Nepal Trek Equipment List

Below is the equipment/packing guideline that you can refer to while preparing for the trek. The item listed below may vary depending upon the region you are trekking to, season, and trek difficulty grade. You can take this packing guideline as a general overview. 

The luggage weight limit is 15 kg or 33 pounds. During the trek, our porter will carry the heavy luggage, and you have to carry a day-pack. You can pack valuable things (laptop, camera, cash), documents, snacks, journals, etc in the day-pack. 

As much as you have to look for over-packing, you also have to be careful about underpacking. Therefore, feel free to contact us and ask any questions you have regarding the packing. 

Documents 

  • Valid passport, airline tickets, extra passport size photos
  • Visa form (you can get it at Kathmandu airport upon your arrival. People from a few countries are not offered visas on arrival, so please check the information carefully)
  • Travel insurance proof copies and photocopies of passport
  • Cash in your currency for visa fee at Kathmandu airport, to offer tips, and additional personal expenses (drinks, snacks, shopping)
  • Credit/Visa cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards to withdraw funds from a cash machine or pay through a POS machine. Bring a photocopy of your cards, traveler’s checks, etc.

Head

  •  Bandana or headscarf
  •  Wool/synthetic hat to keep your ears warm
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs

Upper Body

  • 1 half sleeve, and 2 long sleeves polypropylene shirts
  • Lightweight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

Hands

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

Lower Body

  • Breathable underwear briefs (non-cotton)
  • A pair of Hiking shorts and trousers
  • A pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • A pair of fleece or wool trousers
  • A pair of waterproof shell pants (breathable fabric)

Feet

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly/wool socks
  • A pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, “broken-in”)
  • A pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

Sleeping

  •  1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)
  •  Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

Rucksack & Travel Bags

  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • A small daypack/backpack with good shoulder padding
  •  Small padlocks for duffle-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
  • Water bottles 
  • Trekking poles 

Medical

  • Small, personal first-aid kit (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  •  1 skin-blister repair kit
  •  Anti-headache pills
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide
  • Toiletries pouch (sunscreen, lip balm, moisturizer, toilet paper, dry towel, toothpaste, and brush, small knife/scissor, deodorant, etc)

Essential Item

  • Spare batteries for the camera.
  • Playing cards and reading books 
  • Cameras & Video Cameras 
  • Laptop and Ipads ( if you are planning for a little longer in Nepal)
  • Sports watch, Airphone and Airpods