Below is a detailed list of equipment you need to bring for Island Peak and at the bottom is a description of team equipment that we bring for you. (Click a link below to go directly to that section of the personal equipment list or just scroll down):
- Upper Body
- Lower Body
- Personal Hygiene
- Personal Food
- Group Equipment
Please go to our personal & team equipment section of the "Island Peak Questions" for additional information and detailed discussion of the equipment lists below.
Where should I purchase my equipment?
Please "click here" to view our list of recommendations on where to purchase kit from our Frequently Asked Questions.
- Climbing harness;
- 5 metres / 15 feet of 6mm climber's accessory cord.
- Figure 8/Abseil belay device;
- 1 large mitten sized ascender (most members use the large petzl) and arm length leash;
- 2 locking carabiners, 1 large and 1 small;
- 4 regular carabiners;
- Ice axe w/leash;
- Crampons - must fit boots perfectly. Steel crampons with anti-balling (anti-bot) plates are the best;
- Optional; Adjustable trekking poles; back to top
- 2 cotton t-shirts;
- 1 polypropylene t-shirt;
- 1 long sleeve polypropylene shirts, lightweight;
- 1 polar fleece pullovers, medium weight;
- 1 polar fleece jacket.
- Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable;
- Lightweight down jacket for those chilly days in camp;
- Umbrella (optional); back to top
1 pr. lightweight poly-liner gloves. These will be worn when tying knots, but not inside your mitts;
1 pair mittens, consists of 1 Gore-tex over mitt matched with the very warm polar fleece mitt liner (For more about high altitude mitts, please click here).
- Warm hat wool or synthetic that covers your ears;
- Face mask;
- Ballcap or brimmed suncap;
- Glacier sunglasses with side shields (you can purchase these inexpensively in Kathmandu, including prescription sunglasses, which can be made for $20, it might take a week or two);
- 1 pair ski goggles (Optional) with light and dark lens;
- Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs;
- Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions. back to top
- Cotton underwear briefs;
- 1 pair walking shorts;
- 1 pair walking trousers for trekking and around camp;
- 1 pair lightweight thermal bottoms;
- 1 pair medium or expedition weight thermal bottoms;
- 1 pair polar fleece trousers;
- 1 pair Gore-Tex trousers, salopettes, or bibs. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips;
Your clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags. back to top
- 1 pair Double Plastic boots (Koflach);
- Modern single waterproof-leather climbing boots with special insulation for cold weather/winter climbing on 4000 metre/13,000 foot high peaks are OK, as long as they will fit comfortably with two thick pair of socks and a vapour barrier liner and the boot will fit the crampon perfectly.
- 1 pair sturdy leather walking boots with good ankle support (we mean leather trekking, not climbing boots) for the trek;
- 1 pair trainers, running shoes and/or sandals for Kathmandu and in camp;
- 1 pair down booties (optional);
- 2 pair med-heavy poly or wool socks;
- 2- pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or wool;
- vapour barrier liner socks or plastic bread-bags;
- 2 pair lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool;
- Cotton socks for in town.
- 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 10 degrees F);
- At least 1 closed cell foam kari-mats. We do not recommend inflatable mats, as we have never seen one not puncture. You can buy these non inflatable mats very inexpensively in Kathmandu. Why carry foam mats around the world, when you can purchase them inexpensively in Kathmandu?
- 1 medium rucksack (50-70 litres / 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for airplane carry);
- Waterproof rucksack cover (optional);
- 1 or 2 large (120 L / 7500 cubic inch) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment. Must be durable for use on pack animals;
- Small padlocks for duffel kit bags. back to top
- female or male hygiene supplies;
- 2 tubes lip sun cream, 1 large tube skin sun cream (min.factor 15);
- anti-mosquito cream;
- 1 toothpaste/brush;
- 1 bar soap or hand sanitizer gel/1 small towel;
- hand wipes. back to top
Medications are inexpensive and readily available in Kathmandu with no Doctor`s prescription:Small personal first-aid kit.
- (Simple and Light), blister repair kit, waterproof first-aid tape, athletic tape, plasters, Band-Aids, personal medications, etc. The leaders will have extensive first-aid kits, so leave anything extra behind. Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb;
- 10 anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium, Loperamide);
- 10 anti-headache pills (Paracetamol, Tylenol);
- 10 anti-inflamatory pills (Ibuprofen);
- 20 cough lozenges, cough sweets, Strepsils, Halls;
- 1 small bottle anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide; Island Peak Questions
- 10 stomach antibiotic pills: (Ciprofloxacin, Norfloxacin);
- 6 broad spectrum antiobiotic pills: (Azithromycin);
- Do not bring sleeping pills. They are a respiratory depressant;
- 1 Steripen, or bottle of water purification tablets or water filter;
- 1 set earplugs;
- 1 small bottle of hand-sanitizer suncream for skin and lips. minimum factor 20
Extra prescription glasses, contact lens supplies. Contact lens wearers, WARNING: your contact lenses might not work well on the mountain, please carry glasses at all times in case of emergency. A new pair could be quickly made in Kathmandu for just $40. Please order prior to arrival if you are interested. A new pair could be quickly made in Kathmandu back to top
On the mountain we supply plenty of food for you to cook 3 hot meals each day. This food will consist of soup, local cheese & sausage, biscuits, dried noodles, potatoes, rice, porridge, butter, dried and tinned vegetables, fruit, meats, and fish, tea with milk and sugar, powdered juice drink, and drinking chocolate. Our sherpas will be carrying this food to the higher camps.
We ask each member to bring their own imported daily snack and energy foods. We do not provide cold “snack” food such as chocolate or "energy-bars". We ask that you bring or buy your own "snack" or daily cold energy food, 2-3 kilos/4-6 pounds is a good amount (for the trek and Island Peak combined). A growing variety of imported foods such as European and American cheeses, chocolates, biscuits, cookies, nuts, and locally made power-bars are now available in Kathmandu, at realistic prices. However, imported power bars, GU, re-hydration drinks, dehydrated food, "freeze-dried meals", imported cheese and sausage are not available. If you want these items, you must bring them from your home country. Many of our members, especially Britons, Europeans, and Australians with tiny baggage allowances, now purchase their daily snacks in Kathmandu. Our schedule in Kathmandu allows plenty of time for shopping.
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- 1 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 camera and film, or digital camera with extra cards and extra batteries;
- nylon stuff sacks For food and gear storage, large Ziplocs are useful also;
- 3 Water bottles (1 litre) wide-mouth Nalgene (1 is a pee bottle);
- 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), traveler's checks, etc.;
- 1 bathing suit/swimming costume (you never know);
- basecamp 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 basecamp 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. Thank you.
This is not an exhaustive list. Please submit other equipment concerns and suggestions. Thank you. back to top
We provide a plethora of top-quality, and time-tested equipment, group gear, and supplies, including: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection; trekking tents; cookers, fuel, high-altitude food, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. Please see the group EQUIPMENT link, in the menu bars above to study what we bring for your use and safety.