Whitewater Rafting - a half day level 3 white water rafting trip. No previous experience required. Includes all permits, services of experienced river guides, helmet, life jacket and lunch. Minimum number of participants is 4. US$ 60 (to be paid in USD travellers cheques or cash.
Long Trousers - For everyday walking, light cotton trousers are the most suitable. Knee length shorts are acceptable in the more remote areas, but to avoid giving offence in the villages, you should cover up with trousers. Although comfortable, leggings are also unsuitable as they too cause offence to local people. Jeans are not recommended as they are often difficult to walk in over longer distances and become cumbersome when wet.
Waterproofs - Breathable waterproofs not only protect against rain and wind but also stop you from overheating. They \ breathe' and avoid condensation which you will experience from nylon waterproofs. Rain during the trekking season is fairly rare but can be heavy if it does happen.
Socks - It is best to wear a pair of reasonably thick loop stitch socks. These help to protect your feet against blisters. Avoid nylon socks, they are abrasive, don\ t breathe well and can cause blisters.
Fleece pullover/jacket - You will need a fleece pullover/jacket for the evenings. Make sure that your waterproof jacket is loose enough to wear over your pullover or fleece.
Track suit Comfortable around the camp and much more practical (and warmer) to sleep in than pyjamas.
Luggage: On tour
One main piece of baggage and a daysac.You will be supplied with an Explore! kitbag at the start of your tour. Items you will need whilst on trek should be repacked into your kitbag and your daysac/rucksack. Advice on how and what to pack for the trek will be given at the tour briefing in Kathmandu. Before leaving Kurintar there is time to re-sort luggage into what you need on trek and what can be left behind in your main luggage with which you will be reunited after the trek in Pokhara . Your trek luggage will be carried by the porters. The weight limit for this is 10kg but you will probably find that you do not need this much. We advise that you line your kitbag with a large plastic bag to keep the contents dry. Rucksack/Daysac: During the course of a trekking day, you do not have access to the luggage which is being carried for you by the porters. In any mountain region the weather can change rapidly and you must be equipped for this eventuality. Your daysac, which is carried by yourself, should therefore be large enough to carry the following: Waterproofs, fleece jacketweater, long trousers (if walking in shorts), warm hat and gloves, sun hat, sun cream, water bottle (minimum 1 litre). Most people normally find that this adds up to about 2 to 3kg. Camera equipment can be heavy so think carefully when deciding what to take. It is usually more comfortable to carry a larger pack than one which is overfull or with bits tied to the outside - aim for a 30-35 litre capacity pack. We advise you to line the sack with a large plastic bag to keep the contents dry. Your daysac could be used as hand luggage on the flight to Nepal bearing in mind that shoulder bags are not practical for the trek.
\uc11\b0 Sleeping bag - provided by Explore whilst on the trek
Trek kitbag - provided by Explore whilst on the trek
You should bring the following on this tour:
Plastic Bags - If you pack bits and pieces in plastic bags inside your bag they will stay dry in case of rain and be easier for you to sort through in camp. Remember, the less you have to unpack in the evening, the less you have to repack each morning! A bin liner to pack inside your daysac is also a good idea.
Torch/Batteries/Bulb - A small torch is essential for finding things in your tent, going to the loo in the night etc. Head torches are particularly useful. Remember that in most developing countries only a limited selection of batteries is available so bring spare batteries and bulb. The most common are pen cells (or AA size) and SP/HP2 (D size).
Toiletries - Try to keep heavy cosmetics etc to a minimum. Essentials are toothbrush/paste, bio-degradable soap, small towel, small nail brush and toilet rolls! \ Wet Wipes\ are great for a quick clean up so bring a pack of those (non-perfumed to avoid rashes!).
Binoculars - Useful for game viewing in Chitwan.
Sunglasses - A good pair of sunglasses is essential for protection against UV rays and glare.
Sun Hat, Sun Cream/Block & Lip Salve - Choose a high factor suncream (Factor 15 or more) to protect your skin against the sun at higher altitudes. A combination sunblock/ lipsalve is ideal for facial protection.
Personal First Aid Kit Each trek carries an extensive first aid kit but no prescription medicines. You should have your own supply of plasters, aspirin, diarrhoea tablets and also a comprehensive blister kit, plus any other items you or your doctor feels advisable. (Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the trek leader.) See the list in our General Information Booklet.
Trekking poles - Trekking poles with rubber points are recommended.
Chlorine Dioxide for water purification
Tour Leader: At your discretion you might also consider tipping your Tour Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.
Local Crew: Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognized part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. In order to make things easier for you, the Tour Leaders may organise a group's tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour.