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Equipment for Climbs & Mountaineering

  • climbingequipment Climber using fixed rope in Yellow Tower at Mount AmaDablam. Photo Tom
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We provide an equipment purchase and rent/hire service for free ideas of where to find the best climbing equipment, clothing, shoes, sleeping bags, etcetera for your expedition. Give us a call or email and we will be glad to help. Equipment purchase and hire/renting is simple, easy and affordable here in Kathmandu, where there are more than 100 climbing, trekking, and outdoor shops! We have access to the finest brands and the best quality gear at rock bottom prices. Also, we provide personal gear checking of all of your equipment in Kathmandu. Please bring the gear you have and we will check it and help you find any missing pieces, make sure it fits correctly, and is the best quality for you. Even if you have no gear, please just let us know and we will find every single piece for you. With more than 100 high quality and affordable equipment shops here in Kathmandu, we can find any item you might need. Just let us know your sizes in advance and we will give you a list of options, and assure you of availability. Please Click Here for Kathmandu Climbing Equipment Prices

If you wish to purchase high altitude climbing boots, down/duvet suits and clothing outside of Nepal at good prices, please check out www.EverestGear.com and tell them we sent you. Thank you very much.   

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Advanced Climbing-High Altitude:


Intermediate Mountain Climbing-Snow, Rock, & Ice:

Trekking Peaks:

Introductory Climbing:

Skiing, Snowshoeing, Snow-Racquetting, & Snowboarding:

Kathmandu Climbing Equipment Prices - Please Click Here

Purchasing Equipment

Equipment Questions? Please contact us: info@SummitClimb.com
 
Where should I purchase my equipment?
 
We provide an equipment purchase and rent/hire service for free ideas of where to find the best climbing equipment, clothing, shoes, sleeping bags, etcetera for your expedition. Give us a call or email and we will be glad to help. Equipment purchase and hire/renting is simple, easy and affordable here in Kathmandu, where there are more than 100 climbing, trekking, and outdoor shops! We have access to the finest brands and the best quality gear at rock bottom prices. Also, we provide personal gear checking of all of your equipment in Kathmandu. Please bring the gear you have and we will check it and help you find any missing pieces, make sure it fits correctly, and is the best quality for you. Even if you have no gear, please just let us know and we will find every single piece for you. With more than 100 high quality and affordable equipment shops here in Kathmandu, we can find any item you might need. Just let us know your sizes in advance and we will give you a list of options, and assure you of availability. 
 
Below we have listed several inexpensive shops around the world. It may be best to telephone them directly with your questions, as they are very busy and do not always answer email enquiries in a timely manner. When you do contact them, always be sure to mention your name and the name of our company and expedition leaders to them, as we send them many customers and they often give our members substantial discounts. You may or may not choose to purchase the product from them, but it should give you a good idea of what the fair price for the equipment should be. We especially recommend Second Ascent in Seattle, as it has a very large selection of second hand, discontinued, and rental mountain climbing equipment and clothing.
 
One strategy our members often pursue is to visit Seattle for one of our Glacier Schools, and then during time set aside during the course, work together with our leaders to try-on, compare, and purchase and hire the equipment they need at one of the least expensive mountaineering shops in Seattle. It is rare to find such a good selection of equipment and clothing in one shop, but Seattle is known for its large glaciated peaks, and large community of mountaineers. back to top

Gauri Shankar Shop - Kathmandu - (For hardwear like Millet Everest One sport boots, plastic boots, trekking boots, ice axes, crampons, ascenders, helmets, and harnesses and hiring ) - contact SummitClimb's Kathmandu offfice to check availability: info@summitclimb.com . Thank you very much

 Shona's Shop - Kathmandu - (Manufactures down duvet clothing. Hundreds of their jackets, trousers, and suits have reached the summit of Everest) e-mail: shonasrentals@hotmail.com , phone: (9771) 4265120

Everest Hardwear - Kathmandu - (Manufactures down duvet clothing. Hundreds of their jackets, trousers, and suits have reached the summit of Everest. A bit better quality than Shona's.) e-mail angsonam25@yahoo.com , tel (9771) 4230399, mobile (977) 98510 45706

Peglers - UK

www.peglers.co.uk, Tel: +44 (0) 1903 883375
Pegler's have the largest selection of inexpensive clothing and equipment in the UK.

Second Ascent - Seattle Second Ascent - Outdoor Gear and Apparel

www.secondascent.com, Tel: +1 206 545 8810

Check out their new online shopping store for used and discontinued equipment, clothing, and boots.

Mountain Equipment Co-op - Canada
http://www.mec.ca/, Tel: +1 888 847 0770

MEC have the largest selection of inexpensive clothing and equipment in the Canada.

Snell Sports - Chamonix

Tel. : + 33 4 50 53 02 17, email: snell@cham3s.com

Decathlon - France

http://www.decathlon.fr/FR/index.html
 
 
Au Vieux Campeur - France
www.au-vieux-campeur.fr
 
 

Chamonix Alpine Equipment - Hong KongChamonix Alpine Equipment


www.hongkongclimbing.com/chamonix/chamonix.htm
Tel: +852 2388 3626, +852 2374 0924
 
Everestgear.com - Online
  www.everestgear.com
 
 
 What weather should I expect?
 
The Himalaya ranges, where Everest and all of the peaks we visit are located, are situated at a latitude similar to that of Cairo, Egypt, and Austin Texas. The Himalayan regions are generally warm and dry, especially at the altitudes which we will visit on our trekking routes, and in town. For example, Kathmandu, located at 1300 metres/4200 feet, is almost never cold. It can be occasionally windy and there may be wetter or rainy places in high valleys, and the higher the altitude, the more likely you are to encounter winter conditions, above 5000 metres (16,400 feet). back to top
 
Mountain weather in the Himalaya is typical of most mountain ranges – fine and warm conditions in the mornings, then cloudy and cooler in the afternoons.

As a climber, because you’ll spend a lot of time at basecamp, be sure to bring enough to stay warm and comfortable. Expect overnight basecamp temperatures to be around -10 to -15° c / 15 to 5° f. On the mountain, particularly above 6000 metres/19,700 feet, temperatures without wind chill can be as low as -30 ° c / -20° f. In addition, those who are climbing 8000 metre peaks will prefer to have "One-Sport" boots and down-duvet pants and jacket or a down-duvet one-piece suit. back to top

Group Equipment

Group Equipment List for Expeditions* (this is what we bring for you).

We help you buy and rent inexpensive mountain climbing, trekking, hiking, and walking gear, equipment, clothing, boots, shoes for sale, purchase and hire at affordable, cheap, low prices. 

Please click a link below to view that section of group equipment or just scroll down. 

Communications:

  • two-way "walkie-talkie" radios,
  • solar charging system, with extra batteries
  • satellite telephone

High Altitude Camping:

  • high altitude tents (2-3 person);
  • high altitude stoves, canisters of butane/propane high altitude mix stove fuel (250 grams);
  • pot sets for high altitude stoves, high altitude eating utensil and cutlery sets;
  • high altitude meals and drinks (locally produced dinners, breakfasts, drinks, soups);
  • snow shovels;
  • medical kits in each camp; back to top

Basecamp:

  • basecamp tents. We now offer 1 tent per person in basecamp, in order to provide you with a bit of privacy for the following expeditions: Everest, Lhotse, Baruntse, Cho Oyu Shishapangma, and North Col/Lhakpa Ri;
  • complete basecamp kitchen equipment and dining set;
  • sanitation and hygiene supplies;
  • travel Bags, kit bags, or hold alls. These are for group equipment only. Members must provide their own;
  • complete repair kit with extra spares and tools;
  • large eating tent;
  • folding camp chairs, folding camp tables;
  • cooking tent;
  • storage tent;
  • large medical kit, and medical oxygen with mask and regulator;
  • portable hyperbaric altitude chamber bag traditionally known as a “Gamow Bag”, ours is named a "Portable Altitude Chamber";
  • pick and shovel;
  • toilet tent and toilet paper;
  • shower tent;
  • base camp food and drinks (local origin), will be prepared by our professional and highly skilled cook staff;
  • rubbish sacs for environmental cleanup;
  • maps, guide books, journal, and magazine articles; back to top

Climbing: (depending on the particulars of the route):  


  • 7-8 millimetre static "fixing" line; 
  • carabiners;
  • ice screws, rock pitons;                 
  • snow stakes and snow-picket;
  • high altitude medical kits;
  • extra crampons, ice-axe, helmet, harness, sunglasses, goggles, clothing, backpack, water bottle, etc; back to top

This is not an exhaustive list. Please submit your other equipment concerns and suggestions

Equipment Questions? Please contact us: info@summitclimb.com

Kathmandu Equipment Prices

We provide an equipment purchase and rent/hire service for free ideas of where to find the best climbing equipment, clothing, shoes, sleeping bags, etcetera for your expedition. Give us a call or email and we will be glad to help. Equipment purchase and hire/renting is simple, easy and affordable here in Kathmandu, where there are more than 100 climbing, trekking, and outdoor shops! We have access to the finest brands and the best quality gear at rock bottom prices. Also, we provide personal gear checking of all of your equipment in Kathmandu. Please bring the gear you have and we will check it and help you find any missing pieces, make sure it fits correctly, and is the best quality for you. Even if you have no gear, please just let us know and we will find every single piece for you. With more than 100 high quality and affordable equipment shops here in Kathmandu, we can find any item you might need. Just let us know your sizes in advance and we will give you a list of options, and assure you of availability. 

Here is some information on Kathmandu equipment prices:

Prices for hiring are the same as purchasing used equipment, seen below in Nepalese Rupees (Rs), at the lowest range of the used prices. $1 USD = 105 to 108
rupees (as of 16 Nov 2016)

Items
$ From $ to
€ From 
€ to
 £ From £ to
Rs. From
Rs. To
  Down Suit various sizes:        
 New Shonas:  $350  $350  € 325
€325 £280 £280  35000  35000
 New Everest Hardware:  $350
 $350  € 325
€325 £280 £280
 35500  35500
 Imported New: (North Face and Mountain Hardwear) 
 $900 
$1,250  € 835
 €1160 £725  £1000  90,000  125,000
 Used:  $250  $800
 € 230
 €740  £200  £640  25000  85000
 Renting:  (Note: limited sizes available)   
 $2  $5 €2  €4  £1  £3  200  500
Down Jacket, size extra-large:
 New Shonas:  $110  $130  € 103
 €120 £90  £105 10,500  13,500
 New Everest Hardware:  $125  $130  € 116
 €12 £100  £105 12,500  13,500
 Used Imported:  $105  $350  € 98
 €325 £85  £280 10500  35,500
 New Imported:  $300  $550  € 280
 €465 £240  £400   30000  
 50500
 Renting:  (Note: limited sizes available)  $1  $5  € 1  €4  £1  £3  105  550   
Down Trousers size extra-large:         
 New Shonas:  $90  $120  € 84
 €112  £73  £97  9500  12500
 New Everest Hardware:  $120  $125  € 112
 €117  £97  £100  12500  13000
 Used Imported:  
 $270  $500  € 251  €465
 £216  £400  27500 
 50500
 New Imported:  $400  $650  € 371
 €605  £321  £521  40500  70,000
 Renting: (Note: limited sizes available)      $1   $5  € 1
 €4
  £1  £3 
 105  550
  Down Sleeping bag, extra-long size for tall person:
 New Shonas:                     
 $120  $350  € 112
 €325  £97  £280  12500
35,500
 New Everest Hardware:      
 $125  $350   € 117
 €325   £100  £280  12,500  35,500
 Used Imported:                  $110  $700  € 102
 €650  £90  £560  11500  70500
 New Imported:                     
 $550  $1100  € 551
 €1022  £441  £883  55500  112,500
 Renting: (Note: limited sizes available)  $1  $5   € 1  € 4  £1  £3  105  550
 Crampon (Grivel G-12 or Camp Aluminium LC 480, or similar):
 Used Price (medium quality):   $100  $120  € 93
€111
 £80 £97 10500  12500
 New Price:                         
 $170  $170  € 159
 €159
 £137  £137  17500 17500
 Renting:                               $1   $2  € 1
 €1.8
£1  £1.6
  100
 200
 Helmet        
 Used Price (medium quality):   $25  $50  € 24
 €46  £20  £40  2500
 5,500
 New Price:                            $55
 $100
 € 52
 €92  £44   £80  5500  10,500
 Renting:                          
 $0.5  $0.5  € 0.5
 € 0.5
 £ 0.5   £ 0.5
 55
 55
 Ice Axe                                        
 Used Price (medium quality):
 $50  $90  €46
 €84
 £40
 £73  5500  9500
 New Price:                   
 $75   $110  € 70
 € 102
 £60
 £89
7500  11500
 Renting:                              $1   $2
  € 1
 €1  £1  £1  60  150
 Harness   
 Used Price (medium quality): 
 $25  $55  € 24
 €52  £20  £45  2500  6000
 New Price: (Black Diamond, Petzl)       
  $50  $100  €46
  €93  £40  £80  5500  10500
 Renting:                     
 $1  $1  € 1  €1
 £1
 £1
 100  130
 Millet One-Sport Everest Boots
 Used Price:                         $250  $800  € 233  €744  £200  £643 25500
80500
 New Price:                          
 $1000  $1000  €930
 €930
 £803  £803
 100500  100500
 Renting:                            
 $2  $5  € 1  € 4  £1  £3  200  500
 Plastic Double Climbing boots:
 Used Price:                           $150  $500  € 140
 € 465
 £120
 £401  15500  50500
 New Price:                    
  No Selling
   
         
 Renting:                             $1.5  $3  € 1.40  € 2.8
 £0.8  £2.4  150  350
 Lightweight leather trekking boot:        
 Used Price:                    
 $50  $150  € 47
 €140  £40  £120
5,500 15500
 New Price: (Coleman, Millet, Crispi)  $100  $350
 € 93
 €325  £80  £280 10500  36750
 Goretex jacket:   
 Used Price:                
  $50  $150   € 47
 €140
 £40  £120
 5500  15500
 New price:             
 $70  $350  € 65
 €325
 £57 
£280 
 7500
 36750
 Medium-large rucksack:        
Nepal Made  $55  $100  € 51  €93  £45  £80  6500  10500
 New Price:          $90  $225  € 53  €164
 £41  £127
 6500
 25500
 Renting:                    
               
 Glacier sunglasses:        
 Used Price: (Not easy Available)
 $90  $120  €84
  €111  £72  £97  9000  12500
 New Price:                         
 $120  $250
 € 111
 €232  £97 £200
 12500  27,000
 Ski goggles:        
 Used Price: (Not easy Available)
 $20  $120  € 84
 €111  £72  £97  9000  12500
 New Price:                    
 $100  $250  €93
 €232  £80
 £200  6000  27000
 Gloves and Mittens:        
 Used Price: (Not easy Available)
 $60  $100  € 56
 €93  £49
 £80 6500  10500
 New Price:                          
 $140  $180  €130
 €168  £113  £145
 14500  18500
 Mountain Hardware mittens :  $180  $180  €168
 €168  £145  £145  11999  16000
 Black Diamond mittens :       $180  $180  €168
 €168  £145  £145 18500 18500
 Shona mittens (locally manufactured) :
 $60  $60  €56
 €56  £49  £49  6500  6500
 Head Lamps:        
 Used Price: (Not easy Available)
 $10  $60  €9.2  €56  £8  £49  1000  6500
 New Price:                     
$55  $105  € 52
 €98  £44  £85  6000  11000
 Petzl Ascender   
 Used Price:
 $50  $60 €46
 €56  £40  £49  5000  6000
 New Price:  $80  $95  €75
 €87
 £65  £77  8000  9000
 Renting:  $1  $1  0.41  0.49  0.32  0.38  50  60
 Figure 8 descender
 Used Price: 
 $10  $30  €8.5
 €28
£8
 £25  1200  3100
 New Price:  $15  $40  € 12  € 29  £10  £33  1500 4000
 Renting:  $0.26  $1  0.20  0.41  0.16  0.32  25  50
  Camping mattress:  
 $7 $25   €6.5 €18 £5 £20  650 2500
                 
Steripen  $55  $120  €52  €112  £45  £97  5500  12500
 Special Battery for Steripen  $20  $20  17   17  £10  £10  2000  2000

Here is a partial list for those desiring to contact Nepalese manufacturers:

Gauri Shankar Shop - Kathmandu - (For hardwear like Millet Everest One sport boots, plastic boots, trekking boots, ice axes, crampons, ascenders, helmets, and harnesses and hiring ) - contact SummitClimb's Kathmandu offfice to check availability: info@summitclimb.com . Thank you very much

For soft goods like down jackets trousers and suits, we have used two shops:

A.
Everest Hardwear shop in Thamel. e-mail angsonam25@yahoo.com , tel 4230399, mobile (977)98510 45706

B.
Shona's Shop in Thamel: e-mail: shonasrentals@hotmail.com , phone: 4265120

There are so many shops in Kathmandu, you will find almost everything you need.

Global Equipment

8000 metre / 26,000 foot Equipment List
Climbing-

  • Climbing harness;
  • 5 metres of 6mm accessory cord
  • Figure 8 abseil/belay device;
  • 1 large mitten sized ascender w/leash;
  • 2 locking carabiners, 1 large and 1 small;
  • 4 non-locking carabiners;
  • Ice axe w/leash;
  • Steel crampons with anti-balling plates;
  • Trekking poles;
Upper Body-

  • 2 cotton t-shirts;
  • 2 synthetic t-shirts;
  • 2 long sleeve synthetic shirts;
  • 1 light-weight soft shell jacket;
  • 1 medium weight fleece/soft shell/ or down synthetic jacket.
  • Lightweight down jacket;
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable;
  • 1 very warm goose-down (duvet) jacket with hood or suit;
  • Umbrella (optional).
Hands-

  • 1 pr. lightweight poly-liner gloves;
  • 1 pair mittens -Gore-tex over mitt matched polar fleece mitt liner.
Head-

  • Helmet;
  • Warm hat that covers your ears;
  • Balaclava;
  • Face mask;
  • Ballcap or brimmed suncap;
  • Glacier sunglasseswith side shields;
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs;
  • Bandana or head scarf.
Lower Body-

  • Cotton underwear;
  • 1 pair walking shorts;
  • 1 pair walking trousers;
  • 2 pair lightweight thermal bottoms;
  • 1 pair medium or expedition weight thermal bottoms;
  • 1 pair polar fleece/soft shell trousers;
  • 1 pair Gore-Tex trousers. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips;
  • • 1 pr. Goose-down (duvet) trousers or suit.
Feet-

  • 1 pair One-Sport Millet Everest boots or equivalent;
  • 1 pair sturdy leather walking boots;
  • 1 pair trainers, running shoes and/or sandals;
  • 1 pair down booties (optional);
  • 2 pair med-heavy poly or wool socks;
  • 2 pair poly or wool liner socks;
  • Vapour barrier liner socks;
  • 2 pair lightweight trekking socks;
  • Cotton socks for in town.
Sleeping-

  • 1 down (duvet) sleeping bag (rated to – 20 Centigrade or -0 Fahrenheit);
  • 1 additional sleeping bag for basecamp (good to -10 degrees C or 10 degrees F);
  • 3 closed cell foam kari-mats for use in basecamp and high altitude,
Rucksack and Travel Bags-

  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 litres / 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used on airplane);
  • Waterproof rucksack cover (optional)
  • 2 large (120 L / 7500 cubic inch) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment;
  • Small padlocks for duffel kit bags.
Personal Hygiene-

  • Female or male hygiene supplies;
  • 2 tubes lip sun cream,
  • 1 large tube skin sun cream (min factor 15);
  • Anti-mosquito cream;
  • 1 toothpaste/brush;
  • 1 bar soap or hand sanitizer gel/1 small towel;
  • hand wipes.
Medical-

  • Small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and Light) Aspirin, first-aid tape, plasters (band-aids), personal medications, etc.;
  • 1 skin blister repair kit;
  • 1 small bottle anti-diarrhea pills;
  • 1 small bottle anti-headache pills;
  • 1 small bottle cough and/or cold medicine;
  • 1 small bottle anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide.
  • 1 small bottle stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.;
  • 1 small bottle of water purification tablets or water filter;
  • • 1 set earplugs;
  • • Extra prescription glasses/contacts.
Personal Food-

  • 5 dehydrated meals (freeze-dried dinners) for summit and attempt and 3-6 kilos/6-12 pounds "snack" or daily cold energy food.
Practical-

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing repair kit;
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box matches;
  • 1 compass or GPS;
  • 1 battery powered alarm clock/watch;
  • 1 camera and film, or digital camera with extra cards and extra batteries;
  • Nylon stuff sacks for food and gear storage;
  • 3 water bottles (1 litre) wide-mouth Nalgene (1 is a pee bottle);
  • 1 plastic cup and spoon;
  • 1 small folding knife;
  • Binoculars (optional);
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks;
  • Passport, 2 extra passport photos, flight ticket, flight itinerary;
  • Separate photocopies of passport and relevant visa pages, proof of insurance;
  • Dollars, pounds or euros cash;
  • Bank/ATM/Cash and credit cards;
  • 1 bathing suit/swimming costume (you never know);
  • Paperback books, playing cards, ipod/mp3 player, musical instruments, ear plugs, lots of batteries, etc.;
  • Travel clothes for basecamp and in town;
Oxygen:

A 5 bottle set of oxygen is included in the cost of our full service Everest, K2, and Lhotse expeditions. It may be purchased for Broad Peak, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, and Manaslu. Please contact us for information and costs.

Group Equipment:


We provide all of the equipment, group gear, and supplies on expedition including: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection, tents; cookers, fuel, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera.

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