Suggested Andean trekking Packing List

Map reading on the Ausangate Trek. Photo by Michael Mossop.

We often get asked, “What should I pack?” We included general lists on our website, but here is one client’s list. Thank you to Tom Stein!

You can also read his trek report here, which is essential reading for anyone considering the epic Choquequirao to Machu Picchu or Choquequirao to Vilcabamba treks!

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g294318-i3352-k4930368-Observations_from_our_tek_to_Choquequirao_and_Machu_Picchu-Machu_Picchu_Sacred_Valley.html

Example packing list for longer trek.

Clothes

Convertible pants (zip off to shorts) with belt – wear one pair, pack one pair

Short sleeve shirt – wear one, pack two

Long sleeve shirt

Travel underwear – wear one, pack one

Socks – poly liners and merino wool outers (three sets)
Waterproof boots
Rain jacket (water/wind proof)
Rain pants

Fleece/down sweater

Gloves (water/windproof)

Hat with visor

Beanie for cold weather

Optional – set of thermals (top/bottom)

Optional – swimsuit for hot springs (men can use shorts of convertible pants)

Optional – buff/bandana

Notes:

–          prefer moisture wicking/quick drying materials; clothing that comes with sun block/insect protection is an added bonus; no cotton – especially socks!

–          apply permethrin to outer clothes (not to underwear) before trip

–          there may not be a chance to wash out clothes at every stop, so you may want extra socks or underwear

Gear

Sleeping bag and compression sack

Day pack

Waterproof liner for duffel (or trash bags)

Flashlight + batteries

Water reservoir(s) – Platypus is very lightweight

Pocketknife

Collapsible hiking poles

Sunglasses

Camp towel

Biodegradable soap/shampoo

Toiletries, medicine

Duct tape (small roll)

Ziploc bags (small, for packing out trash)

Toilet paper in Ziploc bag

Sun block

Lip balm

Hand sanitizer

Insect repellent

Personal first aid kit (include second skin and tape for blisters)

Camera

Waterproof notepad + mechanical pencil

Optional – coca candy (buy in Cusco)

Optional – sleeping pad

Optional – sleeping bag liner

Optional – inflatable pillow

High point - 5055m!  Photo by Michael Mossop

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