of alpine gear is expensive and really bureaucratic. Preferably, pack in
large North Face soft packs or equivalent.
Plastic barrels are convenient as well. The domestic airlines in Nepal
are reluctant to fly the largest of those barrels, so choose the smaller
sizes. Buy small padlocks for everything. On its way to BC, the luggage
will at times be left unattended.
Pack everything bearing in mind
that it will be carried on Yaks. Ketchup will pierce, jam jars will leak,
sugar end up in your underwear. Store everything tight and isolated in
plastic bunks (tupperware style) if
you donít want to forever remember Everest by the smell of various food
Potato chips should be Pringles, if not for the taste then for the hard
case. All foods and technical gear will also face extreme temperatures,
both hot and cold.
Have your trekking agency to pick up your gear at the Kathmandu
airport. Otherwise, you will lose your mind. The place is loaded with
staff, their cousins and even more cousins, all more or less just
hanging around but somehow all being involved with you.
Itís "baksheesh" (tip) here and baksheesh there and still no action!
You will be told to file papers and then to redo them all over again.
Leave it to your Trekking agency instead and have them to do the
hassle at the airport for you.