17th April  to  1st May 2015 | Nepal

Everest Base Camp Challenge 2015

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Everest Base Camp Challenge, Nepal

Trek – 12 days – 5,545m

This is G4G's 50th challenge.

An absolutely MUST HAVE, for all the adventurer souls in the world, with breathtaking journey and views of the mightiest mountain in the world.  

On top of that, it is our fifth adventure to the mightiest mountain in the world.  12 days on the trail, including 2 rest/acclimatization days, take you to altitudes of over 5,500 metres where, surrounded by the majesty of these mountains, and life will take on a new perspective.

The Solu Khumbu region is famous not only for its proximity to the world’s highest mountain The terrain is immensely varied with rhododendron forests, roaring mountain rivers, alpine meadows and impressive glaciers, all towered over by the awesome backdrop of the snow-capped Himalayas.

Level: Extreme, a very good level of fitness required

Number of participants: max 25 in each group

Registration Fee: AED 2,500/- (US$680) Non-refundable, non-transferable and not a part of the sponsorship target 

Minimum sponsorship: Dhs 19,000

Assistance provided in advance by G4G: Fund-raising ideas; training & fitness suggestions; safety & medical advice; clothing & equipment advice.

What G4G provided on the Challenge: flights and transfers; hotels/tents; all food & water; guides; medical assistance & back up.

Essential to leave behind: Day-to-day problems.

Essential to bring: Determination & a sense of humour!

Everest Base Camp Challenge

High Altitude Trekking

17th April – 1st May, 2015

Trek – 12 days – 5,545m

Join us for our fourth adventure to the mightiest mountain in the world. 12 days on the trail, including 2 rest/acclimatization days, will take us to altitudes of over 5,500 metres where, surrounded by the majesty of these mountains, life will surely take on a new perspective.

The Solu Khumbu region is famous not only for its proximity to the world's highest mountain but also for its Sherpa villages and monasteries. The terrain is immensely varied with rhododendron forests, roaring mountain rivers, alpine meadows and impressive glaciers, all towered over by the awesome backdrop of the snow-capped Himalayas.

Day 1: Friday 17th April, 2015

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m)

Arrive in Kathmandu Airport from Dubai. Meet, assist and transfer to hotel. Room check-in-assistance with welcome drinks is provided at the lobby. In the afternoonexperience the sights and sounds of Kathmandu followed by a trek briefing and equipment check. Later in the evening an authentic Nepali welcome dinner with cultural program.

Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu. 

Day 2: Saturday 18th April, 2015 -Trek Day 1

Take the 45 minutes flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding (3 hours trek)

After breakfast, proceed to the domestic airport to the airport to board the Yeti Airlines Flight to Lukla Airfield. On arrival at Lukla airport, meet the Sherpa team and proceed to the nearby Hotel Numbur for a tea/coffee break and/or explore this small bustling hilltop town. After bags are properly packed into porter baskets, commence on the three hours trek to a beautiful lunch spot at Thado Koshi which offers excellent views of Mount Thamserku. After lunch descend to camp at Phakding (2652m).

Dinner and overnight stay at Teahouse. 

Day 3: Sunday 19th April, 2015 - Trek Day 2

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3447m) 4~6 hours

The trek starts gently passing through small rural villages and past a monastery. In the afternoon, through the Sagarmatha National Park to Jorsale. After crossing an interesting suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi River, the steep climb to Namche Bazaar begins, enjoying the first views of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse.

Dinner and overnight stay at Teahouse. 

Day 4: Monday 20th April, 2015 - Trek Day 3

Rest day in Namche Bazaar for acclimatization.

As the name suggests, the bustling village has numerous shops selling items of every description! We can rest, explore and visit the National Park Visitors Centre.

Overnight in Tea House

Day 5: Tuesday 21st April, 2015 - Trek Day 4

Trek to Thyangboche (3863m), 5~6 hours

Following a brief uphill stretch, the path levels out for two hours, with dramatic views of the "big three". Down through the rhododendron forest to the Imja Khola river for a lunch stop at Phunki next to several water-driven prayer wheels. The afternoon was spent climbing slowly to the Thyangboche Monastery, one of the most beautiful spots on earth. It is the traditional place where Everest expeditions receive their blessings as they walk in towards base camp.

Overnight in Tea House

Day 6: Wednesday 22nd April, 2015 - Trek Day 5

Thyangboche - Pheriche (4,220m) : 5 hours

Following a brief uphill stretch, the path levels out for two hours, with dramatic views of the “big three”. Down through the rhododendron forest to the Imja Khola River for a lunch stop at Phunki next to several water-driven prayer wheels. The afternoon will be spent climbing slowly to the Thyangboche Monastery, one of the most beautiful spots on earth. It is the traditional place where Everest expeditions receive their blessings as they walk in towards base camp.

Dinner and overnight at Teahouse. 

Day 7: Thursday 23rd April, 2015 - Trek Day 6

Pheriche (4,220m) - Acclimatization Day

A wonderful day of relaxation and acclimatization at this altitude before resuming the ascent tomorrow.

Overnight in Tea House

Day 8: Friday 24th April, 2015 - Trek Day 7

Pheriche - Lobouche (4,931m) : 5 – 6 hours

An ill-defined track traverses the open landscape, with a short steep ascent cresting a ridge, taking in the beautiful view of Mt Cholatese to the west. An early lunch, prior to a steep trek to the Sherpa memorial for those who have died during Everest expeditions. Follow the trail through the moonscape of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, to emerge at the Campsite at Lobuche.

Dinner and overnight at Teahouse. 

Day 9: Saturday 25th April, 2015 - Trek Day 8

Lobouche - Gorak Shep (5,160m) : 7 – 8 hours

Along the Khumbu Glacier, through jumbled moraine and scattered rocks. A steep climb takes you out on a ridge, from where Mt Everest can be seen on a clear day looming behind Nuptse. The small community of Gorak Shep is a short way down the ridge. After lunch, an arduous climb to Kala Pattar (5545m) for the breathtaking views of the giants of the earth: Pumori, Everest, Changtse, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and many others!

Dinner and overnight at Teahouse. 

Day 10: Sunday 26th April, 2015 - Trek Day 9

Day trek to Everest Base Camp (5,360m) and back to Lobouche (4,931m) : 8 hours

The trip to base camp, while fascinating, is not as visually exciting as the ascent of Kala Pattar, because there is no view of Everest from the base camp. Mts. Lhotse and Nuptse loom over the site of the camp, blocking the view. After some scrambling, the trail leads to the entrance of the Khumbu Glacier and through the inside of this “fridge” to sites of several base camps. Some of the sites are identifiable from debris on the glacier at 5360m or more. The highlight of the day is the sight of the Khumbu Icefall and the exhilarating trek along it.

Dinner and overnight at Teahouse.

Day 11: Monday 27th April, 2015 - Trek Day 10

Gorak Shep - Devouche (3,800m) : 7 hours

The walk to Devouche is delightful, made easier by decreasing altitude and warmer, softer climes.

Dinner and overnight at Teahouse. 

Day 12: Tuesday 28th April, 2015 - Trek Day 11

Devouche - Monjo (2860m) : 6 hours

The walk to the small riverside village of Phunki with its water powered Prayer Wheels is “up and down”, cresting ridges and bridging rivers with many beautiful spots, passing through the village of Namche and descending down to Dudh Kosi River and walking on to Monjo for the night.

Dinner and overnight at Teahouse. 

Day 13: Wednesday 29th April, 2015 - Trek Day 12

Monjo – Lukla (2,860m): 5 hours

Following a 2 hour descent to Phakding, it is a surprisingly hard 3 hour uphill climb to Lukla – a delightful ending to the trip entering the busy village and on to the Lodge. Eve: Sherpa farewell party.

Dinner and overnight at Teahouse. 

Day 14: Thursday 30h April, 2015

Early breakfast and walk to the airport to board the scenic 45 mins flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, meet, assist and drive for about an hour to the beautiful lush green Sankhu Valley beyond the ancient town of Panauti to visit the Gulf 4 Good supported “Mission Himalaya Eco Farm Home” for orphaned children. We shall spend the day with the orphaned children by helping to paint their orphanage rooms, corridors, study rooms as well as the kitchen and bathrooms. The orphanage will also organize a small program to entertain the visiting guests. After a rewarding experience with the children we shall drive for a few minutes and visit the beautiful ancient township of Panauti en route to Kathmandu city. Eve: After the sightseeing we shall proceed to the Rum Doodle Restaurant for a farewell cocktails and dinner organized by the Himalayan Holidays Nepal team.

Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu. 

Day 15: Friday 1st May, 2015

Kathmandu - Dubai

Return flight home – exact timing to be confirmed. It could be a night flight reaching Dubai early morning the following day.

Notes: This itinerary may change due to border regulation changes, unusual weather patterns, wildlife movements, group strength, etc. We will endeavor to keep to the planned itinerary, but cannot be held responsible for last minute changes that might occur. In all such circumstances, the group leader will have the final say.

This itinerary is tough and you may encounter poor weather. The trek is not for the unfit or the faint-hearted. Most mountain treks have occasional exposure to sheer drops. Therefore, should you suffer from vertigo; you should discuss the itinerary with a member of our team.

Climate

It is the dry season at this time. Daytime temperatures in April will range from 17-25C in Katmandu and from 6-8C at Everest Base Camp.

Nighttime temperatures will decrease to 12-13C in Katmandu to minus 10C to about -15C at Base Camp.

Please note for every 1000-meter gain while climbing up, there will be a 1C temperature drop. Warm clothing is needed.

Health

Your health will not be at risk if you take the proper precautions while you are traveling. The most important and simple thing you can do to prevent illness is to be properly immunized. Second most important - follow food and drink guidelines.

Our medical adviser recommends that you should be immunized against Hepatitis A and B and Tetanus. Malaria risk is extremely low. Ideally, all necessary immunizations should be taken 6-8 weeks before travel to allow time for the shots to take effect. Contact your GP for more information.

Ideally, all necessary immunizations should be taken 6-8 weeks before travel to allow time for the shots to take affect. Contact your GP for more information.

In Dubai, these are available at the Travel Clinic at Al Mankhool Health Center in Bur Dubai: 04 502 1200 (walk in clinic open Sunday – Thursday from 7:30am – 2pm CASH only) or Al Baraha Hospital in Deira and private clinics.

Dr. Kersten Elliot, a chiropodist/Podiatrist from Dubai Physiotherapy and Family medicine Clinic, 04 349 6333 is happy to provide a 50% discount on consultation on the basis of your G4G Registration Cover Letter.

As always, seek medical care if you feel sick. There will be a first aider with you throughout your trip. Cleanliness precautions should be taken, such as regular hand washing and the use of hand cleaning gel prior to eating to prevent passage of viruses and germs.

Keep hydrated by drinking water regularly.

Some people may be troubled by altitude sickness. The risk of this can be significantly reduced by taking Diamox 125mg twice daily, starting a day before arriving at altitude at Lukla and continuing for at least two days after. (Please consult your Physician for all medical advice, but we recommend trying Diamox before departure, as it can have strong side effects for some people).

The trek is described as EXTREME and reaches altitudes of 5,545m. You need to be fit and healthy to participate. It is essential to walk slowly and drink a lot of water throughout your trek.

The itinerary is tough and you may encounter poor weather. The trek is not for the unfit or the faint-hearted.

Most mountain treks have occasional exposure to sheer drops. Therefore should you suffer from vertigo, you should discuss the itinerary with a member of our team.

Training

The challenge is described as "Extreme". You will be trekking for several hours per day, sometimes up steep inclines. Therefore, good fitness is required, and it is important that you start a gym or training programme at least three (3) months prior to the challenge.

You must try to also train outdoors and not just in the gym. There are various places to trek in the UAE which have proven to be great training grounds for our locally based challengers. Also join our ever popular beach hikes and stair climbs in the lead up to a challenge. Don't forget to keep stretching, flexibility helps stamina.

Visa information

Check if your passport is valid for at least 6 months prior to travel. You should also have a couple of clean pages (no stamps!) left in the passport.

It is recommended that the visas be obtained in advance even though visas can be obtained on arrival from the immigration authorities with fees payable in US Dollars provided travelers are in possession of valid travel documents, 2 passport size photos and the relevant fee.

Visas can be got the same day from the Nepal Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

We encourage all travelers to check what the visa requirements are for their particular nationality in advance from the Nepal Embassy to avoid surprises at the airport.

Nepal Embassy in UAE: For more information regarding visas,

Contact Tel: 971-2-634 4767

E-mail:

Website: http://www.nepalembassyuae.org/

Address: Sector W 15-2, Villa No. 13/1, Plot No. 40, Al Karama Street, Al Karama Area (opposite Mos'ab Bin Omier Mosque & close to bus parking yard)

Travel & Medical Insurance

G4G can arrange travel insurance for all participants resident in the UAE if you don't have your own coverage for such a challenge. You will be required to pay your insurance premium in addition to your sponsorship target. Further details about the premium, type of cover, insurance terms and conditions, etc. are available on request. (AED 20 per day).

If you have your own Insurance cover, please ensure that you are covered for activities such as trekking high altitudes (up to 5,545m) in Nepal and provide us with a copy of the policy.

If you are on medication, remember to write down both the brand and generic name and if it is serious medication confirm with your doctor if it is OK for you to participate in this challenge.

Raising Sponsorship

A comprehensive sponsorship booklet to guide you is included in your challenge pack once you register for the challenge. It is always good to arrange private sponsorship events as well as ask family, friends and colleagues for money. Sponsorship in this way increases your profile, creates more goodwill and raises awareness of the work of the nominated charities. The G4G office can give you names of previous challengers who will be happy to offer advice and maybe even assistance. Be aware that there are rules and regulations controlling public events in the UAE – if you have any questions, contact our office.

Safety

We take your safety very seriously. It is our first and never forgotten priority. Please listen to your guides and follow their instructions.

Respect for the Environment

We maintain a firm commitment to conserve the areas we work in and ask you to do the same. Take only photographs and leave behind only footprints!

What We Supply

Return flights from Dubai, internal transfers, accommodation, guides & porters, daily meals & water.

All your baggage will be transported each day to the night stop, except daily necessities carried in your own daypack.

If you require special flight arrangements i.e. different dates of travel, please inform the G4G office immediately. You will have to bear any extra costs.

A Typical Day

A typical day varies according to the different terrain, disciplines and distance. However, you can expect a normal day to start at 6am with breakfast served around 7am, and departure by 8am. Packed bags will be uplifted from outside your tent for transport by porter or yak. In the morning there is usually a 3-4 hour trek before the stop for lunch, followed by 2-3 hours in the afternoon. On arrival at the campsite there is time to relax, socialize or explore the area before dinner.

A dugout latrine will be made at every camp and a toilet tent pitched over it. Shower facilities are limited but there will be warm water provided for washing morning and night. Boiled drinking water is available throughout the day from porters/guides.

At over 3,000m we are staying in teahouses/lodges.

Special dietary requirements can be catered for with prior notice.

Personal Equipment

Travel light! Do limit the weight of your luggage on the trail to less than 15 Kgs and less than 20 Kgs overall. Bags should be soft sided with no hard corners and are to be clearly marked and lockable. G4G duffel bags are available for a price of Aed 125 per bag. Do not take or wear any valuables on the trip, it is best to leave them at home.

The key to staying comfortable while climbing is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation. This kit list is provided to help you choose your equipment and clothing for this trip.

Light clothing is generally sufficient until you reach the 3-4000m / 12-14,000ft altitude range, provided you always have something warm and waterproof right with you. Beyond these altitudes, even if the mornings are glorious, you must always be ready for dramatic changes in the weather

Kit List

A detailed Kit List is available on the last page of this Guideline. The best way to ensure that you are dressed correctly is to wear the correct fabrics, against the body. A common mistake made by people is to have cotton against the skin. Cotton absorbs moisture perfectly, but has absolutely no wicking properties. "Wick" means that the fabric draws moisture away from the body and allows it to evaporate on the outside. Cotton against the skin will trap moisture, so your body could be chilled by the wind. This could lead to prickly heat, so don't take chances with incorrect clothing.

How to Pack

Your clothes and equipment should fall into the following categories:

What you are going to wear and need on the trek. This should fit into a single soft-sided bag and will be transported each day from site to site max 15kgs

What you are going to carry in your daypack

What you are going to leave behind in Katmandu (in a locked bag in the hotel's storeroom)

Day Pack

Most of your clothing that you are not actually wearing will be carried by your porter. Although a guide will always accompany you on the trail, you are unlikely to see your porter except at the camps. Therefore, it is important you carefully pack the smaller Day Pack you carry yourself. Anything you need during the course of the day should be in your Day Pack including, most importantly, something warm and something waterproof.

Sun glasses / Moisturizing/Sun screen lotion / Water bottles / Camelback bladder / Prescribed medicines/ Camera and spare film / Binoculars-optional / Reading Reference book / Note book & Pencil / Trail Snacks / Trek permits / Toilet paper / rain gear / Warm layer / Extra shirts (for those who sweat)

NB: It's advisable to carry an extra T-shirt in your daypack. When you stop trekking you may feel cold after sweating and need to change your shirt or add a layer to prevent chills.

Main Bag

The bag the porter carries for you should not exceed around 15kgs/33lbs. If bags are too heavy, items may have to be removed.

Towels / Flash light / Head Lamp / Spare batteries & bulbs / Toiletries & Washing soap / Spare clothes & Underwear - wrapped in plastic bags / Extra shoes / sandals or flip flops - in plastic bags / Sleeping bag

Additional Items

Anti-dazzle glasses or goggles with side attachments are recommended and high altitude food supplements (favorite snacks, drink and soup mix) if necessary.

Camera
Taking pictures with a fully automatic camera at altitude is perfectly possible, but always have a new battery in your camera when going into cold areas. A mechanical camera works just as well, provided you have the knowledge to operate it successfully. Cameras exposed to cold do not cease functioning, but if you keep them inside your jacket and the lens is warm, they will likely form condensation when suddenly exposed to cold. This condensation will freeze under certain conditions. Therefore, keep your cameras dry at all times.

There are numerous classic photo opportunities. It is recommended that serious photographers take a small portable tripod, as it could be cold enough that you cannot keep the camera steady.

Mental Preparation
It is well within you to complete this challenge. Remain in a positive state of mind, without being overly confident. This mental stamina will make the more difficult parts easier to complete. Always focus on your goal and do not get involved in inconsequential matters that will rob you of your concentration. Being physically prepared assists a great deal in being mentally confident for the physical part of the challenge, so train hard!

Thoughts and ideas:

Be kind to your feet! If you plan on purchasing new hiking boots, do so well ahead of time and allow yourself time to break them in. Bring some extra moleskin or Second Skin (Compeed) for fast foot treatment, plus tape and watch out for blisters.

One way to minimize the risk of blisters is to wear a thin liner sock under your regular thicker hiking socks. The liner sock should be made of a non-absorbent, wicking material, absolutely no cotton. Test your sock combination before you go on the trip.

Another way is to coat your foot with a thick layer of Vaseline before you put your socks on each day

Cotton is wonderful in warm weather, but once it becomes wet, it drains your body heat. Plan on bringing at least one synthetic shirt that dries quickly. Suggestions are Capilene, M.T.S. and Thermax.

Stuff sacks are great for sorting your gear. Use different sizes and colors to differentiate the contents. Plastic bags are also helpful to separate clean and dirty clothing, as well as giving an extra layer of waterproofing inside the duffel bag.

Always test your layers before the trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding and bunching up.

If you normally wear contacts, bring a pair of glasses in case of eye irritation from dust.

Some of the trails can be rutted and dusty. It is a good idea to pack camera equipment and binoculars in plastic bags to protect them from the dust. This is in addition to their normal cases. Also bring some lens cleaning material.

Laundry is difficult on this trip but you can hand-wash a few quick-drying items.

Make 1 copy of your passport and take it with you; we will have a second copy in our files.

Miscellaneous Information

Electricity - 230V 50HzHz

Electric Plug Details - European plug with two circular metal pins

Indian-style plug with two circular metal pins above a large circular grounding pin

Nepal is 1¾ hours ahead of UAE time

Take US$ in cash to change

USD 1 = 95.22 NPR (Nepalese Rupee) as of 12 June 2014

A good reference book is the Nepal edition of the Lonely Planet publications, available in Dubai from most book shops.

The following notes are from the local Ground Handler who will be leading the challenge:

Food and Drinks

On the trek, the ground handlers will serve you wholesome food for replenishment and to meet your energy requirements. Special dietary requirements can be provided on advance request. Our cooks are trained in matters of hygiene and cooking and even the dishes are washed in mild disinfectant solution. The water provided is pressure boiled and iodized.

Water bottles may be filled with boiled water at night, so that you have cool water to drink the following day.

Your Staff on the Trip

One English speaking guide will be wholly responsible for the execution of the trip once it hits the trail. Helpers who will pitch the tents, serve food and guide the members on the trail will assist him. Cooks, assisted by kitchen staff, will do the cooking and surprise you with both western and local culinary delights in remote conditions.

The Ground Handler will provide

This includes high quality Mountain Hardware TRANGO III tents, tailor-made mattresses with pillows, hot water bottles for the cold weather, hot water in a basin for each person every morning to brush your teeth and wash your face, boiled drinking water to carry in your water bladder and/or bottle, toilet tent with folding seats and toilet rolls, dining tent with table, chairs, crockery, cutlery and tumblers. All your gear will be transported each day to the night stop, except daily necessities carried in your own bag pack.

Sanitation and Personal Hygiene

A dugout latrine will be made at every camp and a toilet tent pitched over it, with folding toilet seats. Toilet paper will be provided. Hot water and soap will be provided twice a day for washing.

General Matters

Your personal belongings will be looked after by our staff, so please help them by not leaving them unattended in villages and other public places.

Money on the Challenge

You may want to buy drinks at wayside shops and souvenirs from the locals. Small change should be carried.

Tips

It is difficult to give precise amounts as it obviously varies by each country; however the suggested amount is normally US$ 50 – 100 per challenger for this challenge. Tips are usually collected at the end of the challenge by the G4G rep and given to the ground handler rep for distribution to the concerned staff.

Compulsory

A relaxed attitude – and a sense of humour.

The Everest Base Camp 2015 will support Eco Children's Farm Home, a self sustaining farm and home  for up to 45 Nepalese orphans, developed by Mission Himalaya.

This year, the charity has shared a Project Wishlist which will make a powerful impact to the welfare of the children. Depending up on the funds raised via EBC 2015 participants, G4G will determin how to best utilize these funds and a mix of above mini-projects and features can be completed in 2015.

This wonderful charity was also supported by the 2011 Everest Base Camp Challenge as well as The Annapurna Circuit Trek 2009. 

   
Funding raised from the G4G 2011 challenge enabled completion of the main building as well as construction of ancillary buildings.   
  
Nepal has as many as 80,000 orphans, all in need of a safe, secure home.   Mission Himalaya are currently in discussions with alternative orphanages to identify the right partner to occupy the serene new Eco Farm.   We will send updates as these discussions progress.

KIT LIST - CHECK LIST

Bags and essentials

25 - 35 litre day pack with a couple of outside pockets. It should be light and comfortable, preferably waterproof, with padded straps, (with provision for a water bladder) to carry all small personal items needed during the day

Bag - a lockable, good-sized kit bag (or suitcase) with a top length zipper and nametag (nametag provided by G4G). For your convenience G4G has custom-made weather resistant duffle bags for AED 125 each

Water bottles (preferably insulated) &/or >2 litre insulated hydration bladder (with insulated drinking tube)

Trekking Poles x 2

Sleeping bag rated to at least -10C, preferably -15C or -20CFor extra warmth, a fleece sleeping bag liner/outer bag and/or a silk liner can both add several degrees of warmth

Footwear

Medium weight waterproof hiking boots with ankle support (Gore-tex recommended or treated leather boots or equivalent) with new and spare laces

Several pairs hiking socks

Several pairs of lightweight socks

Sock linersCasual shoes for evenings/camp sites

Base Layer:

Medium Thermal Underwear leggings (long) – avoid cotton

Medium Thermal Underwear top (long) – avoid cotton

Regular underwear – wicking material is the best!

Thermal Layer:

Fleece jacket or equivalent – full zip is best for temperature regulation

Fleece trousers or equivalent

Down jacket1 pair light, mid-weight thermal lined gloves worn over glove liners

Quick dry shirtsJerseys – one light, one heavy

Optional, but recommended – synthetic-filled vest & ear muffs

Outer Layer:

Long length waterproof, windproof, breathable jacket (e.g. Gore-tex or equivalent). Must be big enough to go over all other layers

Trousers – at least one pair should be waterproof, windproof, breathable (e.g. Gore-tex)

Poncho or rain jacket

NOTE: The above layers work much better than a single huge parka!

Head

Brimmed hat for sun Sunglasses

Scarf & Hat

Day pack

2 water bottles, 1 litre size

Sunscreen SPF 30+Lip Balm with sunscreen

Prescription medication

Camera/spare batteries and memory cards

Toilet Paper/TissueTrail snacks/ Isotonic Drink Powder

Wet wipes/hand sanitizer Buff or Bandana (to cover the back of your neck)

Small change for souvenirsExtra shirt: When you stop trekking, you may feel cold after sweating and need to change or add a layer to prevent chills

Lightweight jersey

Other

Swiss army knife (not packed in hand luggage!)

Head lamp or flashlight, spare batteries

Toiletries

Mini First Aid Kit (main kit carried by the G4G rep)

Neck pouch and/or Money belt

Quick Dry Towel

Small binoculars

Reading material

Plastic bags for packing & zip-lock bags – assorted sizes are very useful for storing and keeping dry all sorts of things!