Trekkers should bring all gear in one large duffel bag and a small backpack


  • Running or tennis shoes: 1 pair to wear around camp 
  • Hiking Boots: 1 pair of sturdy (very waterproof and warm) boots
  • Gaiters: 1 pair used to keep rocks out of shoes and boots dry
  • Wool or Synthetic Socks: 3 pairs heavyweight socks (wool is warmer). Remember to keep one fresh, dry pair of socks available at all times. It is very important to buy new socks regularly as they lose their cushioning over time 
  • Liner Socks: (Optional) 2-3 pairs of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene to be worn next to the skin; they should fit well with your heavyweight socks.

Technical Clothing 

  • Lightweight Long Underwear: 2 pairs. Tops & bottoms, Capilene, other synthetic or wool. No Cotton. Lightweight is preferable as it is more versatile (worn single in warmer conditions and double layer for colder). Zip-T-neck tops allow more ventilation options. One set of white for sunny days and one pair of dark for faster drying gives the most versatility  
  • Trekking Pants: 2 pairs. Lightweight nylon trekking pants worn during start of climb
  • Soft-Shell Pants: (Optional) These non-insulated pants can be worn in place of trekking pants while on the climb. They provide a higher level of warmth and also repel light rain
  • Hard-Shell Pants: Waterproof, breathable. Full length side zippers preferred but not required. Full zip can be helpful when removing pants while wearing boots. 3/4 zips that reach to lower hip will work. Ankle zip pants are not recommended since pants can not be quickly or easily removed while wearing boots. • Insulated Synthetic Pants: Be sure pants can be removed while wearing boots
  • Synthetic/Soft Shell jacket: Mid- to Heavyweight. A full-zip version is easier to put on and has better ventilation than a pullover
  • Hard-Shell jacket w/ hood: We recommend a waterproof, breathable shell material with full front zipper, underarm zips, and no insulation. This outer layer protects against wind and rain
  • Insulated Down Jacket w/ hood or Insulated Synthetic Jacket w/ hood: Medium to heavy weigh

Hand wear

  • Lightweight synthetic gloves: 2 pairs, quick drying material. Should fit comfortably inside heavy mitts
  • Hard-Shell Mitts w/ insulated removable: 1 pair. A good pair of ski mittens/gloves work well. Headwear 
  • Balaclava: Look for a simple lightweight model. • Warm Lightweight synthetic/wool hat: Hat should cover ears
  • Baseball cap/sun hat: One with a good visor to shade the nose and eyes. Synthetic is nice as it dries quickly
  • Bandana: Used to shade your neck
  • Glacier glasses: 100% UVA/B, IR, high quality optical lenses designed for mountain use


  • Adjustable 3 section Ski/Trekking poles: (Optional, but nice to have) 1 pair
  • Headlamp: A good quality climbers headlamp. Bring extra batteries
  • Trekking Backpack: A day-pack big enough to carry water bottles, camera, lunch and extra clothing. 3,000 max. 
  • Water Bottles: 2 to 3 Wide mouth bottles with minimum 1 Liter capacity per bottle.
  • Sunscreen: SPF 30 or higher, 2 small tubes. Make sure that the sun screen is not older than 6 months. Sunscreen older than six months loses half of its SPF rating 
  • Lip screen: SPF 40 or higher, at least 2 sticks (not older than 6 months)
  • Sports Drink Mix: Powdered electrolyte drink mix. 1-2 Servings per day for 7 days
  • Water Purification tablets: 2 bottles
  • Sleeping bag: Expedition quality to at least 15 degrees fahrenheit (with liner), but zero degree is recommended; down is lighter and less bulky, but more expensive than synthetics


  • Waterproof duffle bag: This waterproof bag is needed to keep your clothing/gear dry during transport by the porters
  • Small duffle bag: A small duffle can be nice for storing things at the hotel during the expedition and extra clothing while traveling
  • Plastic bags: To line stuff sacks to keep gear dry and line pack. Trash Compactor bags are best
  • Trail snack food items: Energy supplements. 5-6 Servings GU/Shotblocks etc - These are easily metabolized simple sugars/carbs -(not protein bars for summit day). Additional protein bars/snack favorites to supplement remaining climb days
  • Travel clothes: For time at Flying Kites
  • Toiletry bag: Include toilet paper, soap, wet wipes, toothbrush, towel, hand sanitizer, foot powder, ear plugs etc.

First Aid 

  • Small personal first-aid kit: (Simple and Light) Aspirin (Extra Strength Excedrin is best), Antibiotic ointment, Moleskin, Band-Aids, personal prescriptions, etc. Please let your guide know about any medical issues before the climb
  • Medications/Prescriptions: Climbers should bring Pepto Bismol. Ciprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for traveler’s diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Azithromycin (Z-pak) 250mg tablets for non-gastrointestinal infections. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250 mg tablets for altitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin for headaches. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity