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Trek gear discussions
We have a growing collection of gear discussions, do have a look thru on the left for the one most appropriate for your trek, and for your accessories. Here are a few details relevant to all.
On all treks you carry a day pack with your camera, extra clothing, water and snacks, so ensure your day pack is comfortable and a suitable size. In general we recommend a pack with real waistband, plenty of support, and a minimum size of 30 litres, although 35-45 litres/2000-3000 cubic inches is more usual for less fanatical packers. The porters/yaks/ponies mules carry everything else, so pack this in a duffel/kitbag rather than backpack.
Do not bring a roller duffel for trekking unless you plan to leave this in the hotel, frames tend to break. You can store gear to leave behind at the hotels we use, no problem. Duffels/kitbags are readily available in Kathmandu.
Do bring a camera, and the charger. We recommend an extra battery on all our trips, regardless of whether we have a charging system on board or not. Some copy batteries do well but to be sure of good performance do use the original manufacturer's. For best performance buy in advance and use three times, charging and discharging them fully, and this will push the Lithium Ion battery to give the longest life on subsequent uses. It is not necessary or useful to discharge them fully after this, just charge when the opportunity arises.
Do bring plenty of memory, a couple of big cards. You will take 500 to 2000+ pictures probably, and do shoot at the highest resolution, highest image quality. It is rare for cards to fail, so having one or two big capacity cards is generally better than multiple cards.
See our more comprehensive Digital cameras section too.
Your mobile will probably work in cities in India, Nepal and Tibet, and so is perhaps worth bringing. Texting/SMS's are a good way to stay in touch with family. There is little or no mobile coverage while trekking, apart from in the Everest region, Nepal.
We carry a phone for emergencies, not necessarily for general communication. Note that the satellite service is not 100% guaranteed, Thuraya has occasional service issues.