Nepal Trekking Packing List – A Guide To Essential Packing For Trekking
Before embarking on a journey to Nepal for trekking, it is crucial to pack trekking equipment in a balanced way. There is a fine line between packing too less and packing too much for a trek and it is important to be careful about it. Since the treks in Nepal starts at a lower elevation and ends up in the higher altitude, the variation of gears required for the trip is diverse.
What to pack and what not to pack also depends on whether the trek is teahouse or the camping. Another significant factor that determines the weight of your backpack for the trek is if you have porter during your trip. If you have one, most of your equipment will be carried by the porter.
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With this article, we aim to provide you with all the information you need to pack before coming for a trek in Nepal. Let’s get started:
If you are doing a camping trekking, you will have to carry the following equipment:
- Sleeping Bag
- Sleeping Pad
- Silk Liner
But if you are doing a teahouse trekking, you don’t need to carry all of these. However, it’s better if you carry a sleeping bag with you. One of the main reasons why you are recommended to carry a sleeping bag is because of the increasingly cold weather at higher altitude. Due to a larger number of trekkers staying in a limited number of teahouses, they might not have extra blankets in case you need one.
As mentioned above, the size of your backpack depends on whether you have porter or not and the type of trekking: teahouse or camping. Whatever it is, your backpack should be protected from rain, water, durable, comfortable and lockable if possible.
It is also recommended to carry a daypack. In the daypack, you carry personal items, which you need to use on a regular basis and need not to open the trekking bag the whole time. Sunscreen cream, camera, caps, passport, water bottles, snacks and energy bars, wallet, phone, etc. are some of the items that can be kept in a daypack. Ideally, the daypack should be around 30L of size.
You will need to carry layers of clothes that will cover ranges of weather and altitude while trekking in Nepal. The higher altitudes you are trekking, the warmer clothes you should be bringing and relatively lower altitude trekking require clothing accordingly. Also what kinds of clothes should be brought depends on which climatic conditions are you trekking on.
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- Sun Hat/ Cap
- Woolen Hat
- Neck Scarf
- UV protection Sunglass
- Headlamp with extra batteries (optional if you are strictly not planning to trek during evening time)
- Long Sleeve T-shirt
- Short Sleeve T-shirts (both of them light weighted)
Normally, synthetic t-shirts that absorb the sweat are recommended to be carried for the trek. And, you shouldn’t be carrying cotton t-shirts while trekking more than 2500 m altitudes. 3 pairs of t-shirts should be fine.
- 3 pairs of lightweight thermals (keeps you warm and protects your body from getting wet from sweat)
- Down Jacket (Insulates and keep the body warm)
- Waterproof jacket (Protects from wind, rain, and snow. Can be used as the third layer of clothing)
- Fleece Jacket or Pullovers
- Lightweight + Heavyweight gloves
- Hand warmers (In case of extreme cold, it might be handy but it’s not mandatory.)
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- 2-3 pairs of Underwear (moisture wicking recommended)
- Hiking shorts (you can walk wearing hiking shorts in lower elevation).
- Hiking pants (Nylon pants are recommended. They provide sun protection and can dry up easily.)
- Thermals (to keep yourself warm during the night and cold temperature)
- Waterproof pants (to avoid getting yourself wet from rain and snow)
You will be experiencing unexpected trails while hiking here in Nepal. The terrains range from wet to frozen snowy and icy trails. Also, you might need to walk on snowy paths if you are trekking through high passes. So, it is a must to have decent comfortable hiking shoes.
You might as well complement your hiking shoes with camp/trail shoes. This way you wouldn’t be pressured to wear the same pair of shoes during the whole trekking. Also, it gives your feet a certain level of comfort exchanging between these two as per the situations.
- Hiking shoes (Choose the shoes that are waterproof and lightweight. Avoid leather so that it won’t be heavier)
- Camping Shoes
- 3 pairs of thick wool hiking socks
- 3 pairs of liner socks
- Sandals (optional)
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Medicine and First Aid Kits
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
- Immodium and Oral dehydration Salts (ORS) for diarrhea.
- Diamox for altitude sickness
- Waterproof bandaid (tape), Anti-infection ointments, moleskin, etc.
- Pain reliever (It is recommended to carry a pain reliever as man trekkers suffer from headache and it helps in easing the pain)
- Moov, Pain Relieve Spray
If you are trekking with your guide, s/he is supposed to carry the fully equipped first aid kits. If you are on your own, you need to carry all of the essentials. It’s better you consult with a doctor while preparing the medicines as per your health and medical conditions.
Toiletries and Personal Hygiene
- Quick Drying Towel and a Face towel (It’s better to have medium sized)
- Shampoo and Conditioner
- Toothbrush and Toothpaste (it’s highly recommended to have biodegradable)
- Wipes (That can be used both for face and body)
- Washing Soap and Handwash
- Toilet Paper (In the higher altitude, it’s difficult to use cold water and toilet paper comes handy.)
- Hand Sanitizer (Keeps your hands cleansed)
- Anti-Bacterial Wet wipes
- Hygiene products of women (applicable only for women)
- Water Purification Iodine tablets or polar pure crystals. (Drinking stream or tap water directly might not be healthy for you. So it’s highly recommended to use water purification before drinking water from such sources. However, you need not purify water if you buy a bottle of mineral water.)
- Refillable water bottle (Instead of buying a bottle of mineral water in every other stop, it is recommended to carry a refillable bottle with you. You can use water purification tablets and use water. Plus hydrating yourself with plenty of water is one of the keys while trekking in higher altitude.)
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Other essential items:
- Trekking Poles (It is a must-have trekking gear. Carry two trekking poles, which will significantly help you while ascending and descending. The trekking poles mainly help in decreasing the impacts on the joints in knee areas.)
- Sunscreen cream (In order to protect yourself from harsh sunrays directly affecting your skin)
- Lip balm and moisturizer (in order to keep your skin moisturized and moist avoiding them from dryness and getting cracked.)
- Pocket knife or small swiss army type
Don’t forget to carry!
- Valid Passport and if possible a few copies of it.
- 2-3 copies of your passport sized photograph.
- A copy of your ticket. (Just in case you need to make changes in your flight.)
- A safe pouch to keep very important documents like passport, photos, tickets, money, and many others.
- Locks for your bag packs.
- Garbage bags (most of the treks do have trash bins on the trail but infrequently. So it’s best you carry on your own. Be a responsible trekker.)
- Cellphone chargers (You are supposed to pay in order to charge your phone but still you need your phone to be charged, isn’t it?)
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Not mandatory but it’s great if you have!
Now, here are some of the gears, which are not mandatory to have with you while trekking. But it will have a great contribution to your trip. Here they are as follows:
- Dry fruits, energy bars and chocolates (It’s great if you carry these stuff. Dry fruits, energy bars, and chocolates are instant energy providing foods and lift up your energy in seconds. A perfect way to rejuvenate yourself from tiredness and re-energize again. However, please don’t pack these items for more than 2 pounds. Or else it’s going to add trouble in the heaviness of your bag pack.)
- Books (Bring along with a novel of your favorite author, read about the mountains and stories behind them or any other genres you would like to ponder upon. Reading is a therapy and you know it well, right?)
- Camera with extra memory card and batteries (You can take pictures with your cellphone as well. But a DSLR camera gives you more flexibility and also better pictures. So, if you have one, why not carry it with you? But be sure to have an extra memory card (or the one with much space) and extra batteries (as the batteries easily get drained in cold temperature).
- Plug Adapter
- Trail Map/Guide book (It’s not mandatory as most of the trekking trails have markers. But what’s wrong in having one? It makes you more prepared and you are less likely to miss the trails.)
- Journal and Pen (Journaling is one of the best ways to refresh your memories. Five years down the line turn the pages of your journal and live moments of trekking to the mountains in Nepal. Isn’t it a beautiful feeling? I bet it is.)
- Pillow Case
- Duct Tape (It comes handy. Duct tape can be used to fix almost anything, at least for certain time.)
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In the end…
Trekking is a walk towards higher elevation and most of them are in the mountain regions. So it is very important to be prepared the whole of your trekking as the weather and temperature are uncertain most of the times. The weather can change in a matter of seconds. It can rain at a time and snow in the course of some time.
Equally crucial it is to pack light.
Most important of all is to take care of yourself. SAFETY is the key and so you shouldn’t be risking your life in the name of being adventurous. Choose your trekking gears wisely considering the weather and climatic conditions of the trekking destination during that particular time. Think twice, thrice or even more time while choosing the items to be packed and ask yourself if you really need it. What if I eliminate it from my list? Will it make any significant difference? If not, why carry it burdening myself? You will have answers on your own.
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Happy trekking folks! May you have a memorable one. Cheers!