Chulu West Peak Climbing
‘Around north and south of Annapurna Himalaya with classic climb of stunning Chulu east peak’
- An enjoyable and exciting climb on stunning Chulu East Peak above and scenic Manang valley
- A great lovely and pleasant country walks on high hills and valleys of great Annapurna Himalaya
- Exploring high hills Gurung and Manang traditional villages enriched with ancient culture
- Walking into the lovely woodland of tall rhododendron-magnolia-firs-pines and fir trees
- Breathtaking views of snowcapped peaks around beautiful Manang valley and Thorong-la pass
- Dramatic landscapes from rice paddies to alpine hills to high areas of an arctic climatic zone
- Around charming villages of Manang and Jomsom and at beautiful Kaligandaki River valley
Chulu West Peak stands proudly at 6,584 m / 21,727 ft, above beautiful and scenic Manang valley, Chulu West Peak is one of Nepal's highest trekking peaks by NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Associations) that governs all trekking peaks where you need to obtain climbing permits from 6,000 m onward high peaks.
Due to its highest point and isolation away from main trekking trail of Annapurna circuit, the climbing grade as PD + means 'per difficule' from French and Swiss Alpine climbing systems of extreme effort with some technical difficulty to reach the summit, but can be climbed with much safety measures and guidance of expert guides. Chulu West Peak Climb leads you on and off Annapurna Circuit trekking, truly a mesmerizing journey, although the motorable road has come up in some parts within the route, however, Awesome Adventure Treks will avoid the main road and using the old trekking trail for your delight and enjoyable walk with us in this marvelous adventure.
Chulu West Peak Climb within Annapurna Circuit route leads you to enjoy fascinating scenery of dramatic landscapes from warm rice paddies to cooler alpine zone with enchanting woodlands of tall pine-firs-juniper-oaks and rhododendron trees and then walking into lovely hill villages interwoven with old Buddhist culture and religion with impressive traditional way of life of the local natives of Manang and around lower Mustang areas of Kaligandaki River valley.
Marvelous and exciting Chulu West Peak climb within Annapurna circuit trail starts with an exciting overland drive to reach the Lamjung areas at Besisahar town and then following the raging Marshyangdi upstream at Syange farm village where our trekking adventure begins heading higher into Manang valley past Dharapani-Chame and Pisang villages to reach cultural Manang enclosed within high peaks of Annapurna II – III and IV with Gangapurna and its ice falls and in the north Chulus and Pisang peaks.
Adventure continues with a climb of striking Chulu west Peak Climb which leads you away from main trekking trails in complete wilderness, after a great climb our walk leads to another highest point of the trip at Thorong-La Pass of above 5,416 m high with incredible views of mountains on both sides of the pass top and then heading downhill to reach at holy Muktinath temple areas and further walks leads at Kaligandaki River valley at Jomsom town, the headquarter hub of Mustang areas and famous for delicious apples and its products. From Jomsom taking a short scenic flight to at picturesque and popular touristic spot at Pokhara where this wonderful and fascinating adventure Chulu West Peak Climb completes.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Preparation for Chulu West Peak Climb.
Day 03: Drive to Syange 1,140 m via Besisahar - 08 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Tal 1,700 m - 07 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Danaque 2,300 m – 05 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Chame 2,670 m - 06 hours.
Day 07: Trek to Pisang village 3,300 m – 06 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Manang village 3,540 m - 06 hrs.
Day 09: Acclimatization and exploration in Manang.
Day 10: Trek to Letdar 4,280 m past Yak Kharka - 06 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Chulu West Peak Base Camp 4,700 m - 04 hrs.
Day 12: Trek and climb to High Camp at 5,100m - 04 hrs.
Day 13: Acclimatization and preparation for the climb.
Day 14: Climbing to the summit of Chulu West and back at base camp.
Day 15: Spare and Contingency day in case unfavorable bad weather conditions.
Day 16: Trek to Thorong- La High Camp or Phedi 4,450m - 06 hrs.
Day 17: Cross Thorong La 5,416m | 17,769ft and trek to Muktinath 3,800 m-06 hrs.
Day 18: Trek to Jomsom 2,715 - 04 hrs.
Day 19: Fly to Pokhara 860 m afternoon free for individual activities.
Day 20: From Pokhara drive to Kathmandu 1,345 m - 06hrs.
Day 21: In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.
Day 22: International departure homeward bound.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, where our guide and office staff receives you with warm welcome, and then transfer to your respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed our guide briefs with information regarding Chulu West Peak Climb and semi Annapurna Circuit trek includes information on hotels, lodge while trekking with do and don’ts includes group welcome dinner.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
A free day in Kathmandu to relieve you from jetlag on long flights, our morning sightseeing tour starts after breakfast in the hotel, where you will be engrossed with tour around world heritage sites around Kathmandu visiting Old Durbar (palace) Square, and ancient stupa of Swayambhunath, after a tour head back to hotel with preparation for Chulu West Peak Climb.
(other options on the tour of Hindu Holy Temple of Pashupatinath dedicated to Lord Shiva and Bouddhanath large Buddhist Stupa the area is also known as Little Tibet)
Day 03: Drive to Syange 1,140 m via Besisahar - 08 hrs.
Starting our adventure to Chulu West Peak Climb taking an interesting morning drive towards Nepal midwest, leading to Besisahar town (headquarter of Lamjung district). From here transfer to another vehicle and continue to drive on the dirt road passing villages of Khudi, Bulbul, and Ngadi following the Masrsyangdi River upstream. Drive continues through rice terraces fields and villages to Syange a small village for the overnight stop in the comfort of the nice lodge.
Day 04: Trek to Tal 1,700 m - 06 hrs.
From Syange our walk begins with climb leaving Masrsyangdi River behind reaching Jagat village, a farm village with many lodges for trekkers.
After Jagat walk leads on winding path to Chamje, and back at Masrsyangdi River crossing to the east side into the forested area, with superb views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges, as walk continues reaching a nice village at Tal Besi for the overnight stop.
Day 05: Trek to Dhanaque 2,100n via Dharapani 1,943m - 05 hrs.
Morning starting walk heading into the forested area with super views of Annapurna and Manaslu range, the walk continues reaching at Dharapani a nice village with Buddhist culture, located at a junction of Annapurna circuit and Manaslu trekking route. After Dharapani walk leads into rhododendron and pine forest passing villages of Bagarchap to reach at Danque a place with many apple orchard gardens.
Day 06: Trek to Chame 2,720m - 05 hrs.
From here onward to Timang village with more Buddhist cultured village facing views of
Mt. Manaslu 8,163m / 26,781ft. From Timang village a few hours trek leads to Koto and then to Chame town for the overnight stop, Chame a large major town of Manang area and a headquarter town of the district.
Day 07: Trek to Pisang 3,190 m - 06 hrs.
From Pisang onwards walk leads close to mountains through alpine forests of rhododendron and pine trees, following Marshyangdi River upstream with short ups and down hills to Bhratang village. From Bhratang village walk follows uphill through alpine woodland to Dhukure Pokhari a small place with few teahouses and lodge overlooking Chulu’s and Pisang peak, with the possible lunch stop, and then descends to lower Pisang village for the overnight stop.
Day 08: Trek to Manang 3,540 m - 05 hrs.
Morning views of mountains, from here onward altitude gains as the walk lead through the forest with short uphill and views of Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna Chulu’s and Pisang peak. Walk downhill to reach flat valley at Hongde village, from here onward tree lines fades for barren, arid landscapes with cold, dry arctic climate.
Before Manang, visit old Braga monastery with old Buddhist relics, ancient wall painting, and frescos and stunning views of Annapurna Himalaya, from here an hour walk reaches at Manang village.
Day 09: Acclimatization day at Manang with short hikes
A necessary rest day at Manang for acclimatization before reaching higher areas to Chulu West Climb and towards Thorang-la pass, in Manang short hike around Manang village, this is a large village situated on windswept valley by the bank of Masrsyangdi River below Annapurna and Gangapurna mountain range, a nice walk uphill for views of Gangapurna Glacier and Manang glacial Lake.
Day 10: Trek to Ledar 4,280 m past Yak Kharka 4,210m - 04 hrs.
After a good rest at Manang, walk towards Ghunsang village with short uphill to reach at Ledar past a small settlement of Yak Kharka, an interesting walk with views of snowcapped mountains, on crossing a small stream reach at Yak Kharka from here short walk on gradual up brings you Ledar for overnight stop, a small place with few lodge with views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks.
Day 11: Trek to Chulu West Base Camp 4,700 m - 04 hrs.
From Ledar leaving the main Annapurna trail to Thorang-la, our route leads towards complete Wilderness to reach a small glacial stream past Yak herder's shades and at Yak pasture fields which leads up to a ridge into a hidden valley where our base camp is located at 4,700 m high.
Day 12: Trek and climb to High Camp 5,100 m - 03 hrs.
After Base Camp with enjoyable rest and overnight with first camping of the adventure, morning walk leads uphill to a steep scree slopes at a col or a ridge and then reaching at north of the col ascending the snow slopes for 200 meters to the base of a band or rock at an altitude of 5,100m and where possible High Camp will be pitched for this great climb to the summit of Chulu West.
Day 13: Rest and acclimatization day at High Camp.
Adding one more days will help and support acclimatize to make the climb safer and accessible during rest day take a short hike, where our expert guide will scout the route of climb on top Chulu West summit making the necessary adjustment and planning to make the ascent a great success.
Day 14: Ascent of Chulu West summit and descend to base camp.
Starting early morning before dawn and then climb towards a rock band with some difficulty to the north-west shoulder of Chulu West at 5,450m, where another camp can be pitched on a snow plateau above 5,530m. From the plateau continue the climb up the narrow ridge to the summit. A grand view awaits you scenery of all the snow-capped mountains and of all Chulu's and Pisang peak after a great success descends safely back to base camp using the same route.
Day 15: An extra day as the contingency in case of unfavorable weather or delay on the climb.
We reserve a spare day as the contingency as Chulu West climb can be quite challenging and knowing the nature of technical difficulties on the climb to the summit, an extra day required in case of bad weather conditions or delay on the climb. This day allows you with more opportunity to reach the summit where you can enjoy its surrounding beautiful scenery of mountains that encircles you at the top.
Day 16: Trek to Thorang- La High Camp or Phedi 4,450 m - 06 hrs.
Morning walk lead back at Ledar, after a break here continue walk to higher elevation getting closer to the base of Thorang-la, after crossing a bridge a climb leads along the bank of Jarjung river, and then finally walk reaches at Thorang Phedi, with shortstop continue to climb for a short while to Thorang High Camp for overnight stop.
Day 17: Cross Thorang La 5,416m | 17,769 ft and trek to Muktinath 3,800 m - 06 hrs.
After early breakfast walk leads to a long climb towards Thorang-la with the steep winding path to reach at Thorang La Pass of above 5,416 m / 17,769 ft high.
The highest point of the trek, besides climb of Chulu West Peak with views of snowcapped peaks, and then long descends leads you at holy Muktinath around Lower Mustang area. On reaching Muktinath for the overnight stop, a holy spot for both Hindus and Buddhists the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’ with time at Muktinath visit the sacred temple with its holy 108 water spouts and the main temple of Muktinath.
Day 18: Trek or drive to Jomsom 2, 715 m - 04 hours.
After Muktinath, rest of the journey is easier with moderate walks all the way with a big drop of 1,200m downhill to Kaligandaki river valley, this pleasant walk leads to Kaligandaki river valley, from here walk to Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang area with a small airstrip above Kaligandaki River. Jomsom a nice charming town and village with white painted houses, paved streets and well-kept lodges. At Jomsom celebrate with local apple products cider, brandy and juice the area from Kagbeni-Jomsom-Marpha to Larjung famous for delicious apples.
Day 19: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara 860 m - 20 mins flight.
Early breakfast and transfer to Jomsom airport for the sweeping short flight of 25 minutes to Pokhara, during airborne spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiris and Annapurna range of mountains with rolling hills dotted with farm villages,
On reaching Pokhara airport transfer to respective hotels by the serene lake Phewa, afternoon free for individual activities or just relax and enjoy the views of the Annapurna Himalaya.
Day 20: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.
Morning a scenic drive to back Kathmandu with grand fantastic and exciting adventure on Chulu West Peak Climb and semi Annapurna Circuit trekking, an interesting six hour overland journey brings you back in Kathmandu with the afternoon free at leisure for shopping souvenirs.
(Options of flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu of 30 mins)
Day 21: In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.
A free extra day in Kathmandu for rest after a tough climb on top Chulu West Peak and adventure around Annapurna circuit, where one can relax or enjoy individual activities as well for interested people can join in our heritage tour around Kathmandu-Patan or Bhaktapur cities.
Day 22: International departure homeward bound.
Last day in amazing Nepal in the country full of adventure and wonders, after a fascinating experience and fond memories on Chulu West Peak Climb, Awesome Nepal Treks staff transfers you from the hotel to airport as per your international flight time for your final departure homeward bound or to respective destination.
- All airport/hotel transfers
- Kathmandu Besi Sahar -Syange transport in private vehicle
- Jomsom to Pokhara flight with airport departure tax
- Pokhara to Kathmandu transport in tourist bus
- Two nights hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Teahouses/Lodge and tented accommodation during trekking and climbing session
- Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara and all meals in mountain
- All ground transportation as per the itinerary by private vehicles (except Muktinath to Jomsom transport in local bus)
- All necessary staffs with experienced English speaking climbing and trekking leader (guide), cook, assistant climbing leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide), Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter), other helpers as per requirement for the climbing section including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- All necessary paper works; trekking permits and Chulu West climbing permit
- Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
- Group Mountaineering climbing and camping equipment for climbing part -very high quality North Face or Mountain Hardware tents for camping and kitchen, dining, toilet tents, mattresses, kitchen equipments
- Travel and rescue arrangements
- Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
- All government and local taxes
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 20 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, heater, etc.)
- Personal climbing equipments
- Personal climbing guide if requested
- Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
- Tips for guides and porters
Useful Trip Notes & Activities:
Please be informed that you are joining for the adventure around remote and isolated pockets of Himalaya region, where weather conditions can be unpredictable sometimes.
Where health, and fitness of the member requires sound medical background and approved by your doctors if you are joining on extreme adventure treks and climbs. While for other moderate and adventurous treks all needs to be physical fit with some exercise to cope with long uphill and downhill walks in Himalaya.
Booking in all our treks requires medical history and insurance to cover if illness and other injuries and accidents might occur on treks and climbs.
On this severe conditions where there is no medical facilities and hospitality needs victim to be evacuated immediately where quick means of transportation applies including Helicopter services.
Passport & Visa Information:
Nepal visa is the easiest visa to obtain; you may buy your Nepal visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy/ Consulate or Mission offices abroad or buy this upon on arrival to Kathmandu international airport as per your convenient. You have to have 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US cash & valid passport at least for 6 months valid at the starting of the trip.
Nationals of SAARC countries and China do not need visa when visiting Nepal. As per this rule, Indian nationals do not require visa.
Transit visa is provided for foreign nationality for 3 days. Visa must be obtained for staying over the initial period of three days. Currently, foreign national can obtain Nepalese visa from the following border.
• Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
• Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
• Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
• Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
• Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
• Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
• Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
• Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)
Tourist Visa Fees: 3 days transit visa - Free of Cost
Multiple entry 15 days - US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days - US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days - US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
(For further information, please, contact Department of Immigration, Maitighar, Impact Building, Kathmandu, and Tel: 00977-1-4221996 / 4223590 / 4222453,
Download visa form-: www.nepalimmigration.gov.np
In this Chulu West Peak Climbing trip, the minimum group size would be 2 and maximum group size is 10. We can also organize private trip to solo person with single supplement cost. Else, join our estimated group departure dates available online or ask us with your personal dates, we will open group date on the same date.
Our Guides, trip, and safety
Our hikes / Climbs to Mera Peak involves walking on remote region of high Himalaya terrain, it is very essential that you are accompanied with the very experienced and qualified & equipped leader for safe and successful trip. We at Awesome Nepal Treks employee are native guide and staff who are trained and qualified for this type of trips. Our guides are trained and licensed by Nepal Gov, certify from TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal) & NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association).
All of our Trekking and Climbing Guide experience of more than decade in this adventure and tourism field. We have trained them especially for this adventure for safe and enjoyable trip with us,
On every trip, there would be our one Trek leader/ Climbing Leader and one assistance leader on each additional 2 peoples on the trek/Climbing- this arrangement would ensure that even if any of our guide/ assistance guides get sick or if any travelers get sick and need to be back or delay the days of walking, it would still work smoothly and there would not be any impact on our original trek plan. Also, every two trekkers would have one Sherpa helper for carrying your trekking bags.
Meals and Accommodations:
While in Kathmandu and any other cities, your accommodation is at tourist standard hotels ( Attached Bath, A/C, 24 hours running hot/cold shower) similar of 2 to 3-star standard hotel. and while in trek, your accommodation is at Mt. Lodge and local tea houses, they are clean and comfortable.
While Mera Peak Climbing Excursion, below the group of 2, there would be tea House/ Mt. Lodge accommodation during trekking up to Khare then onward climbing is with tented camp. Above 3 or more than 3 peoples in a group, your entire accommodation is on tented camp throughout the trip
Our entire accommodation/ tented camp is at twin share unless stated but single supplement accommodation is also available on personal request at the additional cost of US$- 250.
In city, only breakfast is included on the offered trip itinerary but while in trek full board of meals is included (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, and Tea- Coffee). We provide you food from the local tea- house/ Mt. Lodge from en route. Breakfast and dinner is to be provided from the same tea- house/ guest house we would overnight but lunch would be en route in between.
Foods provided depend on the availability of the Mt. lodges we would be staying but in general, you can have Nepalese foods (Dal Bhat), Tibetan fried bread, various soups, Momo’s (steamed dumplings), potatoes, pasta and even a version of pizza! So, overall you have a different choice of food on trek.
While in Climbing Excursion, you would be provided a freshly cooked hygienic food from our cook who would accompany your climbing days. During climbing, we do also provide you boiled drinking water-3 lts each person/ per day.
(Upgrade hotel to 4 stars or 5 stars is possible in Kathmandu, please write us if you interested)
Seasons for Mera Peak and other Climbing Adventure:
Nepal Himalaya have two best seasons for the trek and climb of Mera Peak. As this trip is an adventurous, we always advice and suggest joining at the right time of the year as far as possible.
Spring: - (March, April, May) - Spring is considered as Best time to climb Mera Peak. Excellent trails and clear skies, best visibility. Good Temperature, warmest weather of the year.
Autumn:- (Mid-September, October, and November) - Excellent trails, clear blue skies, best visibility. Best Recommended time to attempt this Mera Peak Climbing
Winter Months: - (December, January, and February) are also good, but it’s obviously colder. You have to be prepared for this. Summit to the Top is Pretty Cold.
Summer: - Monsoon, so rain and visibility can be a big issue (from Mid-June, July, and August). We do not suggest you this time for the climbing at this time.
Vaccination is required to plan to your trip to Nepal but it is not a must to have thing to come, but highly suggested. Your doctor will have the information of vaccination you would require to the country you will be traveling.
Hepatitis A, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid, and Malaria etc. are the recommended vaccination for travel Nepal.
Facilities and Care for Porters:
Our porter is fully equipped and insured for each trip they are undertaking with us. As you know that we are very sincere with the porter issues and their situation while on trek thus we make sure that our porter is fully prepared for the trip. We are closely working with International Porter Progress Association for the welfare and befit for the touristic porters.
The maximum load carried by our porter is 20 to 25 KG maximum so be sure that your trekking bag so not load more than 12 KG.
Communication on-route Trek and Climb:
At present, available communication facilities on-route trek and as well on climb, villages do have local telephone ISD and STD phones if required, you can easily communicate with friends and family, however, the cost will be expensive as per call per minute.
Nowadays, on clear days, reception of Nepalese cell phones is on throughout walking trail, your guide will also have Cell phone on every trip.
When Booking with Us:
Once! you choose the trip with us, write us with full information or by phone using our number for the trip booking confirmation. We have online trip booking options, you may visit the link, choose your trip and dates and then follow instruction with enough information required then submit the booking.
Once your trip booking received, we will suggest for the final trip procedure with advance payment of the trip. Non-refundable deposit of 25% (per person) is required to confirm a place on your selected adventure.
Thirty (30) feet of 6mm accessory cord is required. Please contact the Gear Department with any questions related to cord lengths you already own.
A general mountaineering ice axe. Size according to height; under 5'2'' use a 50 cm axe, 5'3'' to 5'5'' use a 55 cm axe, 5'6'' to 5'9'' use a 60 cm axe, 5'10'' to 6'0'' use a 65 cm axe, above 6'0'' use a 70 cm axe. If you already have and prefer to use a waist leash, you are welcome to bring it to your gear check.
General mountaineering crampons. We recommend modern steel 12-point crampons with anti-balling plates. We do notrecommend 10-point, aluminum, or single-piece rigid crampons. The traction offered by a 12-point crampon is superior to that of a 10-point; steel crampons stand up to the rigors of potential time spent walking on rock in crampons; one-piece crampons often break or do not fit modern boots well.
CLIMBING HARNESS PLUS TWO LOCKING CARABINERS
A fully adjustable alpine climbing harness with gear loops. Fully separating leg loops & waistbelt are required. Bring two locking carabiners in addition to the harness, which will be used only with the harness.
Two non-locking, lightweight D-shaped wiregate carabiners. Wiregate carabiners are stronger, lighter, and easier to use than older round-gate carabiners.
Modern tube-style belay device. Avoid super-specialized belay devices which cannot accept a wide variety of rope diameters.
Collapsible skiing/trekking poles with snow baskets. Three-section varieties are preferred.
One right or left-handed ascender (pick your dominant hand to choose which style ascender). This item must be in good condition.
WOOL OR SYNTHETIC SOCKS
Three pairs of medium to heavy hiking socks. These must fit over your liner socks if you plan to wear liner socks.
Full-sized waterproof gaiters that must fit snugly over your mountaineering boots. Short trekking gaiters do not offer sufficient protection.
Double boots designed for mountaineering. Plastic-shelled models are sufficient, but modern non-plastic boots are more comfortable and are highly recommended. Single boots of any kind- boots without a removable liner- will not be sufficient.
LIGHT HIKING BOOTS OR TREKKING SHOES
For any approaches across dry trail. Light weight, high comfort, plenty of room in the toe box, and good support should be stressed here.
Two to three pairs. Synthetic or wool fabrics only; bring a comfortable athletic style for any top and bottom underwear.
Non-cotton baselayer bottoms that should fit snugly without constriction.
One to two long-sleeved baselayer tops. Baselayers must be constructed of a non-cotton material such as merino wool or polyester. Note that light-colored, hooded baselayers are strongly recommended for sun protection, and are worn by most guides.
A midweight, form-fitting, lightweight fleece layer for use over baselayers. Hoods are optional but recommended.
Stretchy, comfortable, non-insulated softshell pants that should fit comfortably with or without your baselayer bottoms. Please note that "zip-off"-style trekking pants are too light to be considered softshell pants.
This breathable but wind-and-weather resistant jacket is a key part of a mountaineering layering system. We recommend a hooded model. This layer must fit well over your midlayer top and baselayer top.
Non-insulated, fully waterproof shell pants that must fit comfortably over your baselayer bottoms and softshell pants. Full-length separating size zippers are strongly preferred; shorter side zippers are allowed if you can put on and take off your pants without removing your footwear.
A non-insulated, fully waterproof shell jacket with a hood. Must fit comfortably over your baselayer, midlayer, and softshell. Helmet-compatible hoods are required.
INSULATED DOWN PARKA
This jacket or parka should be heavily insulated with high-quality down fill. We recommend an overall parka weight between 1.5 and 2.5 pounds. For warmth, a hood is required. Down sweaters or light puffy jackets will not be sufficient.
INSULATED SYNTHETIC PANTS
A synthetic insulated pant with full-length separating side zips. Ski pants are typically not appropriate for this layer.
LIGHTWEIGHT LINER GLOVES
Very lightweight wool or synthetic liner gloves that offer a snug, comfortable fit. Lighter colors absorb less sunlight while still offering UV protection. Black or dark-color gloves are also acceptable.
Midweight, lightly insulated gloves for use when mittens are too warm and liner gloves are not warm enough. Leather-palm construction is always ideal for the sake of durability.
INSULATED SHELL GLOVES
One pair of warm shell gloves with insulated removable liners. Excellent for use when conditions are too cold for softshell gloves, but too warm for expedition mittens. We recommend models with a durable leather palm.
Expedition-rated mittens with an insulated removable liner. Please be sure this mitten is the warmest model available by any manufacturer.
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A lightweight climbing-specific helmet. This must fit comfortably over your bare head, hat, and/or balaclava, and your headlamp must be able to strap securely to the outside of the helmet.
A must-have for all outdoor activities, the UV Buff is a versatile replacement for the bandana and serves a multitude of purposes.
Any style of lightweight hat for shading the head will work well. Baseball caps and sombrero-style sun hats are the most common.
WOOL/SYNTHETIC SKI HAT
A non-cotton wool or synthetic hat that covers the head and ears comfortably.
High-quality glacier glasses offering full coverage around both eyes and across the nose. Removable side-shields are not required provided eye coverage is sufficient.
High-quality goggles for sun and wind protection at altitude. The lens should offer visible light transmission (VLT) of no more than 30%. Those with light-sensitive eyes may wish to use a darker lens. Photochromic models are ideal for use in changing conditions.
A modern outdoor LED headlamp offering 90-200 lumens of output. Freshly installed batteries plus spare batteries. Weather-resistant models are strongly preferred.
Whether filled with down or synthetic insulation, your sleeping bag should be rated to approximately 0-degrees Fahreheit and feature a collared hood for warmth. Be sure to include a compression stuff sack. Weather conditions and your body temperature needs may effect what rating of sleeping bag you require. Please call with questions.
EXTRA-WARM SLEEPING BAG (OPTIONAL)
Rent or purchase a -20 degree Fahrenheit sleeping bag if you sleep cold. Average or warmer sleepers will be comfortable in a 0 degree Fahrenheit sleeping bag. Note: only one sleeping bag is required for this trip.
An internal frame climbing/trekking pack of approximately 32-40 liters in carrying capacity. Emphasize simple, lightweight designs.
INFLATABLE SLEEPING PAD
A full-length, modern inflatable sleeping pad is recommended. Older-style three-quarter length pads have been superseded by ultralight full-length pads. We recommend bringing a valve repair/body patch kit.
Two to three one-litre capacity bottles. Bottles should be wide mouth made of co-polyester (BPA free plastic). No water bag or bladder systems (they freeze or are hard to fill) and no metal bottles (they have a tendency to freeze).
PEE BOTTLE (1-1.5 LITER)
One wide-mouth, clearly marked collapsible container or wide-mouthed bottle for use overnight.
WATER BOTTLE PARKAS
Bring two fully insulated water bottles parkas with zippered openings. Neoprene 'cozy' style constructions do not provide enough insulation and are not recommended
Optional. Small point-and-shoot cameras (including compact SLR's) are ideal & work well at altitude. Alternatively, many opt to use a smartphone camera. Due to weight & care in the mountain environment, large dSLR cameras are discouraged.
Bring one one to two ounce tube of SPF 30+ sunscreen, as well as one tube of SPF-rated lipscreen. All sunscreens lose SPF ratings over time; be sure your sun protection is brand-new.
SMALL PERSONAL FIRST-AID KIT
Basic medical supplies in a compact package. We recommend basic painkillers, Moleskin, first-aid tape, Band-Aids, and anti-septic wipes or gel
MEDICATIONS & PRESCRIPTIONS
Bring any personal prescriptions, plus Pepto Bismol, Cipro (500mg tablets), Metronidazole, Z-Paks (250mg tablets), Diamox (125mg tablets, approx. 35 total), and a variety of standard painkillers including Excedrin Extra Strength, Ibuprofen, etc. We also recommend a selection of hard candies and cough drops to handle the cold, dry air.
HAND AND TOE WARMERS
Bring three sets of each. Please note that toe warmers are different than hand warmers. They are formulated to work in a lower oxygen environment, like the inside of a boot, they also burn out more quickly.
While food is provided on this trip, we recommend bringing along a selection of familiar snacks (such as energy bars, chocolate, candy, electrolyte powder, etc.). Bring a variety of easy-to-eat snacks you enjoy.
Please pack several quart-sized Ziploc bags, extra batteries for any electronic device (such as a headlamp or Steri-Pen!), and consider packing outlet adapters depending on your itinerary. An assortment of items to make your travel comfortable and secure will ensure a smooth trip.
Clean 'town' clothing is recommend for use traveling as well as pre-and-post trip. We recommend bringing a comfortable variety of clothing for peace of mind, including some t-shirts.