Clothing & Equipment

Posted by Andy on Friday, August 27, 2010

What to bring on a trek

This equipment check list suggests necessary, recommended, and optional items you might bring on a trek.

    • Items you will need while trekking during the day (e.g. camera, binoculars, water) will be carried in your daypack; all other items will be carried by your porter.
    • Maximum weight allowance of porters is 35 kg per two persons.
    • All necessary equipment can also be bought at discount prices in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

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For all treks

Clothing

  • Down or fibre-filled jacket for high altitude and cold season treks (can be provided by ITrekNepal)
  • Fleece or jumper (sweater)
  • Hiking shorts (for men) or skirt
  • Waterproof jacket, poncho or umbrella
  • Hiking pants(zip-off style recommended)
  • T-shirts or blouses and/or long-sleeved undergarments(quick-dry fabric)
  • Underwear(quick-dry fabric)
  • Sun hat, warm hat, gloves
  • Swimwear(for treks if planning to swim in rivers or hot springs)

Footwear

  • Trekking boots or running shoes(running shoes ok for easy treks)
  • Camp shoes or thongs
  • Socks (polypropylene)

Other equipment

  • Backpack or daypack
  • Sleeping bag (can be provided by ITrekNepal)
  • Maps, compass & guidebook (optional)
  • Water bottle(s) (filter bottle can be provided by ITrekNepal)
  • Iodine, water purification tablets or filtering system
  • Torch (flashlight) or headlamp and extra batteries
  • Trekking poles(can be purchased inexpensively in Nepal)
  • Ear plugs

Miscellaneous and optional items

  • Toiletries
  • Towel(light, quick-dry)
  • Laundry and bath soap(liquid/biodegradable)
  • Tissue paper (toilet paper will also be provided by ITrekNepal
  • Pre-moistened towelettes
  • Sunscreen (SPF 15+- 40+)
  • Small knife
  • Sewing kit
  • Sanitary items(for women)
  • Medical & first-aid kit*
  • Duffel bag(can be provided by ITrekNepal)

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

For treks with longer stay above 4000m

Clothing

  • Nylon windbreaker
  • Nylon wind pants
  • Long underwear
  • Woolen hat (or balaclava)
  • Gloves
  • Gaiters(if potential for trekking in snow or scree; also for monsoon season treks)

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
  • Extra camera battery and memory card(s)
  • Navigation Aids
  • GPS unit
  • Binoculars
  • Books/magazines or e-book playing cards
  • Notebook and pen/pencil
  • Small duffel bag or suitcase (to leave extra luggage in Kathmandu)
  • Padlock
  • Stuff sacks & plastic bags(for packing, laundry and trash, zip lock)
  • Copies of insurance, passport, air tickets and emergency contact information.

Trekking first-aid kit

First Aid Supplies and Medications

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.

  • 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)
  • List of any allergies and significant medical issues (for trek guide info)