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Huyhuash Circuit Kit List

We provide tents, cooking, camping and eating equipment, a mess tent and stools etc. You only need to worry about your personal stuff; clothing, boots, sleeping bag, camping mat etc. When considering what kit to bring, bear in mind the kind of conditions you’ll be facing when climbing to high altitude in Peru. Here's some pointers 

  • Prepare for rain, you'll need good waterproofs and make sure you've waterproofed your day pack and luggage.
  • Cold camping conditions. A good sleeping bag and insulated roll mat are essential.
  • You'll spend a fair amount of time in camp, so books and an Ipod are a good idea.
  • A Down jacket makes hanging around at the campsites more bearable. 
  • Don't forget to bring hand sanitizer and wet wipes, AND USE THEM.
  • Warm and sunny conditions on the lower slopes, sun protection needed

Luggage

  • Take a duffel bag in which to store your spare clothing and equipment. Make sure everything is wrapped in waterproof liners. Mules will carry this in between camps. Don't forget, make sure your clothing and equipment is waterproofed - wrap it up in bin liners if needs-be.
  • Take a 20 - 35L day pack in which to carry water and food, a warm layer, sunglasses, camera, Gore-Tex jacket/ trousers etc Make sure your rucksack has a waterproof liner.
  • A fold-a-way bag is useful for leaving your non-mountain luggage at the hotel.

Feet

  • Boots. A good pair of waterproof 2 season (B0 or B1  rated) boots should be considered a ‘minimum’. When considering what boots to take, don’t forget that you might well end-up walking in snow on the high passes. A boot with a stiff sole and a waterproof rubber rand will serve you well. 

    Socks. Take several pairs of standard walking socks and a spare pair of ultra warm mountaineering socks (and liner socks) to be kept in reserve for colder days. A fresh, dry pair of socks are much warmer than a pair you’ve been wearing for a couple of days. 
  • Blister plasters, Compede is best
  • Foot powder
  • Gaiters (optional)

Legs

  • A pair of warm mountain trousers. I use a pair of Softshell Haglof’s Shark pants – very expensive, but they really do the job because they’re fleece lined and windproof.
  • Lightweight trousers for warmer days
  • Waterproof over trousers
  • Underwear. Avoid cotton underwear as they get wet with sweat and chaff. Take two or three pairs made from wicking material. Decathlon sell cheap and breathable undies. 
  • Long johns (thermal underwear) – essential for summit day.

Body

  • Thermal base layer shirts x 2 (one of which should have long sleeves)
  • Normal 'wicking' base layer x 2
  • Mid-layer fleece
  • Heavy outer fleece jacket. Alternatively, it might be worth having a look at one of the one of the new Primaloft insulated jackets as an alternative to a heavy weight fleece. They tend to be warmer and less bulky than the equivalent fleece jacket. They’re windproof and water resistant too. I have a Mountain Equipment Fitzroy jacket and a Arcteryx Easy Rider Fleece - both are up-to-the-job.
  • Gore-Tex Jacket
  • Down Jacket – Not essential but great for wearing around camp

Hands

  • A pair of woollen gloves for cooler days
  • A decent pair of thermal gloves for the higher passes

Head

  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat – one that can be pulled down over the ears. I wear a Lowe Alpine Mountain Cap (windproof, fleece-lined with ear flaps)
  • Snood/ balaclava
  • Sunglasses
  • Head torch and spare batteries

Other

  • Ipod
  • Book
  • Ear plugs
  • Sun protection (including for lips)
  • Swimming trunks

Mountaineering Equipment

If you plan to climb Diablo Mudo, there are a few extra items you’ll need to take. These can be hired locally if needs be.

  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Mountaineering boots (La Sportiva Nepal Pro, or something similar)
  • Harness
  • Heavy duty gloves