Spantik Expedition Kit List
Duffle Bag / Kit bag
One or two large duffel bags of 120L according to your needs. Suitcases and wheeled bags are NOT recommended a Dry stuff sacks will be helpful.
Approximately 70-80L to take your kit from basecamp to higher camps, carrying up to 15kg. Make sure it has a waterproof cover.
A day bag of 30 – 40L for trekking days
Padlocks x 2
For use on your kit bag during travel and on the expedition, plus any bag you may leave at the hotel.
Sleeping Bags x 2
High Altitude sleeping bag 1 below -25°C
Base Camp Sleeping Bag 1 below – 15°C
On rotations you need two sleeping bags both must be good quality down specially for higher camps light weight is recommended.
We would recommend a full length self-inflating mat. We will provide one for Base Camp. A silk Sleeping bag liner is also recommended.
Warm headgear x 2
A buff or Scarf is essential for protection from the sun and dust
Two Set of quality sunglasses.
Ski goggles or Snow Glasses
Polarized Ski googles mandatory
Sunblock with highest SPF for 28 Days.
A Good quality lip balm to protect from sunburn and harsh weather
Base layer x 3
As you prefer thermal is recommended for higher altitude.
Mid layer x 2
These are typically lightweight microfleeces or similar technology that provide varying degrees of warmth and insulation without being overly bulky or heavy to pack.
Full Sleeves Shirts
The sun can be extremely intense – we would recommend a collared, long sleeved shirt or T-shirt, for protection on the hotter days
Soft Shell and Hard Shell
A soft shell to protect from cold and hard shell from from wind is also recommended
A lightweight Down Jacket
A lighter jacket for base camp, it will be helpful in additional layering as well
A good Goretex hard-shell jacket, with sealed seams, provides effective defense against wind and rain as your outermost layer. This should be big enough to fit over your other layers.
This a must or you should have a climbing suite. It provides the best insulation and are worth every penny. They will keep you warm down to around -25C with a couple of layers underneath, the higher the ‘loft’, the better. Our guides usually wear a lighter down or Primaloft jacket underneath their down jackets for greater layering on summit day
Few warm gloves for lower camps.
High altitude down mitts
Worn over liners for summit days on all 6,000m plus expeditions. Mitts provide more warmth than finger gloves. For extreme cold, down or Primaloft fill is recommended.
Mandatory to bring it save form cold and frost bite
Trekking pants or trousers
Good quality trekking trousers as you prefer.
2 or 3 shorts
Along with the waterproof jacket, these are an essential piece of kit to keep you dry. They should also be Goretex and hard-shell.
An essential thermal insulation layer for your legs.
Up to you
High altitude boots
Essential on all our high altitude expeditions, as they are the only way to avoid frostbite. Commonly known as ‘plastics’, these boots are double or triple layered to offer the best insulation and the warmest feet up high.
Recommended La Sportiva Spantik or any other brand suitable above 7,000m. your shoes must have space with two socks. This the top one essential and we recommend not to compromise on boots. If you are using new boots wear it at home and get used to it.
Trekking shoes with ankle support
Trekking socks x 4
Lighter weight wool is a good option.
High Altitude Socks
Minimum 3 pair of high altitude socks
High altitude liner
Gaiters / Shoe Cover
Protect the tops of your footwear from harsh conditions and provide some added insulation.
A plastic helmet is more suitable than some of the expanded foam helmets available. Fit to your head
12-point mountaineering crampons with antiballing plates, they need to fit your specific plastic boots. Not ice climbing crampons.
A light weight ice axe.
Ascender & Descender
left or right handed, depending on your preference. One to use and one as a spare.
Figure of eight descenders.
A light weight harness
Personal first aid kit
We recommend you come prepared with useful meds for yourself such as painkillers (Ibuprofen if you can take it and Paracetamol), plus blister plasters, plasters, antiseptic, rehydration sachets and any muscle rubs you wish to use. Personal medication keep this in your daypack.
- Trekking Pole
- Water filter
- Power Bank