Mustang Grand Exploration Trek

Anyone looking for off the beaten trail in Mustang ? Would you like to discover wilderness, non-touristic, isolated nature, under ground cave monasteries, minerals and extraordinary landscapes ? Would you like to do a challenging pass in Mustang region? If so, this is our third time exploration, you may join with us for this grand mustang exploration trip.

You may lose in hidden valley of Mustang region and touch to Chinese border in escaping nature. Also you may see the wild animals during the wild camps. This trek is totally wild, off the route, no more tourists encounter in the trails, you will feel real adventure holiday trekking in Mustang.

Outline Itinerary:Mustang Grand Exploration Trek
DAYS 1 and 2: PARIS – KATMANDOU
Flights to Kathmandu. Arrival at Kathmandu airport. Reception and transfer to the hotel.
Transfer: by private vehicle (1/2 hour)
Accommodation: night in a standard hotel
Meals: free lunch and dinner
Elevation at end of day: 1300 m

DAY 3: VISIT KATHMANDU VALLEY
The town of Kathmandu is situated in a rather polluted basin, but it contains medieval treasures, both in the city itself and in the towns and villages that occupy the valley area (Patan, Bhaktapur, Kirtipur , Changu Narayan, Bodnath, Swayambunath, etc.). Although damaged by the earthquakes of spring 2015, these high places of medieval architecture which are the focal point of the life of the districts were secured by the Nepalese who made them as soon as possible to the tourism. Certainly many buildings are partially collapsed but rest assured there are quite a few standing!
Note: Before leaving to discover the Kathmandu valley, the bag containing the trekking business is entrusted to the agency for its transport to Jomosom by bus because the weight of the luggage is limited to 15kg (cabin bag included) on the flight Pokhara – Jomosom of the day 5. We keep with our backpack, a change or two, some toiletries, the full range of the hiker (without the sticks if possible …) and electronic devices.
Transfers: by private vehicle (3 hours)
Accommodation: night in a standard hotel
Meals: breakfast / lunch and free dinner

DAY 4: KATHMANDU – POKHARA
Morning free in Kathmandu.
Flight in the afternoon to Pokhara.
Free evening in Pokhara.
Transfer: by private vehicle (1/2 hour) and plane (1/2 hour)
Altitude at end of day: 800 m
Accommodation: night in guest-house
Meals: free lunch and dinner

DAY 5: POKHARA – JOMOSOM – TETANG – CHHUSANG
Early flight and then, after breakfast, we will take a jeep in the direction of Kagbeni (validation of the permit oblige). Small guided tour of the village. We take a jeep to Tangbe for the first meal of the trek (we find the staff with the luggage). From now on, it will be completely on foot that one will move. Our third village of the Mustang will be Tetang before descending in the late afternoon towards Chhusang under the last rays of the sun.
Transfer: by plane (1/2 hour) + private vehicle (2 hours)
Number of walking hours: 3 hours
Difference in altitude: +300 m / -400 m
Altitude at end of day: 2840 m
Accommodation: night in lodge
Meals: breakfast on arrival in Jomosom / lunch / dinner

DAY 6: CHHUSANG – CHELE – SAMAR
That’s it ! One really enters the upper Mustang. We discover our first cliffs then after crossing the Kali Gandaki we go up to Chele before taking a path cut in the cliff to reach Samar. From here, one overlooks the broad valley of Kali Gandaki. In order not to “pull” on the organism, we step in this friendly village. Possibility of visiting the gompa.
Number of walking hours: 5 hours
Difference in altitude: +750 m / -100 m
Altitude at end of day: 3 620 m
Accommodation: night in lodge
Meals: breakfast / lunch (picnic) / dinner

DAY 7: SAMAR – CHUNGSI CAVE – SYANGMOCHE – GHILLING
A day of madness with a tourist spot of choice: the visit of the cave where Padmasambhava resided during its passage. The day will end with a smooth ascent to Syangmoche La and a dusty descent on the Ghilling plateau. Visit the gompa hanging on the cliff.
Number of walking hours: 5 hours
Difference in altitude: +760 m / -820 m
Altitude at end of day: 3 680 m
Accommodation: night in lodge
Meals: breakfast / lunch (picnic) / dinner

DAY 8: GHILLING – GHEMI – A / R BELVEDERE ON THE DHAKMAR CRAFTS
From Ghilling, tired of following the tourist itinerary, we will begin our off-the-beaten track along a ridge course that starts from the gompa (it’s still better than the track) to begin to get used to evolving between heaven and earth. Descent on Ghemi. In the afternoon, return to the foot of the shining cliffs of Dhakmar.
Number of walking hours: 6 hours
Difference in altitude: +820 m / -790 m
Altitude at end of day: 3 650 m
Accommodation: night in lodge
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 9: GHEMI – AKIAMA – CRETES OF DHAKMAR – TSARANG
We reach the abandoned village of Akiama before climbing in an atmosphere of multicolored detrital rocks on a tapered ridge then we begin our second day between sky and earth. It is a sawtooth course for another vision of the famous cliffs! Gently sloping down towards Tsarang. Visit the ancient capital of Mustang.
Number of walking hours: 6 hours
Difference in altitude: +830 m / -900 m
Altitude at end of day: 3,580 m
Accommodation: night in lodge
Meals: breakfast / lunch (picnic) / dinner

DAY 10: TSARANG – GHAR GOMPA – LO MANTHANG
From Tsarang the climb to the inescapable gompa of Lo Gekar dating from the eleventh century is tranquil. Then, after crossing a wide morainic confluence, one passes a pass that gives access to a trail balcony traced to the base of the mountains that separate the Mustang of the Dolpo. Beautiful views of the eastern part of Mustang. Possibility of meetings with nomads (if the season is not too advanced …). The crossing of the last ridge reveals the plateau in the middle of which is built the capital of the Mustang, Lo Manthang, towards which one descends through alpages surprisingly verdant.
Number of walking hours: 5 hours
Difference in altitude: +800 m / -600 m
Altitude at end of day: 3 800 m
Accommodation: night in a tent
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 11: LO MANTHANG – CLOSE TOWN AND HISTORICAL FORTS
Today, one discovers the closed city and its lanes very clean. Visit of the three gompas of the city. On the occasion, it will be possible to hang out among the sellers of souvenirs … Then in the afternoon, it is a small quiet loop that will allow us to discover the northwest region of Lo Manthang forgotten tourism well That very close to the capital. We will embark on a new crest course to visit the fort of Ame Pal, the first king of the Mustang and the gompa of the black monkey. Return to Lo Manthang.
Number of walking hours: 5 hours
Difference in altitude: +400 m / -400 m
Altitude at end of day: 3 800 m
Accommodation: night in lodge
Meals: breakfast / lunch (picnic) / dinner

DAY 12: LO MANTHANG – EXCURSION TO SAMDRUBLING AND THINGAR
Excursion to discover the major Buddhist site of Samdrubling hidden in a narrow valley at the foot of the mountains that mark the “border” between Mustang and Dolpo. Then return by a path-balcony of which one has superb panoramas on the north of the high Mustang and the spaces that one will discover the next days. Back to Lo Manthang for the last night in lodge before long …
Number of walking hours: 4 hours
Difference in altitude: +450 m / -450 m
Altitude at end of day: 3 800 m
Accommodation: night in lodge
Meals: breakfast / lunch (picnic) / dinner

DAY 13: LO MANTHANG – BHARCHA – A / R KONCHOK LING – NIPHU – JHONG – BHARCHA
In the morning, you will quickly reach Bharcha for the excursion to Konchok Ling Cave, a marvel of Buddhist art in an incredible landscape of multi-colored penitents. Unforgettable! In the afternoon, we will go to Chhoser to continue the cultural discovery of the area north of Lo Manthang with a visit to the religious sites of Garphu, Niphu and the caves of Jhong. Overnight in Bharcha.
Number of walking hours: 6 hours 30
Difference in altitude: +900 m / -800 m
Altitude at end of day: 3 850 m
Accommodation: overnight in tent or home stay (if available)
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 14: BHARCHA – SAKAU DANDA – MAKHCHUNG – MUSTANG KHOLA CAMP
From Bharcha one goes to join the ridge at the Samdzong La before following the ridge wire to the plumb of the white mountain of the danda Sakau. Then descend on the right to make the tour through landscapes of an immaculate whiteness before joining Makhchung. Short wet descent from the Mustang khola to the camp at the confluence of Mustang khola and Chaka khola.
Number of walking hours: 6 hours
Difference in altitude: +500 m / -760 m
Altitude at end of day: 3,550 m
Accommodation: night under tent
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 15: MUSTANG KHOLA CAMP – CHUDZONG GOMPA – SALDE CAMP
A somewhat wet day for the feet as we continue the ascent of the Chaka khola canyon in the middle of hot springs and ferruginous concretions. Then it is the bifurcation into the narrow valley of the Chhuchh gompa khola. He should not have forgotten his water sandals! Then we leave the pebble bed to climb to the left hand following a balcony path that leads to the ruined summer village of the inhabitants of Yara and Ghara. We will go up to the Chudzong gompa before continuing up the valley to the confluence of the Madhi khola and the Salde khola.
Number of walking hours: 5 hours
Difference in altitude: +450 m / -50 m
Altitude at end of day: 3 920 m
Accommodation: night under tent
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 16: SALDE CAMP – MADHI CAMP
Go up the canyon of the Madhi khola until the place where it really begins to tighten. One escapes to the left towards a collar at the foot of which one established the camp. Short day for acclimatization needs at altitude. Afternoon rest.
Number of walking hours: 4 hours
Difference in altitude: +550 m / -0 m
Altitude at the end of the day: 4 420 m
Accommodation: night under tent
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 17: MADHI CAMP – CHINESE PASS – CAVE CAMP
The collar just above the camp gives access to a very brittle sandy climb. Then we follow towards the east a broad panoramic ridge debonaire which dispenses broad views on the high Mustang. We land at the foot of the Chinese pass in view of the Chinese border post of Chyangchumi La. We cross the wide open spaces of the East Mustang. We cross the Chinese pass and descend to the bottom of the canyon of the Yamarto khola. The day is not over yet: we must climb this cold and austere canyon to reach the camp site and land for the night at Cave Camp.
Number of hours of walking: 4 hours 36
Difference in altitude: +900 m / -0 m
Altitude at end of day: 4 950 m
Accommodation: night under tent
Meals: breakfast / lunch (picnic) / dinner

DAY 18: CAVE CAMP – KALO DANDA – PARCHEKYA LA – GAUGIRI BC (THANTI)
After the bombing of yesterday between land and sky, a small day with the “simple” passage of a pass on the border, but remaining wisely on the Nepalese side ….
Number of walking hours: 4 hours 30
Difference in altitude: +750 m / -300 m
Altitude at end of day: 5 400 m
Accommodation: night under tent
Meals: breakfast / lunch (picnic) / dinner

DAY 19: THANTI – A / R GAUGIRI SUMMIT (OPTIONAL ASCENSION)
Now that our acclimatization is perfect, we have not left too much force with the nocturnal cold and the wind sometimes violent, and if the weather conditions are perfect, it is time to measure a 6000, right? Well, the opportunity is good with this “gravel mound” that presents itself. But it is not easy to dominate … The intoxication of the heights and a 360 ° panorama will be the reward of the effort made. Let’s cross the fingers so that the day is beautiful … For others, it will be day of relaxation and recovery
Number of walking hours: 5 to 7 hours depending on terrain conditions
Difference in altitude: +750 m / -750 m
Elevation at end of day: 5 400 m
Accommodation: night under tent
Meals: breakfast / lunch (picnic) / dinner

DAY 20: THANTI – DHECHYANG KHOLA – CAMP ON THE PLATEAU
A quiet descent to the south of a canyon with astonishing concretions that one could imagine in Jordan on the side of Petra … At the end, we join the Dhechyang khola that we will follow to climb up a grassy plateau until ‘To find a camp site at the foot of the Damodar glaciers.
Number of walking hours: 4 hours
Difference in altitude: +140 m / -300 m
Altitude at end of day: 5 250 m
Accommodation: night under tent
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 21: CAMP ON THE PLATEAU – SUMMIT A 5642M – TSO LA – DAMODAR KUNDA
Last day of our excursion in the far east of the Mustang. After breakfast, a loop excursion over a summit overlooking the glaciers of Saribung (one discovers the glacial basins of the Himalayan Damodar and the omni present Lugula). Passing near the sources of the Kali Gandaki. Descend by following the edge of the plateau in RD of the Tama khola then we join in up / down without special difficulty the site of the sacred lakes of Damodar Kund. Night in this magical place.
Number of walking hours: 5 hours
Difference in altitude: +600 m / -850 m
Altitude at end of day: 4900 m
Accommodation: night under tent
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAYS 22 and 23: THE MISSING CHAIN: FROM DAMODAR KUNDA TO GAYU KHARKA
We will borrow for the next two days the path “off the beaten track” called the “missing link” (appellation filed by Paulo Grobel …). The first crossing in this direction was accomplished by a group Tamera in the fall of 2016. It allows to stay on the periphery of the Mustang and on the space time of one day to avoid the long way back on the path of the pilgrims , A series of up / downs although brittle but so beautiful! Needless walking sticks, it goes without saying! The first day of the course is rather chaotic. The second a little less … In any case, it is serious. At the end of the afternoon of the second day, we reach with pleasure the Gayu kharka pasture also identified as the base camp of the Khumjungar, the highest point of the Damodar Himal with its 6 959m.
Number of hours of walking: 13 hours in 2 days
Difference in altitude: +1 150 m / – 1,435 m
Altitude at the end of the day: 4,600 m and 4,640 m
Accommodation: night under tent
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 24: GAYU KHARKA – GOWA LA – MAKAR CAMP
We leave this alpine past a route more “official” than the one that brought us here. One passes a pass, still in the 5000m, to bypass the massif of the Sherlang by the South and penetrate in the average valley of Tangge khola. From the integral mineral we will gradually return to nature, shiny bushes and junipers. In the early afternoon, in the middle of the former headquarters of the Khampas (in the 1950s they had been leading the camp since the beginning of the afternoon in order to prevent the porters from taking too long a march following the “missing link”). Territory of the guerrilla actions against the Chinese invaders of Tibet). What a pleasure to lie on a soft lawn (bucolic guaranteed, today …) ….
Number of walking hours: 5 hours
Difference in altitude: +400 m / -750 m
Altitude at end of day: 4 290 m
Accommodation: night under tent
Meals: breakfast / lunch (picnic) / dinner

DAY 25: MAKAR CAMP – MAKAR LA – KOG
Descend to the river before starting the ascent on an excellent trail to the Makar La pass (it was the road of the Khampas when they left to war). Unless one is “picked up” in the follow-up of our day by day, today we resume our circumambulation of the upper Mustang by leaving towards the South with the stated aim of crossing the gigantic plateau on which the herds of Goats pashmina comes grazing the stunted grass during the rainy season in summer. The crossing of a pass at 4620m then a little walk up / down allows us to reach the edge of the plateau with a view of the mountains of the Himal Purbung and the tumble that will take us to the edge of the Samena Khola dominated by the incredible cliffs on which the village of Kog was built.
Number of walking hours: 6 hours
Height difference: +910 m / -900 m
Altitude at end of day: 4 050 m
Accommodation: night under tent
Meals: breakfast / lunch (picnic) / dinner

DAY 26: KOG – KOG LA – NARSING KHOLA
We follow the Samena khola to let go straight the trail of Teri La (splendid, it allows to join in less than a week the Annapurnas massif on the side of Chame). On the way, visit the ruins of the village abandoned by its inhabitants in the 15th or 16th centuries following the breaking of the water pipeline through which the crops were irrigated. We descend the Yakchu khola near a sheepfold. Then it is the climb up a mountain pasture up to Kog La from which one has splendid views on the mountains of the Purkung and (already distant …) Damodar himal. This pass allows you to choose between two or even three itineraries to return to Jomosom. We go into a narrow thalweg which opens to the left hand and which opens below on a shoulder from which one quickly descends to the bottom of the Narsing khola where one established the camp.
Number of walking hours: 5 hours 30
Difference in altitude: +700 m / -950 m
Altitude at end of day: 4 050 m
Accommodation: night under tent
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 27: NARSING KHOLA – KHAMPA CAMP – GREEN HIGH CAMP
By a fairly hectic balcony trail we will explore all the combes that register at the base of the Himalayan Purkung. We cross several kharkas (sheepfolds) before passing a major pass, the Tiu La, allowing to leave this no man’s land and glimpse the end close to our extraordinary journey at the bottom of the Mustang. The Dhaulagiri I reappears dominating the gigantic basin of the Kali Gandaki. Last night in the wilderness at the Green High Camp on well-supplied mountain pastures.
Number of walking hours: 6 hours
Difference in altitude: +1 050 m / -800 m
Altitude at end of the day: 4300 m
Accommodation: night under tent
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 28: GREEN CAMP – GYU LA – JHARKOT – JOMOSOM
Continuation on the balcony trail for our definitive return to “civilization”. But the journey is still brittle, to remember that the deep Mustang is not achieved without effort. Finally, it is the Gyu La and the descent towards Jhong. Continue to the bottom of the valley to cross the river and attack the last ascent of the journey in direction of Jharkot, surprisingly preserved while 100m of the celebrated Tour of the Annapurnas. After the visit of Jharkot, a jeep ride on Jomosom, the end of our journey.
Number of walking hours: 6 hours
Difference in altitude: +40 m / – 1100 m
Altitude at end of day: 2,750 m
Accommodation: night in lodge
Meals: breakfast / lunch (picnic) / dinner

DAY 29: JOMOSOM – POKHARA – KATMANDOU
This morning, the staff takes the bus to Beni for 6 hours of jolts then it makes a connection with the night bus for KTM. It will be able to convey the surplus of luggage which does not fit in the 15kg authorized per passenger on the flight Jomosom – Pokhara. For us, morning flight from Jomosom to Pokhara. Free morning in Pokhara (we leave the luggage at the airport). Free meal. Air link to KTM in the middle of the afternoon.
Transfer: by private vehicle (1/2 hour) and planes (2 times 1/2 hour)
Accommodation: night in a standard hotel
Meals: breakfast / free lunch / free dinner

DAY 30: KATMANDOU
Free day. Recuperation of excess baggage in the middle of the afternoon at the hotel.
Accommodation: night in a standard hotel
Meals: breakfast / free lunch / free dinner

DAY 31: KATMANDOU – PARIS
Morning free. Return international flight
Transfer: by private vehicle (1/2 hour)
Accommodation: night on the plane
Meals: Breakfast / free breakfast

DAY 32: PARIS
Arrived in Paris.

Outline Itinerary:Mustang Grand Exploration Trek
DAY 01:-02: PARIS – KATMANDOU
DAY 03: VISIT KATHMANDU VALLEY
DAY 04: KATHMANDU – POKHARA
DAY 05: POKHARA – JOMOSOM – TETANG – CHHUSANG
DAY 06: CHHUSANG – CHELE – SAMAR
DAY 07: SAMAR – CHUNGSI CAVE – SYANGMOCHE – GHILLING
DAY 08: GHILLING – GHEMI – A / R BELVEDERE ON THE DHAKMAR CRAFTS
DAY 09: GHEMI – AKIAMA – CRETES OF DHAKMAR – TSARANG
DAY 10: TSARANG – GHAR GOMPA – LO MANTHANG
DAY 11: LO MANTHANG – CLOSE TOWN AND HISTORICAL FORTS
DAY 12: LO MANTHANG – EXCURSION TO SAMDRUBLING AND THINGAR
DAY 13: LO MANTHANG – BHARCHA – A / R KONCHOK LING – NIPHU – JHONG – BHARCHA
DAY 14: BHARCHA – SAKAU DANDA – MAKHCHUNG – MUSTANG KHOLA CAMP
DAY 15: MUSTANG KHOLA CAMP – CHUDZONG GOMPA – SALDE CAMP
DAY 16: SALDE CAMP – MADHI CAMP
DAY 17: MADHI CAMP – CHINESE PASS – CAVE CAMP
DAY 18: CAVE CAMP – KALO DANDA – PARCHEKYA LA – GAUGIRI BC (THANTI)
DAY 19: THANTI – A / R GAUGIRI SUMMIT (OPTIONAL ASCENSION)
DAY 20: THANTI – DHECHYANG KHOLA – CAMP ON THE PLATEAU
DAY 21: CAMP ON THE PLATEAU – SUMMIT A 5642M – TSO LA – DAMODAR KUNDA
DAY 22 -23: THE MISSING CHAIN: FROM DAMODAR KUNDA TO GAYU KHARKA
DAY 24: GAYU KHARKA – GOWA LA – MAKAR CAMP
DAY 25: MAKAR CAMP – MAKAR LA – KOG
DAY 26: KOG – KOG LA – NARSING KHOLA
DAY 27: NARSING KHOLA – KHAMPA CAMP – GREEN HIGH CAMP
DAY 28: GREEN CAMP – GYU LA – JHARKOT – JOMOSOM
DAY 29: JOMOSOM – POKHARA – KATMANDOU
DAY 30: KATMANDOU
DAY 31: KATMANDOU – PARIS

COST INCLUDES:
-Kathmandu international & domestic airport arrival & departure by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-4 nights 2 star level hotel in Kathmandu at Thamel touristic city with breakfast except lunch and dinner.
-1 night comfort hotel, near Fewa Lake in Pokhara city. Bed & breakfast included.
-Trekking permits of ACAP, TIMS Card,Gaugiri Expeditionpermits & Mustang special permits.
-Accommodation in tea house Lodge and camping twin basis.
-Food: breakfast, lunch & dinner with hot drinks: tea, coffee, milk, hot lemon etc. during the trek.
-Salary, insurance, bus tickets, food and accommodation for guide, assistant guides and porters.
-Kathmandu - Pokhara - Jomsom round trip flight tickets and domestic airport tax.
-Jomsom-Tangbe by jeep.
-13 % compulsory government and local taxes.
-An experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide, assistant guides, cook & porters.

COST EXCLUDES:
-Nepal tourist visa fee 40 $ for a month.
-International airfare
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara city also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
-Travel insurance with helicopter rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks.
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths etc.
-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain.
-Tips for guide, assistant guide, cook and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.

Clothing & Equipment Check List:
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, 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 withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
Binoculars (optional)
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Deodorants
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
Reading book
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
iPod
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Binoculars (optional)
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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