Bolivia trek kit list

This is s suggested kit list. You may have preferred equipment that you have found works for you in these environments and activities. If so then feel free to adapt the contents below. Please also speak to us if you have any questions before buying any new or expensive gear.


Max 90 Litre Duffle bag
35-45 Litre Rucksack
Small stuff sacks, waterproof, various sizes.



Waterproof shell jacket breathable
Waterproof shell trousers breathable
Gaiters Goretex or equivalent


Very warm insulated jacket; Down, Primaloft or similar
Warm, insulated mountain trousers softshell, fleece or PrimaLoft (optional)


Thick Fleece / softshell jacket
Wool/microfleece top
Trekking trousers (synthetic)

Cordillera Real - Bolivia trekking

Views along the Cordillera Real.


Long sleeved base layer top (synthetic)
Light base layer leggings / running tights
Thermal Base Layer Leggings(optional)
Long sleeved thermal top(optional)
Underwear (synthetic dries quicker)


Warm hat to cover ears
Thin Balaclava to fit under a helmet or main hat
Buff (optional)
Wide-brimmed Sun Hat or cap with neck veil
Glacier glasses cat 3 UV polaroid
Ski Goggles cat 2-3 UV polaroid (optional but very useful in windy conditions)
Nose shade (optional)


Thin liner gloves (two pairs are useful)
Mid-weight fleece or Windstopper gloves
Warm insulated Mitts (+lanyards)
Warm spare gloves/mitts to be carried in case of loss of the first pair
Shell mitts (optional but good in wet conditions)+ lanyards


Thin liner socks(optional)
Trekking socks
Thick mountain socks x2
General socks
Trekking boots to provide support to ankles
Very warm plastic mountaineering boots B1 or B2 crampon compatible eg Scarpa Omega (speak to us about other suitable options) You can also borrow these for free from us in Bolivia.
Crocs/sandals/flip flops/down booties (optional for evenings)

Approach shoes / Trainers etc for use prior to the trek
City/travel clothes (can leave at guesthouse)

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Stopping for a snack break near a pristine high-alpine lake.


3-4 season sleeping bag (comfort temperature -20C or lower)
Compression sack for sleeping bag


Head torch & spare batteries
Watch with light and alarm
Camera, memory card & batteries (optional but strongly recommended!)
Solar charger (optional)
Altimeter (optional)
MP3 player (optional)
Roaming, Unlocked or In-Country mobile phone (optional)

REPAIR KIT (optional but potentially very useful)

Gaffer Tape
Super Glue
Cable ties
4mm accessory cord ~2m
Needle + extra strong thread


2x 1-litre drinks bottles
Lightweight insulated bottle covers
High energy snacks eg chocolate, energy drink powder, energy gels, jelly cubes etc

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On a trek towards the Condiriri Valley.


1-litre bottle to urinate in (optional)
Toilet roll in a plastic bag
Earplugs (optional)
Passport & copies, visa, insurance details, money, credit cards, plane ticket no.s
Waterproof pouch for documents
Books, Cards, Games
Diary & Pencil


Walking Poles (optional) with snow baskets
(you can borrow all the following items from us in Bolivia)
10 or 12 point crampons (make sure these fit your boots well, take your boots to the shop when you buy them)
Walking axe & leash
Mountaineering harness
Screwgate HMS karabiners x2
Mountaineering Helmet (optional)


Antibacterial hand gel
Wet wipes (optional)
Toothbrush with cover
Roll on deodorant
Shaving gear & small mirror
Shower gel/shampoo (<100ml for before/after climb)
Microfibre trekking towel


Antiseptic Wipes
Adhesive Plasters
Blister Plasters
Zinc Tape
Insect Repellent
Antihistamine tablets
Sunblock Cream
Water Purification Tablets
Rehydration Sachets
Personal Medication as required:
  eg. Anti-Malarials, Asthma Inhalers, Insulin, Epi-Pen etc

Possible Additional Personal First Aid Items
Lip Salve
Throat Lozenges
Latex gloves
Crepe Bandage
Hydrocortisone Cream
Prochlorperazine tablets (for sickness/nausea)
Ciprofloxacin tablets (general antibiotic; prescription required)
Acetazolamide tablets (altitude prophylactic; prescription required)

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A fantastic view of Hauyana Potsi.

Note: you must check with your GP for your personal suitability to all medicines and their possible side effects and interactions. Please inform us of the details of all regular medication that you intend to use through the course of your trip and any relevant allergies and medical history related to them. You also need to check the requirements and regulations of the airline and all countries visited in relation to medications. For example; laws governing transport of some pain control medication and the need keep insulin at a suitable temperature, ie not in the cargo hold.