Our planned schedule allows plenty of time for equipment shopping in Kathmandu, where there are so many shops that you will find almost everything you need, except good high-altitude mittens and gloves.
For prices at Kathmandu shops, please "click here" . For information about using your credit, bank, cash, ATM card in Nepal & Tibet, please "click here" . For more information about how much cash to bring for a Cho Oyu expedition, please "click here".
For hardwear like boots, crampons, ice-axes and harnesses, go to the Everest Summitters shop in Thamel. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org , phone: (9771) 4219404, 4468775.
For soft goods like downjackets trousers and suits, we have used two shops:
A. Shona's Shop in Thamel: e-mail: email@example.com , phone: 4265120
B. Everest Hardwear shop in Thamel. e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org , tel 4230399, mobile (977)98510 45706
Warm mittens are necessary for Cho Oyu. Please don't frostbite your hands. As of this writing, Kathmandu does not have very good mitts and gloves, but that is certain to change. We prefer mittens to gloves, as mittens are so much warmer. We are not sure who makes the best gloves. If you are in London, try visiting a snow and rock shop and trying some on. Here is a link to one of the better mittens we have seen so far: http://outdoorresearch.com/home/style/home/handtools/gloves/ascent/71870 .
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