Yala Peak Climbing
‘A scenic and cultural adventure around central Himalaya to Langtang Himal range’
- An enjoyable and scenic country walks on the high valley of great Langtang Himal
- Exploring high country villages of Tamang Buddhist heritage and cultures
- Walking into the lovely woodland of tall rhododendron-magnolia-firs-pines and fir trees
- The breathtaking panorama of Ganesh-Langtang and Jugal mountain range
- Classic climb of Yala peak around beautiful and marvelous Langtang valley
Awesome Nepal Treks offers Yala Peak Climb around beautiful Langtang valley, a moderate and adventurous trip with enjoyable and fascinating time around north of Kathmandu at Central Himalaya range of mountains within magnificent Langtang Valley.
Yala Peak Climb leads you to scenic area visiting Tamang cultural villages of Tibetan Buddhist origin and into pristine forested areas of tall rhododendron-magnolia-firs-birch and pines trees with bamboos where elusive Red Panda habitats rarely seen during the walks. Yala Peak Climb offers a delightful short adventure little more of a week duration, suitable for all types of travelers from families-school / college groups and corporate people or for veteran trekkers and adventurer as good exercise before joining major high altitude treks and other adventure around Himalaya.
For beginners this will be an excellent introduction to Himalayan foothills where one can get the taste of local culture, traditional old custom in the shade of high central Himalaya with beautiful scenery of rolling green hills, verdant valley, and pristine beautiful forest wherein spring turns into a natural wilderness garden when wild-flowers are in full bloom turning the whole areas with riots of brilliant colors.
On reaching at Kyanjin Gompa within beautiful Langtang valley with time to explore its lovely areas and then our walk leads at the end of the valley to start our main highlight of the adventure Yala Peak Climb. Yala Peak stands above 5,732 m / 18,806 ft high, the grade is only PD 'Per Difficult' walking in ice and glaciers with the straightforward climb of less technical knowhow to reach the summit top with the super panorama of surrounding high peaks. Our wonderful Yala Peak Climb around Langtang Valley Trekking completes with an exciting drive back Kathmandu after a great memorable moment around Central Himalaya at Langtang with glorious views and Yala Peak Climb.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Day 03: Drive to Syabrubesi 1,470 m via Trisuli and Dhunche town 1,950 - 07 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Lama Hotel 2,350 m - 06 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Langtang village 3, 307m - 05 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa 3,749m - 04 hours.
Day 07: Rest-Day for acclimatization at leisure for the hike around.
Day 08: Trek to Yala Peak Base Camp 4,400 m / 14,435 ft - 06 hours.
Day 09: Climb to the summit of Yala Peak 5,732 m / 18,806 ft.
Day 10: Return to Kyanjin Gompa - 05 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Lama Hotel - 06 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Syabrubesi - 05 hrs.
Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 14: In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.
Day 15: International departure for homeward bound.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, received by our staff and then transfer to your respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed our guide briefs with information regarding Yala Peak Climb and Langtang Valley Trekking, lodge on the route with doing and don’ts with evening 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 Yala Peak and Langtang Valley Trekking. (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 Syabrubesi 1,470 m via Trisuli and Dhunche town 1,950 - 06 hrs. Morning travel by overland on main Kathmandu to Dhunche-Syabrubesi highway, leading through Himalayan foothills, on reaching at Trisuli Bazaar within warm sub-tropical our journey continues uphill on winding road towards cooler area past many farm villages and town to reach at Dhunche at the height of 1,950 m. Headquarter and main town of Rasuwa district of Langtang area where Langtang National Park begins.
From Dhunche drive leads downhill on the zig-zag road to reach at Syabrubesi village the home of Tamang tribe people in the shade of Ganesh and Langtang Himal, overnight in a nice cozy lodge at Syabrubesi.
Day 04: Trek to Lama Hotel 2,200m - 06 hrs.
The trek from Syabrubesi is quite pleasant with few up climbs for a while but the rest of the walk is gradual on the winding trail through the terraced farm fields and villages, as the trail descends and joins the path coming from upper Syabru at the Riverside Lodge near the place of Bamboo, the trek from here leads to cool forest in the gorge following the torrent glacial river Trisuli upstream, the walk is more or less an uphill climb in the cool shade of rhododendron and oaks forest after six hours walk reaching a small clearing at Lama-Hotel.
Day 05: Trek to Langtang village 3, 307m - 05 hrs.
From here few hours morning walk to Ghoretabela for lunch stop amidst the lovely forest of pines, hemlocks, and rhododendron from here onwards you can feel the altitude also.
After a pleasant break here, trek continues on the trail to Langtang and its beautiful valley, the walk for an hour is pleasant in the cool shade of alpine woodland, after a small stream leaving the tree line behind the path leads uphill for an hour, then walk gets better on gradual trail with few ups and down to Langtang village for overnight stop.
Day 06: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa 3,749 m - 04 hours.
From Langtang village walk on the nice path and then on an uphill trail for few hours following “mani-prayer wall” where walking clockwise direction a positive way in respect to the Buddhist religion, walk leads further east as the valley opens up with views of snow-capped peaks.
After few hours of the gentle walk with views brings you at Kyanjin Gompa a charming and scenic spot with beautiful views of Langtang Lirung of above 7,000m and its icefall at close distance Kyanjin Gompa, surrounded by a ridge formed by glacial moraine of rocks and boulders.
Day 07: Rest day for acclimatization and for the hike around.
At leisure, a well-deserved rest day here visit a small Cheese factory or walk up to Tsego-Ri or Kyangin Ri at above 4,700 m / 15,420ft which will add more heights of this adventure offers the stunning panorama of snow-capped mountains.
Day 08: Trek to Yala Peak Base Camp 4,400 m / 14,435 ft - 06 hours.
After Kyanjin Gompa, heading towards our main highlight and adventure towards Yala Peak base camp leading at the end of beautiful and scenic Langtang valley, walking on rocks and glacier with the steep climb over an icy path to reach available and reasonable flat spot to set our base camp at 4,400m.
Yala peak Base camp provides views of Ganchenpo, Naya Kang, Tserko Ri, Yala peak and others peaks till Yala base camp is reached for the first camp of this trip after being in the comfort of a lodge, base camp with the marvelous view of high massif surrounding mountains.
Day 09: Trek & Climb to Yala Peak summit above 5,732 m / 18,806 ft.
Our Big Day! Of the adventure starting early morning towards Yala Peak summit, the climb leads with less technical difficulties, but takes nearly eight hours to reach the top ridge the summit top and back to base camp.
A strenuous tough climb leads you on the summit top at 5,732 meters / 18,806 feet high, from the top enjoy the view of the super sweeping panorama of mountains and then descend safely to base camp, after an exciting and enjoyable climb on top Yala peak.
Day 10: Return to Kyanjin Gompa -05 hrs.
Leaving Yala Peak base camp, walk back to Kyanjin Gompa following icy path steeply descends offering marvelous views of massif Himalaya, enjoying views of mountains and gently ascend to reach Kyanjin Gompa for an overnight stop.
Day 11: Trek to Lama Hotel 2, 350 m - 06 hrs.
After a wonderful time at Kyanjin, retrace the journey back on same route to Lama-Hotel a small settlement in the midst of the forest at the bank of upper Trisuli River.
Day 12: Trek to Syabrubesi - 05 hrs.
Trek today follows on the same route on the downhill walk to reach back at Syabrubesi, and then after a crossing, a bridge walk is pleasant into farm areas and terraces to reach at Syabrubesi with last overnight around Rasuwa district within Langtang Himal.
Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu.
Morning a scenic drive back to Kathmandu with grand memories of fabulous and exciting adventure on Yala Peak Climb with Langtang Valley trekking, an interesting six hour brings you back in Kathmandu with an afternoon free at leisure for shopping souvenirs.
Day 14: In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.
Awesome Nepal allows a free day for you to enjoy individual activities in and around Kathmandu or just relax recalling the memories of beautiful Langtang valley trekking.
Day 15: International departure homeward bound.
Your last day in amazing Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders after wonderful experience and fond memories of Yala Peak Climb with Langtang Valley Trekking around great Central Himalaya region, our staff transfer you to the airport as per your time for the international flight for your final departure towards homeward bound.
- Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
- Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Teahouse accommodations during the short trek
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
- Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
- English-speaking, trained and experienced trekking guide(leader), climbing guide (leader) and assistant guides
- Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
- Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
- Down jacket (to be returned after trip completion)
- Awesome Nepal Treks trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
- All necessary paperwork including climbing and trekking permits, and National Park Permit
- Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping
- Group mountaineering (climbing) equipment(s)
- Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
- All government and local taxes
- Nepalese visa fee
- Excess baggage charge(s)
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- International flights
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
- Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
- Personal climbing equipment
- Personal climbing guide if requested
- Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
- Services not listed in the ‘What Is Included’ section
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 a 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 the 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 Island 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 the 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 Yala 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 Yala 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 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 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 Yala 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. Non-refundable deposit of 25% (per person) is required to confirm a place on your selected adventure.
Thirty (30) feet of 6 mm 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. 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.
BASE LAYER BOTTOM
Non-cotton baselayer bottoms that should fit snugly without constriction.
BASE LAYER TOP
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.
SOFT SHELL JACKET
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.
HARD SHELL PANTS
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.
HARD SHELL JACKET
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.
SOFT SHELL GLOVES
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 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.