A Reasonably Fit Body                                                                                                             Experience, Health and Fitness Requirements                                                           Travel Insurance                                                                                                                   Equipment Needed (Footwear, Clothing, Miscellaneous, Optional, Toiletries, Personal Items)                                                                                                                                                    

A Reasonably Fit Body

….and with Werner’s help you can do it! Just remember, his 100% success rate on the May 2010 trek when 40 people started out and 40 people made it to Base Camp (an unheard of record in the trekking community).

Werner, everything you did was first class, timely, comprehensive & informative”. –Philip K. AZ

Experience, Health & Fitness Requirements

Hiking experience is of value, however, not required. Physical fitness will add significantly to your enjoyment of this trip (and your life!). We will be walking on the trail most days between 4 and 7 hours. As always, and as mentioned above, hiking/camping experience is an advantage, yet absolutely not necessary. Although, the trek (or climb to Mt. Everest Base Camp) is non technical, it is rated as Medium Difficulty because of the altitude and the length of some of the days.

The best way to get fit for this trek is to walk on undulating ground, with a light back-pack (start with 15/20 minutes/day and work up to 45m.). Add some upper body and core exercises and you will be ready. Indoors, stair climbing is excellent, as are walking on a treadmill (on and incline – caution, don’t hold onto the support bars since this negates the purpose of the incline) and/or training on a Stairmaster or Step Mill. The intent is to get your heart rate up and to be reasonably comfortable for about ½ hour (and preferably ¾ to 1 hour) at 65% of max. Work up to exersing in “the zone” where your speaking is choppy due to a slight breathlessness. If you are interested in a core-strength exercise program check with your physical trainer and/or let Werner know. Get fit and your body will love you for the effort by feeling great, having more energy, sleeping better and kick starting the rest of your life.

For late registrants:  speak to Werner for suggestions on an accelerated tune-up.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, you must let us know the details at registration. We also recommend you consult your doctor regarding medical concerns the trip may raise, plus any vaccinations (s)he suggests…non are mandetory.  Remember: Medical and evacuation insurance is a must (see below).

Travel Insurance

A condition of you trekking with us is you must be fully insured, including air rescue services – it is your choice whether to take out trip cancellation insurance. Make sure your personal and air rescue insurance policy does not have special exclusions related to adventure travel. We must know, definitively and well before our departure that this insurance has been obtained.


Equipment Needed

Having the right clothing and equipment is important to your comfort and enjoyment of the trek.

Foot Wear

  • Good fitting trekking boots (make sure they are worn in and comfortable before coming to Nepal – this is not a time to get blisters)
  • Woollen socks
  • Lighter socks


  • Down or warm ski jacket (check with me if you don’t have one – can be provided)
  • Insulated pants
  • Wind pants
  • Windbreaker
  • Thermal underwear
  • Woollen hat (to cover ears – touque type)
  • Sweater and/or warm pullover
  • Gloves/Mittens (both very light and heavy) – a good woolen glove with a mitten shell works well on cold days

Miscellaneous Items

  • Warm sleeping bag (check with me if you don’t have one – can be provided)
  • High quality supplements (not “junk” – sorry – that you get at retail stores) are a good idea
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun Block (for face and hands)
  • Lip tretment (SP minus 30-45)
  • Snacks you enjoy – Hard candy, gum, chocolate, nuts, salami, hard cheese
  • Water bottle (Werner brings 1×2 liter pop bottle for storage and his Puritii – high quality – filter bottle. It saves him about $120 on bottled water in Nepal alone)
  • Water purification tablets/drops/or pump (Werner uses his Puritii bottle instead)
  • Backpack, duffel bag or hockey bag for porter to carry (no wheels)
  • Sun hat and bandana
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Trekking Poles
  • Well fitting day pack

Optional Equipment

  • Liner socks – Werner does not use them
  • Surgical masks (trail could be dusty)
  • Booties or a light pair of running shoes – they make for a more comfortable evening
  • Camera
  • Paper back book(s) to read
  • Pen light and batteries
  • Deck of cards


  • Small to medium sized towel (or chamoise) 
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Small bar of multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror

Personal Hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes – males generally use 1 to 2 per day/ females usually more)
  • Tissue /toilet roll (11 day supply)
  • Anti bacterial hands wash – optional

Gratuities – USD in cash (crisp bills please)

(repeated under Dates/Fees)

Head Guide: $17-$25USD per day (per group)

Assistant guides: $12-$15 per day (split between group of four)

Porters: $10 – $13 per day


3 Responses to WHAT TO BRING

  1. Chris Lindsay says:

    Hi Werner. Thanks for the detailed list of what to bring. I just want to clarify: on the registration form, it mentions certain things as being included in the cost, including a down jacket and four seasonal sleeping bag but I see these are also listed above. We have this gear but I don’t want to double up unnecessarily. Would you please clarify? Thanks, Chris Lindsay

  2. Go Here says:

    Extremely beneficial looking forth to coming back again.

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