I checked in at Heathrow yesterday and watched as my kit drifted away into the luggage hold – I had no choice but to lay my faith in the ai line that it would arrive in a place called Kathmandu after somebody switched it onto the plane in Delhi.

After I have 8 hours I walked through the newly built airport in India and boarded for Nepal.

Only a short flight to the capital where my good friend and lead guide in Nepal / Devendra Rai met me in the plus 28 heat. He gave me some pray scarfs which were rapped around my neck. – a lovely gesture but it did seal in the heat a bit as we drove to the hotel.

It was a brief meeting to say we would be ready to go at 8 in the morning – I am absolutely tired so the main thing was to pack for the 18 days out before I get something to eat and get an early night.

My kit was simple as I really haven’t packed much;

Left to right;

Water proof cover for the ruck sack

Umbrella as it gets humid and to hot for waterproofs

Walking sticks mainly for down hill if needed

Black 35 Ltr bag with a baseball hat, gloves, head torch and sunglasses – not to be worn all together

Light weight down jacket

Salomon walking boots and socks

Walking trousers

Tooth brush and paste

Water bottle, 2 nickers and wind proof jacket

First aid kit


iPad and phone

Plugs, wires. – recharging things and a sleeping bag

Let me know what you think of my kit! What have I missed? What would you take etc ?

Author: Mark Wood

An established polar explorer and adventurer who operates within the extremes of our planet. His next expedition to Mount Everest will involve students from around the globe - this journal was set up to link directly with the teachers, students and the scouts who are involved in the journey.

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