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Buying gear in Kathmandu

freepete
21/04/2011
11:28:46 AM
Hi
A group of us is planning to spend a month in Nepal next April/May climbing Lobuje and Kyajo Ri. I'm in a quandary about purchasing gear/clothing. Has anyone had experience buying gear and /or alpine clothing in Kathmandu?

The company we are going with will supply a bunch of technical gear, and suggest shopping once we get there, but the pessimist in me thinks this is leaving a lot to chance.

Any comments on pros and cons of various hard shells also appreciated.

Cheers

Andrew_M
21/04/2011
11:35:33 AM
No personal experience but a friend who is living in Kathmandu reckons reckons there's lots of good alpine gear available at reasonable prices .

aarond
21/04/2011
12:41:47 PM
i also don't have any experience but spoke to a guy who bought all his gear in Kathmandu and was ridiculously cheap. and he told me when i go there not to bring much with me, as its cheaper and easier to pick it up there.
Damo666
21/04/2011
1:08:12 PM
I was last there Oct 2009 and the selection is great. There are now genuine North Face and Mountain Hardwear specialist stores, heaps of Black Diamond stuff, all cheaper than here in Aus, but a better selection.

Much of the better fake gear is OK too, things like sleeping bags, down jackets, mitts etc but you have to shop around as the quality and price varies a lot. But the better stuff is more than adequate for what most people do and a fraction of the price of gear at home.

Exceptions are boots, as fit for them is so crucial, get them at home/OS, and maybe socks(?). Particularly in the bigger sizes, good boots are hard to get. But they have plenty of Millet Everest, Asolos etc, not so much La Sportiva.

Also the 'fake' North Face VE25 tents are a couple of hundred dollars and more than good for basecamps. It is what a lot of trekking companies use. Saves a lot of $$ and hassle worrying about excess baggage on the flight over.

The days of bad fakes and expedition leftovers are long-gone. For alpine gear, it leaves Australia for dead. Not that that is saying much.
silver_13
21/04/2011
3:29:49 PM
Yes, cloting is cheaper there, make sure you bargain though. With regards to technical rockclimbing gear, I did not find it that cheap but there won't be much rocklimbing on Lobuje and Kyjo Ri. Ice-climbing tools are better priced and bigger choice. So, if your company rents you all the technical gear (don't forget to check crampons fit) then everything else you can buy in KTM. Agree with Damo666 on the boots, get them in advance.
Good luck, make sure you acclimatise well.
Thinking about Lobuje East myself...
pecheur
21/04/2011
3:41:09 PM
On 21/04/2011 Damo666 wrote:
>I was last there Oct 2009 and the selection is great. There are now genuine
>North Face and Mountain Hardwear specialist stores, heaps of Black Diamond
>stuff, all cheaper than here in Aus, but a better selection.
>
>Much of the better fake gear is OK too, things like sleeping bags, down
>jackets, mitts etc but you have to shop around as the quality and price
>varies a lot. But the better stuff is more than adequate for what most
>people do and a fraction of the price of gear at home.
>
>Exceptions are boots, as fit for them is so crucial, get them at home/OS,
>and maybe socks(?). Particularly in the bigger sizes, good boots are hard
>to get. But they have plenty of Millet Everest, Asolos etc, not so much
>La Sportiva.
>
>Also the 'fake' North Face VE25 tents are a couple of hundred dollars
>and more than good for basecamps. It is what a lot of trekking companies
>use. Saves a lot of $$ and hassle worrying about excess baggage on the
>flight over.

Pretty much what Damo said there are authorised resellers for just about every alpine brand you can name there, including Mountain Hardware and Northface branded stores, and the prices are much, much better than here. I even bought a pair of low cut Goretex Northface walkers which I wore up to 5,400m.

It is really, really easy to pick the real stores from the dodgy fakes too so don't be too stressed.

For the serious alpine stuff I just hired it, I couldn't justify boots, crampons and axes that I'd only use for a few weeks total every couple of years.
>
>The days of bad fakes and expedition leftovers are long-gone.

Hahahaha, didn't buy many $5 wicking t-shirts, or hiking pants, or $10 fleeces did you? They are all of the genuine material but often awful stitching, nasty zips, or cut incorrectly. That being said my $5 pair of "Northface" zip offs, whilst cut incorrectly for hiking (they kept getting caught on my "massive" thighs) survived for two years as pants for the bike. None of my cheap tshirts lasted more than a few washes though :(

freepete
21/04/2011
3:48:28 PM
yeah sorry, meant crampons, axes etc. Little real rock in store I believe. Got plastics sorted already (scored a second hand pair from this very site). Looks like travelling light is the answer!

freepete
21/04/2011
3:49:41 PM
North Face fakes - no such thing is there? Just really good deals on evilbay ;-)

freepete
23/04/2011
8:12:47 AM
Thanks everyone for your info, much appreciated. Anyone got any comments on these peaks generally? It's my first time to Nepal. Proposed itinerary is :

Day 1 Lukla - Phakding
Day 2 Phakding - Namche Bazzar
Day 3 Namche (acclimatisation day)
Day 4 Namche - Tengboche
Day 5 Tengboche (acclimatisation day)
Day 6 Tengboche - Pheriche
Day 7 Pheriche (acclimatisation day)
Day 8 Pheriche - Lobuche
Day 9 Lobuche - Lobuche East High Camp
Day 10 Summit Day
Day 11 Alternate summit day
Day 12 Lobuche - to camp east side of Cho La
Day 13 East side Cho La - Gokyo
Day 14 Gokyo - Lungdeng via Renjo La
Day 15 Lungdeng - Mende via Thame
Day 16 Mende to Kyajo Ri Basecamp (Kyajo Dzongka)
Day 17 Carry to Camp 1 (5350m) and return to basecamp
Day 18 Rest day Kyajo basecamp
Day 19 Move up to Camp 1
Day 20 Rest day Camp 1
Day 21 Move up to camp 2 (5700m)
Day 22 summit and return to camp 2
Day 23 Descend to base camp
Day 24 Extra day for bad weather
Day 25 Basecamp - Namche Bazzar
Day 26 Namche - Lukla
Day 27 Lukla Kathmandu

DavidC
23/04/2011
11:15:57 AM
It has been a little while since I've been to Nepal so, some of the heights aren't to fresh in my memory. Have you been to altitude before? Some people acclimatise faster than others.

If I was going I would change some of your early days. Most people can get away with going up about 300m per day and then every 4 days ( on the 4th day) have a rest day or if there is a large increase have a rest day.
I don't think you will need both rest days at tengboche and Pheriche, you may find you don't need them at all, it may be of more benefit to have the rest day in Lobuche as it is a higher altitude then lower rest days.

Also having never climbed Kyajo Ri I may be totally wrong but I'm unsure why you would have a rest day at Camp 1 , by then you should be acclimatized and should just go up.
Anyway hope that helps, remember it is only a plan weather and illness will change it.

freepete
23/04/2011
11:21:17 AM
Thanks DavidC much appreciated. No never been to altitude so not sure how I'll be affected. I figure the company we are going with is allowing extra days for justin case. In any case extra days in the mountains can't be all bad :). Cheers
silver_13
23/04/2011
5:23:24 PM
Agree with DavidC, additional rest day at Lobuche wont harm. Also, considering you've never been to altitude, I'd recommend to take it slowly. If it was me, I'd have taken acclim. days at Namche, Tengboche (actually, I'd take 2 days there), Pheriche and Lobuche. Summit of a 6000mt mountain on the 10th day could be OK if you're trained and your body adjust well to altitude, however I personally would not have tried it so early, couple additional acclimatisation days will do more good than harm.
With regards to the 2nd part of your trip, I am also not sure why you need a rest day on day 20.
Another thing is do not rest during your rest days, make sure you move around.
I've never been to a proper alitude in Nepal but I've climbed in other places. .

freepete
24/04/2011
12:47:30 PM
Thanks Silver - useful information for sure. I think I'll take it up with the organisers, and maybe move the later rest day to earlier in the trip.
Cheers

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