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Holidays Gear List

This is a suggested kit list of some items needed when planning any type of holiday listed on our website. Clothing should be casual and hardwearing, easy to wash field clothes are best for most of the holidays. It is best to pack several thinner layers rather than one thick layer. There is a weight limit on trips (15-20 kg) depending on the package you chooseIt is best not to pack more items than what you actually need on any holiday.

Please do not hesitate to call/e-mail us for further advice about what to bring or any other aspect of any type of trip. We are more than happy to offer you the benefit of our experience. Further helpful information can also be found in the sections of the detailed trip dossiers.

Trekking Gear List

Essential Items:

  • Trainers / sneakers or sandals for river crossings and camp use
  • Socks
  • Technical walking socks (2 or 3 pairs)
  • Spare laces
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Lightweight waterproof over trousers / rain-pants
  • Underwear
  • Long johns (thermal underwear)
  • Thermal base layer shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)
  • Shirts or T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm jacket (down)
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat or balaclava
  • Eyewear – Sunglasses
  • Thermal gloves
  • Warmer over gloves or mittens
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 litre / 1 quart (x2)
  • Trekking poles
  • Head torch / headlamp with spare batteries
  • Wash bag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial hand wash
  • Small towel

Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts. Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets.

Optional Items:

  • Insect repellant
  • Scarf or buff
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Pee bottle
  • Travel clothes
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Camera, film / memory cards, batteries

Mountaineering Gear List

Essential Items:

  • Hiking boots
  • Mountaineering boots – see in Mountaineering equipment section
  • Trainers / sneakers /or sandals for camp
  • Socks
  • Spare laces
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Waterproof over trousers / rain pants
  • Gaiters
  • Underwear
  • Long johns (thermal underwear)
  • Thermal vests (base layer)
  • Casual shirts and/or T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Warm jacket (down)
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat or balaclava
  • Eyewear – sunglasses with side protection
  • Lightweight thermal gloves
  • Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
  • Backpack c. 70 litres / 4500 cubic inches (for carry to high camp)
  • Head torch / headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
  • Sun protection (including for lips)
  • Total block sun cream
  • Water bottles 1 Litre / Quart (x2)
  • Wash bag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial hand wash
  • Small towel
  • 4 season sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Thermarest or similar sleeping mat
  • Plastic bowl and spoon (for high camps)

Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts.

Optional Items:

  • Smaller daypack c. 25 litres / 1500 cu. in. (for travelling)
  • Trekking poles
  • Travel clothes
  • Pee bottle
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Camera and batteries

 Mountaineering Equipments

  • Warm and insulated mountaineering boots (Double)
  • Crampons (preferably with ‘step-in’ bindings)
  • Helmet
  • Prussik loops x 2 (5 meters of 6mm cord makes 2)
  • High Altitude Tent (1 or 2)
  • Sleeping mat
  • Harness
  • Carabiners (2 x locking)
  • Regular Carabiners (4)
  • Ascenders
  • Descenders
  • Belay device
  • Ice axe
  • Trekking poles
  • Slings   (120cm)
  • HA gaz stove (1b2)
  • Kitbag for mule (duffle bag)
  • Large Backpack (70 – 90ltrs)
  • Fixed rope (9mm) 700m

Notes:

Mountaineering boots required for our most of the climbs - We recommend warm, insulated and substantial mountain boots, as temperatures can fall well below freezing. Plastic boots with insulated inners (eg. Scarpa Vega HA, Scarpa Omega IT) and also the new generation of synthetic double boots (eg. La Sportiva Spantik, Boreal G1 light), are the best to keep your feet warm at altitude in these low temperatures.  Also, you can sleep in the removable inner boots to ensure warm toes in the morning! You can also use 4 season insulated mountain boots such as La Sportiva Nepal Extreme and Scarpa Cumbre for this trip. All of these boots are also designed to take step-in crampons, quickly and efficiently, which is necessary in the cold conditions. Please note that at high camps night-time temperatures can reach 10 degrees below freezing, and on the summit day wind-chill can bring the effective daytime temperature to this range also. You must make sure that you are suitably equipped for these extremely low temperatures.

All Tours/Safaris/Sightseeing Gear List

Essential Items:

  • Walking boots, or study, comfortable walking shoes for children/adults
  • Trainers/Sneakers
  • Sandals or wading shoes (for the rafting)
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Trekking trousers
  • Waterproof over trousers / rain pants
  • Shorts
  • Thermal base layer shirts
  • T-shirts and/or casual shirts
  • Loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirt
  • Light fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat with wide brim
  • Warm hat
  • Eyewear – Sunglasses
  • Swimwear
  • Daypack c.20 to 30 litres (2000 – 2200 cu in) (depending on how much of the kids’ stuff you need to carry)
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 2 x 1 Litre (2 x quart)
  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
  • Wash bag and toiletries
  • Small towel
  • Antibacterial hand wash
  • Head torch / headlamp with spare batteries

Basic First Aid Kit – Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Immodium), painkillers, plasters (band-aids), and blister treatment, Insect repellent, antihistamine cream and tablets, and re-hydration salts. Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets.

Optional Items:

  • Spare laces
  • Travel clothes
  • Buff or scarf (for dusty jeep roads in the National Park)
  • Wet wipes
  • Trekking poles
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Small padlock
  • Camera, media, spare batteries
  • Toys / games / books / a football etc.

Biking Gear List

Personal Clothing& Accessories

Feet

  • Stiff-soled cycling shoes or SPD’s
  • Neoprene over shoes for extra warmth

Torso

  • Base-layer
  • Short sleeve cycling top (x 2)
  • Mid-layer
  • Long sleeved cycling top (x 2)
  • Outer layer
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Warm Fleece jacket or jumper
  • Down Jacket (for evenings)

Hands

  • Regular biking gloves
  • Winter biking gloves or warm over-gloves

Legs

  • Padded cycling shorts (x 2)
  • Warm Cycling tights or tracksters

Head

  • Eyewear – Biking glasses
  • Cycling helmet – mandatory
  • Fleece headband
  • Buff

Daypack

  • A cycling daypack of at least 20 litres total carrying capacity is recommended
  • Water bladder – min. 2 litres capacity
  • Lightweight waterproof top
  • Multi-tool
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Inner tube
  • Pump
  • Camera
  • Sun cream (inc total bloc for lips/nose)
  • Small roll of gaffer tape
  • Warm Fleece Jacket or Jumper
  • Lightweight loose trousers to wear over shorts for modesty

Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts.

Trek Bag Items

  • Travel and biking clothes for predominantly cold conditions
  • Training/Leisure shoes for biking
  • Wash bag, towel, toiletries, including anti-bacterial hand wash
  • Warm hat
  • Insect repellent
  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
  • 4 Season Sleeping Bag
  • Thermarest/Camping Mattress
  • Headtorch/Headlamp
  • Swimwear

Personal Tools& Spares

You should bring the following with you as a minimum. Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs e.g. fixing a puncture, changing an inner tube. Naturally the bike guide will always be happy to assist with any repairs, but due to the often remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and inconvenience waiting for assistance.

Tyres – Most of our trips you will need 1.9 to 2.2 inch semi-slick tyres suitable for mostly dry tarmac/dirt road conditions.

  • Pump
  • Plastic tyre levers
  • Small tube of grease
  • 1 rear brake cable
  • 1 rear gear cable
  • Spare set of brake blocks / disc pads (front and rear)
  • 2 spare spokes for front and rear wheels
  • Spoke key
  • 4 x inner tubes Spare chain links
  • Liquid chain lube (bottle not aerosol)
  • Multi-tool with Allen keys
  • Chain link extractor (if not on multi-tool)
  • 2x puncture repair kits
  • A rag and brush for cleaning bike and drive train.
  • Spares specific to your bike**

Our Company tools and Spares

On all of our trips we carry a toolkit and a basic range of spares for emergencies. As bikes become increasingly part specific it is impossible to carry a comprehensive range of spares compatible with all makes and models of bike.

 ** Please ensure you bring any bike-specific spares which might be needed – such as disc brake bleed kits (and appropriate fluid), shock pumps etc).

Skiing Gear List  

Essential Items:

  • Approach shoes / Snow boots or walking shoes
  • Rucksack – 25 to 30 litres maximum
  • (On a warm day you may need space to stow clothes as you warm up)
  • Extra rucksack with ski loops or alternatively a rucksack with ties and an extra couple of bungee cords or a ski tie/strap
  • Waterproof/windproof jacket
  • Waterproof/windproof over trousers. Sallopettes are not needed.
  • Thermal leggings or running/cycling long trousers
  • Thermal top – long sleeved
  • Thin fleece top – long sleeved
  • Gloves x2 – 1 thick and 1 thin
  • Warm hat
  • Sunhat
  • Scarf or buff for neck
  • Warm socks (like walking socks but not too thick or long like alpine ski socks
  • Gaiters
  • Comfortable underwear/sports bras for ladies (not wired)
  • Water container (1 litre) NB. Drinks tubes and bottles stowed on the outside of your rucksack usually freeze in winter
  • Small flask for multi-day trips and contents (tea bags/drink sachets etc)
  • Toilet paper and small pack of hand wipes
  • Waterproof bag for documents
  • Head-torch / head-lamp with spare bulb and batteries

Basic First Aid Kit - You should bring your own personal first aid kit consisting of the following: throat lozenges, painkillers (anti-inflammatory), antiseptic cream/spray, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment/tape, and re-hydration salts and Glucose tablets.

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Slippers for your overnight accommodation
  • Spare clothing for use in hotels/chalets, 2 sets should be sufficient
  • Sheet sleeping bag (usually only needed for 1 night)
  • Ear plugs
  • Lightweight pack towel

Cross Country Ski Equipment

  • Cross-country ski boots
  • Cross-country skis
  • Ski poles
  • Ski Tie

Optional Items:

  • Extra pair of warm mittens
  • Head/ear band
  • Waistcoat – fleece or wind stopper
  • Cameras, media, spare batteries
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

Rafting Gear List

Boats and Accessories

  • Inflatable raft and various parts (thwarts, bow and stern lines, boat bag, etc.)
  • Frame, if used, and straps or cord for lashing frame to boat
  • Oar boat: oars, oar stops, oar- locks or thole pins and clips, extra oars in addition to oar locks
  • Paddle boat: paddles for everyone, plus a couple of extras
  • Pump
  • Waterproof bags and/or rigid containers to carry gear and food
  • Bailing buckets
  • Straps, cord, carabiners, or clips for lashing gear above floor of boat
  • Tarp to cover equipment on boat

Repair Kit

  • Duct tape
  • Patching material, glue, solvent (all items should be compatible with materials used in your raft)
  • Scissors to cut material
  • Brush to apply glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Rag
  • Carpet thread or dental floss, and carpet needle to mend bad tears (sewing awls also work)
  • Boat with a frame also would include:
  • Tools(vise grips, pliers, screwdriver, wrench, hand drill, hammer, bits, small saw)
  • Bailing wire
  • Pipe clamps
  • Extra screws, bolts, nuts, nails, washers to fit parts on frame
  • Epoxy
  • Replacement parts for any breakable item

 First Aid Kit

  • Triangular bandages
  • Gauze rolls (two inches wide)
  • Moleskin for blisters on hands or feet
  • Assorted Band-Aids
  • Sterile pads (four by four inches)
  • Butterfly closures
  • Safety pins
  • First aid tape (two-inch size)
  • Ace bandage
  • Aspirin
  • Antacid tablets
  • Snake bite kit
  • Tweezers
  • First aid book
  • Personal medications
  • Drugs (if you carry drugs, work with a doctor to learn correct dosages and possible side effects)

Clothing

  • Wetsuit or dry suit
  • Wet suit booties or wet shoes or booties-shoe combination
  • Hat and/or helmet
  • Windbreaker or paddling jacket
  • Wind pants or rain pants
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants)
  • Shorts and/or swimsuit
  • T-shirt
  • Wool or pile shirts or jackets or sweaters
  • Wool pants
  • Wool or synthetic long underwear
  • Underwear
  • Synthetic fill or down jacket
  • Wool stocking cap or balaclava
  • Dry pair of shoes and clothing for in camp
  • Leather gloves or Pogies

Personal Equipment

  • Waterproof bag to carry personal clothing and equipment
  • Life jacket
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Tarp or tent with poles, stakes, etc.
  • Flashlight, with spare batteries and bulb
  • Candle for light in tent
  • Personal items (toothbrush, toothpaste, hand lotion, glasses or contacts, towel or washcloth, biodegradable soap, razor, etc.)
  • Eating utensils (cup, spoon, plate, etc.)
  • Notebook and pen
  • Knife, matches, fire starter  (best if carried on your person)
  • Water bottle
  • Insect repellent
  • ChapStick
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses with safety strap
  • Fishing gear and fishing license
  • Camera, with film, lenses, etc.

Safety and Rescue Equipment

  • Life jacket (one extra life jacket per raft maybe required  in some states or countries or by some agencies managing the river)
  • Throw-rope rescue bags or ropes in each boat
  • Signal mirror
  • Winch with nonstretch rope
  • Knife attached to life jacket
  • 4-5 Carabiners
  • 4-5 Slings (six to twelve-foot lengths of one-inch tubular webbing)
  • 4 Prussiks (6-foot lengths of 5-7 mm rope)
  • Police whistle

Paragliding Gear List

Paragliding Equipments

  • Paraglider (Based on your skills and EN or LTF Rating)
  • Emergency reserve system (parachute)
  • Harness
  • Safety Helmet
  • Two – meter radio & radio harness
  • Stirrup/speed bar
  • Variometer & GPS Navigation-Garmin,Spot
  • Flight deck
  • Flight suit
  • Concertina bag
  • Hook knife
  • Windmeters
  • Windlocks
  • Paragliding boots - hanwag

Accessories and Personal Items

  • Walking boots, or study, comfortable walking shoes for children/adults
  • Trainers/Sneakers
  • Sandals or wading shoes (for the rafting)
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Trekking trousers
  • Waterproof over trousers / rain pants
  • Shorts
  • Thermal base layer shirts
  • T-shirts and/or casual shirts
  • Loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirt
  • Light fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat with wide brim
  • Warm hat
  • Eyewear – Sunglasses
  • Swimwear
  • Daypack
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 2 x 1 Litre (2 x quart)
  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
  • Wash bag and toiletries
  • Small towel
  • Antibacterial hand wash
  • Head torch / headlamp with spare batteries

Basic First Aid Kit – Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Immodium), painkillers, plasters (band-aids), and blister treatment, Insect repellent, antihistamine cream and tablets, and re-hydration salts. Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets.

Optional Items:

  • Spare laces
  • Travel clothes
  • Buff or scarf (for dusty jeep roads in the National Park)
  • Wet wipes
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Camera, media, spare batteries
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