Kanchenjunga Trek Equipment List
Trekking to the Nepalese Himalaya will be cold and other challenges. Here are the lists of the gear for the Kanchenjunga region trek. Each and every equipment should not use for every trekking packages. We do have the pre-trip meeting before the trek and will consult more. If you have any confusion about the equipment feel free to ask through email by mentioning the fact gear.
You trek 4- 7 hours every day so you need a few pairs of comfortable and breathable under wares.
The Thermal layer is compulsory when you are above 3000 meters all trekking season. It is not recommended lower area but if you trek during late autumn and winter, it is better to wear from the beginning of your trek for not having any problem from the cold. You might have sweat while you walk so must take off this when you reach the camp and change another.
You need to have a few trekking shirts for walking which should be a quick dryer one. The full and half shirts for different climate and altitude are highly recommended. Fabric breathable shirts are the best for the trekking.
Fleece jacket keeps warm so pack this in your day pack and can use while you rest along the trek. It doesn’t block the wind. When you are in a very cold area you should wear inside the down jacket.
Down Jacket (Feather Jacket)
A down jacket is mandatory when you are in High and cold region. It is very useful in the lodge when you rest. You may wear during the walk in the higher places and an early morning hike.
Few pair long and short trousers are recommended while you wear during the trek. Shorts are for the lower region and long trousers are for higher elevation.
Waterproof Jacket and Trouser
Walking in higher elevation is cold and windy so waterproof jacket and trouser is the smartest idea to wear. It rains and snows sometimes, they are really useful for quick wear.
To protect your face and head from the heat, the sun hat is highly recommended. Pack the hate which has the cover behind to the back neck.
The woollen hat is the most important to keep the ears warm from wind and cold. For the early morning hike and evening in higher places, it may be the best wear on the head.
A buff is essential to protect the neck from the cold and block the dust during the trek.
A pair of warm thin inner gloves is very useful in the cold area. You can use them while you trek with cold temperature and need to wear inside the bigger windproof gloves in early morning hike and high passes.
Outer Windproof Gloves
While walking with freezing cold and wind, the outer windproof gloves are necessary. Especially hiking early morning for the viewpoints, wind, and high passes trails, you must wear them.
Nice quality hiking boots are highly recommended. If you have cheap quality boots, they may have a problem for the trek and don’t find the shoemaker everywhere in the mountain.
Sports Shoes and Sandals
While you stay at the lodge, you can use sports shoes to keep your feet warm. The hiking boots should have sweat then will be cold so if you change the sports shoes, it might be the smartest idea. Sandals are good when you go to the washroom at night and for the shower.
The water in the mountain is freezing cold so you can’t wash your socks then you need to have a few pairs of the trekking socks with you. It might have sweat while you trek so we recommend using the fresh and dry socks in the cold area, morning hike, and the high passes.
Fingers and Toe Warmer
If you trek from November to February, the temperatures will be minus degrees in the mountain and will be very freezing so to keep your fingers and toe; the fingers and toe warmer are very useful. Put inside the boots and the gloves them and trek in the Himalayas.
Duffel Bag and Rucksack
Duffel bag and Rucksack are the main equipment to put all the trekking gear which is carried by the porters.
To carry your valuables, pair of warm clothes, rain cover and snacks during the trek, the daypack is the important equipment. You may not see the porter along with the trail if you need the rain cover and warm layers while you rest on the way between the camps to keep them with you inside the daypack which is carried by you.
Sleeping Bag and Liner
The best sleep makes you fresh and energetic then you need to have a warm sleeping bag for the trek. If you trek during the autumn, minus 20 or above and minus 10 for the spring is nice to have. Sleeping bag liner is good and makes warmer for your sleep.
The wall of the lodges don’t block the sounds from the next room and you also may have your roommate who snores then if you have the earplugs, they won’t disturb for your sleep.
Don’t think that I am strong enough and don’t need the trekking poles. If there is snow, ice, and mud on your trail, the trekking poles really help. Sometimes, walking a few hours downwards may have the knee problem and may have some blister so take the trekking polls with you.
Not every trekking area has electricity and even the places with electricity also may not be all the time, so a headlamp is highly recommended and for high passes/sunrise trip from lodge also needed.
UV protection sunglass is compulsory to use in the mountain. When the sun rays reflect from the snow, it will be very bright. To protect the eyes and safe from snow bind, UV protected sunglass is needed.
The crampon is good equipment for high passes trekking in Nepal. It will be very supportive to walk on the slippery snowy path.
Extra Camera Batteries
Extra batteries are highly recommended for mountain trekking. When you will be in a colder place the power of the battery will be degrees soon then you may miss capturing some beautiful photos. For this case, it is a very good idea having extra camera batteries.
First Aid Kit
Trekking in Nepali Himalayan region may have traveller’s diarrhoea and mountain sickness. So first aid kit is highly recommended for trekking in Nepal.
Gaiters are recommended for high passes trekking. It controls the snow going into your boots and saves to trousers to be wet. They are good to use on the muddy trails too.
Lip Balm and Moisturizing Cold Cream
The wind and cold temperature crack the skin of the face and lips then lip balm and moisturizing cold cream are very useful in the cold.
Multi Uses Power Socket and Battery Charger
The electric power socket may not fit for your battery charging, so good to have multi uses power socket and camera battery charger.
To protect your valuable stuff from rain or mistakenly drop into the water, so always keep with plastic cover or bag when you don't use them.
Quick Drier Towel
After washing yourself, you need a towel so the quick drier towel is better to take with you. It is light and very useful.
Rain Cover and Bag Cover
Can't say about the weather in the mountain so you need to have rain cover with you and to protect your stuff from rain and dust you better have them with you.
Soap and Shampoo
When you have a spare day or reach early to the camp, you can wash your smelly socks and you will be sweaty during walking, soap for washing and Shampoo for the shower is compulsory.