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Packing List For Trekking In Nepal

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The challenge after booking a trip is to decide what to pack for the journey. Having a packing list for trekking in Nepal for reference will save you both time and energy. To make sure that you do not miss out on the essential items for your trek to Nepal, we have come up with a comprehensive list of gear and equipment.

What you need to pack will depend on the time of year you choose to trek, the duration of your trek and how high you will reach. The variation in altitude, temperature and your personal needs should be taken into account while packing for your trip.  We want you to understand that you won’t be needing all the items listed below.

We recommend you to do a little research on your own and check for the day-to-day temperatures and weather patterns and pack accordingly. Trust us, it will save you a lot of space in your luggage and extra baggage fee by being prudent and using a little bit of common sense.

The weight limit for your luggage while trekking is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own.

The list given below is just a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Most of the items can be hired or bought in Kathmandu. There are many shops in Thamel selling branded as well as locally made trekking gear and equipment.

 

Important Documents And Items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
  • Nepalese currency while trekking to buy snacks and other items en route

 

Packing List For Trekking

HEAD

  • Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Balaclava that covers your ears – Needed only for a winter trek or for +3000m treks
  • Beanie
  • Wide-brimmed sunhat
  • Neck gaiter or warmer
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

UPPER BODY

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece Windstopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down Vest – Only for winter or high altitude (+3000m) treks
  • Down jacket
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

HANDS

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

LOWER BODY

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts and Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of Fleece or woolen trousers /waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

FEET

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or rubber sandals/flip-flops
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters and crampons – Needed only if your trek involves walking on snow or ice

SLEEPING

    • Sleeping Bag – The type of sleeping bag you carry will depend on where and when you choose to trek. For treks up to 3000 metres, a lightweight 2 season (ideal for 5°C to 0°C) sleeping bag will be good enough. If you are not too finicky about using the blankets in teahouses, you can skip carrying the bulky sleeping bag altogether.  You can carry a liner and layer the blanket over it. If you feel cold, you can wear your warm clothes to bed or request for extra blankets.

For high altitude (+3000m) treks, where nighttime temperatures dip well below the freezing point, a 4 season (suitable for low temperatures up to -10°C) sleeping bag is a must. If you are planning on a high-altitude trek during winter, you may even need a 5 season sleeping bag.

  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Pillow Case

RUCKSACK AND TRAVEL BAGS

  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffle-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

MEDICAL

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Paracetamol
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Throat lozenges
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Lip guard, sunscreen, eye drops
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

PRACTICAL ITEMS

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
  • 1 compass or GPS (optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra SD cards and batteries
  • Large Ziplocs bag
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • 1 small folding or Swiss knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
  • Socket adapter Type C (with circular pins)

TOILETRIES

  • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Small sachets of shampoo
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror

PERSONAL HYGIENE

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash
  • Hand sanitizer

EXTRAS/LUXURIES

  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guidebook
  • Journal and pen
  • iPod
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  • 1 modest swimsuit
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

 

Sleeping bag and liner, down jacket, trekking poles, gaiters, crampons, backpack, etc. can be rented or bought in Kathmandu.

 

Seasonal Temperature Chart

A seasonal temperature chart for Nepal might help you pack for your trek. The listed temperatures are in Celsius.

 

AltitudeSpringSummerAutumnWinter
March, April, MayJune, July, Aug   Sept., Oct, Nov Dec, Jan, Feb
Max.Min.Max.Min.Max.Min.Max.Min.
1000m371037143510246
1500m3393310347224
2000m285289286202
2500m25225625518-1
3000m22122120016-2
3500m18018018-314-4
4000m17-217-112-412-7
4500m16-416-211-510-6
5000m14-814-610-86-12

 

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