Mera Peak Climbing
‘Adventure over hidden Inkhu valley away from a mainstream trail in complete wilderness’
- A mind-blowing adventure around hidden areas of Khumbu and Everest at Inkhu valley
- An incredible walk with an awesome panorama of the world highest mountains with Mt. Everest
- Exploring high altitude Sherpa villages enriched with the ancient culture of Buddhist religion
- Walking into lovely alpine woodland and into remorseless fields of ice and glaciers
- The climb of wonderful and magnificent Mera Peak with an alluring panorama of Himalaya
- Scenic and panoramic flight both ways from Kathmandu and Lukla with amazing views
Mera Peak Climbing Adventure takes you to awesome destinations between high peaks and passes where you can enjoy your adrenaline dreams into pure reality with great support and guidance of our expert and Veteran Mountain and trekking guides.
Mera Peak stands at 6,461 m, one of the highest trekking peaks of Nepal Himalaya a climb of less technical effort, a straightforward climb, where climbing gear required like ice-axe and crampons. The grade as PD ‘Per Difficult’ of less technical difficulty but requires your courage and determination for the climb of Mera Peak, the grade we have used as per French and Swiss Alpine Climbing Classification which popular worldwide on this type of alpine climb.
Mera Peak an adventure of the great combination of high altitude walks and traversing through the mountains scenic passes in the backdrop of natural and complete wilderness, and enjoying the walks into green forested areas of tall rhododendron-pines-oaks-birch and juniper tree lines to enter the harsh and barren windswept country of rocks-ice and moraines. Trek on the trail that climbs above moraines to the snout of Hinku Nup and Shar Glaciers, and then climb uphill on a steep trekking trail. Before climbing Mera Peak, our guides will train you on use of climbing gears ice-ax, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, as well as how to use ropes to go up and down.
The climb is non-technical, however encountering steep ridges to the summit of Mera Peak, with amazing view of the mighty Himalayas from Mt. Everest (8,848m), Cho-Oyu (8,210m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,463m), Kanchenjunga (8,586m), Nuptse (7,855m), Chamlang (7,319m), Baruntse (7,129m). After completing our highlights and goal on Mera Peak Climbing Adventure walk leads back into green vegetation within alpine woodland, as the walk descends back at Lukla for short panoramic flight back to Kathmandu to conclude our marvelous and fantastic adventure Mera Peak Climbing Adventure.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m /4,264 ft) and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with adventure activities and preparation.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,820 m and trek to Chutanga 3,450 m – 04 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Thuli-Kharka 4,250m – 07 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Kothe 3,600 m – 06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Thagnag 4,350m – 06 hrs.
Day 07: Acclimatization and exploration day.
Day 08: Trek to Khare 5,025 m- 05 hrs.
Day 09: Rock and ice climb training around Khare.
Day 10: Trek to Mera Base Camp 5, 350m – 04 hrs
Day 11: Trek and climb to High Camp 5,750 m – 04 hrs
Day 12: Climb Mera Summit 6,476 m – 11 hrs return to Khare.
Day 13: Trek to Kothe – 06 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Thuli Kharka 4,300 m – 05 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Lukla – 07 hrs.
Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.
Day 17: Final International departure homeward bound.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,300 m / 4,264 ft and transfer to hotel.
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, received by the representative of Awesome Nepal Trek and then transfer you to your hotel around Thamel areas in the hub of the Kathmandu city. At the hotel, our guide and staff will provide information on dos and don’ts brief you with your programs on sightseeing including trek and climb of Mera Peak.
Day 02: Preparation day for Mera Peak climb.
After breakfast, (optional tour on request) at leisure preparation for the trek and climb where members can check their gear and buy or rent some needy equipment’s on this day.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,840 m / 9,317 ft trek to Chutanga 3,430 m - 04 hrs.
Early morning departure from the hotel transfer towards Kathmandu domestic airport for the flight to Lukla, which is the starting point of the trek.
This flight of 35 minutes, offers breathtaking views of Himalayan peaks, then finally landing at Lukla airport known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport. From Lukla starting our first-day walk heading past several Sherpa farm villages with grand views of snow-capped peaks and rolling hills, to reach at Chutanga for overnight stop within lush forest of alpine tree lines around summer pasture fields beneath Kalo Himal and Naulekh Ridge.
Day 04: Trek to Thuli-Kharka 4,300 m - 07 hrs.
After Chutanga, the adventure continues with morning climb crossing over Kalo Himal Ridge of Nau-Lekh mountain range, separating Khumbu and Hinku Valley and towards the west of Makalu region.
Trek over first pass with steep climb to reach a ridge festooned with Buddhist prayer flags at the height of 4,450meters, the pass called Zatrwa Og, from here walk over boulder slope, then around a corner and climb again to Zatrwa-La at 4,600meters, with stunning views of Dudh Kosi river valley and peaks of Karyolung and Lumding Himal, an hour downhill to Tuli-Kharka for overnight stop.
Day 05: Trek to Kothe 3,600 m - 04 hrs.
From Thuli-Kharka, a short morning walk with downhill and excellent view of Peak 43 and Kusum Kanguru peaks, reaching a scenic Inkhu valley, with South Face views of Mera Peak and back into rhododendron and pine forest, with the gradual walk through a forest to reach a summer pasture at Mosum-Kharka.
After Mousum-Kharka, a short walk following north on leaving forested area with a pleasant walk to reach a wide open valley with pasture land, as the trek continues to a small bridge to reach Gondishung near Kothe, this place with small wooden huts and shelters of stone wall enclosures, Gondishung with an interesting 200-year-old small Gompa (monastery/shrine), from here a short walk brings you to our overnight stop at Kote with afternoon free to relax and short hike around this beautiful pastureland.
Day 06: Trek to Thagnag 4,360m - 05 hrs.
With a pleasant stop at Kothe another short day walk which helps you with acclimatization and can enjoy the surrounding beautiful views on the leisure walk towards our overnight stop at Tangnag with few tea-houses serving as a simple lodge for travellers, this is also a temporary settlement and a Yak grazing pastures.
Day 07: Acclimatization and exploration day.
At this altitude at above 4,360 meters high, necessary rest day for acclimatization, before heading higher altitude and for the climb of Mera Peak, today a short hike to get the best views of Peak 43 at 6,769 m with Mera Peak.
Day 08: Trek to Khare 5,025m- 05 hrs.
From Thagnag with nice rest day, starting with moderate walk with scenery that surrounds this Hinku valley, walk follows on moderate path over moraine dam of Charpatti Tal (lake), leading to a high area, lined with cairns with glacial lake, climbing for short while as the path leads downhill to a large pasture land at Dig Kharka, walking for an hour across boulder-strewn hillside to reach Khare for overnight camp.
Day 09: Rock and ice climb training around Khare.
At Khare free day for practice and exercise on ice and rocks climb where our expert guide will show and instructs with the skill of using climbing equipment and technic on the climb, rest of the afternoon rest or short hike around to support acclimatization.
Day 11: Trek and climb to High camp 5,780 m / 18,958 ft - 04 hrs
After a day at Mera base camp, walk further up to set High Camp to make approachable to the summit of Mera peak, normally climbers make it from the base camp to Mera peak, but it is always safe and best adding more camp before the summit bid.
Morning leaving Mera base camp, trek heads across Mera La to reach Mera High Camp, after few hours of hard walk on high altitude with few stops in between reaching at Mera High Camp, for last camp before the climb, afternoon our expert guide will scout area of the route of climb and fix ropes where necessary, rest of the day preparing for Mera Peak climb this high camp offers an outstanding view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Lhotse, Nuptse, Chamlang and Baruntse peaks.
Day 12: Climb Mera Peak summit at 6,461 m / 21, 1907 ft - 08 hrs and back to Khare.
Our final and Grand Day of the adventure, starting the early morning before dawn for the summit bid, where route leads with steep climb; after a hard strenuous climb without less technical difficulty reaching on top the summit of Mera peak. Where you feel on top of the world at this extreme height facing panorama of giant mountains that surround you at the over-looking Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho- Oyu with Mt. Kanchenjunga and Makalu in the east, after a great exciting and hard climb, descend with care to base camp and then back to Khare for an overnight stop.
Day 13: Trek to Kothe - 06 hrs.
After a grand moment and experience of a lifetime adventure, return back to Lukla a pleasant trek leads to Tagnag and then at Kote for an overnight stop.
Day 14: Trek to Thuli -Kharka 4,200 m- 06 hrs.
From Kothe morning walk leads back into tree lines of blue Himalayan pines and rhododendrons, passing grazing areas with gentle climb with views of Mera Peak and other high mountains, at Thuli-Kharka for an overnight stop, before heading over Naulekh ridges to reach Lukla.
Day 15: Trek to Lukla - 07 hrs.
Morning walk towards a steep climb up at Zatrawa-la pass facing views of Dudh Koshi River and Number Himal, after a brief stop on top of the pass a steep descend brings you at Chutanga.
Our last day walk continues on the same trail with short walks and back in woodlands to reach at Lukla after the long day walks for an overnight stop, at Lukla celebrate the victory and success of Mera Peak climb among fellow staff-guides and members.
Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Early morning depart from Lukla for Kathmandu, a short and scenic sweeping flight brings you to Kathmandu airport and then transfer to your hotel with the free afternoon for individual activities and souvenirs shopping.
Day 17: International departure for homeward bound.
Your last day in amazing Nepal country of Himalayan wonders, as per your flight time transfer for your international flight with the fond memory and excellent time on Mera Peak Climbing and great service of Awesome Nepal Treks.
- Airport pick up and transfer to hotel
- Two nights Standard hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan
- Welcome & Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at one of the typical Nepalese local restaurant
- Required private transport at Kathmandu
- Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu flight, airport taxes, and transfer
- Mera Peak Climbing with Mera Base Camp Trek (3 Days on climbing excursion with tented camp), the full board of meals and accommodations.
- National Park Permit/ trekking & TIMS Card
- Mera Peak Special Climbing Permit
- Necessary group climbing gears
- One Climbing guide for climbing section & One Trek Leader for trekking Section, both leaders are English speaking, first aid trained, Climbing leader is trained & licensed from Nepal Mountaineering Association- Rock climbing and mountaineering trained), the cost of camping and trekkers crew/ insurance/s
- Medical kit bag
- All necessary Gov. Taxes and service charges
- Nepal Visa fees, intl. airfare in/out Nepal
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu except for welcome dinner
- Personal Climbing equipment (Ice Axe, Crampons, Harness, Zoomer, Descender, Carbines & climbing boots etc.)
- Travel and rescue Insurance
- Personal nature expenses- phone calls, laundry, hot shower, bar bills, cold beverages etc.
- Personal tipping
- Cost of any extending trips
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 require 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 need to be physically fit with some exercise to cope with long uphill and downhill walks in Himalaya.
Booking in all our treks requires the 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 are no medical facilities and hospitality needs a 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 the visa when visiting Nepal. As per this rule, Indian nationals do not require the 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 a 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 entries 15 days - US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entries 30 days - US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entries 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 Mera Peak Climbing trip, the minimum group size would be 2 and the maximum group size is 10. We can also organize a private trip to a 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 the remote region of high Himalaya terrain, it is very essential that you are accompanied with the very experienced and qualified & equipped leader for the 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 more than the decade in this adventure and tourism field. We have trained them especially for this adventure for a 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 the 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 a 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 the 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 are 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 the 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 lbs 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 has two best seasons for the trek and climb of Mera Peak. As this trip is adventurous, we always advise and suggest joining at the right time of the year as far as possible.
Spring: - (March, April, May) - Spring is considered the Best time to climb Mera Peak. Excellent trails and clear skies, best visibility. Good Temperature, the 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 for your trip to Nepal but it is not a must to have the thing to come, but highly suggested. Your doctor will have the information on 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 to 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 the 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 the 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 the 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. The 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 not rrecommend 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 & waist belt 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. 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.
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.
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 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 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.