Additional to my Manaslu Trek Packing List I was carrying two new gadgets on this trip with me:-
- Delorme inReach Explorer
- Ankor Power Port Eco Friendly Solar Panel
I highly recommend you carrying a portable solar panel. After Taplejung there is electricity only up to Chirwa. After that you will be able to recharge in the villages of Ghunsa and Phole only. Also, the hydropower in Ghunsa does not create a high output. So they do not have electricity in between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.
The solar panel that I was carrying with me is good enough to charge a small digital camera, GoPro, mobile, inReach Explorer and power bank up to 15000 Mah.
The mobile phone network does not work from Chirwa till Yamphuding, although there is a landline phone in Ghunsa. So in case of emergency it is handy to have a Reach Device with you. With my Delorme Reach Device I was able to get the weather forecast, send a message in case of an emergency, use the offline map, track the route and check the elevation.
From Taplejung to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp, i.e. Pangpema, I was wearing sandals and t-shirt and shorts most of the time. Then, all of a sudden, the weather changed and we had snow! Some effect from the Bay of Bengal. I had requested a weather update while in Ghunsa before crossing the Sele Le Pass.
So, focusing on the things you need to prepare for summer clothes and minus twenty down jackets and rain gear! And since your electric plug might not work along the trail, get a universal convertor or a two or three round pin plug.
For a general trekking packing list, check the complete packing list for trekking in Nepal kindly provided to us by Nancy and John.