Packing List for Trekking in Nepal

trekking gears
The challenge after booking a trip is to decide what to pack for the journey. Having a packing list for trekking in Nepal for reference will save you both time and energy. To make sure that you do not miss out on the essential items for your trek to Nepal, we have come up with a comprehensive list of gear and equipment.

What you need to pack will depend on the time of year you choose to trek, the duration of your trek and how high you will reach. The variation in altitude, temperature and your personal needs should be taken into account while packing for your trip.  We want you to understand that you won’t be needing all the items listed below.

We recommend you to do a little research on your own and check for the day-to-day temperatures and weather pattern and pack accordingly. Trust us, it will save you a lot of space in your luggage and extra baggage fee by being prudent and using a little bit of common sense.

The weight limit for your luggage while trekking is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. You can leave your spare luggage (items which you don’t need for the trek) at your hotel. Every hotel in Kathmandu offer locked storage which is completely safe and free. But make sure that you lock your luggage properly before giving it up for storage.

The list given below is just a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Most of the items can be hired or bought in Kathmandu. There are many shops in Thamel selling branded as well as locally made trekking gear and equipment.

Important documents and items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, Pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
  • Nepalese currency while trekking to buy snacks and other items en route

How to Pack your backpack

How to Pack your backpack

Head

  • Bandana or head scarf, very useful for dusty conditions
  • Balaclava that covers your ears – Needed only for a winter trek or for +3000m treks
  • Beanie
  • Wide-brimmed sunhat
  • Neck gaiter or warmer
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

  • Long sleeve shirts
  • T-shirts
  • Lightweight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down Vest – Only for winter or high altitude (+3000m) treks
  • Down jacket
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

Hands

  • A pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves or lightweight wool or fleece gloves.
  • A pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

 Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • Hiking shorts and hiking trousers
  • Lightweight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or woolen trousers/ waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric.

Feet

  • Lightweight inner socks, heavy poly or wool socks and cotton socks
  • Good quality hiking boots (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
  • Running shoes and rubber sandals/flip-flops
  • Gaiters and crampons – Needed only if your trek involves walking on snow or ice

Sleeping

  • Sleeping Bag – The type of sleeping bag you carry will depend on where and when you choose to trek. For treks up to 3000 metres, a lightweight 2 season (ideal for 5°C to 0°C) sleeping bag will be good enough. If you are not too finicky about using the blankets in teahouses, you can skip carrying the bulky sleeping bag altogether.  You can carry a liner and layer the blanket over it. If you feel cold, you can wear your warm clothes to bed or request for extra blankets.

For high altitude (+3000m) treks, where nighttime temperatures dip well below the freezing point, a 4 season (suitable for low temperatures up to -10°C) sleeping bag is a must. If you are planning on a high altitude trek during winter, you may even need a 5 season sleeping bag.

  • Sleeping bag liner 
  • Pillow case

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • A small daypack/backpack(30L) for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Large duffel bag
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • Waterproof covers

Medical

  • Small, personal first-aid kit (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • Skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Paracetamol
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Throat lozenges
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • Earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Practical Items

  • Small roll of repair tape, sewing-repair kit
  • Cigarette lighter / small box of matches
  • Compass or GPS(optional)
  • Alarm clock/watch
  • Camera with extra SD cards and batteries
  • Large Ziploc bags
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • Small folding or Swiss knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
  • Socket adapter Type C (with circular pins)

Toiletries

  • Medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Small sachets of shampoo
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror

Personal Hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash
  • Hand sanitizer

Extras/Luxuries

  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • iPod
  • Playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  • A modest swimsuit
  • Binoculars (optional)

Sleeping bag and liner, down jacket, trekking poles, gaiters, crampons, backpack etc. can be rented or bought in Kathmandu.

A seasonal temperature chart for Nepal that might help you pack for your trek. The listed temperatures are in Celsius.

Altitude Spring     Summer Autumn Winter
March, April, May  June, July, Aug     Sept., Oct, Nov      Dec, Jan, Feb
  Max. Min. Max. Min. Max. Min. Max. Min.
1000m 37 10 37 14 35 10 24 6
1500m 33 9 33 10 34 7 22 4
2000m 28 5 28 9 28 6 20 2
2500m 25 2 25 6 25 5 18 -1
3000m 22 1 22 1 20 0 16 -2
3500m 18 0 18 0 18 -3 14 -4
4000m 17 -2 17 -1 12 -4 12 -7
4500m 16 -4 16 -2 11 -5 10 -6
5000m 14 -8 14 -6 10 -8 6 -12

  • Author: TRA
  • Last Updated: Fri Jun 26, 2020

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