Here below we discuss on the gears that we need to take during our treks in Nepal. This is a normal list of high altitude treks in Nepal.
What is available in Kathmandu?
The most popular brands trekking gears are available in Kathmandu. At Thamel, Tridevi Marg a street holds shops with imported brand gear, The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, Black Diamond climbing gears and another necessary item for trekking are available in reasonable price.
In, additions there are several local made gear are also available in Thamel at a cheaper price but check carefully before buying them.
For the all the treks your gear is carried either by the porters or Yaks/Mules that is why your stuff should be packed in a strong kitbag. It should be simply designed with no foldable and wheels. In Kathmandu variety of Kitbag from local to branded one are available beforehand.Basically, go for 120L but if you are compact packer the 90L is also not bad.
Sleeping bag and Sleeping bag liner
The 4-5 season sleeping bag rated with -25C to -30C are preferably on the high altitude treks in Nepal. Good, Light, fluffy and thick with an extra section on the neck are a wonderful one. In the case of Sleeping bag liner Cotton, silk, thermal or fleece are a good one, it saves washing your sleeping bag and adds warmth which is available in Kathmandu.
Inflatable sleeping pad
For camping trips, we provide a foam mattress but you can bring the own air mattress for the highest level of comfort.
Daypack -Your daypack should be comfortable and a good waist band that transfers some of the weight to the hips is most important. Think about size once, because you need space for a jacket, fleece, water bottle, camera and sunscreen, sun lotion etc.
A comfortable and good boot with good ankle support, plenty of toe space for the long descent, slightly stiff sole and light is always an utmost need for a happy trek. As you walk on foot every day along the rough and stony trail, ups and down you need a comfortable foot.
Three to four pairs of cotton sports socks for the low country and three to four pairs of thick trekking socks for the high country and cool evening always better. Socks with a high natural fibre content, either wool or cotton, are usually more comfortable and less smelly than synthetic socks.
At end of the day and in the morning in the high country sandals and camp shoes combined with socks keeps warm.
Fleece jacket, Down jacket and Wind/Rain Jacket
Either Fleece jacket or thick thermal top or a light down is essential. Down jacket is the most important gear while on the high country trek. Wind/Rain sheeted jackets are recommended for treks over the passes.
Thermal shirts/Thermal shirts/Underwear and Nightwear thermals
Good thermals sets are always wonderful in the high country; light thermal tops are even useful in low country.Light weight silk nightwear thermals may also essential.
T-shirts and travel shirt both are popular but a travel shirt collar protects the back of your neck and the sleeves can be rolled up or down. Take two so you can swap damp for dry.
Two light material, loose and medium-colored is best. If you have softshell trekking pants then special wind pants are not needed.
Warm hat/balaclava -Nice for the evenings, and useful for cold trekking days. Beanies work, so do buffs.
Neck gaiter – You may also need a fleece neck gaiter.
Trekking poles are useful especially on steep, rough terrain, however, if you are not used to using them then leave it you can survive without it.
Sunglasses – A good wrap around glasses suitable for snow, is recommended
Mittens/gloves -Bring a good pair of wind-proof gloves.
It is most important gear, bring minimum two water bottle with one liter or more in capacity, take boiling water and be leak-proof Or, Camelback .at least 1 water bottle IN ADDCamelback.
Pee bottle-It is very useful on cold high country nights.
Head torch – Bring one or two head torches.
Tent Lantern – If you think that, you need a tent lantern then bring one.
Towel – Bring only a small one trekking, a camp towel or simply a facecloth.
Sunscreen and lip balm with sunscreen
Bring your favorite brand sunscreen, sun block, cold creams and lip guard to protect from sun and cold.
Moisturizer – You may also the moisturizer to well cared for skin.
Sun hat– Bring a technical running cap or a wide-brim sun hat.
First aid kit
We carry a comprehensive med kit with Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, decongestants, lozenges, various antibiotics for Nepalese varieties of diarrhea and chests infections, Diamox (an acclimatizing aid drug), antiseptic, antihistamine cream, oral rehydration, splints, bandages, and band-aids.
You should bring any personal medicines that you need, and if you have had blisters in the past, a good blister kit.
On camping treks, we provide boiled water in the morning and evening (or boiled water when particularly cold), and so you may not need water purification.
Bring a camera if you need it, and be sure charging options.
Bring one or two books as per your interest, which might be related to your destination/novel or whatever you prefer. In Kathmandu, there is some great second-hand book are available in book shops.
Crampons and ice axe-Not needed for trekking.
Camp sock –the fleece lined colorful wool socks.
Snacks and nutrition
On the trek, you will be served plenty of good food, three-time meals along with tea/coffee. However, you may also want to carry wholesome of snacks and vitamin tablets. So, bring dried nuts and fruits, Chocolate, chocolate bars, dried fruit bars, Clif bars, Power bars, energy gels etc.
Down jackets and sleeping bags are easy to rent in Kathmandu.
|Clothing Gear||Additional Stuff||Optional|
Sleeping bag liner
Day wear shirt x2
Extra passport photos
One litre water bottles
2x Passport photos
Toiletries and odds and ends
USD30 cash for visa
|Gaiters (not needed on most treks)|