Ortlieb Ultra Lightweight Dry Bags* are a good place to start
1 lightweight bivvy bag/Karrimor X lite bivvy bag. Paid £20 for it a few years ago. Still going strong
1 headtorch/Petzl tikka plus 2. Bought this a long time ago, so long that they no longer make them
1 travel towel
1 small padlock
2 – 1 ltr water bottles/I use the CamelBak Chute Water Bottle* but any water bottle will do the job. Cheapest bottle is to reuse an Evian one
Factor 30 suncream
Prescribed high altitude medication and antibiotics/Azithromycin, Ciprofloxacin (diarrhoea), Nifedipine(HAPE), Dexamethasone (HACE) and Acetazolamide (mountain sickness)
1 roll of loo roll
Personal med kit – (paracetamol, plasters etc)
Toiletries – toothbrush, toothpaste, moisturiser and soap etc. Small amount.
Smartphone – Samsung Galaxy S7
Kindle with a load of books on it
GPS/Garmin Foretrex 401 GPS Watch* I have had this GPS for years. Great bit of kit that uses AAA batteries
Nikon S1 camera with an 8 GB SD card with 3 batteries/ I’ve used this camera for a few years now. Takes a decent picture and is small and compact
GoPro HERO4 SILVER*/With a 64GB micro SD, selfie stick and 3 batteries
Solar charger /Anker PowerPort Solar Lite* I bought this for this trip. Still to see if its good or not
2 Power banks/One is a dodgy one that I bought in Egypt, the other is the Anker PowerCore 20100*. I have been impressed the Anker chargers so far
A load of AAA batteries and a couple of spare memory cards
International power socket adapter
Headphones/AKG Y40 Headphones* good quality and value for money headphones
iPod nano from 2007. Still in working order.
Notebook for journal writing and pen/pencil
Passport, passport photographs for the visa
Travel insurance forms and other documents
A photograph of family, I find pictures can often be a great ice breaker with locals
Normal clothes (t-shirt, jeans) to be left in Kathmandu
As a group, we will be carrying extra medical supplies, a sat phone, ropes and maps.
As I am a member of a group expedition, we are not taking individual tents for the expedition. We are using group tents that will be put up by the porters. Food is also provided by the trekking company on the expedition.
If I am being honest, I am not sure how I feel about not being completely self-sufficient. I hope it doesn’t take away from the physical challenge of trekking for 3 weeks. It is the first large group expedition I have been on. I am far more used to being self-sufficient.
I am really excited about this expedition to Nepal. The clothing and equipment I am taking is a mixture of high-end products (boots, rucksack) and cheap (waterproof trousers, roll matt). The more money you can afford to spend, the more comfortable you will likely to be but the kit I am taking isn’t much different to what I would take on a week of trekking in the Scottish Highlands (other than the altitude meds).
Let me know what you think? Any bits of kit that you would recommend for an expedition to the Himalayas? Let me know in the comments below.
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