Travel Tips
 

Clothing and Equipment

Clothing & Footwear
The most important point to remember when packing your clothing is that, all the clothes for your trek should fit in your kit bag. If you can't get it all in, you have too much!
Walking boots - We strongly recommend walking in good boots. Trainers, tennis shoes etc. do not give the ankle support afforded by a decent pair of boots. Many people now trek in the lighter weight Gore-Tex or leather boots which are satisfactory. When combined with gaiters, which actually clip into the soles, they are excellent even in bad weather.  Above all your boots must be well broken in and comfortable. We do not recommend borrowing or renting boots.
Lightweight shoes or trainers, and sandals or flip-flops - Useful around camp, while rafting, in towns and when traveling on an overland safari.
Long sleeved shirts - prevents sunburn on your arms and keeps airborne biting insects at bay.
Long Trousers - For everyday walking, light cotton trousers are the most suitable. Knee length shorts are acceptable in the remote areas, but to avoid offending the villagers, you should cover up with trousers. Jeans are not recommended, as they are often difficult to walk in over longer distances and become cumbersome when wet.
Thick jumper / Fleece jacket - A thick jumper or fleece jacket is necessary, as it can be very cold at altitude. Make sure that your waterproof jacket is loose enough to wear over your sweater or fleece.
Waterproofs - Breathable waterproofs not only protect against rain but also stop you from overheating. They ‘breathe' and avoid condensation, which you will experience from nylon waterproofs. Rain during the trekking season is rare but can be heavy when it does happen.
Gloves - Especially useful in the mornings and the evenings at higher altitudes.
Socks - It is best to wear a pair of liner socks under a pair of thick loop stitch socks. This helps to protect your feet against blisters. Avoid nylon socks, they are abrasive, don't breathe well and cause blisters. 3 pairs thick socks, 3 pairs thin socks should suffice.
Track suit - Comfortable around camp and much more practical (and warmer) to sleep in than pajamas. Alternatively, thermal underwear is good.
Shorts - Please note that short shorts can be offensive to locals.
You could alsp pack in Thin Shirt / T-shirt, Thick Shirt or Thermal Vest, thermal underwear, Warm headgear /beanie / woolen cap,Handkerchiefs.
Please note that tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially on women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer then please pack something to wear over them.

Equipment
Small Daypack 20-30 ltrs.
Water bottle - Water along the trail must never be considered as drinkable. You can ask for boiled and filtered or bottled water at the lodges we stop. However we strongly recommend boiled water, as empty bottles are not taken care of properly in the mountains.
Penknife - Swiss army type with tweezers and bottle opener is useful. Sunglasses and retainers - Sunglasses are easy to lose or break, so bring a cheap spare pair. Contact lenses can cause problems due to dust. If you wear glasses, bring a spare pair.
Personal reading kit - Head Torch with spare batteries and bulb. Useful for reading and keeping your hands free. Plastic bags - If you pack bits and pieces in plastic bags inside your kit bag they will stay dry in case of rain and can be easier for you to sort through in camp. Remember, the less you have to unpack in the evening, the less you have to repack in the morning! A bin liner to pack inside your day sack is also a good idea.
Torch / Batteries / Bulb - A small torch is essential for finding things in your room / tent, going to the loo in the night etc. Head torches are particularly useful.
Sleeping Bag - As you do not carry it yourself this may be synthetic or down, but it must be 4 season. As most treks pass through a variety of climatic conditions, a long zip is a good idea. A cotton / fleece liner helps keep your sleeping bag clean. Good sleeping bags are expensive but can be rented easily and cheaply with us for most of the trips.
Toiletries - Try to keep heavy cosmetics etc to a minimum. Essentials are toothbrush / paste, biodegradable soap, small towel and toilet rolls! ‘Wet Wipes' are great for a quick clean up in your room / tent, so bring a pack of those.
Sun Cream / Block & Lip Salve - Choose a high factor sun cream (Factor 20 or stronger) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitude. A combination sun block / lip salve is ideal for facial protection at high altitudes.
Personal First Aid Kit - You should have your own supply of plasters, aspirin, diarrhea tablets and also a comprehensive blister kit.
Ski poles - greatly reduce fatigue in legs and aid balance on rough terrain.
Money belt - or neck purse, alternatively zip-pockets.
Travel Insurance Certificate.
Repair kit - needle, strong thread, scissors, safety pins, rubber bands. etc.
Reading material
Writing material - Diary, paper, pens, envelopes
Umbrella - not essential but useful for sun and rain!
Blow-up pillow - useful for road journeys and in your tent.
Toilet paper - flat or compact pack.
Lighter - for candles on trek and burning toilet paper.
Travel wash - for clothes (please use the 100% biodegradable type).
Binoculars - A lightweight pair will add greatly to your enjoyment.
Earplugs - Very useful for ensuring a good night's sleep when near villages with noisy dogs and donkeys!

Equipment Rental
In order to minimise your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment, we are usually able to offer a range of equipment for hire/rent. Equipment availability and prices are provided to clients upon booking or are available on request.

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