Gear list & Trekking tips - Tea House Trek
- Loose comfortable T-Shirts
- Long sleeved shirts for sun protection
- A warm jacket and a fleece pullover
- A thermal layer (shirt and pants)
- Water and wind proof jacket
- Water and wind proof trousers
- Woolen or thermal gloves
- Sun hat and sun glasses
- Woolen or fleece hat
- Warm woolen and normal socks
- Comfortable and warm trekking boots
- Gaiters (if snows)
- A comfortable day pack with adjustable waist and shoulder straps
- Personal toiletries - shampoo, soap, shavers, moisturizer, and travel towel etc
- Sun block and lip balm
- Personal first aid kit and any personal medications you need to take
- Camera, music and books
- Rucksack for your cloths and other accessories
- An airtight ‘dry bag’ is great for storing your dirty laundry!
- Sleeping bag liner – either silk, cotton or fleece
- WATER BOTTLES - please be able to carry 2 liters of water and have bottles that can handle boiling/hot water
- HEAD TORCH!
- Batteries for camera, torch etc..
- A big smile for all and your sense of humor and adventure!
- Walking sticks (if needed)
Please Note: These days most of these items can be purchased in Kathmandu. There are now several leading brand stores selling their own equipment and there are many stores selling cheap imitations and some well established local stores selling under their own labels. Ask your tour leader if you’d like some advice about where to go to get any gear. If you need to do any shopping for gear, please allow time to do so before starting the trek and contact us well in advance.
WHAT WE SUPPLY ON RENT BASIS (UPON REQUEST)
• Sleeping bag
• Down jacket
WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU IN YOUR DAY PACK
Please carry the following in your day pack, as a minimum:
- 2 liters of water (please make sure your water bottles will take boiling/hot water (if you do not want to buy mineral water on the way)
- Sunscreen, sun glasses, sun hat
- Rain jacket and pants
- Warm fleece or thermal layer and gloves
- Your camera
- Any money you want for snacks/drinks along the trail
- CRITICAL – take any personal medications you require during the day – you may not see your kit bag until evening.
- Passport copy
The rest you can put into your kit bag which will be carried by the porters, whom you might not see until camp in the evening.
WHAT ABOUT GEAR I WANT TO LEAVE IN KATHMANDU?
Before departure if you do not want to take your valuable things or any unnecessary item then just ask at our office counter to store it for you in our storage room. We strongly suggest you to pack your valuable things (such as money, visa card, camera etc) in different pack or bag to put it in our safety box.
TEA HOUSE FACILITIES
You will share a room on your trek with common toilets, unless you specifically request a single supplement (a charge is required to cover the cost of taking an extra room for you). Please note that at peak trekking times a single room may not be available and because of limited teahouses available in the area some time you might need to spend overnight in dormitories as well.
FOOD ON TEA HOUSE
You have opportunity to try different kind of dishes in tea houses, your guide will choose and provide you different kind of dishes on different days but please do not have any high expectation on quality, taste of food and variety of dishes. You are up in the mountain so its mountain style.
TIPS FOR STAYING HEALTHY
- Do not drink or brush your teeth with tap water!
- Drink only properly boiled water or use water purification tablets, such as iodine. Bottled water is available, but as the plastic cannot be recycled in Nepal we request you to consider the waste impact of your bottles – we recommend you drink boiled water or use iodine.
- During the trek DO NOT try to test your fitness and walk too high, too quickly! Listen to you guide and take their advice as they are trained to look after your safety. Altitude sickness is a killer and you MUST take it seriously.
- Your hands are perhaps your biggest enemy in terms of your health as they. Wash your hands before every meal or snack. People often think they get sick from the food, but it’s far more likely they forgot to wash their hands!
FIRST AID KIT
Your guide will have first aid medical kit for the trek (such as medicine for stomach, headache, fever, Diarrhea, painkiller, altitude sickness, handplast, antiseptic liquid). It is recommended that you bring a small personal medical kit including your preferred painkillers, throat lozenges, plasters, strapping tape for blisters, etc. If you are taking regular medication you MUST bring those medicines with you plus an extra supply in case one pack is lost. If you have any allergies to any medicine please advise us when booking your trek and please bring the substitute medicine for it.
Trekking trails vary from wide, rode-like avenues to narrow, slippery paths built out over enormous drops. In many places, a fall from the trail would be fatal. One must pay attention at all times to where you are placing your feet. Be especially careful not to move while looking through the view finder of your camera! It is common to get leeches on rainy season or when it rains so please be prepare.
Flight to the remote sector ( Lukla) depends on the weather condition, so there are chances of flight being delays for hours or even cancelled due to the weather. You will only be allowed to carry 10kg as luggage and 5 kg as a hand bag and excess kilo will be charged extra.
BE PREPARED FOR THE WEATHER
Nepal has the widest altitude range of any country on the earth. Each altitude has its own weather, from tropical heat to arctic cold. In the main trekking seasons in the spring and autumn, the weather is generally stable and even the high passes may be free of snow and relatively easy to traverse at times.
Some trekkers who have encountered an easy day at altitude may spread the word that boots and warm clothing are not required. This is a mistake. Sudden storms occur at any time, dumping snow on the passes without warning. At that point, any one poorly equipped will not be able to proceed and may even be stranded for a number of days risking their life and the lives of others.
You are heading into the world's highest mountain range. Be prepared for changes in temperature and weather!!
ALTITUDE AND PREVENTING ALTITUDE SICKNESS
Being in a hurry in the mountains can be deadly. Acclimatization is the word used to describe the adjustments your body makes as it ascends to higher altitudes.
Ascending slowly, with appropriate rest days and drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways not to get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
You should not plan to go to high altitude if you have heart disease, difficulty breathing at sea level or are pregnant. You should consult your doctor about any known medical conditions if you are considering trekking in high altitude (over 2500m).
Avoid sleeping pills, alcohol and smoking while at altitude as they tend to decrease breathing and lead to AMS. Data indicates that drinking 3-4 liters of fluids (water, soup etc) per day to avoid dehydration helps in the acclimatization process. Never try to attempt to go higher up if you have altitude sickness, stay either in the same elevation or if got worse trek to the lower elevation.
The first aid kit carried by your guide includes Diamox and he/she is trained in the identification of AMS symptoms and their treatment. You MUST take their advice.
You will be given a comprehensive briefing about what to expect and what to do to avoid AMS before embarking on your trek.
TIPPING AND CASH REQUIREMENTS
Do not forget to bring some Nepalese rupees for drinks or snacks that you might purchase on the way. You will be surprised by what is available on the popular trekking routes now! The amount to carry on the trekking routes depends on the area you are going to trek in, so please ask your guide for advice.
Tipping is now common in Nepal but there is no strict rules about how much the tip should be. You could tip if you are satisfied with the service.
During your trek you will have many opportunities to photograph local people and the amazing scenery and you will use tons of film/memory space! When you want to take a photo of a person, please respect their right to refuse and ask them first – you will be surprised how easy it is to convey the request to take someone’s photo even when you don’t share a common language! If you have a digital camera it is considerate to show them their photo and if it’s possible to arrange to have copies printed and sent to them this is an amazing gift! However do not promise to do so if you are not sure you can deliver on the promise, so please talk to your guide about this! Photos can be a brilliant way to establish a connection with local people, but please respect their right to privacy.
CONSIDERING THE ENVIRONMENT
While trekking you have to be careful not to destroy the very environment you are enjoying so much. It is not only for your enjoyment, people and wildlife rely on this environment for their drinking water and food supply and many places are of enormous religious significance to local people.
There are many ways you can help to conserve the environment of the area in which you trek. Here are some simple tips:
• Pick up any litter along the trail;
• Burn all your toilet paper and bury your faeces when not in camp, make sure you go at least 50m away from any water source;
• In camp, when using a toilet tent, you may deposit paper in the hole, but ensure the hole is at least 30cm deep and make sure it is at least 50m away from any water source;
• Do not make campfire, nor consume food cooked on wood fires; your crew uses kerosene stoves to help conserve the local forests;
• Drink boiled/treated water instead of mineral water as the plastic is not recycled;
• Stick to the trails to prevent erosion and damage to fragile alpine flora
• Ensure all rubbish is packed out (or burnt/buried if appropriate)
All tour participants should obtain their own personal insurance, which covers medical and emergency evacuation at a minimum. Helicopter evacuation is provided in emergency cases but please make sure that you insurance cover the cost of the evacuation. You will of course also want cover for loss or damage to personal effects, flight or trip cancellation etc.
To ensure that you have the best time possible and that Nepal benefits from your visit, please respect local traditions, customs, values and the environment. You will have a great time if you are open to the warm hearted Nepali hospitality and if you respect their efforts to protect their local culture and maintain local pride.
• Respect privacy when taking photographs
• Respect holy places and dress appropriately
• Refrain from giving money or food to children. There are many good organizations working to help street children, we recommend you give to them instead of encouraging kids to stay on the street.
• Your attempts at speaking some Nepali will open hearts and bring huge smiles!
• Protect the natural environment
• Finally, respect the local and earn their respect. Sometimes you might feel personally challenged to intervene or say something or may not agree with everything but you know that you are not here to change Nepal instead you are here to experience the different way of living.
Have a nice Trip!