Preference is for soft bags e.g. duffle bag or a backpack. Wheeled duffle bags are fine. We will be taking all our luggage with us from the time we leave Marrakech. On the trek the mules will be carrying our gear and soft bags are easier to pack into the panniers. Be conscious of weight too. The less you bring the more you can take home!
Day Pack - This is all you will be required to carry along with your personal items, camera, phone etc. Make sure it has side pockets to accommodate 1 litre sized bottles of water, if you dont have a pack with a water bladder.
Sleeping bag - (pillows are provided at Guest houses and refuges. They are usually quite firm. You might like to bring a pillow slip)
Walking Poles - This is a personal preference. I would be hopeless without mine. Some people don't need them and others are happy to use one. I like to use two. We do have some poles available. Please enquire before departure.
In the mountains it pays to be prepared for all seasons. The list is not definitive and and I haven't given quantities. Only you can know how long you can wear one pair of socks for!
- Warm Hat - Winter Treks
- Shirts - T-shirts, LS shirt if you wish (for sun protection). While quick dry fabrics are not so great on the Phew! factor they do have the advantage that you rinse them at night and they will be dry in the morning.
- Jacket - Waterproof and something very warm for winter treks
- Trousers - Long pants or long shorts.
- Undies - Up to you how many
- Thermals - Winter treks
- Socks - My personal preference is to wear proper hiking socks with a sock liner (sock liners are just thinner socks). Not only does it give your feet a bit more protection but you get added bonus of getting more wears. If you are prone to blisters you might like to consider hikers wool www.preventblisters.com.au
- Hiking boots - The terrain in parts is quite rocky, from scree to bigger ankle turning rocks. Good support is essential.
- Sandals - For the treks that require river crossings sandals are essential. Multi functional are great rather than a pair made specifically for water. Good outdoor gear shops should be able to advise you. Otherwise contact me and I can offer some brand suggestions.
- Sleep wear
- Other -
- Gloves (for warmth and sun protection )
- Something to throw on at the end of the day and for middle of the night for toilet trips.
- An extra pair of shoes if you want to put your feet into something else at the end of walking each day is highly recommended. Especially if your hiking boots get wet. Remember that if you are doing a tour/trek you will be doing quite a bit of walking around the cities so multi functional is good.
- Some people like to wear skins. These are good for extra warmth and reducing muscle soreness