To read about my Sar Pass Trek experience, click here.
This list has almost everything you will need there. The challenge is in curbing the weight of your bag and keeping it less than 6kgs. After researching on the net for days, I put all the checklists I found together, and segregated them into kits. Each kit was packed in zip lock covers. For clothes and warmers I had the Quechua Waterproof Pouches (Such a blessing it was). Ideally if you are a group of 3 or more people, you can share the weight each one has to carry. Also, every gram counts, so pick up the smallest pack size of all the items mentioned below. Some of these items we did not take with us, some we took and never used. Ideally if you have a simple backpack, then your bag should not weigh more than 4 kilos and if you have one of those backpacks that give you a good back support, then it should not be more than 6 kilos.
Kit 1 – Warmers
Jacket – A waterproof jacket
Fleece – Quechua fleece – Its light weight and it keeps you very warm
Thermal wear – For someone with very low resistance to cold(like me) carry 2 pairs. You get good soft ones in Jockey
Gloves – Leather. Buy one more pair at Kasol – The wool used there is perfect for that weather
Muffler – Must must have this multi-purpose piece of cloth. It helps you in many ways. Protects your neck, covers your ears, head, nose..
Neck Warmer – I bought this too from Decathlon. Spent Rs. 199 on it and used it every single day
Skull Cap – A good warm one. You can replace the neck warmer and skull-cap with a balaclava if you like
Ear Band – If it gets too windy. I used mine in the night and at Nagaru
Kit 2 – Clothes
Track Pants – Invest in 2 good quick dry tracks. Take it for granted that they will get wet and you have to live in just 2 pairs for 7 days.
T-Shirts – Wear 1, Carry 2.
Socks – 4-5 pairs. Keep one pair of thermal socks just for the tent. Use this once you are ready to sleep and keep then dry throughout.
Innerwear – 6-7 pairs
Towel – 1
Rainsheet – This is if your jacket is not waterproof. Mine worked very well throughout.
Poncho for you and your rugsack – You get these at Kasol for Rs. 50
Kit 3 – Lunch Time Kit
Lunch Box – A Tupperware box would work just fine
Mug – They give you Chai, Soup all the time. Make sure you carry a good container that you can easily wash
Kit 3 – Toiletries
Toothpaste – Smallest size available
Toothbrush, Paper Soap, Wet Tissues(A must), Toilet paper
Kit 4 – Vanity Kit – Not so vain 🙂
A Good All-Purpose cream – I had carried basic moisturizer but a girl in our tent had carried Himalaya Nourishing Skin Cream which helped a lot when I came back with bad sun burns
Sunscreen – It may make sense to visit a dermatologist and figure out the best sunscreen for UV Rays at 14000 ft. I still have a dual-tone skin thanks to the horrible burns
Lip Balm – Carry an intensive care lip-balm. I use Himalaya Strawberry Shine Lip Balm. But I think the regular petroleum jelly would work better.
Talcom Powder – Use this in your shoes to prevent them from smelling
Wet Wipes – Life saver these are. Because of cold climate, we hardly went out to wash our faces. Wet Wipes was all we had to clean our faces and it helped like how!
Headband – This one is for girls. You can forget about having good hair days as you will not be showering for 10 days. A headband can at least camouflage the bad hair(for people like me) a little.
Kit 5 – Trek Gear
Hunter Shoes – I love mine. You get these in Army Stores in Bangalore(Russel Market) and they cost you Rs. 375. Make sure you buy an in sole immediately from a cobbler nearby as the ones that are provided by the store is very flimsy. You also get these at Kasol.
Head Torch – You will need this almost every day at the camp
Water Bottles/Water Bladder – You should be able to fill 2 litres of water
Shades and Cap
Camera – It would make sense to have a sling pouch for your camera if you have a point and shoot.
Flip Flops – Not really a trek gear, but keep one pair to wear when you reach camp sites. There is a lot of moving around you have to do at the camp and your shoes would be wet. So flip flops is a must even if they advice you against it at the base camp.
Kit 6 – Medical
Norflox TZ – MUST HAVE. The water doesn’t suit most people and 70% of people in my group faced issued with their tummy and the only tablet that worked for all of us was Norflox TZ.
Amrutanjan/Vicks- For people with low immunity like me, be ready to face blocked/leaky nose
Crape Band Aid – Twist your ankle/neck or whatever else. Best to keep this handy
Cotton – Nights are more comfortable with some cotton to make the ears warm
Relispray – If you tumble during the Nagaru Sarpass slide, you will need this for sure
Water purifying liquid
Electrol – For a weak day
Kit 7 – Eateries
Dates – I survived on these. There were days when I just did not want to eat food with masala. But because the place is so cold, you HAVE to eat. There is no way you can sleep an empty stomach. On such days dates helped. Also, while climbing when you need that sudden burst of energy, pop in one of this and it will see you through.
Dry Fruits – If you have space for some extra weight.
Kit 8 – Documents
YHAI Membership Card, 2 Photographs, ID Proof, Medical Certificate, Booking Receipt and some cash
Kit 9 – Miscellaneous
Garbage Bags – Keep a few of these. You will need this to pack your wet clothes separately or for some other arbid reason. You get biodegradable ones.
All purpose Fevi Glue
Extra Camera Battery
Extra Memory Card