Although it differs from each individual choices and interests. the list of equipment below is a general idea that provides some guidelines for gears to bring during your trek and for climbing.
Bringing clothes during the trek is all about how long you can go with smelly clothes vs how often you want to change clean clothes. However, we advise you to bring sufficient and warm enough clothes fit for much colder weather as mountain weather is always unpredictable and especially for summiting mountains. just for the reminder, you can buy all these gears in Kathmandu as well.
you need a duffel bag that is supposed to be waterproof with a strap along with a TSA lock. in your duffel bag, you keep all the clothes and essentials gears while trekking and up to island peak base camp which will be carried by our porter. Regarding the size, you can choose from 100 liters to 140 liters duffel as this size all you to fit most of the things you need for trekking.
it is the most important piece of equipment for trekking and climbing. Normally the smaller and lighter the size, the more expensive it is. Regarding the warmth of sleeping bags, down sleeping bags are warmer than synthetic ones. you need to bring the sleeping bag that rates up to -20c and a liner just in case it feels colder.
it's a daypack-bag which you carry while waking where you put your wallet, camera, water bottle, rain cover, fleece jacket, and windproof jacket. Regarding the size of the daypack bag, the size of a small-medium 30 to 40-liters day bag with some side pockets where you can fit your water bottle or gloves is good. Moreover, if you can fit your Camelbak in your daily carry it is more efficient in the coldest weather as your water doesn't get freeze.
You can bring two water bottles in which you can drink in one and treat water in another to refill again. (Nalgene water bottle is good as you can put hot water as well if you want) you also can bring Camelbak which can be very handy for climbing.
- Short sleeve synthetic t-shirts*3(while trekking you sweats a lot so, synthetic t-shirts are best to bring as they are light and dry fast)
- Wind shirts*1
- Long sleeve Merino wool t-shirts*2
- Synthetic insulated jacket (you can use it for climbing as well)
- Fleece glove
- Insulated gloves
- Buff (trail gets very dusty with trekkers and animals pass by you so, you can use it as a mask)
- Sun hat
- Fleece hat
- Rain gear or poncho.
- Trekking shoes (prober boots with grip is recommended as trail are rough so you might twist your ankle)
- Slipper or lightweight shoes (it is handy to wear in the guest house when you have done day trekking)
- Cotton hiking shocks
- Hiking pants*2
- Fleece trouser
- Underwear trousers*2
- Waterproof paint
- Items for drinking water treatments such as steripen, iodine tablets, chlorine liquids, or water filters. (if you using liquids or tablets it might bring a different taste in water so you can bring some juice-powder to bring a nice taste)
- Fast drying-camp towel (most guesthouses doesn't provide a towel for a shower so it's good to have one)
- body wipes (it comes in handy if you don't take shower, especially in higher altitude where there are no shower)
- toilet papers
- lip bam
- Sunscreens (minimum of SPF 40 plus as in higher altitude sunlight are direct and more penetrating.
- Earplugs (it is handy stuff as most guest house rooms are separated by plywood. So, sometimes your next room trekkers might be noisy talkers or snores.
- Mobile phone (you can use it as an alarm or there are internet services in most of the guest house so, you can use if you want to communicate)
- Chargers with an adapter (you can charge your gadgets along the trail by hydro-powered electricity in the lower region and sun-powered in the higher region)
- Medical kit (Diamox, Imodium, ibuprofen, throat lozenges, tape, scissor,
- Zip-lock plastic bag (Although you put your all stuff in a duffel bag however Zip-lock bag can come in handy while you want to separate your items like toiletries, socks, underwear, smelly clothes)
- Headlamp or torchlight
- Hand sanitizer
- Trekking sticks (most people use it and it is very helpful while walking rocky trails and especially for knees going downhill.
- Pocket knife
- Pee-bottle (it's handy if you don't want to go out of the room during the night)
For climbing our company arrange accommodation at the base intent as well as food and guide. We also provide that equipment for climbing such as ropes, ice hammer, ice screw. If you need a porter for carrying your day pack while climbing on the mountain we also arrange an additional cost of $70 USD.
Buying climbing gears are more expensive back home so, in which we can arrange all the gears for an additional cost of $200 USD. (cost of the renting gears keep changing so, please enquire for updated price)
These are the lists below you need to bring for climbing Island peak.
- Synthetic insulated paint
- Shell jacket (which you can put on top of the down jacket while climbing)
- Insulated snow pant
- Thick climbing shocks
- Mountaineering boot
- Snow goggle
- Climbing harness
- Ice ax
- Belay device (black diamond ATC XP which is perfect for the progressive climber, excellent braking capabilities, and durable design)
- Climbing helmet
- Locking carabineers*2 (D shaped)
- Non-locking carabineers
- Mountaineering gloves