NEPAL LEADERSHIP TREK

RETREAT, RENEW, RETURN

MAY 14 - MAY 27, 2017

                         FOR CORNELL UNIVERSITY ALUMNI AND GUESTS

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Packing List

WEATHER

We expect warm temperatures while hiking for most of this trek. Daily highs of 86°F and lows of 56°F are expected at the start of the trek at 3,700 feet elevation, while 70°F and 40°F is expected at the highest lodge at 9,500 feet.   Hiking in shorts and t-shirts is likely even at the higher elevations by midday due to wide temperature swings.  It can rain at any time, but late in the day or at night is the most common pattern at this time of year, with the clearest times typically in the early morning.  

The clothing list is designed to keep us comfortable at all temperature extremes, with the coldest temperatures expected during a pre-dawn "peak ascent" hike to the top of Poon Hill at 10,529 feet to catch the sunrise. Temperatures may be in the low 40s on that morning when we depart, (and could rise to 70 later in the day).  Note that this may be the only day when some of the colder weather items are used.  We will carry only the personal items needed for the day in our backpacks.  Our porters will carry sleeping bags, extra clothing, and other items to the next lodge.

Please pay close attention to this list, as these items are needed. (There will be a chance to ask questions during the group phone call well in advance of the trek.)

 

CLOTHING for the trek: 

Do not overpack. Clothing can be washed at the guest houses.

Head

____ 1  Hat for sun protection (Baseball type or hat with brim)
____ 1  Sunglasses (Needed at altitude even if you never usually wear them)
____ 1  BandanA
____ 1  Stocking hat (Fleece or wool for higher elevations)

Upper Body

____1   Sports bra (Recommended for Women. Consider non-cotton, wicking material. See EMS or REI for examples)
____1-2   T-shirts. (wicking material or cotton. Can wash at lodges.)
____1   Long-sleeve shirt, lightweight nylon or cotton , loose-fitting (for sun protection).
____1   Base layer top (Light or mid-weight polypropylene/synthetic or wool. Snug fit wicks better and is warmer.)
____2   Fleece insulation layers.  Example: Combine a lighter Polartec 100 fleece layer with a Polartec 200 fleece for more versatility on the trail.
____1   Shell, Gore-Tex or similar “waterproof/breathable”. Place on top of layers.

Lower Body

____ Underwear (as many as you would like)
____ 1   Hiking Shorts
____ 1   Base layer bottom (Light or mid-weight polypropylene/synthetic or wool. Snug fit wicks better and is warmer.)
____ 1   Breathable nylon “trekking” pants, or "soft shell pants" (Worn separately or on top of base layer)
____ 1   Rain pants, completely waterproof, or Gore-Tex/similar “waterproof/breathable”

Feet

____ 1 pr  Hiking boots/Trail running shoes (light- or mid-weight, recommend fit with 1 pair wool socks and 1 pair liner sock for blister protection.  More flexible footwear like trail running shoes may causes less foot problems than stiff new boots. Test your system before you land in Nepal. Use what works for you.
____  1 pr  Sandals or sneakers (for around town and lodges)
____ 1 pr  Flip-flops (optional. Nonporous for shower use)
____ 3 pr  Wool socks (thick for trekking, ex. Bridgedale, Darn Tough, Smart Wool)
____ 3 pr Liner socks (thin, non-cotton, to wick moisture and prevent blisters)

Hands

____ 1  Lightweight gloves (for higher elevation)

EQUIPMENT:

Porters will carry sleeping bags and also your soft duffle bags/bookbag with extra gear while trekking.

Packing         

____ 1   Backpack, 30 to 40 liter, with waist belt and compression straps, (For extra clothing, trail food, water, and personal items needed on the trail. Compression straps will pull a small load in close to your back if pack is too large.) Note: If you have a backpack that is slightly larger, there is no need to purchase another one, but please plan to carry less than its’ full capacity to keep your load light.
____1-2  Soft Duffle Bags (For the porters. They prefer 2 smaller duffle bags to one large one. Must be no larger than a carry-on, and must be a soft nylon bag. Loads are covered but you can line with a trash bag also.)
____1   Small daypack/bookbag, 20 liter,  (optional) Lightweight nylon "campus bookbag"  for daily use in town and around lodges. Give this to porters as an item when hiking, or give to porters inside your duffel bag.

Sleeping

____1   Sleeping bag, mummy style with drawstring, down or synthetic, compressible, ("3 season" rating, Good to 32 degrees F or better. Foam mattresses are provided at the lodges, so no need to bring a sleeping pad)
____1   Sleeping bag compression stuff sack  (Give the sleeping bag to porters as a separate item or ok in a duffle bag also.)

WATER PURIFICATION (All water must be treated)

___1-2   Water bottle, 1 liter, Combine with a, b, or c

a.   Steripen (UV wand to stir in water bottle for 1 minute. Convenient, effective, and very popular. This item may require batteries that are not easy to find in Nepal, so please plan accordingly.)
b.   Water filter with pump
c.   Iodine tablets or similar

MISCELLANEOUS:

____1  Trekking Poles (Optional. Many people like these for trekking)
____1  Umbrella (optional and available for purchase in Nepal. Makes a nice alternative to a raincoat on warm days).
____1  Watch (we will set times to meet as a group)
____1  Pocket knife (Remember to place this in your checked luggage for flying)
____1  Headlamp (Required for Poon Hill ascent and extremely helpful at lodges. Bring spare batteries or can recharge at lodges.)
____1  Sunscreen SPF 30+
____1  Lip ointment
____1  Camera/memory cards/spare battery (Optional)
____1  Battery charger (Optional, for your gizmos)
____1  Power Outlet Adapter (Macally Universal or similar; Optional)
____1  Small musical instrument (Optional)
____1  Binoculars (Optional)
____1  Ear Plugs (Highly recommended.)
____1  Journal and pens/pencils (required)
____1-2  Books (Optional)
____1  Parachute cord or similar (A few pieces for laundry lines or misc.)
____1  Insect repellent (recommend something with DEET. Lower elevations only.)
____1 Money belt (for Passport, cash, etc. Recommended.)


TOILETRIES:

____1  Toiletries (toothbrush, tooth paste, floss, razor, small bottle soap)
____1  Alcohol hand sanitizer and wipes (optional, some recommend wipes)
____1  Shampoo/ conditioner (small bottle, no more than you will need, repack it)
____1  Laundry detergent (small bottle, no more than you will need, repack it.)
____1  Small towel (lightweight travel towel)  

MEDICAL:

____1  Duct tape (Highly recommended for blister prevention BEFORE a blister forms. No need for entire roll. Works similar to moleskin.)
____2-3pr  Johnson & Johnson Blister Ampoules (Optional, Useful for blister care and prevention)
____3-4  Electrolyte replacement powder (Optional, packets to dispense into your water bottle if needed, ex. REI Electrolyte tablets, Gatorade Electrolyte replacement powder)
____ Personal supply of Pepto-Bismol tablets is highly recommended.

Optional over-the-counter personal supply (also in expedition first aid kit):
     -Aspirin or Tylenol for headaches
     -Ibuprofen for muscle and joint pain
     -Imodium, Imotil, or similar anti-diarrheal (take only if needed)

Discuss your travel plans with your doctor.  When travelling remotely, it is a good idea to carry a course of antibiotic
 

SPECIAL NOTES FOR WOMEN:

Tampons are not available in Nepal.
Treatment for yeast infections also not available in Nepal. If prone, consider bringing an over-the-counter remedy, or requesting Diflucan (Fluconazole) from your doctor.

REQUIRED ITEMS:

____1 Passport
____ Immunizations by CDC (routine vaccinations, HepA, Typhoid. Anti-malarials not needed at our locations): http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/nepal
____1  Visa: Single entry visa for 15/30/90 days costs US$25/40/100
____6 Passport photos (for trekking permits and visa, need 2 at KTM airport.)
____2 copies of the front page of your passport for trekking permits
____1 ATM/Credit card that allows international cash withdrawals

 

WHERE TO GET THE STUFF

We know that good gear is not cheap, yet we also want you to have the right stuff to be comfortable at all times. Keep in mind that once you have the gear it generally lasts for many, many years. This gear can be a long-term investment in a lifestyle.

If you are able to purchase new, Marmot, Outdoor Research, and Patagonia are trusted brands. There are many other good brands, and retail shops like EMS and REI will have people in the shops ready to assist. You may have some experienced outdoor friends that can help you with advice, or who can perhaps lend a sleeping bag, backpack or shell for the trip. If you know what you are looking for, perhaps take a look at Ebay for discounts.

TEST YOUR SYSTEM

In preparation for our trek, we strongly encourage you to head out for some longer hikes along hilly terrain to see how your footwear and backpack and clothing system performs. This way you will still have time to make some minor adjustments before you land in Kathmandu.

STORAGE OF PERSONAL ITEMS DURING TREK

We will leave luggage, laptops, valuables, and travel clothes in Kathmandu when we depart for Pokhara and the Annapurna Trek.  All items we take to Pokhara must go on the trek... except for a small "Pokhara clothes bag" with one change of clothes to be left in Pokhara.  The tendency is to over pack for the trek. Please do not over pack. (Please do not add significantly to the loads of the porters. We will need to weigh the baggage we are giving to the porters before we leave Kathmandu, so please plan ahead for this.)

 

CONFERENCE CALL

The entire group will have an opportunity to discuss any questions during one or two conference calls that will be scheduled.
 

QUESTIONS

Contact Clint Sidle, ccs7@Cornell.edu, or Dan Tillemans, dlt7@cornell.edu