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The Wild Mongolia Packing List

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Mongolia is one of the rawest countries on Earth, and packing the right gear means you can explore this wild, wild country in comfort instead of thinking about what you should have brought!

Western Mongolia in particular is very remote and there are very few places to get proper gear out here. 

Whether you decide to travel alone or on an Epic trip, this Mongolia Packing List is a comprehensive guide to everything you need to have on you to make the most of your trip while staying safe, comfortable, and completely prepared.

Should you choose to book with us, you’ll receive an even more descriptive and detailed packing list in our trip info pack.

Packs and Baggage

  • Expedition Duffel Bag

    Epic’s recommendation: North Face Duffel – Large

    For a trip like this, your duffel bag needs to be able to keep all your gear and clothes safe and secure at camp and as they are transported by jeep and by camel –  and this bag rises to the challenge.

    A spacious, water-resistant, and versatile bag is a must for Mongolia.

  • Day Trekking Backpack with Rain Cover

    Epic’s recommendation: Osprey Talon 22 Pack

    Since most of your gear will be kept in your duffel, there’s no need to bring a huge backpack with you. A comfortable daypack that fits all your essentials inside is what you want.

    It’s important that you use this backpack before coming to Mongolia to ensure that it’s comfortable to wear for hours at a time without giving you any weird chafing. 

    Bringing a rain cover for your backpack is crucial; weather in Mongolia’s wilderness can be unpredictable and heavy rains could saturate your cozy down sleeping bag (oh no!) – and make an otherwise manageable situation unpleasant indeed. 

Mongolia Packing List: Essential Personal Gear

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  • Sleeping Bag

    Epic’s recommendation: Mountain Hardwear Bishop Pass 0 Sleeping Bag

    I mean – who does not love a lofty, soft, delicious sleeping bag to curl up in at the end of a long day?

    Having a sleeping bag rated for sub-freezing temperatures in Mongolia is important – leave the summer-rated sleeping bags at home. 

    This is not a piece of gear to overlook: no matter what sleeping bag you bring, make sure it’s rated for brutally cold temperatures (0 F / -17 C) as snow fall and freezing temps are possible any time of year.

  • Inflatable Sleeping Pad

    Epic’s recommendation: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm Sleeping Pad

    Another vital piece of gear for keeping warm and comfortable at camp, a good sleeping pad is going to keep you off the cold, hard ground.

    Not having a pad underneath you not only is uncomfortable, it also means you’ll be exposed to the ground which can get absolutely freezing at night, and that is where you lose most of your body heat.

    Making sure that you sleep well on these expeditions is one of the most important things to take care of. Get your hands on a nice sleeping pad to ensure that you can get your proper rest. 

  • Inflatable Camp Pillow

    Epic’s recommendation: Nemo Fillo Pillow

    This makes a world of difference in sleeping well at camp: an inflatable pillow is exactly what you need to keep your head and neck comfortable at night while not taking up too much space in your bag.

    Bringing this with you only has upsides: it’s cheap, lightweight, and will help you get the rest you need.

Specialty Equipment

  • Headlamp

    Epic’s recommendation: Petzl Actik Core Headlamp

    A headlamp is one of the most valuable pieces of gear on this list – or for any outdoor adventure. Whether you’re hiking in the dark before sunrise or just walking around camp after sunset, you’re going to need one of these.

    This is an essential piece of equipment if you’re moving around in the dark. The best part about our headlamp recommendation is that it is rechargeable – eliminating the need to constantly buy fresh batteries. 

  • Trekking Poles

    Epic’s recommendation: Black Diamond Trekking Poles

    Not necessary but still highly recommended, trekking poles give you that extra stability and balance you may need when crossing rough terrain.

    On our trip, we’ll be hiking in some tricky spots and you’ll want to have something extra on hand to help you tackle the undulating terrain. A sturdy pair of trekking poles is the right tool for the job, and you’ll be grateful you brought them along.

  • Grayl Filter Bottle

    Epic’s recommendation: 24oz GeoPress® Purifier 

    Having a source of drinkable water out in the wild is a very practical problem to solve. There is an easy solution.

    A Grayl filter can take virtually any water source you might find in the wilderness and turn it into a source of healthy, drinkable water in a matter of seconds, all with very little effort. We have relied on Grayl for years to keep us hydrated and can’t recommend this bottle strongly enough.

  • Gaiters

    Epic’s recommendation: Black Diamond GTX FrontPoint Gaiters

    If you’re looking to have some extra protection for your lower legs against the elements (IE mud and water), you need to get gaiters. Keeping your legs and feet dry, and (relatively) clean goes a long way in making the trek a better experience.

    The protection these offer can make a game-changing difference. Not a must-have, but something you should consider if you can spare the budget.

  • Spare Water Bottle

    Epic’s recommendation: Nalgene Water Bottle – 32 fl. oz.

    It’s always smart to have the ability to carry a few liters of water at any given time. In addition to your Grayl bottle, bring another normal water bottle with you that can increase your carrying capacity. 

Boots and Footwear

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  • Hiking Boots

    Epic’s recommendation: Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots

    When it comes to hiking – boots are god. If you’re feet are unhappy – so is the rest of you. 

    You will need a pair of boots that can handle water, keep your feet comfortable, and prevent blisters on Mongolia’s rough treks, so do not skimp out on buying a quality pair of boots.

    If you’ve only got the budget to buy one high-end item apart from the sleeping bag, this is where you should spend your money.

    And remember to break in your boots before arriving in Mongolia. If you don’t, blisters will show up and turn trekking into a less-than ideal suffer fest pretty quickly. 

  • Camp Shoes

    Epic’s recommendation: REI Co-op Camp Dreamer Slip-Ons

    Having a pair of cozy camp shoes to change into at the end of the day is going to make you a lot more comfortable when you’re relaxing by the fire, and your feet will appreciate the break from being confined to hiking boots.

  • Sandals/Tevas/Keens

    Epic’s recommendation: KEEN Targhee III Sandals

    A nice balance between hiking boots and full-blown sandals, these are great to relax in while keeping warm, and also can take on some light hiking.

     

Other Personal Gear

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  • Personal First Aid Kit

    Epic’s recommendation: HART Outdoor Day Hike First-Aid Kit

    We will have medical supplies with us on the trip, but it’s still important to bring your own personal first aid kit to take that extra step in being prepared and self-sufficient. Blister care, ibuprofen, plasters/bandaids, anti-biotic cream, etc should all be in a dry ziplock bag. 

  • Power bank

    Epic’s recommendation: BioLite Charge 80 PD Power Bank

    If you’re planning on using any sort of electronics on this trip whether it’s a camera, your phone, or something else, a 20000 amp power bank will keep you rolling. Some of our staff also use lightweight solar panels – which tend to work great, if there is sun shining when you happen to be at camp. 

  • Chargers/Phone Cable

    An essential piece of gear for keeping yourself protected from harsh sunlight, polarized sunglasses are a must

  • Snacks

    Pack chocolate, bars, energy gels, gummies, jerky, and all of the other food that will keep you fueled on the go during busy travel and hiking days. 

Toiletries

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Clothing Layer Systems

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  • Rain Shell Pants

    Epic’s recommendation: Arc’teryx Beta AR Pants 

    Rain pants are a solid answer for taking on the unpredictable weather of the mountains and keeping dry while staying lightweight.

    Nobody loves being wet – and being soaked-to-the-bone wet just sucks. Pack a good pant shell and you’ll be happy you did. 

  • Rain Jacket

    Epic’s recommendation: Arc’teryx Beta AR Jacket 

    Like the rain shell pants mentioned above – the jacket is an essential piece of equipment you need to keep your upper body from getting wet. On our last Mongolia trip – there really wasn’t a day that passed in which the rain jacket wasn’t thrown on for at least 30 minutes. 

  • Fleece – Optional

    Epic’s recommendation: REI Co-op Trailmade Fleece Jacket 

    Great for slipping into at the end of the day and relaxing at camp with or acting as another layer or warmth on the trail. 

  • Base Layer Tops and Bottoms

    Epic’s recommendation: Merinos Base Layer Top and Merinos Base Layer Bottom

    Having thin, base layers with thermal protection makes a huge impact on staying warm on the trail and at camp. If you don’t know by now, you should be aware that Mongolia gets cold and having the proper layers in your bag is the only way to be comfy out here. 

  • Sun Hat and Beanie

    Epic’s recommendation: Warm Beanie and Sun Hat

    This combination enables you to take on all kinds of weather and keep your head protected and dry while you’re at it.

    A good sun hat will help in both rainy and sunny weather, and a beanie is perfect for cooler temperatures.

  • Buff and Bandana

    Epic’s recommendation: Buff Merinos

    An easy piece of gear to overlook but not something to forget, a buff is going to keep your neck warm and protected from cold winds.

  • Trekking Pants

    Epic’s recommendation: KUHL Renegade Rock Pants

    Trekking pants can absolutely make or break your trip. Make sure you invest in a good pair so you can stay comfortable, durable, and allow for good movement. Shorts are also possible – but we have found the Mongolia weather to variable to wear shorts consistently. 

  • Merinos Trekking Socks

    Epic’s recommendation: Darn Tough Hiker Socks

    Merino is best, cotton is not.

    You’ll need a handful of quality pairs of hiking socks. Buying a few pairs might add up at $20/pair, but it’s more than worth the investment and you’ll be thankful you spent the cash for good socks. Darn Tough socks have a lifetime warranty as well. 

Self explanatory. Bring a few pairs of both cotton and synthetic underwear. 

  • Down Jacket

    Epic’s recommendation: Patagonia Down Sweater Hoodie

    A warm down jacket is something you will wear everyday of this trip. Get something midweight or on the heavier side as Mongolia is not an ultralight down jacket sort of place. 

And that’s it for our Mongolia packing list. Now you are equipped with everything you need to comfortably explore Mongolia. 

We should emphasize again that Mongolia gets cold and the mountain temperatures should not be underestimated. Pack the right gear and you will be ready for the adventure of your life without having to worry about being under prepared. 

If you have any gear-related questions, feel free to drop a comment below!

See you guys in Mongolia!

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Next trip: September 3rd - 17th, 2024

Adventure Guide

Hailing from the Toronto region of Eastern Canada, with a background as a former standout athlete (hockey of course) and a  love of mountain adventure, Clark is a welcomed addition to the Epic team.

In addition to being a keen photographer and adventurer, Clark brings his brilliant sense of humor, leadership skills, and positive attitude to everything he puts his mind to. 

When he is not leading trips, he is working on taking over the hard apple cider game in Canada as a skilled craft brewer. 

Adventure Guide

Noemi grew up in the mountains of German-Speaking Switzerland where she naturally developed a deep love and respect for mountain environments.

She is a talented photographer, aspiring climber, and speaks at least 5 languages fluently including Arabic (and probably a few more that we don’t know about), which she taught herself in a matter of months by watching YouTube videos. 

Noemi has spent the last several years traveling, hiking, and photographing her way around many different countries in the Middle East, South and Central Asia, and Europe, and we could not be more stoked to welcome her to the Epic team! 

Adventure Guide

As our man on the ground in Mongolia, there is not much this legend can’t do. As a native the Bayan-Ölgii province of the Western Mongolia Altai, Syerik has been working as a guide and tourism entrepreneur…

for the past several years and is one of the rising stars in Mongolia adventure travel industry. 

He is currently building a beautiful Ger (Yurt) camp near his hometown where he will host Epic Mongolia team members on our trip as well as other travelers from around the world! 

He is the perfect guide for your trip to Mongolia. Serik did an amazing job giving us a well rounded experience in the Altai NP region and down in the Gobi…
The food was fantastic and Serik gave us many opportunities to learn about the Kazakh culture in that region including traditional meals. (I can’t recommend enjoying the milk tea enough!)

– Coastal

Head of canine operations

Choriza started off life as a care-free vagabond on the streets of Madeira Island without any place to call home. From the moment we met her, we knew this dog was just different, and it was pretty much love at first sight. 

She gave up the dog street life in favor of joining her new dad Chris to become a full-time member of the Epic family towards the end of 2022.

These days she can be found listening in on the fringes of important Epic business meetings while half-asleep on the couch. She is a keen hiker, lover of mud, rare steak, and might just be the sweetest little dog we have ever seen. 

Adventure Guide

An experienced trek leader and
IFMGA aspirant ski guide, avid alpine climber, devoted adventure photographer.

Organized and guided trekking expeditions, climbs and ski tours in Tajikistan’s Pamirs, Patagonia, Peru, Morocco, Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, Georgian and Russian Caucasus and Kamchatka.

A full member and meets the organiser of the British Alpine Club. Visited over 40 countries, lived in the UK for four years. Certified first-aider.

We joined Andrew on a fantastic trip to the Fann Mountains in Tajikistan, pure nature and magnificent scenery! Andrey was super prepared and led us safely up and down numerous passes and through some rough and icy cold rivers. Thank you for a very memorable trip, your planning and prep was excellent!

– Monika Steinlechner

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Adventure Guide

Our man in Nepal, Sandip is what we like to call a “Swiss Army Knife”. There is not much Sandip can’t do when it comes to helping Epic to run our expeditions smoothly in Nepal.

His tireless work ethic, passion for all things trekking in the Himalayas, and smart decision-making mean that Sandip is a truly invaluable member of our team.

Sandip is passionate about showing visitors to his country an amazing time, and he goes above and beyond to make sure that happens. 

His company Himalayan Masters is Epic’s trusted partner in Nepal and one of the country’s top new tour agencies.

We really enjoyed the entire journey, and I would like to say that Sandip is truly professional. He guided us and he is a hardworking person, providing us with the best service and taking care of each one of us. Plus, he is super funny! The kind of professionnal you always want to find on your path for your explorations! 

– Alexandra Ruth

Fairy Meadows

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Our Favorite Experiences

#1 Sunrise from Reflection Lake

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#2 Hiking to Nanga Parbat Base Camp

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#3 Playing cricket with the locals

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Trips Where We Visit Fairy Meadows

Our flagship Pakistani adventure tour.  Road trip with some  hiking and cultural immersion.

A trekking-style tour that features some very remote locations, inlcuding a K2 viewpoint.

Adventure Guide

João has born in the mountains of Madeira Islands in Portugal. Nature lover, writer, musician, guide, for him, a day without contact with outdoor vibes is a nightmare. 

With a degree in Cultural Studies in Portugal and a Master of Arts in Global Cultures and Creativity in the U.K.

João found out what really matters in life can be found on the trails, and in the contact with people from different backgrounds and cultures.

Guiding, crazy trekking missions, and sharing observations about the natural world, – these are some of João’s passions. 

After trekking to K2 Base Camp and exploring all over Northern Pakistan, he fell in love with the country and the local people. His experiences resulted in his desire to share these feelings with the world.

João is one of the most experienced guides at Epic and his skillset and positive mindset in the mountains is second to none

When not in Pakistan, João is  guiding and exploring in the Madeira Islands trails –  discovering some of the hidden treasures on his Portuguese Island.

João I can not thank you enough for the off the beaten paths and views you keep giving. Definitely one of the most challenging and amazing hikes we did 1200m meters all the way up to Fanal forest and circling back to the hidden village. Wow!

– Jeffery 

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Adventure Guide

Sohail is the newest addition to the Epic team and we are beyond stoked to have him on board. As a veteran of the Karakoram and a native of Karimabad in Hunza, there is not much Sohail can’t do in the mountains. 

Besides having the ability to speak more languages than we can count, Sohail has explored every corner of Gilgit Baltistan and logs more trekking miles 

in a year than most people will do in a lifetime. As of the summer of 2022, Sohail has summited Gasherbrum 1, Gasherbrum 2, and K2 – three of Pakistan’s five 8000-meter peaks. Sohail guides several trips including our annual bespoke expeditions but specializes in Hunza Valley tours.

Chris and Sohail, and the team at Epic are FANTASTIC! Highly recommend anyone to do a tour with ‘Epic’. They have the perfect balance of fun, excitement and wild adventures, tied in with being super professional and ensuring your safety/health in a foreign environment. Don’t waste a moment and book a tour with these guys as the value for money is UNREAL!

– Borgan

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Adventure Guide

Pedro’s been traveling all around the globe since 2009. His keen interests in documentary photography, rural life, and local people from different ethnic groups have been the focus of many of his professional projects.

Since 2012, he has developed his passion for travel and awesome shared experiences into a full-time adventure photography tour leader position.

Pedro has found himself continuously going back to the Middle East, with his likely favorite destination being Iran. Pedro lead his 11th tour in Iran with Epic in spring 2020

When Pedro’s not traveling the world with Epic Expeditions, you’ll find him based in the western south of Portugal planning he’s next adventure missions, logistics and working out his photos in local exhibitions.

 I loved the combination of hiking, camping around breathtaking scenery mixed with the cultural aspects. The guide (Pedro) is knowledgeable and work very hard to make the trip as memorable as possible. All in all an epic adventure with some extremely epic individuals! Go for it, you won’t regret it!

– Coastal

Diane Bouvet

Adventure Admin / Marketing

After fleeing from the corporate fashion world in Paris towards the start of 2020, Diane has been working as a web developer and graphic designer remotely from various bases across the globe

She brings all of her incredible design and organizational power to Epic Expeditions and is responsible for many of the beautiful behind-the-scenes design elements. 

Diane has been to Iran and to Pakistan twice including all over Gilgit Baltistan and KPK.

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Head of Operations | Guide

A veteran of Pakistan travel, Ralph is an experienced guide, photographer and writer who specializes in documenting remote locations. 

Not one to simply go where everyone else does, he insists on exploring new and lesser-known areas.

Together with Epic Expeditions, he shows people parts of Pakistan that most other operators don’t even know about. He is particularly fond of the village of Barah, which he believes will become just as famous as Hunza one day.

Just got back from EBT’s Trekking Amongst Giants 15 day tour. The experience was first class. Ralph, our head guide, ensured that the entire trip ran smoothly and relatively on time (a bonus for anyone travelling in Pakistan). We had so many unforgettable days on the tour and the trekking was well-planned, safe but also a rewarding challenge. 

– Calvin


Traveling to a non-tourist destination can be a little intimidating but EBT takes all of the worry and trepidation away. From the pre-trip call to meeting the wonderful staff in person you can tell that you are dealing with a company that has a passion for what they do each and every day. Ralph, Zahid, and Khan were supportive, kind, and always willing to go the extra mile to make sure that everyone on the trip was getting what they wanted out of the experience.

– Katrina 

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Founder | Adventure Guide | Director

Since he started exploring the world, Chris has been seeking out every shade of adventure in various parts of the globe and had visited more than 70 countries along the way. 

Over the last 10 years, Chris has logged more than 7000 trail miles across five continents and climbed multiple 6000 + 7000 meter peaks in Pakistan and Nepal.

A few years back, a distant dream and a deep passion for the mountains and the people of Pakistan led Chris to co-found Epic Expeditions at a time when foreign adventure tourism in Pakistan was almost nonexistent. Since then, Chris has guided more than 20 expeditions to various parts of Northern Pakistan.

Chris believes in using photography and powerful adventure experiences to dismantle negative stereotypes regarding what mainstream media considers “dangerous” countries while facilitating unique and meaningful memories in the mountains for countless people from around the globe. 

For him, an ideal start to the day begins with a steaming cup of good coffee, the beam of a headlamp, alpine boots, and a camera in hand.

He lives in Madeira Island when not leading expeditions in far-flung lands. 

Chris also works as a writer and photographer on his blog Off the Atlas – an adventure travel blog all about Pakistan.  

Read this interview our staff did with Chris to learn more about him!

Chris believes in Pakistan and its people, and he believes in the value of journeys shared with others and family cultivated on the road. Honesty and integrity are at the heart of what he does, and this really shines through in his work as a guide. He also makes great coffee – whether at 5am in an empty guesthouse or half way up a Himalayan peak.”

– Will De Villers

Pakistan is a magical country! Had 3 of the best weeks of my life thanks to Epic Backpacking Tours with owner, and one of our awesome guides, Chris. From detailed itinerary, preparation with an equipment list, and visa assistance. To amazing food, great porters, helpful guides, and great accommodations. Epic really hit home run after home run. […]

Their desire for adventure and amazing trip is just as high as yours. Bring a good pound of coffee for the trip. French press coffee every morning and no average tin coffee, plus you’ll be in your guides good books.

– Clark Tyler

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