These are the things you need for trekking Nepal – it’s a comprehensive list. You need to find a balance between having everything you need and traveling light! If in doubt, leave it out!
As soon as you arrive in Nepal, you’ll likely be tempted by all the amazing things you can buy for low prices. But wait until after your trek to shop ’til you drop and fill up your backpack with colourful souvenirs and gifts!
We recommend that your backpack weighs no more than 12-13kg, as our porters can safely carry a maximum of 25kg each and we assign one between two people (unless you pay for an extra porter). It’s possible to leave some of your things at your hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara, and pick them up after your trek. Only take the things you need for trekking Nepal with you on the trek. Leave everything else behind.
You don’t need to get everything before you arrive in Nepal. It’s often cheaper to buy your equipment in Nepal and there’s always time for a bit of shopping before your trek! Your guide can help you get what you need.
Things you Need for Trekking Nepal – Our Tried and Tested Packing List!
MUST haves! These are the things you MUST pack:
- Backpack and day pack, so you can keep essentials on hand.
- Hiking boots (wear them several times before the trek if possible to break them in).
- Down jacket – it’s possible to hire a down jacket in Nepal, but the quality can really vary. Therefore we recommend that you bring your own, or buy your own for a great price when you arrive in Nepal.
- Rain jacket.
- Sleeping bag (approximately -10˚C to 15˚C); many of the teahouses supply a blanket but you don’t want to risk being cold at night. It’s possible to hire a good quality sleeping bag in Nepal for around $2 per day.
- Maximum of two sets of comfortable hiking clothes (one for shorter treks) including very warm layers. You might feel like you’ll want fresh, clean clothes every couple of days. But once you start trekking, you’ll realise it’s just not important as your clean clothes will soil within minutes!
- Warm hat, scarf and gloves.
- Sunscreen and sunglasses – all year round.
- Beeswax lip balm (if you usually use lip balm).
- Head torch.
- Ear plugs – teahouses have very thin walls!
- Reusable drinking bottle and water purification tablets – plastic bottles destroy nature.
- First aid kit.
SHOULD haves! These are the things you SHOULD pack:
- Trekking poles – again it’s possible to hire these, but it’s actually cheaper to buy your own when you arrive in Nepal. Then you’ll have them for next time!
- Spare light/comfortable shoes to wear in the evenings, flip flops come in handy too.
- One set of comfortable, warm clothes for the evenings/sleeping – fleece or merino is great!
- Secure padlock for your room, often teahouse rooms don’t have locks on the doors.
- Biodegradable personal hygiene wipes – the very best way to stay hygienic without facing icy cold showers!
- Basic toiletries (miniatures) – trust us, you won’t need any makeup!
- Toilet roll.
- Hand sanitiser.
- Sweet snacks or energy gels to give you a boost when you need it most!
NICE to haves! These are the things that are NICE to have but not essential:
- A book/e-reader/notebook and pen/pack of cards to entertain you in the evenings.
- Binoculars – you won’t believe the beauty of the Himalayan peaks up close!
- Compeed Anti Blister Stick – use this every morning to help prevent blisters.
- Hand and Foot Warmers – when yours hands or feet just won’t warm up, these are perfect to take off the chill! Available in most sports/outdoor recreation shops.
- Berocca (or similar effervescent vitamin drink) – I put one in my bottle of water daily. It tastes great and boosts my immune system at the same time.
- Biodegradable nappy bags – take a handful for your own rubbish. It’s difficult to dispose of rubbish when you’re trekking and you don’t want to leave it behind.
Trekking in Nepal is not a fashion parade! So, only bring what you need and enjoy being at one with nature! Even if you don’t usually leave the house without make-up on, you’ll quickly learn to love it!