what to bring and other important questions
We have included a recommended list of supplies specific to each challenge in your Challenge Briefing Pack. The information below, however, can be applied to all of our challenges.
Where can I find a recommended supplies list?
You will need 3 types of bags for your challenge.
Firstly a large hiking pack which will carry all of your extra clothes/sleeping bag etc. which your porter will carry. This can be anywhere between 70-90 liters and should be a soft bag with no frame.
You will also need a smaller day bag/backpack which you will carry each day. This bag will be to hold the essential items that you will need on a day to day basis such as your water, some snacks, sunscreen and valuables. We would recommend that this bag should be no bigger than 24-35 liters
You should also bring an empty, third bag to leave back at the hotel with any items that you won't need on the trekking element of your trip.
What type of bag(s) do I need?
No, we will provide all of your camping equipment including your tent. For most of our challenges, however, you will need your own sleeping bag (season 4) and a sleeping mat for comfort if you prefer.
Please refer to the equipment & gear list in your Challenge Briefing Pack for a complete list of what you will need to bring with you and what can be rented in-country.
Do I need my own camping equipment?
What type of boots will I need?
You will need a set of hiking boots, with good ankle support and a deep tread (remember to break these in before you travel). We would recommend talking to someone at a local outdoor specialist store if you are unsure.
How will I keep warm?
Keeping warm is all about using multiple layers instead of just wearing one large coat. You will stay much warmer by having 4-5 layers on, since you trap in more air and insulate yourself against the cold.
What type of head lamp do I need?
An LED head lamp is vital for your trek. They are brighter and last much longer on their batteries than traditional torches - remember to bring plenty of spare batteries as well!
Can I bring electronic items?
Yes, however remember there will be limited - if any - opportunity to recharge them so make sure to bring spare batteries. Solar chargers can also be a useful alternative. Sleeping with your electronic items in your sleeping bag can help to keep them warm and preserve the battery life on cold nights.
You will need to drink roughly 5 liters (about a gallon and a half) per day - this is vital to remain hydrated and help your body acclimatize. You can carry your water in regular bottles, in a water bladder, or a combination of both depending on your preference.
How should I carry my water?
While walking poles are not essential, they can be extremely helpful. They help keep you stable when you are tried. For anyone with knee issues, they can take up to 40% of the weight off of your legs. Walking poles are particularly useful when descending and are highly recommended!
Should I bring walking poles?
Although there will be no access to power on your trek, you will have the opportunity for a quick charge in the hotel before and after your trek, so make sure you bring along an appropriate adapter.
Do I need a travel adapter plug?
We recommend not bringing valuables with you on your trip at all. But if you must, please make sure to keep them secure and on you at all times.
What should I do with my valuables?
Firstly --We would definitely recommend asking your friends/family to see if you are able to borrow any supplies that you think may not use again after this trek! (sleeping bags, trekking poles, etc.)
If you would like to rent... then you can rent items of equipment locally from our overseas support staff upon arrival. We have highlighted the items that can be rented and their price in your Challenge Briefing Pack.
Can I rent any supplies?
While you will want to ensure that you are nice and comfortable for your flight, we recommend wearing some of your trekking essentials.
For example, wearing your boots will save weight and space in your bag and will mean that if, for any reason, your main bag is delayed in reaching your final destination, you will still be able to start your trek with the rest of your group.