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Meals

MealsOur worst-case scenario was that we would need 26 days, 6 days for acclimatization and 20 for the climb. That is why we bought food for 26 days in total. It was all dehydrated meals, which we got from outdoor shops. In the Netherlands the offering was quite limited, so we bought it partly at Au Vieux Campeur in Paris. They sold meals by Knorr that did not need a pan. Just pour boiling water in the bag, leave it for a couple of minutes, and eat!

For breakfast we had a so-called expedition breakfast or rice porridge. Lunch consisted of energy bars and diner consisted of three courses: soup, main course (pasta or rice) and desert (mousse au chocolat or pudding).

For breakfast and diner we bought in total (26 days, 3 persons):

  • 78 portions ready-to-eat meals
  • 78 portions breakfast
  • 78 portions ready-to-eat deserts, no need for milk powder, only add cold water.
  • 156 portions soup.

Tip. Bring also some nuts, beef jerkies and other snacks you like.

Stoves

We have done some research to find out what would be the best stove on altitude. We soon discovered that propane and butane stoves were not good on altitude. What we needed were gas stoves or multifuel stoves. In a Dutch magazine, called ‘Op Pad’ was an extensive test. Partly based on this test we decided to go for the MSR Dragonfly multifuel stove. The benefit of this stove is that the burning flame can be adjusted. It will burn anything, whether it is Coleman fuel or petrol. In Argentina they sell white gas, which is comparable to Coleman fuel. We estimated to need 5 liters per week for the three of us. However, it turned out to be only 3 liters per week.

For our Dutch audience we have scanned the pages of the ‘Op Pad’ test:

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