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Packing List for Trekking in Nepal

  • Author: Naba Raj Amgai
  • Posted on: Friday Jun 26, 2020
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 patterns 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 offers locked storage which is completely safe and free. But make sure that you lock your luggage properly before giving it up for storage. 

Recommended Read : Teahouse Trekking in Nepal - All you need to know

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 Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu), 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

Packing list for trekking

  • Bandana or headscarf, 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


  • 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.


  • 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 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


  • 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 the 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)


  • Medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose 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


  • 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.

Seasonal Temperature Chart

A seasonal temperature chart for Nepal 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: Naba Raj Amgai
  • Posted on: Friday Jun 26, 2020
Naba Raj

About Author - Naba Raj Amgai

Naba Raj Amgai, stepped into the world of travel and tourism in 1996. He is Founder and Managing Director of Third Rock Adventures.

Beginning his journey in the tourism industry as a humble Porter Guide to founding hospitality establishments and an adventure travel company, he has come a long way.

In a career spanning more than two decades, he has achieved more than anybody dreams of achieving. Along with his professional achievements, his selfless contribution towards his community and society has won him a lot of accolades and praises.

Having dedicated more than two decades in the tourism and hospitality sector, he has amassed a wealth of experience.

After passing high school, he began helping out some trekking guides and was soon recruited as a porter guide at a reputed trekking agency. Within a short time, he was individually guiding clients across the well-known trails of the Himalayas.

He went on to lead tour groups on multi-country tours to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. Being a part of mountain climbing expeditions familiarised him with expedition logistics and operations. Later on, he went to become the Executive Director and took over the reins of Operations, Sales and Marketing departments. Spending several years in the tourism field has made Naba Raj Amgai a destination expert.

Travelling is his passion and he has been to many countries across the world – USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, Holland, Germany, Austria and many parts of Asia.

His journeys to different parts of the world have enriched his travel experience and knowledge. This experience has been instrumental in planning and organizing successful trips for several clients.

As of today many reputed travel companies, hotels and restaurants are under his leadership. A dynamic and proactive leader, he continues to inspire and motivate people from all walks of life.

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