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Equipment List above 8,000 m.


Climbing Equipment

  • Ice Axe w/Leash. General mountaineering tool.
  • Crampons. With “step in” bindings and flat rather than “cookie cutter” frame rails anti balling plates OK.
  • Alpine climbing harness. Harness should fit over all clothing.
  • Carabiners (3) Locking; (3) Regular.
  • Ascender (1). One right or one left.
  • Rappel/Belay device.
  • Prussiks. Or bring 40 feet of flexible 6mm perlon to make into prussic.
  • Adjustable 3 Section Ski or Trekking poles. Optional Footwear
  • Light hiking boots or trekking shoes. For day hikes and trek to Base Camp.
  • Tennis shoes or low top shoes. For international travel and town days.
  • Optional.Booties. Optional.
  • Camp Boots. Optional. Insulated boot for Base Camp.
  • Double Plastic Climbing Boots w/ altitude liners. Good quality plastic shells with inner boots. Avoid tight fit with heavy socks.
  • Fully Insulated Overboots.
  • Gaiters.
  • Trekking Socks. 3 pair.
  • Wool or Synthetic Socks. 4 pair heavyweight wool or
  • Synthetic socks.
  • Liner Socks. 4 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene to be worn next to the skin.
  • Vapor barrier socks. Optional. Helps reduce moisture buildup in your boots
  • Lightweight Long Underwear. 2-3 pair bottoms, Capilene, other synthetic or wool. No Cotton.
  • Heavyweight Long Underwear. 1 pair. Expedition weight Capilene. (Alternative: a one-piece suit)
  • Lightweight Nylon Pants. 1 -2 pairs.
  • Short Sleeve Synthetic Shirt. 1-2 pairs.
  • Synthetic/Soft Shell Jacket. with full-zip.
  • Insulated Synthetic Pants. Full separating side zippers.
  • Down Pants. To fit over insulation layers.
  • Expedition Down Parka. Fully Baffled, Expedition Weight, have good hood.
  • Insulated Synthetic Jacket. Optional.
  • Hard Shell jacket w/ hood. against wind and rain.
  • Hard Shell Pants. Waterproof, breathable. Full length side zippers preferred.


  • Lightweight Synthetic gloves. 1 pair. Should fit comfortably inside mitts or gloves. Lighter capilene preferred.
  • Heavyweight Synthetic/Soft Shell gloves. 1 pair. Wind stopper.
  • Expedition Shell Gloves w/ insulated removable liners. 1 pair
  • Expedition Shell Mitts. 1 pair.
  • Hand warmers and Toe Warmers: Bring 3 sets of each.


  • Headlamp. Bring plenty of spare bulbs & batteries.
  • Glacier glasses (w/ side covers or wrap around). 100% UV, IR, high quality optical lenses designed for mountain use.
  • Baseball cap/sun hat. 1 pair with a good visor to shade the nose and eyes.
  • Ski Goggles, 1 pair. 100% UV & IR.
  • Balaclava. (1) Heavyweight, (1) Lightweight.
  • Bandanas (2).
  • eoprene face mask. Optional


Personal Equipment

  • Expedition Backpack. 3,500 - 4,000 cu. in.
  • Trekking Backpack. 2,000 - 2,500 cu. in. (Optional)
  • Sleeping Bag. (Expedition quality rated to at least -40°F). Goose down preferred over synthetic for bulk & weight.
  • Sleeping Bag. (Expedition quality rated to at least -20°F). A second bag for Base Camp.
  • Self Inflating pads (2). Two 3/4 or full length pads. One for use at basecamp and one for camps higher on the moutain.
  • Closed-Cell foam pad. Full length closed cell is recommended, used while staying at camps higher than base camp.
  • Cooking Gear: Cup: 16oz. plastic insulated mug with snap-on lid.
  • Spoon: Good quality tough plastic.
  • Bowl: Plastic Tupperware type with 2-3 cup capacity and lid.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 or better, 2 small tubes.
  • Lip screen. SPF 20 or better, at least 2 sticks.
  • Water Bottles: 2 to 3 Wide mouth bottles with minimum 1 Litre capacity per bottle.
  • Water Bottle parkas for the big bottles.

Toiletry bag.

  • Pee Bottle (1 Liter). Large mouth, clearly marked water bottle for use in tent.
  • Pee Funnel (for women).
  • Camp Knife or Multi Tool. Medium sized.
  • Thermos. 1 Liter capacity.
  • Trash Compactor bags (4).
  • Camera gear. Optional.
  • Compression Stuff Sacks. Especially for sleeping bags and clothing.



  • 2 Large duffle bags w/ travel locks. Used for transporting your gear.
  • Base Camp Items. It is good to bring additional items which you have found to be useful on previous expeditions.
  • Travel Clothes. A set of clean clothes is nice to have to change into after the trip.


First Aid

  • Small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and Light) Aspirin, Moleskin, molefoam, waterproof first-aid tape, athletic tape, Band-Aids, personal medica-tions, etc. The guides will have extensive first-aid kits, so leave anything extra behind. Let your guide know about any medical issues before the climb
  • Drugs/Medications/Prescriptions. Climbers should bring Mupirocin (Bactroban) cream, excellent topical antibiotic for scrapes and cuts. Cirpro¬floxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for traveler’s diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium for diarrhea. Azithromycin (Z-pak) 250mg tablets for non-gastrointestinal infections. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for alltitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin,Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.






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