It is essential to carry the right clothing and equipment’s while trekking in Nepal to tackle the cold weather of Himalayas. Equipment and clothing are individual choice and Interest but the right clothing and equipment are very important to make your trip safe and enjoyable.
Packing too much and too little can spoil your trip. So before packing your clothing you have to know about long your trip and which time you are going to trek. For example you need more clothing for Annapurna Base camp trekking then Ghorepani trekking, as it is long and high altitude trekking.
Normally in Nepal you start your trekking from lower altitude to higher altitude in clod temperature. Thus it is better change your dress with the variation of temperatures. You are comfortable with a T-shirt, sweater or tracksuits during sunny days and when the temperature fall down then you need down jacket, warm pants, hats, and gloves etc.
Our Nepal trekking check list is a general guideline. You can follow these items as a guide and as we already told personal Items are personal interest and choice.
5 Great Tips Before packing clothing and equipment:-
- Make a list: A final check list will help you to remember everything you need – from the basics like socks and a toothbrush, to those peskier items like your phone charger and a neck pillow for the plane.
- Don’t over pack: Do not pack unnecessary items which are not used during the trip or avoid the items which you can easily get during trip.
- Check the baggage policy: Now a days many airlines charge for checked bags, and they charge even more for bags over a certain weight. If you don’t want to find yourself out-of-pocket, check ahead of time on the airline’s website, and weigh your bag at home before you leave. For Example if you are going to Everest Base Camp trekking then you are allowed t carry 15 KG in Lukla Flight. Likewise If you are going to Upper Mustang Trekking then only 15 Kg is allowed in Jomsom flight.
- Pack your valuables Items in a separate carry-on: It’s always a good idea to keep essential items like your house keys, wallet, Passport, expensive jewelry in a carry-on, just in case the unthinkable happens.
- Keep your Passport, laptop and liquids always in hand bag
Suggested trekking pack List for Nepal:-
- 4 seasons sleeping bag (Optional/ we can provide if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
- Duffel or Rucksack or suitcase.
- Day pack.
- Down Jacket ( Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek. )
UPPER BODY-HEAD /EARS /EYES
- Shade hat or baseball cap-some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it in place.
- Warm wool and synthetic hat that cover your ears.
- Balaclava-lightweight, thinner variety.
- Glacier glasses- 100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case ( i.e Jumbo or Cube).
- Headlamp- Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they will last in the colder temperatures.
- Some people like ear-muffs; There are optional; a good hat balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people ( Optional).
- A Neck Warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it ( Optional).
- 1 pair liner gloves, thins wool or synthetic, useful alone on mind days or as a layer inside other gloves/mitts for additional warmth.
- 1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
- 1 pair warm gloves ( heavier fleece or wool )
- Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient( Optional).
- T-SHIRTS -2
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
- Fleece jacket or pullover.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper Jacket ( Optional)
- Waterproof ( preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
- 2 women sports bras, synthetic, no cotton.
- 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts-quick drying type not cotton.
- Underwear, stay away from cotton ( 4).
- 2 pairs lightweight long underwear-capilene or ther synthetic.
- 1 pair soft shell pants-synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
- 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
- 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof/breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from top and bottom- this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
- 1 pair cotton pants ( loose jeans/khakis ).
- All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resident plastic bags.
- 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
- 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
- 1 pairs light weight socks, a good option for the lower/warmer parts of the trail.
- 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots.
- 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
- 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes/boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary ( Optional).
- 1 pair sandals (Optional).
MEDICINES AND FIRST AID KITS
(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.)
- Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
- Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
- Diamox ( Commonly prescribed as acetazolamide) 125 or 250 mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take his medicine.
- Water purification iodine tablets or polar-pure crystals.
MISCELLANEOUS, BUT IMPORTANT !
- Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies )
- Airline ticket ( Please make a copy and leave on at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of you)
- Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & Passport.
- SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its effectiveness over time.
- Pocket knife or small Swiss army type.
- Toiletry kit, Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towels, soap, etc.
- 1 pair adjustable trekking pole.
- Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds ( Optional).
- Paperback books, cards, mp3 player.
- Binocular (optional)
- 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use ( Optional)
- Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator ( Optional)
- pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip ( Optional )
- 1 small stainless steel thermos ( Optional )