Panoramic of Karsha monastery, nunnery and village

Equipement and clothes for your winter trek

Your bagages

  • Day rucksack (30 - 40 litres) which you will use for personal items on trekking days (camera, water bottle, sun cream, fleece, gloves, etc).
  • Large rucksack or travelling bag (80 - 100 litres) that will be carried by porters, containing your spare clothing, sleeping bag and all other personal effects (15kg).


Sleeping bag (rated to -30°C) plus inner (light fleece or micro fibre), foam or inflatable mattress (Thermarest etc.).

Base equipment

Thermal underwear (vest and long johns), two fleece tops, Goretex jacket, down jacket, warm mountain trousers, 6 pairs of socks, tee shirts, shirt with collar, warm hat / balaclava, warm scarf, 2 pairs of warm gloves, warm slippers / camp footwear for evenings.

Technical equipment

Warm walking boots that you have worn in - they should be sturdy, with some insulation, a good sole and preferably a removable insole that can be dried out at night, like Sorrel and Baffin, head torch with new and spare batteries, walking poles (with sharp points).

Other items

Water bottle (isothermic, at least 1 litre), sunglasses (2 pairs), spare laces for boots, washing bag with toiletries, towel, pocket penknife, mending kit (needle and thread), document wallet (for passport, plane ticket, insurance documents, money), reading and writing materials, binoculars, etc.


Diamox (altitude sickness), painkillers (paracetamol), anti-inflammatories (ibuprofen), one-week course of wide-spectrum antibiotic, anti-diarrhoea and anti-constipation pills (Sennekot), light sleeping pills, plasters, bandages, antiseptic cream, anti-mosquito ointment, sun cream and lip salve, water purifying tablets, earplugs, eye lotion, tweezers.
Your own medicines.