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Equipment Info

It is important that the clothing and equipment you take on your adventure holiday is appropriate for the trip you have chosen. There is a fine balance between taking too much and too little, especially considering that you need to equip yourself for differing levels of physical exertion and also for a range of climatic conditions.

It is generally a good idea to keep the overall weight of your clothing and equipment to a minimum in particularly for climbing adventures and we recommend that your packed trek bag should weigh no more than 15kg, which is our standard trekking allowance. For our mountaineering and climbing clients we offer higher porter allowance to account for climbing equipment. Please check our specific itineraries for details. 

Whilst keeping the weight of your equipment to a minimum, it is better to have an item of clothing and not use it than to be cold! Please note that this is just a checklist, we are not asking you to bring everything on this list, much will depend on personal preference and the time you travel to Nepal or Tibet and hence temperature can range widely depending on the time of year and altitude.

  • Biking
  • Trekking
  • Climbing
  • Mountaineering

INTRODUCTION

Infinite Mountain Adventure Bike Rides are scheduled in dry season and in general rain-shadow area, so the rain will not be an issue, however in most of moutainous area wind is typical in the afternoon. Climate change due to greenhouse gases the weather in Himalayas is not as predictabel and is subject to unseasonal cold snaps and unexpected precipitation so you must be prepared with rain and warm gear. We also cycle on high altitudes, which cause much stronger cold perception than at low altitudes. We recommend using the layering principle and recommend that you always carry a warm windproof / waterproof top when cycling. Good quality cycling shorts, with a padded insert, are a prerequisite for comfortable riding.

You will be biking in trekking shoes rather than biking shoes for warmth as well as comfort of walking. We may hop off the bike and hike to a view or scramble up some rocks and visit Buddhist Gompas.

The following basic checklist should help you with your packing for any of our mountain biking trips. Please remember this is just a checklist and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed below. Use your own experience and judgment to make your decision. All our clients will receive detailed briefing upon confirming the trip. It will include trip specific clothing and equipment list along detailed itinerary and season specific weather information.

For more information on specific Rides please visith the adventure page and download customized Gear List

 

RIDING KIT

  • Cycling helmet(mandatory and we will supply one
  • Biking glasses
  • Stiff soled hiking/trekking shoes for cycling
  • Base layer: Thermal top long or short sleeved depending on climate
  • Mid Layers: Cycling top - long or short sleeved depending on climate
  • Long sleeved lightweight fleece top
  • Windproof cycling jacket
  • Outer Layer: Lightweight waterproof breathable biking jacket
  • Padded cycling shorts
  • Cycling long pants for higher altitude above 4000m
  • Biking gloves - long or short fingered depending on climate
 

DAYPACK CONTENT

  • A cycling daypack with a minimum of a minimum 1L water bladder or 1L bottle.
  • Sun cream
  • Camera
  • Head torch
  • Windbreak
  • Light jacket
 

CLOTHING

Feet

  • Training shoes/runners
  • Sandals
  • Merino Socks and sock liners
  • Spare laces

Lower Body

  • Trekking trousers/pants
  • Lightweight shell/rain pants
  • Icebreaker Merino 150 underwear briefs
  • Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200 thermal bottoms (for early spring and late autumn high altitude rides only)
  • Shorts

Torso

  • Icebreaker Merino 200 shirt longsleeve
  • Icebreaker Merino 200 T-shirt
  • Polar fleece jacket
  • Waterproof Gortex jacket
  • Warm down jacket (for early spring and late autumn high altitude rides only)

Head

  • Sunhat or cap
  • Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Light neck/face sleeve
  • Bandana

Hands

  • Thermal light gloves (for early spring and late autumn high altitude rides only)
  • Cycling gloves
 

PERSONAL HYGIENE AND HEALTH

  • Personal hygiene supplies
  • Sun cream SPF 30+
  • Insect repellent
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Soap and hand sanitizer
  • Synthetic towel
  • Iodine tablet
  • Hand wipes
  • Nailbrush
 

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

  • Riding Daypack - approx. 30L/1800cu in
  • Head torch/headlamp with spare batteries
  • Basic First Aid Kit - refer to general list and specific itineraries
  • Water bottles 1L
  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Thermarest or similar sleeping mat for camping trips only
  • Swimwear
  • Travel clothes
  • Camera, batteries
  • Swiss Army knife (remember to pack sharp objects in check-in baggage)
  • Trekking duffel bag for porter

INTRODUCTION

We have provided the following information that we ask you to examine in a flexible manner, adapting it where you feel necessary to your own outdoor experience or preference.

You will receive detailed recommendations for your specific adventure as a part of information pack.

 

EQUIPMENT RENTALS

In order to minimise your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment, we offer some climbing equipment, which will help you to minimize your luggage weight.

 

TREKKING EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST

The following basic checklist should help you with your packing for any of our trekking trips. Please remember this is just a checklist and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed below. Use your own experience and judgment to make your decision. Please note that this list is appropriate to a trek at relatively high altitude, with night-time temperatures below freezing. For low level trips, with warm nights, it would be normal to take less warm clothing. All our clients will receive detailed briefing upon confirming the trip. It will include trip specific clothing and equipment list along detailed itinerary and season specific weather information.

 

Clothing

Feet

  • Gortex lining Hiking boots
  • Gaiters
  • Training shoes/runners
  • Sandals
  • Merino Socks and sock liners
  • Spare laces

Lower Body

  • Trekking trousers/pants
  • Lightweight shell/rain pants
  • Icebreaker Merino 150 underwear briefs
  • Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200 thermal bottoms
  • Shorts

Torso

  • Icebreaker Merino 200 shirt
  • Icebreaker Merino 150 T-shirt
  • Polar fleece jacket
  • Polar fleece trousers
  • Waterproof Gortex jacket
  • Warm down jacket

Head

  • Sunhat or cap
  • Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Light neck/face sleeve or light weight balaclava

Hands

  • Thermal light gloves
  • Warm gloves or mittens
 

Personal Hygiene and Health

  • Personal hygiene supplies.
  • Sun cream SPF 30+
  • Insect repellent
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Soap and hand sanitizer
  • Synthetic towel
  • Hand wipes
  • Nailbrush
 

Miscellaneous items

  • Daypack - approx. 30 litres/1800cu in
  • Head torch/headlamp with spare batteries
  • Basic First Aid Kit - refer to general list and specific itineraries
  • Water bottles 1L (1 quart)
  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
  • 4 or 5 season sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Thermarest or similar sleeping mat
  • Synthetic towel
  • Swimwear
  • Travel clothes
  • Telescopic trekking poles
  • Camera, batteries
  • Swiss Army knife (remember to pack sharp objects in check-in baggage)
  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
  • Trekking duffel bag for porter

INTRODUCTION

Infinite Mountain Adventure has compiled a list of essential equipment, personal medical provisions, and summary of medical conditions likely to encounter during sub 7000m peak climbing adventure to assist our clients in preparation and provisioning for these high altitude adventures. Unlike 8000m expeditions peak climbing is much shorter duration adventure at elevations 2000m lower and hence less onerous with the equipment requirements.

This list should be considered as an essential summary for climbers aspirants embarking on the adventure. This is a guide only to help you to prepare for the climb and to equip yourself with appropriate clothing and equipment. As climbing high altitude even in 6000m range is a serious physiological undertaking you are encouraged to conduct further study and practical exercises to familiarise themselves with the equipment, medical terminology and understanding of medical conditions related to high elevation, cold, wind, excessive sun radiation as well as injuries likely to sustain in the outdoor situation and in particular high and remote mountainous areas. As a basic essential knowledge we recommend familiarisation with the content of the book: Mountaineering-Freedom of the Hills from Mountaineers of Seattle.

 

EQUIPMENT LOANS

In order to minimise your expense outlay for climbing equipment, we are usually able to offer a range of equipment for loan during climbing including ice-axe and crampons because they are heavy and awkward to carry on the plane.

 

EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST

Essential Personal Climbing Gear

  • Alpine Climbing Harness: Black Diamond or equivalent lightweight simple to rig climbing harness; easy to step-in through the boots; suitable to use with gloves on; and positively fool proof locking system
  • Crampons: Grivel G12 Newmatic or equivalent 12 point step-in steel crampons with anti-balling membranes (IMA will offer complemantary use for short 6000m climbing adventures)
  • Ice-Axe: general purpose and not too aggressive (IMA will offer complemantary use for short 6000m climbing adventures)
  • Ascender: larger size suitable for use with climbing gloves
  • Multi LED Headlamp: Multi-LED Head Lamp and spare batteries are essential items, we do not recommend single bulb lights due to its low reliability and a single point of failure.
  • Karabiners: Minimum 2 locking carabineers, 1 large and 1 small and 4 regular.
  • Rappel device: ACT or similar; be familiar with Munter Hitch as it may save your life if you lose your Rappel device and you will at some stage
  • Ski poles: Very handy for the approach; adjustable types are the best and are recommended type
  • Slings: One 3m (10ft) and three 2m (6ft.
  • Oxygen Mask and regulator: Good quality for your safety. We recommend and supply TopUp brand
  • Climbing helmet: Climbing helmet is essential safety gear for crossing areas under rocks and ice cliffs; light weight is an essential feature; Petzel brand is what we recommend
  • Altimeter (if you like gadgets)

Clothing

For under garments we recommend Merino Wool from Icebreaker because the company understands climbers and mountaineers needs and utilises the best quality material. No other company can at this stage match Icebreaker quality. The quality in extreme conditions is essential for your comfort and safety. Merino wool is the finest wool and it matches cotton with softness and polypropylene with insulation and breath-ability because it takes moisture away from the body and keeps you dry and warm. Due to its natural nano-tube construction it has antibacterial properties, so it stays usable for much longer. It is slightly more expensive then polypropylene so is climbing and trekking.

Upper Body:
  • One T-shirt Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200.
  • Two long Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200 shirts.
  • One polar fleece pullovers, medium weight.
  • One polar fleece jacket.
  • One Gore-Tex waterproof and breathable jacket with large hood to accommodate climbing helmet.
  • Lightweight down jacket for chilly days in base camp or warm layer when stopping for short breaks.
  • One very warm goose-down (duvet) jacket with hood or a down/duvet suit if you prefer, for high altitude use.
  • Note: Your clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags.
Hands:
  • One pair lightweight poly-liner gloves. These will be worn when tying knots, but not inside your mitts
  • One pair mittens, consists of 1 Goretex over mitt matched with the very warm polar fleece liner

 

Head:
  • Warm hat wool or synthetic that covers your ears
  • Balaclava
  • Scarf or neck sleeve
  • Face mask
  • Baseball cap or brimmed sun cap
  • Glacier Sunglass with side shields
  • One pair ski goggles (optional with light and dark lens)
  • Bandana or head scarf, useful for dusty conditions
Lower
  • Icebreaker Merino 150 underwear briefs
  • One pair walking shorts
  • One pair walking trousers for trekking and around camp
  • Two pair Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200 thermal bottoms
  • One pair Icebreaker Merino 200 weight thermal bottoms
  • One pair polar fleece trousers
  • One pair Gore-Tex trousers or bibs. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips
  • One pair of Goose-down (duvet) trousers or bibs.
  • Note: Your clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags.
Feet:
  • One pair Climbing Boots (avoid tight fit with heavy socks)
  • Gaiters to prevent snow ingress inside the boots
  • One pair sturdy leather or synthetic (Gortex) hiking boots with good ankle support for the walk to base camp
  • One pair cross-trainers, running shoes and/or sandals for Kathmandu and in camp
  • One pair down booties (optional)
  • Two pair med-heavy poly or wool socks
  • Two Pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or wool
  • Two pair lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool
  • Light Icebreaker Merino wool or cotton socks for in town.

Travel and Sleeping Gear

Rucksacks and Travel Bags:
  • One medium rucksack (30-50 litters).
  • Large durable (120L/7500cu in) duffle kit bag for clothing and equipment.
  • Small padlocks for duffel kit bags.
Sleeping Gear:
  • -20C/-5F sleeping bag.
  • Closed cell foam mats for use in base camp and high high camp, which can be purchased in Kathmandu inexpensively; we do not recommend inflatable mats due to high probability of accidental puncture.
  • Note: Your sleeping bags should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags

Personal Hygiene

  • Personal hygiene supplies.
  • Sun cream SPF 30+
  • Insect repellent
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Soap and hand sanitizer
  • Synthetic towel
  • Hand wipes

Personal Medical Kit

  • Simple and small selection of general medications including aspirin, ibuprofen, paracetamol first-aid tape, selection of Band-Aids, personal medications, etc. Medications are inexpensive and readily available in Kathmandu with no doctor's prescription. The leaders will have extensive first-aid kits for emergency purposes.
  • Personal prescription medications. Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb.
  • One skin blister repair kit and mole skin to prevent them.
  • One small container of anti-diarrhoea tablets (Imodium).
  • One small bottle cough and/or cold medicine.
  • One course antibiotics for stomach infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor's prescription.
  • One course antibiotics for chest infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor's prescription.
  • One small container of Diamox. Familiarise yourself with the purpose and use of this ant-AMS medication and please contact us with any questions.
  • Do not bring sleeping pills. They are a respiratory depressant non compatible with high altitude physiology.
  • Earplugs.
  • Extra prescription glasses/contact lens. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency.

Miscellaneous Practical Items:

  • small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing repair kit;
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box matches;
  • 1 compass or GPS;
  • 1 battery powered alarm clock/watch;
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and extra batteries;
  • Nylon stuff sacks for food and gear storage, large Ziplocs are also useful;
  • 3 Water bottles (1 litre) wide-mouth Nalgene (1 is a pee bottle, so please clearly mark it)
  • 1 plastic cup and spoon;
  • 1 small folding knife;
  • Binoculars (optional);
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks;
  • Passport, 2 extra passport photos, flight ticket, flight itinerary;
  • Separate photocopies of passport and relevant visa pages, proof of insurance;
  • dollars, pounds or euros cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, Tibet visa, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts;
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for use for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveller’s checks, etc.
  • 1 pair of swimming gear;
  • Base camp entertainment. It is good to bring additional items which you have found to be useful on previous expeditions. For example: paperback books, playing cards, ipod mp3 player, short-wave radio, game boys, musical instruments, ear plugs, lots of batteries, etc.;
  • travel clothes for base camp and in town;
  • Please be sure and bring your patience and try to keep an open, relaxed, positive and friendly attitude as travelling in this part of the world may be very different than what you are used to, but things always seem to fall into place at the last moment.
  • Note: This is not an exhaustive list. Please submit other equipment concerns and suggestions.

OXYGEN

NOTE: Oxygen is not used on sub 8000m climbs.

INTRODUCTION

Infinite Mountain Adventure has compiled a list of essential equipment, personal medical provisions, and summary of medical conditions likely to encounter during 7000m and 8000m mountaineering expeditions to assist our clients in preparation and provisioning for climbing or mountaineering expedition in particularly for Everest attempt. Other 8000m expeditions may require less supplementary oxygen or you may choose climb them without supplementary oxygen nevertheless the checklists blow are equally valid. Sub 8000m climbs are executed withouit the use of supplementary oxygen.

This list should be considered as an essential summary for climbers and expedition aspirants embarking on the adventure. This is a guide only to help you to prepare for the climb and to equip yourself with appropriate clothing and equipment. As climbing high altitude in particularly 8000m mountains is a serious physiological undertaking you are encouraged to conduct further study and practical exercises to familiarise themselves with the equipment, medical terminology and understanding of medical conditions related to high elevation, cold, wind, excessive sun radiation as well as injuries likely to sustain in the outdoor situation and in particular high and remote mountainous areas. As a basic essential knowledge we recommend familiarisation with the content of the book: Mountaineering-Freedom of the Hills from Mountaineers of Seattle.

 

EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST

Essential Personal Climbing Gear

  • Alpine Climbing Harness: Black Diamond Alpine Bod or equivalent lightweight simple to rig climbing harness; easy to step-in through the boots; suitable to use with gloves on; and positively fool proof locking system
  • Crampons: Grivel G12 Newmatic or equivalent 12 point step-in steel crampons with anti-balling membranes
  • Ice-Axe: general purpose and not too aggressive
  • Ascender: larger size suitable for use with climbing gloves
  • Multi LED Headlamp: Multi-LED Head Lamp and spare batteries are essential items, we do not recommend single bulb lights due to its low reliability and a single point of failure.
  • Karabiners: Minimum 2 locking carabineers, 1 large and 1 small and 4 regular.
  • Rappel device: ACT or similar; be familiar with Munter Hitch as it may save your life if you lose your Rappel device and you will at some stage
  • Ski poles: Very handy for the approach; adjustable types are the best and are recommended type
  • Slings: One 3m (10ft) and three 2m (6ft.
  • Oxygen Mask and regulator: Good quality for your safety. We recommend and supply TopUp brand
  • Climbing helmet: Climbing helmet is essential safety gear for crossing areas under rocks and ice cliffs; light weight is an essential feature; Petzel brand is what we recommend
  • Altimeter

Clothing

For under garments we recommend merino wool from Icebreaker because the company understands climbers and mountaineers needs and utilises the best quality material. There are other suppliers so look for value and suitability for your requirements. The quality in extreme conditions is essential for your comfort and safety. Merino wool is the finest wool and it matches cotton with softness and polypropylene with insulation and breath-ability because it takes moisture away from the body and keeps you dry and warm. Due to its natural nano-tube construction it has antibacterial properties, so it stays usable for much longer. It is slightly more expensive then polypropylene so is climbing and trekking.

Upper Body:
  • T-shirt Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200.
  • Long Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200 shirts.
  • Polar fleece pullovers, medium weight.
  • Polar fleece jacket.
  • Gore-Tex waterproof and breathable jacket with large hood to accommodate climbing helmet.
  • Lightweight down jacket for chilly days in base camp or warm layer when stopping for short breaks.
  • Very warm goose-down (duvet) jacket with hood or a down/duvet suit if you prefer, for high altitude use.
  • Note: Your clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags.
Hands:
  • Lightweight poly-liner gloves. These will be worn when tying knots, but not inside your mitts
  • mittens, consists of 1 Goretex over mitt matched with the very warm polar fleece liner
  • Mountaineerig grade gloves
Head:
  • Warm hat wool or synthetic that covers your ears
  • Balaclava
  • Scarf or neck sleeve
  • Face mask
  • Baseball cap or brimmed sun cap
  • Glacier Sunglass with side shields
  • One pair ski goggles (optional with light and dark lens)
  • Bandana or head scarf, useful for dusty conditions
Lower Body:
  • Icebreaker Merino 150 underwear briefs
  • Walking trousers for trekking and around camp
  • Icebreaker Merino 200 weight thermal bottoms
  • Polar fleece trousers
  • Gore-Tex trousers or bibs. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips
  • One pair of Goose-down (duvet) trousers or bibs.
  • Note: Your clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags.
Feet:
  • One-Sport Millet Everest Over boots or equivalent (with Aerolite liners; good quality plastic shells with inner boots; avoid tight fit with heavy socks)
  • Sturdy leather or synthetic (Gortex) hiking boots with good ankle support for the walk to base camp
  • Cross-trainers, running shoes and/or sandals for Kathmandu and in camp
  • Down booties (optional)
  • Med-heavy poly or wool socks
  • Liner socks. Polypropylene or wool
  • Lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool
  • Light wool or cotton socks for in town.

Travel and Sleeping Gear

Rucksacks and Travel Bags:
  • Medium rucksack (50-70 litters / 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for airplane).
  • Two large (120L/7500cu in) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment. Must be durable for use on pack animals.
  • Small padlocks for duffel kit bags.
Sleeping Gear:
  • For high altitude, down (duvet) –35C/-30 F sleeping bag.
  • For base camp, one additional -20C/-5F sleeping bag.
  • At least 3 closed cell foam mats for use in base camp and high altitude, which can be purchased in Kathmandu inexpensively; we do not recommend inflatable mats due to high probability of accidental puncture.
  • Note: Your sleeping bags should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags

Personal Hygiene

  • Personal hygiene supplies.
  • Sun cream SPF 30+
  • Insect repellent
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Soap and hand sanitizer
  • Synthetic towel
  • Hand wipes

Personal Medical Kit

  • Simple and small selection of general medications including aspirin, ibuprofen, paracetamol first-aid tape, selection of Band-Aids, personal medications, etc. Medications are inexpensive and readily available in Kathmandu with no doctor's prescription. The leaders will have extensive first-aid kits for emergency purposes.
  • Personal prescription medications. Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb.
  • Skin blister repair kit and mole skin to prevent them.
  • Small container of anti-diarrhoea tablets (Imodium).
  • Small bottle cough and/or cold medicine.
  • One course antibiotics for stomach infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor's prescription.
  • One course antibiotics for chest infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor's prescription.
  • Small container of Diamox. Familiarise yourself with the purpose and use of this ant-AMS medication and please contact us with any questions.
  • Do not bring sleeping pills. They are a respiratory depressant non compatible with high altitude physiology.
  • Extra prescription glasses/contact lens. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency.

Miscellaneous Practical Items:

  • small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing repair kit;
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box matches;
  • 1 compass or GPS;
  • 1 battery powered alarm clock/watch;
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and extra batteries;
  • Nylon stuff sacks for food and gear storage, large Ziplocs are also useful;
  • 3 Water bottles (1 litre) wide-mouth Nalgene (1 is a pee bottle, so please clearly mark it)
  • 1 plastic cup and spoon;
  • 1 small folding knife;
  • Binoculars (optional);
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks;
  • Passport, 2 extra passport photos, flight ticket, flight itinerary;
  • Separate photocopies of passport and relevant visa pages, proof of insurance;
  • dollars, pounds or euros cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, Tibet visa, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts;
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for use for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveller’s checks, etc.
  • 1 pair of swimming gear;
  • Base camp entertainment. It is good to bring additional items which you have found to be useful on previous expeditions. For example: paperback books, playing cards, ipod mp3 player, short-wave radio, game boys, musical instruments, ear plugs, lots of batteries, etc.;
  • travel clothes for base camp and in town;
  • Please be sure and bring your patience and try to keep an open, relaxed, positive and friendly attitude as travelling in this part of the world may be very different than what you are used to, but things always seem to fall into place at the last moment.
  • Note: This is not an exhaustive list. Please submit other equipment concerns and suggestions.
 

OXYGEN

On Everest, although some climbers wish to try to summit without supplemental oxygen, most of members would prefer to have oxygen available. We only allow members to climb Everest with the supplemental oxygen available. How much oxygen one requires is an individual decision; some people want 1 bottle, others want 12; our only requirement is that every expedition team member must have at least one oxygen bottle available for personal use, which will constitute at the minimum an emergency supply for climber to get down to at least camp 4. Our experience indicates five oxygen bottles is usually a sufficient for average climber. All of the equipment is guaranteed to work well together, and it is easy to use, with simple threaded and snap-on fittings which require no tools. We have a 40% buy back policy on unused oxygen bottles, and masks, hoses, and regulators in good condition.

Note: You may have to carry some or all of your own oxygen on summit day, as well as up and down the mountain. If possible, the groups Sherpas will help stock the high camps, as well as share in carrying extra bottles during summit attempts. If you are concerned you might not be able to carry your own oxygen, you may wish to hire a personal Sherpa.

 

FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

If you want to climb Everest, you're going to have to be in extremely good physical shape. Basic fitness training should start well in advance, at the minimum of 12 month with main emphasis on cardiovascular training, assuming you are an amateur athlete and you are fit for strenuous athletic exercises. The main reason for your cardiovascular training is to increase your heart-lung oxygen capacity, so you can deliver sufficient amount of oxygen to your muscular and brain tissue in extremely low partial oxygen pressure. Acclimatization to high altitude is both a function of cardiovascular capacity as well as your personal physiology adaptation capacity, which you will only find out, when you above 8000m. Small percentage of people no matter how fit they are at sea level will not be able to adapt to high altitude, generally however the fitter you are the better your body will be able to cope with the altitude.

 

ALTITUDE HAZARDS AND COMPLICATIONS

The primary concern of mountaineers as altitude increases is the partial oxygen pressure decrease. There is a fine balance of pressure between your internal oxygen pressure in your lungs and the outside world, which allows your lungs to absorb the oxygen and deliver it to your blood stream, it is called partial oxygen pressure. With the altitude the outside pressure drops, while the internal pressure remains constant and at about 9000m you will not be able to absorb any oxygen at all with predictable outcome despite the amount of oxygen in the air being the same. Our system has evolved at the sea level, where it functions perfectly and it doesn’t at high elevation. The human body has however phenomenal ability to adapt given appropriate conditioning and time, it is called acclimatization.

Low levels of oxygen in the blood can cause number of conditions such as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), which is easily treatable and reversible condition but it can lead to more serious conditions such as High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) and High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). Low level of blood oxygen can lead to the body thermal inefficiencies causing frostbites and hypothermia.

Other condition caused by the effects of high altitude is thrombosis or embolism.

At high elevation due to lower UV absorption by the atmosphere and reflections from the snow there is high risk of sunburn.

The other hazards include broken bones due to falls, avalanche, ice fall or rock fall.

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