Clothing and Equipment

Proper clothing and right equipment is required for trekking in the Himalayas. The clothing and equipment required may vary depending on season of trek, style of trekking and whether climbing is involved in trek or not. However, here is a check list of clothing and equipment suitable for most of the treks in Nepal. Remember the list assumes that you are hiring a porter to carry your gear. For comfortable trek, you should not carry more than 7 kg on your back.

Clothing and Equipment check list

  • 1 Kit bag/ Rucksack with waterproof cover
  • 1 Day pack with waterproof cover to carry items you need for the day like camera and its lenses, sunscreen, waterproof jacket, maps, guide books, binoculars, MP3 player, water bottle, etc.
  • 1 Down jacket or fiber-filled jacket ideal for evening wear to keep you warm
  • One or two fleeces
  • 3 pairs of walking trousers (1 lightweight pair for lower altitude and 2 windproof warmer pairs for higher altitude)
  • Shorts and swim wear (optional)
  • Underwear (5/6 pairs)
  • Trekking socks (5/6 pairs)
  • 1 pair walking boots, 1 pair spare pair of shoes in case something bad happens to your boots, 1 pair camp shoes (optional), crampons and gaiters only if trekking in winter when there is snow on route.
  • Towel (1)
  • Trekking t-shirts (5)
  • Waterproof jacket (1)
  • Waterproof over trousers (1)
  • Sleeping bag (you need in teahouse treks as well )
  • 1 liter water bottle
  • Wash bag and toiletries (1)
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Hats (1 with a brim for sun and 1 woolen hat for cold)
  • Sunglasses (1 pair)
  • Sun block and lip balm
  • Camera with applicable lenses, memory cards, chargers, cleaning equipment and additional batteries.
  • Medical kit, wet wipes and insect repellant
  • Pocket knife (pack it in your checked baggage to avoid hassles with security at airport)
  • Rainwear or umbrella (1)
  • MP3 player, note book and pen, earplugs and other necessary items for you.

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