This is just to say a very belated thank you – we had a great trip, so thank you for arranging and all your input. Our team were brilliant, cheerful, fun and so hard working. The food was excellent – far better than my expectations. The scenery was spectacular and every bit as good as we were expecting. ... [I am] Sure I will do another one at some point.
Nick B, Simon Q and James H, Kanchenjunga private
It is critical to bring the right gear. Most importantly do bring sturdy trekking boots, we are trekking over rough terrain. These must be almost new (no old boots!) and should be relatively tough and strong, ie not the very lightest models. You must be prepared for some light snow, although we hope the trek is snow-free.
See Scarpa UK's trek range to get an idea of the choices. Fabric and leather boots trekking boots work, as do all leather options. You want to balance light weight with toughness and support, and each person weighs these values differently.
You MUST have a good level of trekking fitness. We don't set out to make the trek tough,
but it will be as we are trekking across plenty of passes. Let's face it, all longer Himalayan treks are tough!
For the first half we trek standard Nepal expedition style, with you carrying a day pack, while porters carry the gear and we have a kitchen crew to cook for us. So in some ways it is basically a standard camping trek, however trekking is our life and we want to be comfortable so we have our list of carefully thought out details such as the best quality jams and sauces, tent systems, filtered coffee etc, that make our trek service the best available.
The GHT Kanchenjunga map NP101 covers the trek, as do a number of other locally available maps.