Mera peak is the highest trekking peak in Nepal. The mountain is relatively easy to climb but needs much preparation. So, you need to make arrangements for your Mera peak gear list. This list should include various items for a comfortable, successful trip. It includes appropriate clothes, accessories, travel gear, gadgets, etc.
Packing items for a long-duration trek is quite tricky. Moreover, expeditions like the Mera peak climbing, which is just a trekking peak, are confusing to prepare for. You do not need the extensive tools and technologies that you would need for an actual expedition. But then again, you cannot make do with simple items you take for a trek.
To solve this dilemma, we have compiled a simple, descriptive list of items essential for you. This can be a guide for preparing your Mera peak gear list.
The remote Khumbu trails are quite chilly most part of the year. So make sure you have inner thermal wear to beat the cold. We recommend you refrain from getting bulky thermals as they only make packing difficult. Get the skinny ones that you can wear inside any of your clothing.
You need at least 2 to 3 T-shirts with at least one of them with a full-sleeve. Considering your hygiene as well as your luggage weight, this will be optimum. It is wise to save the full-sleeved ones for an extra layer of heat in cold places.
A light-weight fleece jacket
These are light jackets made of synthetic polyester wool. These types of jackets will be very good for warmth and comfort. Moreover, it will not carry much weight. Get such a jacket in a darker shade, as lighter shades tend to look dirty fast.
A shell rain jacket
A waterproof jacket would be very handy in remote trail treks. Unpredictable weather conditions could land you in any situation. A shell rain jacket would be useful in rain, snowfall, early morning fogs, etc. It can also act as an extra layer in case of cold.
A Down Jacket
Down jackets are an absolute necessity during travels. Especially in cold places with high chances of wind, they are perfect. During your Mera peak trip, bring one down jacket along with you.
In high-altitude places, you might need more layers of clothing. A down jacket, along with your normal fleece jacket, would be uncomfortable. So an expedition coat will do the trick.
Leggings and Lightweight hiking trousers
A comfortable pair of leggings or lightweight hiking trousers are a must for treks. You can bike two pairs of these during your Mera peak climb. These won’t be heavy and will also serve you well during treks.
Waterproof / Windproof trousers
Once again, waterproof and windproof clothes are essential for your trip. Carry two pairs of such trousers on your trip.
Expedition pants will be a better insulator for your legs in addition to thermals and trousers. They will save you in the gruesome cold in the foothills of the Himalayas.
You can carry a pair of comfortable nighttime wear. Just make sure they will keep you warm. You deserve a good night’s sleep after hours of walking for weeks.
Around 3 to 4 pairs of ankle socks, heavy socks, and liner socks would be enough for the trip. If you have issues with your feet smelling, carry socks for changing as per your need.
Carry a pair or two of gloves for your trip. Gloves are absolutely necessary in actual expedition peak climbs. But it is a caution and a good practice to stay warm in your Mera peak climb.
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Regular hiking shoes or sports shoes will not be good enough for your Mera peak climb. So invest in comfortable, strong hiking boots for the trip. It will be worth it.
Mountain climbing boots
You can also get mountain climbing boots for your expedition. There are also options to rent these boots, so investing in them is not compulsory.
Crampons are mountain climbing devices that allow stable movement in ice or snow. Attaching them to your mountain climbing boots allows for the same expedition. This is an essential item, and you cannot miss it in your Mera peak gear list.
Slippers / Flip flops
Wearing your trekking boots inside your accommodation places would be an unwise idea. Hours of walking will bring in a lot of dirt on your shoes. So carry a pair of slippers or flip-flops to wear inside your lodges and tea houses. We highly recommend you bring woolen slippers on high-altitude treks.
The high-altitude trails of Khumbu come with the dangers of snow blindness. The sun at high altitudes has stronger rays. So polarized sunglass is essential to help reduce eye strain caused by such rays.
Sunscreen is an absolute necessity in long hours of walking in the open. Getting an SPF 50 sunscreen for your trip would be adequate.
Get two hats if you can for your Mera peak expedition. One of them being a baseball hat and another a winter woolen hat. Although a baseball hat might not be an absolute necessity, it is good to shield your face from the sun. However, getting a winter woolen hat is essential for the cold days in Khumbu.
Moisturizers / Lip Balms
You might want to keep your skin hydrated and protected during this frigid trip. Lip balms and moisturizers are not essential, but they will definitely make your trip more comfortable.
You could go the whole trek without gadgets, but that would be no fun. A camera is absolutely necessary to capture beautiful memories of your trip. You could either rely on your phone camera or get a go pro.
Do not carry heavy DSLR cameras, as they might be difficult to handle. Large devices may even get destroyed on the trip. So carry a handy yet good quality camera with an extra battery and charger.
Cell phone and SIM card with data package
You will definitely want to keep in contact with people during your travels. So carrying your cell phone is a no-brainer. However, the remote trails of Khumbu might not give you proper wifi facilities. So make sure you get a SIM card and data package that is enough for your trip. This way, you do not have to pay extra for Wi-Fi or wait days to get good service.
Headlamp with extra batteries
The remote trails of Khumbu are not widely populated. Hence, the overnight stays places are pretty dark at night. So you will need a torch or some sort of light to take if you wish to go out or in the restrooms. Headlamps will be the most convenient tools are such times. They will be easy to handle and not cause much hassle.
It is quite expensive to get your devices charged in remote places. They charge you almost USD 5 for charging one device. Getting a power bank would be way more convenient for you to manage your gadgets.
An alternate way of charging your devices would be to get a solar-powered power bank. It would not require extra electricity as power banks. You can charge your devices any time you wish without having to recharge them in the tea houses.
Toothbrush, Toothpaste, and Floss
Get your personal toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss during your trip. You might not get to buy them in the tea houses, and people likely will not share such items with you.
You will likely not get toilet paper in any remote lodges. So get your own rolls if you need them. Around four rolls would suffice for more than a fortnight’s worth of travel.
You will spend a lot of days in dirty and rugged places in the Himalayan foothills. The places will be cold, and you might not get a chance to wash your hand every step of the way. So get a hand sanitizer for your own good.
Shampoo, conditioner, hairbrush, and soap
You should take a bath at least once in 18 days’ time. So carry your own shampoo, conditioner, hairbrush, and soap for it. You can carry small travel-size ones for luggage comfort.
Nail cutters are essential for your trip. It will be quite a discomfort climbing a mountain with long nails. You will also likely grow them throughout the trip. They can also become a handy tool sometimes.
It is wise to carry menstrual products even though you think you might not get your period. The trip will be quite long, so do not take chances. If you get a diva cup, get enough to change, as sanitizing them would be a hassle. You can also get pads and tampons but make sure you dispose of them well.
Quick dry towels
Get a small manageable towel for your travel. You can make do with this one even while in the bath. Wasting luggage space on towels wouldn’t be a wise idea.
Diamox tablets are good to help with nausea during your travels. They are great tools for subsiding symptoms of altitude sickness.
Diarrhea might be common to get electrolyte tablets or power for it.
You might catch a cold in these remote cold places. So as a caution carrying cold medicine is always a good idea.
Water purification tablets
The tea houses give you well-purified water. But you can also drink water from natural sources in the trails. However, you need to add water purification tablets to them.
Painkillers are useful for treating various types of sickness and injuries. Medications like Advil come in very handy in altitude sickness and other pain cases.
Neosporin, band-aids, and medical tape
In case of injuries or blisters, you need some first aid response. So carry Neosporin, band-aids, and medical tapes to treat yourself.
You will likely experience a drop in oxygen saturation levels in high-altitude trails. Although direct oxygen deficiency does not occur in this trip, the oximeter is still a useful tool. They can be used to navigate symptoms of altitude-related sicknesses.
If you have any specific prescribed medications, make sure you carry them too. Do not expect to buy them somewhere during the travel. There likely won’t be much facilitated medical help nearby.
You might need vitamin supplements due to the harsh conditions and limited food in the place. Taking vitamin or ayurvedic supplements could boost your health and prevent sicknesses.
A 65L to 100L Waterproof Duffel Bag
You will need to carry a lot of tools and items to complete your Mera peak gear list. For that, you need an adequate strong duffel bag of huge capacity. If you plan to carry all items in one bag, go for the 100L ones. You can buy them in Nepal through knock-off brands or get the original ones back home.
A 40L daypack
A daypack is a smaller backpack. It is good to carry things you need to have on hand. If you choose to travel with a porter, you can get a larger duffel bag and carry the daypack with you.
It is not 100 percent essential to get these. But packing cubes make your packing very organized.
Although the remote lodges give you a bed, mattress, and blanket, they aren’t cleaned often. So you should carry a sleeping bag to keep yourself clean.
Ropes, Belay, Harness & Ice Axe
These items are necessary for mountain climbing. You might also get to rent these items at Khare.
Copies of Paperwork
Carry your paperwork for travel insurance in case of emergencies. Also, make sure you have your permits with you during your travel.
Carry a 2-liter water bottle with you for personal use. We highly recommend a thermos to make sure you have hot water since our destination is quite cold.
Trekking poles are very useful for making steep ascends and descends. Carry a pair of trekking poles per head to make your travel easier.
These lists of items are the essentials for your Mera peak gear list. A lot of these items can be found in Kathmandu to buy. You could also rent a lot of trekking tools in Khare. But if you wish to get a preferred brand, arrange these lists yourself.
You can also rely on us to help you rent and buy trekking gear. We at Exciting Nepal work to make your trekking and mountain climbing journey easier. You can rely on us to rent common items like sleeping bags, trekking poles, crampons, boots, water bottles, etc. However, you need to prepare your items on your own.
For more information, contact us at Exciting Nepal.
If you are for short days, we have: Short Mera Peak Climbing