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Clothing & Equipment


What to bring on a trek

This equipment check list suggests several items you might bring on a trek.
Do not carry all of them as you will overload you backpack.


Note
Maximum weight allowance of porters is 35 kg per two persons.
All necessary equipment can be bought at discount prices in Kathmandu.

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For all treks

Clothing
  • Down- or fibre-filled jacket for cold seasons (winter treks)
  • Pile jacket or jumper (sweater)
  • Hiking shorts (for men) or skirt
  • Waterproof jacket, poncho or umbrella
  • Hiking pants
  • T-shirts or blouses
  • Underwear
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear (optional)

Footwear

  • Trekking or running shoes
  • Camp shoes or thongs
  • Socks (polypropylene)

Other equipment

  • Backpack or daypack
  • Sleeping bag (optional)
  • Maps, compass & guidebook (optional)
  • Water bottle
  • Torch (flashlight) and batteries

Miscellaneous items

  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Laundry soap
  • Toilet paper & cigarette lighter
  • Pre-moistened towelettes
  • Sunscreen (SPF 15+)
  • Small knife
  • Sewing kit
  • Iodine, water purification tablets or filter
  • Medical & first-aid kit *
  • Duffel bag

* See the Trekking First-Aid Kit list further down on this page.

For treks with longer stay above 4000m

Clothing
  • Insulated pants
  • Nylon windbreaker
  • Nylon wind pants
  • Long underwear
  • Woolen hat (or balaclava)
  • Gloves
  • Gaiters

Footwear

  • Mountain trekking boots
  • Socks (wool) to wear with boots
  • Socks (light cotton) to wear under wool socks
  • Down booties (optional)

Miscellaneous items

  • Goggles or sunglasses
  • Sunscreen for lips

Optional equipment

  • Photographic Gear
  • Camera & lenses
  • Lens cleaning equipment
  • Film (about 20 rolls)
  • Navigation Aids
  • GPS unit
  • Altimeter
  • Thermometer
  • Miscellaneous Items
  • Binoculars
  • Books/magazines
  • Small duffel bag or suitcase (to leave behind in Kathmandu)
  • Padlock
  • Stuff sacks & plastic bags

Your guide will carry a First Aid kit but we recommend the following supplies and medications that would be useful to carry as a personal supply while trekking or traveling in Nepal. You should also ensure you bring any other medications you might need such as prescription drugs.

Trekking first-aid kit

First Aid Supplies and Medications

  • Moleskin (or other skin-protection material to prevent blisters)
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen 400mg 20 tablets)
  • Diphenhydraming (eg, Benadryl) 25mg or 50mg (10-20 tablets)
  • Loperamide (eg, lmodium-20 tablets for diarrhoea)
  • Potent pain killer, such as acetaminophen with hydrocodone, or acetaminophen with codeine (eg, Vicodin -20 tablets)

 
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