Gear & packing queries

Hi, just starting to get sorted and noted trip notes mention both Duvet and 3/4 season jackets which seems a bit much, I was thinking of a Down jacket and a lightweight soft shell and wondered if this was ok. Also regarding water, bottles or 'camelback' type inside daysack, has anyone experience of either on this type of trip? Is purification necessary, iodine or cholrine based?

Is Malaria a significant issue and should we be taking the pills!?

Finally as we are passing through Abu Dhabi airport in the UAE does anyone have advice on what should be done with prescription and other medication such as aspirin/ibruprofen/diaroralyte etc, hand luggage or hold luggage?

Hi Jonathan. We did the Gokyo & Everest trek last year and are doing the Annapurna Circuit next March. The Annapurna region has safe water stations in selected locations, and bottled water is readily available in the lodges.  Camelbak or Platypus is best, go for the 2 litre size as altitude sickness is worse if dehydrated-aim for 3/4 litres a day minimum. The lodges where you stop for lunch do nice flasks of herbal teas too, so that livens the drinking up a bit.  We did not use anti-malarials in Nepal, as the mozzies don't like high ground, though there is a slight risk in Kathmandu valley. As for the medication situation in Abu Dhabi, there is another chat string under "News" that covers this and leads you to a downloadable list from the UAE website.

PS  Cicerone do a useful guide to trekking in the Annapurnas, ISBN 1-85284-397-7.

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