A large part of my research focuses on a glacier in the Himalayas in Nepal. Fieldwork in the Himalayas is amazing, awe-inspiring, hugely rewarding but it does take a little bit of organisation. This would be my fifth trip to the region so I did have head start but it was my first setting out from Svalbard. Preparation involves lots of planning and contingency, flight searches, risk assessments and of course packing. This time we were taking a lot of equipment with us and when it was all in (along with a change of clothes and a good book) we had 12 bags weighing a total of 220 kgs!