Trekking Gear

Below is a list of required gear and additional gear that you may want to bring to make your trek as enjoyable as possible. For a fee your porters can provide some equipment like sleeping bags, foam mattresses and tents (but you may want to bring your own clean sleeping bag and pad). All you need to bring is your personal gear. We want you to enjoy your journey so use the lists and the porters to carry your gear.

Minimal Requirements
• Lightweight hiking boots or shoes. Use them before going to Nepal to avoid blisters
• A pair of lightweight and heavyweight pants are needed at higher elevations.
• 1-2 pair of loose fitting long shorts, convertible pants or skirts
• 2-4 cotton T-shirts
• 1 lightweight long sleeved-shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn
• A sunhat – ensure it has wide brim to cover the face and neck
• 2 pairs of thin and 2 pairs of thick woolen socks
• Underwear
• Swimming suit
• Water Bottle
• Sunglasses and strap
• Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can be bought in Kathmandu and some village in the mountains.
• Small headlamp with spare batteries
• Personal medical supplies such as bandaids and tweezers
• Multi-tool and sewing kit
• Sunscreen – This is essential in the Winter when skys are clearest.

Winter Requirements
• Warm jacket. Fiberfill or down should be adequate. This is especially necessary during winter from December to February
• Sleeping bag to -15 C or sleep sheet (if renting or agency supplied)
• Woolen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December – February, these are essential. Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu.
• Windproof/Waterproof trousers. Necessity on all treks going above 3,000 meters
• Thermal underwear. These are excellent to sleep in at night. In the winter months thermal underwear are quite invaluable.
• A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item
• A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woolen are best.
• Snow Glasses and strap
• Snow gaiters can be essential

Other “Luxury” Items
• Camera & batteries
• A pair of slip-on shoes or sandals. To wear in the camp, in bathroom and toilet tent or when the boots are wet
• A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho.
• A sweatsuit. Useful for wearing in camp and in the tent
• Daypack to carry personal items, to toilet items, camera, film, towel, soap, a book etc.
• Spare boot laces
• 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones. 6-10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage
• Wallet and/or money belt with compartment for coins
• Spare flashlight bulbs, candles and lighter to burn toilet paper
• Hiking Poles
• An umbrella is quite useful as a walking stick, a sunshade and for rain
• Reading materials, games, music, notebook, rubber band, pen/pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, binoculars, small pillow, inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of passport photographs
• Duct-tape
• Superglue
• Small mirror
• Travel locks and chain to secure luggage and lodge door
• Hot-water bottle (unless your significant other is coming along)

Unnecessary Items
• Cell-phone, Pager, Lap-top computer, PDA, etc
• Radio, TV, magazines, newspapers, etc

Beware: Virtually all the brand name items in Nepal are Korean knock-offs. Shoes and socks are essential items to bring from outside the country especially if you have large feet.