At this stage we don’t supply equipment. To do so, we’d need to increase our prices and actually, it’s very reasonable to buy or hire trekking equipment in Nepal. So, this way everyone benefits from a great value quote, and those that need to can organise equipment when they arrive in Nepal. If you’re not sure what you need, see our tried and tested packing list!
If you’re not bringing your own, you can hire a good quality sleeping bag for around $2 per day in both Kathmandu and Pokhara. You can find them cheaper (around $1 per day) but the quality isn’t the same and you don’t want to end up feeling cold in the high mountains.
We recommend that you buy these when you arrive in Kathmandu or Pokhara. You can hire them, but the cost to buy is the same, so you may as well get some you like. Then you can keep them for next time! Expect to pay between $15-$25 for a good quality set of trekking poles.
Some trekking companies advertise ‘water purification’ as part of their quote package. The reality is, a packet of 50 Aquatabs (the brand we always use) costs less than $3. So, it’s not really an advantage to have these included in your trip package if it increases the overall cost of your trip! You can buy Aquatabs in nearly every small food shop in Kathmandu (Thamel) and Pokhara.
If you haven’t already got your own water bottle, you can pick up a good one for around $5-6. We recommend metal water bottles – they’re more durable and when it’s very cold you can fill them up with boiling water and use them like a hot water bottle in your jacket!
It is possible to hire a down jacket, but the quality is often below average. If you’re not bringing one with you, ask your guide about where to buy a good quality down jacket for a reasonable price.
There really is nothing that you can’t organise once you arrive in Nepal. Your guide can advise you of the best places to get what you need. Many people wait to buy or hire trekking equipment in Nepal, because it’s traditionally a lot cheaper. Although as prices slowly increase in Nepal, we’ve noticed that some major sports and outdoor recreation brands like Decathlon are becoming increasingly competitive.