It is essential to carry correct clothing and equipment while trekking in Nepal. Correct clothing and carrying essential equipment are very important for a safe and enjoyable trek.
Sometimes packing too much or too little can spoil your trip. So you need to know how much is too much or too little. The number of items of clothing you should pack will depend on how long or at which time you will be trekking. For example, for the Everest Base Camp trek, you will need more clothes than Poon Hill trek, as it is a much longer trek.
In Nepal, most of the trekking starts from the lower altitude in moderate temperature to higher altitude in cold temperature. Thus, it is better to do dress in layers so that you can change your clothing with the variation in temperatures.
Normally, you start your day trekking in light sweater or tracksuits. During sunny days, you may feel comfortable in T-shirts and shorts. Then, later on, you may have to put on a tracksuit, down jacket, warm pants, hats, and gloves as the temperature falls.
The following Nepal trekking packing list is a general guideline. You can use this list as a guide. The personal items are of your individual interest and choice.
Adjustments for this list can be done according to your need, interests, season and duration of your trip.
Suggested Nepal Trekking Packing List
It is the best option if your gear is going to be carried by porters. It should be waterproof, durable and lockable. Normally, the size of the duffel bag is the 80L.
If you are trekking with a porter, your main bag will go ahead. Sometimes, your bag will be strapped to the back of a donkey or yak. So, your bag needs to be waterproof.
Rucksack Bag with waterproof cover:
Your bag size will very much depend upon your trekking duration. If you are trekking independently or without porters, then you will need to take a rucksack. You can take a Mountaineers style backpack with a wide opening on the top.
It is an essential item as you can carry your personal items such as sunscreen, camera, hat, wallet, passport, water bottles, snack etc in this. Normally, a 30-litre bag is the ideal size to use as a day bag.
In the Himalayas, you will find wide variations in altitude and temperature. So, it’s good to dress in layers while trekking. Sometimes, depending upon the altitudes and temperature, you may need to add or remove certain layers of clothing.
If you are planning on trekking during winter, you will definitely need to pack warmer clothes.
A mix of the long and short sleeve, light weight are the best options to have during trekking. Synthetic t-shirts are recommended as they quickly wick away moisture from your body. Normally, cotton t-shirts are not recommended particularly 2500m above.
Synthetic long johns and long sleeved vests are essential for trekking in the Himalayan region. You should not compromise on the quality of material when you are deciding on a good base layer.
Light weight thermal tops
Lightweight thermal tops will help you to keep your body warm and also wick away your sweat.
Fleece Jacket or Pullover
A fleece jacket is lightweight and made of polyester synthetic wool such as Polar Fleece. Typically, it has a zipper up the middle, rather than buttons. Normally, it is not weatherproof, so you can wear it as a second layer for extra warmth.
Waterproof breathable shell material with full front zipper is recommended. A proofed nylon or Gore-Tex jacket with hood is required. This outer layer protects you from wind, rain, and snow.
This jacket will mainly be used at the higher altitudes of the trek. You can wear it as a third layer when the weather gets very cold or rainy.
Women sports bras, synthetic
For women trekkers, a synthetic sports bra is recommended. It because a good quality sports bra will wick moisture away from your skin.
Note: Jeans and cotton clothing are not recommended during trekking period. They are very uncomfortable to trek in. They also do not absorb moisture, blocks breathability and dries very slowly.
Lightweight, breathable and moisture wicking underwear is recommended. Long underwear will keep you warm as you go higher up.
Particularly, when you are hiking in the lower altitudes, it can get hot on a sunny day. And your tracksuits will make you uncomfortable. As hiking short are cooler than pants, you can use hiking shorts instead of trekking pants during day hikes.
Lightweight walking pants
Lightweight nylon pants are recommended while trekking. They are air permeable, dry quickly and provide sun protection.You can have convertible ones as it can get hot in the afternoons.
Fleece or tracksuit pants
You will be experiencing temperature fluctuations throughout the trekking period. Thus, you can wear track pants around the tea house and for sleeping.
Waterproof shell pants
If you are going for a trek in the rainy or winter seasons, you will face some rain or snow. So, you will need waterproof or windproof shell pants to keep yourself dry.
Thin inner socks
You can get moisture wicking socks which will keep your feet dry. Good hiking socks need to be breathable, so don’t choose anything made from cotton.
Thick warm wool hiking socks
For the colder regions of the trek, you will need thick warm wool hiking socks. They are super warm, really comfortable on the feet and will protect you from blisters.
Hiking boots are recommended as the trail can be quite uneven and rocky. If you get a wrong size hiking boot, it will impact heavily on your trek and make you uncomfortable during your whole journey.
You need to avoid leather boots as they are too heavy. Instead, you need to choose a full ankle support boot. Your boots need to be waterproof as well.
You can take camp sandals for evening walks around camp or tea houses. It will also give your feet a rest from your walking boots. Besides, you can use this sandal in camp activities such as taking shower.
Using walking poles can cut the strain on your knees and will help you with balancing too. Lightweight walking poles which are simple to store, versatile and durable are recommended for trekking in Nepal.
Lightweight fleece gloves
Lightweight fleece gloves can be used as inner gloves when the temperature is moderate.
When the temperature gets colder, you need heavyweight gloves for extra warmth. It must be waterproof and durable which will protect you from wind, rain, and snow.
Waterproof/wind fleece gloves
Your outer gloves need to be waterproof, warm and very durable.
Unless trekking at a very high altitude or in winter, you may not need these as it is hot during the day. But as soon as the sun drops and temperatures go down, you may need this for warmth. Warm wool hat made of synthetic material that covers your ears is recommended.
It is necessary when you are hiking on a sunny day as it will protect you from sunburn and gives you a shade.
Bandana or scarf
Many trekking trails are dusty, especially at the lower altitudes. So to protect yourself from dust and the wind, you can tie a scarf around your nose and mouth.
A good pair of UV protected sunglasses is recommended due to the thinness of the air. In high altitudes, you will be exposed to high-intensity UV rays which can be harmful to your eyes.
Thus, to prevent yourself from a headache, dizziness and snow blindness, you need to have UV protection sunglasses.
As nights in Nepal, especially in the mountains can get extremely cold, the blanket provided by the mountain lodges may not be enough. Thus, we suggest you carry a duck or goose down sleeping bag.
Two-way zipper sleeping bag is good for great insulation. Make sure that your sleeping bag contains an insulated hood and fits the contours of your body.
Pillow Case and Other Night Accessories
For extra comfort at night, you can bring your own inflatable pillow. After a long day hiking, you will want a good sleep. So, if you don’t want to be disturbed by snores or surrounding noises, it’s better to bring ear plugs.
Other personal equipment
While trekking in high mountainous regions, the rays from the sun are exceptionally powerful.
So you need to bring the highest SPF sunscreen.
Moisturizing skin cream and Lip balm
Many high treks involve being exposed to lots of suns as well as dry zones. Your skin and lips will get dry and cracked. So, to keep them moist, you need moisturizing cream and balms.
To prevent yourself from altitude sickness at high altitudes, you must drink plenty of water to keep yourself well hydrated.
Also, buying new bottles at every trekking route when you are thirsty will not be convenient and costly too. Thus, you need to carry your own water bottle that can be refilled with clean and filtered water at certain stops. It is also more environmentally friendly.
Most of the trekking lodges provide filtered and safe drinking water. But, sometimes you need to refill your bottles from outside taps. So, in this condition water purifier tablets such as iodine drops, cheap chlorine will make your water safe to drink.
Many of the remote trekking routes in Nepal have no electricity. So, your head torch is the only source of the light in this kind of area. It is useful especially when you have to go for toilet breaks at night or to read a book in the tent.
In some places, water can be hard to find. So, wet wipes provide a quick and easy way to clean.
The trail can get dusty and dirty. So, hand sanitizer is an easy way to cleanse your hands.
Due to the change in environment, almost all trekkers suffer from a headache. So, this will help you ease the pain.
First Aid Kit
You should bring your own personal medicines as prescribed by your personal doctor.
You need to bring your personal toothbrush, toothpaste and toilet papers.
Some of the tea houses in the mountain region will not provide you towels. So, it is better to carry your own personal towel.
As the weather condition is unpredictable in the Himalayan region, you need to be prepared at all times. A day can start sunny with clear skies and later become cold and windy at the high altitudes.
Sometimes, it can rain and snow during the trekking period.
You need to remember that for a successful trekking journey, your physical comfort must be the first priority.
Please note that these items listed above will vary according to the season and trek duration. Please remember that your luggage will be carried by the porter, but you need to carry a daypack on your own. We also suggest you pack only necessary items to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.
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