When planning a trek in Nepal there are a few considerations to take into account. Being clear about what you really need is vital to your health, safety, and comfort. Remember the lighter your pack, the more comfortable you will be on the trek. In Nepal, trekking clothing can readily be found and for a good price, so you can bring just the basics. Check your trekking gear list provided, and see if there are any items you could purchase instead in the many clothing and gear shops in Kathmandu. Likewise, there are many shops that rent trekking gear such as hiking poles, stoves, etc. If you like to have your own personal gear, then there are many places that sell quality trekking gear in Kathmandu also. Take into account you will be traveling between guesthouses unless otherwise specified. If there is camping, more than likely the trek company will have all the necessary equipment. Packing light and then supplement on arrival in Kathmandu is a great alternative to bringing heavy luggage.
List of Trekking Equipment’s
- Backpack: The size of a backpack can totally depend on your travel necessities and the place that you are traveling to, but remember to pack light.
- Daypack: In case you are hiring a porter, you can carry a few things like your camera, rain jacket, and snacks while trekking.
- Trekking boots: The terrain of Nepal can be quite rough, especially in the higher regions. So, it is suggested that you bring along a pair of good quality trekking boots that are comfortable and flexible.
- Lightweight rubber sandals: After walking in the boots all day, your feet will thank you for letting them breathe at the end of the day when you reach the day's destination.
- Socks: You should bring normal hiking socks as well as a couple of pairs of woolen socks in case you are traveling to higher altitude.
- Lightweight trekking pant and trekking shorts
- Sleeping bag and silk liner: Although cozy sleeping facilities are available in most parts of the countries, if you are someone who is not comfortable with sheets and blankets provided to you, you can carry your personal sleeping bag and silk liner.
- Trekking poles: It's perfectly fine if you can trek without trekking poles, but using these poles can help reduce the pressure on your joints and assist you to walk more efficiently.
- A pair of warmers: If you are traveling to the higher altitude, it is always a good idea to carry a pair of warm clothes regardless of the season.
- Down jacket: Again, it is always wise to carry a down jacket while trekking at a higher altitude as the climate in the Himalayas is unpredictable.
- Rain jacket: With nature, we can never be certain, so it is wise to carry with you a lightweight rain jacket.
- Windproof jacket: The wind tends to be chillier and stronger in the high altitude, so a windproof jacket can be used during the daytime to protect yourself from the tough wind.
- Water purification tablets: You can get bottled water almost everywhere in Nepal, but in the case of exceptions, you may need water purification tablets.
- Water bottle: Carry a personal water bottle always.
- Essential medication and first aid: If you are taking any regular medication, you should carry the extra supply with you as you might not get the exact medication in the remote areas. Other than that, you can carry painkillers, paracetamol, and Band-Aids for first aid.
- Sunglasses, sunscreen: The sun is strong almost everywhere in Nepal, so do carry shades and sunscreen to protect your eyes and skin from the scorching sun.
- Toiletries: It is up to you what you want to carry as essentials, but again, remember to pack light.
- Headlamp with extra batteries: During trekking, you may reach some areas without electricity. Therefore, a headlamp is an excellent idea to avoid the darkness, and as the batteries may not be available everywhere, do carry a few extra pairs.