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                       Jomsom Trek
                                                                                                   TREK NEPAL
                                                                                                   trekking & climbing in nepal

  Annapurna region

The Jomsom Trek is the classic tea-house trek which visits some of the best trekking              Jomsom
lodges in Nepal. The trek follows the ancient trading route from India to Tibet up                Trek Summary
the Kali Gandaki valley starting from the roadhead near Pokhara and finishing at the
pilgrimage site of Muktinath.                                                                     Duration: 14 days

We experience a range of surroundings, from the culture of the lowland villages to                Trek days: 8 days
the splendour of the high Himalaya. This trek gives many spectacular views of the
two Himalayan giants, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, and gives a flavour of the Tibet-                 Hotel:
like country north of Jomsom. This is indeed a classic trek which allows access to                4 nights in Kathmandu
the high mountains of the Himalaya within a reasonable timeframe and without                      1 night in Pokhara
ascending to extreme altitude. Accommodation and food is provided in the local                    Maximum altitude:
lodges.                                                                                           3800m

                                                                                                  Price: $1,250

             For more information or reservations: Sobek Nepal Treks, PO Box 8975, EPC 2789, Kathmandu, Nepal
                          Phone number +977-1-5523631,,

                                                                                                                                                                                                 Kagbeni                    Thorungste
                                                                                                                              Dhampus Dhampus                                               Khingar                Ranipauwa (6482m)
                                                                                                                                 Pass ▲ Peak                              Eklai Bhatti                Jharkot                          Thorung La
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Map Jomsom Trek
                                                                                                                                      (6012m)                                                                      Muktinath10
                                                                                                                      French Col                                                                                         Dodan          (5416m)

                                                                                                                                                             Shyang                                                               ▲
                                                                                                                                                                              Thini                                          Yak Gawa
                                                                                                                   Tukuche Peak                      Marpha 8                                                                 (6484m)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Chulu West                                                                                          Himlung Himal
                                                                                                                     (6920m) ▲                                                                                                                                                                                                         (7126m) ▲
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (6419m)▲ Chulu East
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cro                                  ▲(6584m)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thorung Phedi                                                                                                                                 Cheo Himal
                                                                                                                                          Tukuche                  Nilgiri North                      oun
                                                                                                                                                                                                          try                    Yak Kharka                                                                                                                  (6820m)▲
                                                                                                            (8167m)                                                   (7061m)                                              Letdar
                                                                                                               ▲                    Khobang                              ▲                                                          Gunsang
                                                                                                                                                           Nilgiri                          Tilicho                                                                                                               Kang Guru
                                                                                                                                    Larjung              (6940m) ▲                  ▲                                                                                                                                                                                                   Rest House
                                                                                                                                                                                              Tal                   Khangsar Tengi       Manang                                                                    (6981m)
                                                                                                                                                                               Tilicho Peak                                                                         Pisang Peak                                         ▲                                                          Larkya La
                                                                                                                                                                                 (7134m)                                                           Ngawal
                                                                                                                                            Kokhethati        Nilgiri South                                                         Bryaga                            (6091m)                                                                                                       (5100m)
                                                                                                                                        7                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Bimtang
                                                                                                                                                            ▲ (6839m)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Mungji                  Ghyaru ▲
                                                                                                                               Kalopani Lete                                                                                                          Hongde                                                                                                                   Larkya Peak           Samdo
                                                                                                                                                                                          Roc Noir                                                               Upper                                                                                                          (6249m)▲

                                                                                                                                                                                          (7585m) Tarke Kang Gangapurna                                          Pisang                                                                                                                          Naike Peak
                                                                                                                                                                               Annapurna I ▲ ▲(7193m)              (7454m)                                                                                                                                                  Manalsu North
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ▲ (5515m)
                                                                                                                                                   Ghasa                                                               ▲       Annapurna III                                                                                                          Gho
                                                                                                                                                                                 (8091m) ▲                                     ▲ (7555m)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pisang                                                                                                              (7154m) ▲
                                                                                                                                                                                           Fang ▲ Singu Chuli                                                                                                                                                                                  slu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bhratang                                                                              Mana ier
                                                                                                                                            Kabre      Kopchepani                        (7647m) (6501m) ▲                                                                                                                                                                                 Glac   Samagaon
                                                                                                                                          Rupse                                                                Tharpu Chuli                                                                             Telekhu                                                                Manalsu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Annapurna IV                                  Kotho                 Tilje                    Phungi
                                                                                                                                         Chhahara                                             Annapurna       ▲ (5663m)                                                                                                                                                        (8156m)▲
                                                                                                                                                     Dana                                                                                                          (7525m) Annapurna II                              Thanchok                                (6398m)▲
                                                                                                                                                                                              Base Camp            Machhapuchhare                                    ▲                                 Chame                 Bagarchhap
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Base Camp                                                ▲ (7937m)                   Lattemarang
                                                                                                                                                                                     Annapurna ▲                                                                                                                                                                                                      gyen
                                                                                                                                                                                        South           ▲  Hiunchuli         Machhapuchhare                                                                           Dhanakyu      Thonje                                                     Pung      r
                                                                                                                                                                      6                                    (6441m)             ▲ (6997m)                                                                                                                                          Ngadi Chuli Glacie
                                                                                                                                                        Tatopani                      (7273m)                                                                                                                               Dharapani Karte
                                                                                                                                                   Rato                                                                                                                                             ▲                                                                              (7879m) ▲
                                                                                                                                                   Pani                                    Himalayan Hotel                  Mardi Himal                                                          Lamjung                                        Tal
                                                                                                                                               Birkati                                    Bamboo Lodge         Doban       ▲ (5587m)                                                               Himal                                                                                                   nda
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 (6986m)                                                                                               Lida cier
                                                                                                                                                        Ghara                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gla

                                                                                                                                         Tiplyang                                                    Kuldi
                                                                                                                                                     Sikha                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Himalchuli▲
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chamje                                                        (7893m)
                                                                                                                                                        Chitre                Tadapani Khummu            Chhomrong
                                                                                                                                  Baisari                Deorali
                                                                                                       To Dhorpatan                                                                  5                         Naya Pul
                                                                                                          & Dolpo                                                         Ghorapani      Uri                                                                                                                                                Jagat
                                                                                                                                                                            Nangathanti                        Landruk                                                                                                                     Syange
                                                                                                                                                                            Banthanti Ghandruk                                                                            Siklis                                                                            Lili Bir
                                                                                                                                                                              Ulleri                                                  Nayagaun
                                                                                                                               Beni                                                                       Tolka                                                                                                                                             Bahundanda
                                                                                                                                                                                 4       Hille
                                                                                                                                                               Tikhedungha                                   Pothana
                                                                                                                           Ratne Chaur
                                                                                                                                                                             Birethanti           Chandrakot         Dhampus                        Mahendra                                                                                             Ngadi
                                                                                                                                      Pharse                                                 Naya Pul                                Lhachok          Cave                                                                                            Bhulbule
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Phedi                                      Thak
                                                                                                                                                 Khaniya Ghat                                                                Suikhet                                                                                                                      Usta
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Khare          Naudanda                                                                                                     Khudi
                                                                                                                                Baglung          Maldhunga                                                                           Hyangja
                                                                                                                                                                                         Badaure                           Sarangkot                                                                        Pasgaon
                                                                                                                                                                Kusma                                                                                Pokhara3                             Rabidanda
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Taksar                 Besi
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Kalikastan                                                                     Sahar                    Taksar
                                                                                                                                                  Baglung                                                                                                                   Thulokot             Gorje             Baglung Pani
                                                                                                                                                   Airport                                                                        Phewa                 Kundahar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Tal                                                                                                                 Chaur

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sheklung                                Nalma

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Sisuwa                                                                Phalensangu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chisopani       Chisankhu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Deorali                                         Paundi

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             from                                             Kunchha
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1, 2, 12, 13, 14
                                                                                                                                                         Walking Trek                                                     Highway                       Pass                             Ridge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Trek Route                           0            5              10 km
                                                                                                                                                         Cross-Country Trail                                              Drive                         Cave                       ▲     Mountain or Hill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Overnight Stay
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Temple                     f     Airfield
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Jomsom Trek iTinerary
Day 1    Arrive Kathmandu, transfer from airport to hotel

Day 2    At leisure in Kathmandu, preparation for trek

Day 3    Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Day 4 Drive to Naya Pul, and trek to Tikhedhunga
We start by driving to the roadhead at Naya Pul where we begin the trek. From here it is a 20 minute walk along
the bank of the Modi Khola to Birethanti (1065m), a large village which has many shops and tea-houses. From here
the trail continues through the village and then follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. The trail climbs
steadily up the side of the valley to Hille at 1495m and shortly after reaches Tikhedhunga at 1525m. This is a short,
relatively easy day which allows us to become used to the experience of trekking in Nepal.

Day 5 Tikhedhunga to Ghorapani
After yesterday’s gentle introduction, today is a hard day with a long climb up to Ghorapani at 2775m. However we
take it slowly, rest often, and enjoy the beautiful scenery. The trail continues upwards on a steep stone staircase to
Ulleri at 2070m. From here the trail leads through thick forest to Banthanti at 2250m, and then continues through
oak and rhododendron forest to Nangathanti at 2460m. The trail continues to rise and after approx. one hour
reaches Ghorapani. We continue to the main concentration of tea-houses at Deorali (2834m), a further 10 mins
walk, where we obtain fantastic views of the surrounding peaks including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.

Day 6 Ghorapani to Tatopani
After yesterday’s ascent, today’s walk is a lot easier as it
is mainly downhill to Tatopani. However before we set
off, we make an ascent of Poon Hill (3210m) to obtain
magnificent, unobstructed views of the surrounding
mountains. The walk up to the top of Poon Hill takes
approx. one hour but is well worth the effort. From
Deorali, the trail descends through rhododendron and
magnolia forest, to Chitre at 2390m, and continues
down to Sikha at 1980m, and then Ghara at 1705m.
From here it is a steep descent of 500m to the Ghar            On the trail near Ghorapani
Khola, where the trail then climbs briefly before
crossing the Kali Gandaki on a large suspension bridge. It is then a short walk to Tatopani at 1180m. Tatopani is
a large village with many well-appointed tea-houses and takes its name, “hot water”, from the hot spring bathing
pools on the banks of the river.

Day 7 Tatopani to Kalopani
The trail continues up the Kali Gandaki gorge, which is considered to be the deepest in the world, situated as it is
between the two 8000m peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The trail rises gently to reach Dana at 1400m, and on
to Rupse Chhahara at 1550m, where there is a stunning waterfall. The trail then crosses to the eastern bank of the
river to reach Kopchepani, but then crosses back to the western side on a suspension bridge at 1935m. From here it
is a short climb to Ghasa at 2080m. We continue to ascend and pass through Lete at 2470m, shortly before arriving
at Kalopani at an elevation of 2560m. From here we obtain superb views of the Nilgiri peaks to the east.

Day 8 Kalopani to Marpha
We start by crossing to the eastern side of the river, but cross back again further up the trail before entering Larjung
at 2560m. We then continue on a short distance to the interesting village of Khobang with it’s narrow alleyways.
Our lunch spot is the ancient Thakali village of Tukuche at 2590m. From Tukuche we continue up the Kali
Gandaki, with the terrain becoming much more barren and the breeze increasing as it passes through the gorge.
On the way to Marpha we pass a Tibetan refuge settlement and then a horticulture research station. Marpha at

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2665m is a large Thakali village with many excellent tea houses, but it still retains the typical architectural features
of narrow alleyways, flat roofs, and whitewashed buildings. There is also a superb Nyingmapa Buddhist gompa
which can be visited.

Day 9 Marpha to Kagbeni
We leave Marpha and continue to climb along the side of the valley to reach Jomsom at 2713m. Jomsom is a
large, bustling settlement which is the administrative centre of the region, containing the airport, army camp,
and numerous hotels, shops, banks and government offices. We cross the river to the eastern bank and continue
onwards to Eklai Bhatti at 2730m. From here there is a direct route to Muktinath that ascends the hill behind the
village, however we follow the trail along the river to Kagbeni at 2810m. Kagbeni is situated at the junction of the
Jhong Khola and the Kali Gandaki, and is the northernmost village that can be visited without a permit to continue
on to Mustang. It is a fascinating village with many Tibetan influences.

Day 10 Kagbeni to Muktinath
From Kagbeni we make a steep climb up the Jhong Khola valley and join the direct trail to Muktinath just below
Khingar at 3200m. From here we continue on the trail high above the Jhong Khola to the imposing village of
Jharkot at 3500m. This village is well worth exploring
and so we will stop here for lunch before continuing
on to Muktinath. From Jharkot the trail climbs up to
our ultimate destination of Muktinath at 3800m. We
initially reach Ranipauwa where there are many tea
houses and shops, and where we stay for the night.
The actual religious site of Muktinath is a further 10
minutes walk up the hill and this area is kept free of
hotels and camping sites. Muktinath is an important
pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists alike,
and the area includes a Buddhist gompa and a Hindu         Jharkot

Day 11 Muktinath to Jomsom
We can now look forward to a reduction in altitude and easier going, as we descend back down the trail to Jomsom,
from where we will fly out to Pokahara and then on to Kathmandu. We take the direct route back which misses out
Kagbeni and descends the hill behind Eklai Bhatti, before returning to Jomsom on the west side of the Kali Gandaki.

Day 12 Fly to Pohara from Jomsom, and onto Kathmandu
We return to the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu by plane. Initially we take a short 30 minute flight back to
Pokhara, where we change planes and continue onto Kathmandu domestic airport. Here you will be greeted and
transferred back to your hotel in Kathmandu. Arrival times back into Kathmandu vary, however it is usual to arrive
back at your hotel by mid-afternoon.

Day 13 At leisure in Kathmandu

Day 14 Transfer from hotel to airport, fly home

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Life on The Trek
Trekking staff                             provide well-boiled, purified drinking      supervision of the trekking staff.
Whilst on the trek, the Nepali guides      water. On lodge treks, food is              4. We use tea-houses that we know
and porters will ensure that you are       provided in the lodge and this ranges       have strict hygiene standards and
well looked after. Every trek has an       from delicious local specialities to        provide a broad menu.
English speaking guide, known as           common western dishes. If necessary,
                                           bottled water can be purchased from         High Altitude
the sirdar, who is in overall charge.
                                           the lodges for a small fee, although        Anyone can be affected by Altitude
It is his responsibility to organise
                                           many trekkers prefer to use fresh           Sickness. However, our itineraries
the trek en route and manage the
                                           water with the added precaution of a        are specifically designed to minimise
guides and porters and deal with
                                           purifying agent.                            the risks associated with trekking
the local peoples. The sirdars are
                                                                                       to high altitudes by building in
very experienced men, some being
                                           A typical trekking day                      acclimatisation and rest days. In
previous Everest mountaineers, and
                                           A typical day revolves around the           the event of any symptoms we will
they are experts in trek organisation,
                                           Nepal sunrise and sunset, rather            ensure that the individual descends
as well as being able to discuss the
                                           than any Western time schedule.             to a lower altitude to gain a quick
local culture, religion, and landscape.
                                           The day starts with an early wake-          recovery.
In addition there will be other guides,
                                           up call. You then pack up your gear
sometimes referred to by the generic
                                           and enjoy a rousing breakfast before
term Sherpa, who will be your
                                           starting your morning’s walk. The
walking companions on the trek and
                                           sirdar will already be organised and
will assist the sirdar in organising the
                                           have assigned loads to porters and/or
logistics of the trek.
                                           animals, and your group will then
On camping treks there will be a full      set off on the trail at a leisurely pace,
kitchen crew who are responsible for       enjoying the view and stopping to
all aspects of catering. And finally       take photographs. After 2-3 hours                And finally ...
there will be porters who are the          walk you stop for lunch. This lasts              it must be stressed that
transportation system of the Nepali        for about 90 minutes which gives                 whilst trekking in the Nepal
mountains. They will carry the             you time to relax, or explore the local          Himalaya is challenging and
duffle bags and other equipment as         village. The afternoon’s walk is usually         rewarding, you must be
necessary.                                 shorter and we arrive at the campsite            prepared for the occasional
                                           or tea-house in plenty of time to                inconvenience or discomfort.
Accommodation                              relax and savour the surroundings.
                                                                                            The correct mental attitude
1. Fully equipped Camping treks            Later in the evening dinner is served,
- accommodation is provided in                                                              to trekking is as important as
                                           giving you an opportunity to sample
spacious 2 person tents. We use this       the delicious food, talk over the day’s
                                                                                            being physically prepared.
method for our climbing trips and          events, and look forward to another
some treks where lodges are less           special day on the trails of Nepal.
                                           Health and Safety on the trek
2. Lodge treks - accommodation is          General
provided in the local Nepali lodges,       1. A comprehensive first aid kit is
sometimes known as tea-houses. It is       carried on the trek. However we
usually necessary to share a double        advise that you also carry your that
room. We use this method for our           you also carry your personal first
treks in the Annapurna and Everest
                                           aid kit which includes specific items
                                           of preference.
Food                                       2. We will, in an emergency, arrange
It is not necessary to take any            for helicopter evacuation. (Note that
additional food on the trek. On            you are required to hold insurance for
camping treks, all food is prepared by     this unlikely eventuality).
the trek cook - an expert in preparing     3. All meals on our camping trips are
delicious camp food. And most              prepared to strict hygiene standards
importantly, special care is taken to      specifically for our groups, under the

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PreParing for The Trek
Immigration Requirements                   to consult your doctor about the            In order to help you budget for
A visa is required to enter Nepal.         need to take malaria pills. Trekkers        additional expenses that are not
This can be obtained by application        who plan to do rafting and jungle           included in the trip price, the
to the Nepalese Embassy in your own        excursions are advised to take the          following list gives an indication of
country. Alternatively a visa can be       necessary medication to protect             what is required:
obtained upon arrival at Kathmandu         against malaria.
International Airport. You will need                                                   • Visa - as already mentioned US$30
US$30 in cash and one passport sized       Money                                         is required for the Nepalese Visa, if
photograph. Please ensure that you         The unit of currency in Nepal is the          gained upon entry.
have enough cash in denominations          rupee. In June 2007 the exchange rate       • Meals in Kathmandu -
of 10s and 5s since the Immigration        was                                           accommodation at the hotel is
Officers require the exact money.          • 1 US Dollar = 65 rupees                     bed and breakfast. Allow a total of
                                                                                         US$20 per day for meals whilst in
                                           • 1 UK Pound = 128 rupees                     Kathmandu.
We INSIST that an appropriate              • 1 Euro = 87 rupees                        • Sightseeing and transport in
insurance policy is taken out                                                            Kathmandu - an allowance of a
which covers travel in isolated and        Foreign currency can be exchanged             further $10 per day will certainly
mountainous areas, and which               in most hotels, banks and at money            cover transport costs in and
also includes helicopter rescue.           changing stalls, and all major                around Kathmandu.
We recommend that you consult a            currencies are accepted. Credit cards       • Personal expenses on the trek -
reputable travel agent or insurance        are also accepted in most tourist             again $10 per day will cover items
specialist.                                shops (at a 3-5% surcharge). Joint            such as bottled water or alcoholic
                                           venture banks - Nepal Grindlays               drinks and chocolate bars etc.
Health Issues                              Bank, Nepal Arab Bank, and
We recommend that all clients                                                          • Gifts - many visitors to Nepal
                                           Himalayan Bank - will advance cash
consult their doctor to discuss the                                                      like to take home gifts. Many
                                           against credit cards. The ATM in
health issues associated with their                                                      wonderful momentoes can be
                                           The Kathmandu Guest House also
trek. We also recommend that clients                                                     purchased cheaply and usually
                                           advances local currency against a
bring their own personal first aid kit                                                   paid for by credit card.
                                           credit card.
to supplement the comprehensive                                                        • Tips - this is entirely optional, but
first aid kit carried by the Trek          We recommend that all trekkers carry          most clients will want to tip the
Leader.                                    some rupees, in small denominations,          local team of porters and other
                                           with them on the trek to cover their          staff. The amount is a purely
Vaccinations Required                      personal expenses. However the                personal decision but on average
Please ensure that you allow at least      preferred currency in Nepal is the            is around $2.50 per trekker per
1 month to complete a course of            US dollar and this can be used to             trekking day. Note that there is
vaccinations. Whilst your personal         pay for personal expenses on most             usually a slighter higher tip given
doctor will be the final authority, we     of the popular trekking trails. We            for a succesful ascent to the sherpa
recommend the following :                  recommend that you bring this                 climbing guides.
• Poliomyelitis                            currency in small denominations.            • Kathmandu Departure Tax - on
• Typhoid                                                                                flying out of Nepal there is an
                                                                                         airport departure tax of R1695.
• Tetanus
• Rabies
• Meningococcal
• Immunoglobulin (for Hepatitis A)

Nepal is listed as a country for which
malaria prophylaxis is advised. We
will not be visiting any malarial areas
on the treks, however you may wish

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All equipment and food, and your own personal backpacks are carried by the porters or

pack animals. It is only necessary to carry a camera or small daypack ! On camping treks all
necessary camp equipment is provided - this includes dining tent, dining table & chairs, toilet
tent, foam mattresses, and all cooking equipment. The only kit that you will need to bring is your
own personal equipment and clothing.

Recommended Trekking Kit                                             Other items
The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we re-       q Strong rucksack, or large holdall to be carried by porters
commend that you take with you. This is not intended to be a          q Day sack to be carried personally
comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended
                                                                      q Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store/separate trekking gear
to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for      inside your main bag
your comfort and convenience. However we recognise that you
may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may         q One litre water bottle
be equally as suitable.                                               q Personal first aid kit to include essential items
                                                                      q Sleeping bag, 4 season
Footwear                                                              q Torch, ideally head torch
 q Walking boots with suitable ankle support that have                q Camera and film ! - for those not to be forgotten
    been worn-in prior to the trek, and which are waterproof            shots of the Himalaya
 q Trainer or casual shoes, for trekking and/or for travelling        q Toilet items and towel
 q Warm socks for colder areas                                        q Large handerchief/bandana for neck
 q Gaiters, in case of rain or snow
                                                                     Optional items
Legwear                                                               q Binoculars
 q Loose, casual trousers for trekking                                q Books (see Recommended Reading)
 q Thermal leggings for colder areas                                  q Altimeter
 q Long skirt for women as an alternative to trousers                 q Compass
 q Waterproof trousers                                                q Playing cards / backgammon / chess set
                                                                     Recommended Mountaineering Kit
 q Selection of T-shirts, and long sleeved shirts,                   In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the
   preferably not cotton
                                                                     following is a list of the additional specialist items which are
 q Thermal shirt for colder areas                                    required for the trekking peaks.
 q Warm shirt, possibly fleece, for colder areas
 q Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper                                  q Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with
 q Windproof, waterproof outer shell garment for                          gaitors & crampons that have been tested for a good fit
   higher altitudes                                                   q   Fleece trousers or salopettes
 q Down jacket (optional for cold nights & mornings;                  q   Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing
   can be hired in Kathmandu cheaply)                                     Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axe can be hired
                                                                          in Kathmandu)
Head/Hands                                                                Climbing harness
 q   Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava                                     2 x tape slings
 q   Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking                     q   2 x screwgate karabiners
 q   Sunglasses or goggles                                                Descender/abseil device
 q   Sunscreen lotion and lip balm                                        Ascender
 q   Warm gloves

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                           Phone number +977-1-5523631,,


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