Clothing & Equipment list for Trekking in Nepal
This section requires more consideration than any other. Since being properly clothed and
equipped is the single most important consideration contributing to your welfare, we have
provided the following checklist, which includes (where applicable) links to recommended
products manufactured by some of our industry partners. We ask that you examine this
packing list in a flexible manner, adapting it where you feel necessary to your own outdoor
experience or preference. There is a fine balance between taking too much and too little, so
you will need to equip yourself for all extremes of climate.
Weight allowance for trekking in Nepal
Please try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. Choose items of clothing that
can be used in multiple situations. At the start of the trek, you will be carrying your day pack
loaded with just the items you will need during the day of hiking. Your packed trek/duffle
bag will be carried by either human porters or pack animals and should weigh no
more than 33 pounds. Please contact us with any questions. We can also recommend the
Ute Mountaineer in Aspen, Colorado as a local and online retailer for all of your clothing and
THE NUTS AND BOLTS
● Sun hat - Bring a hat to shade your head and
back of your neck from the sun. You should also
consider using a bandana or scarf for further
protection and always use sunscreen.
● Warm hat - A comfortable, warm hat such as
one made from Polar Fleece or wool that covers
your ears. Make sure that it fits well and, if
applicable to your trip, can fit under a climbing
● Sunglasses – Your sunglasses should have
dark lenses as sunlight is intense at altitude.
Glacier glasses with leather/plastic side shields
are best for contact lens wearers or if your trip
crosses snow. Also, be sure to have a retainer
● Headlamp - L.E.D. headlamps are sufficient.
Make sure you bring at least 2 extra bulbs and
extra batteries. The Petzl Tikka models are
● Warm glove liners with waterproof
outer shell - You should bring 2 pair of
properly-fitted WINDSTOPPER® fleece glove
liners and a pair of warm gloves with a
waterproof outer shell to protect you from wind,
rain or snow.
● Liner Socks (2 pair) - A thin wicking sock
that repels moisture. Liner socks help to reduce
the likelihood of blisters. The socks should be
thin wool, nylon, or Capilene®. NO COTTON.
● Hiking Socks (3 pair) - Your everyday
sock, good for day hikes, trekking, and in town.
● Hiking boots – You’ll need a light to mid-
weight, broken in and water-proofed hiking boot
for your trek. The ideal boot is comfortable
enough to wear for days and scrambles decently
● Gaiters - GORE-TEX® or similar, calf-high,
durable gaiters are recommended.
● Lightweight top - A silk weight or
lightweight thermal base layer that effectively
wicks moisture away from your body and is
breathable. Quick-dry is important as well.
● Mid-weight or Expedition-weight top
- A mid to heavier weight thermal layer. Fitted,
light-weight and quick drying.
● Warm jacket - A Polarguard or fleece jacket.
This can be a very warm fleece or Polarguard
jacket. Full zip is recommended.
● Down jacket (optional) – While we do not
require this item, we also know that those that
don’t have one usually wish they did! Down
jackets are great when hanging out at camp and
we do highly recommend that you bring a down
jacket for all autumn and high altitude trips.
● Shell jacket - A lightweight, waterproof and
breathable jacket WITH A HOOD that can
withstand wind, rain and snow weather
conditions. Pit-zips are a good idea. Gore-Tex® or
similar material is preferred.
● Shorts - When the weather permits, it is okay to
trek in shorts. A versatile item are the long pants
that convert into shorts. These are lightweight,
durable and usually made from a quick drying
material. NO COTTON.
● Lightweight trekking pants – Some people
prefer to hike in a pair of lightweight long pants.
Long pants also help keep the sun off of your legs.
In a city or village, it may be more appropriate to
wear long pants or a long skirt for the ladies. A pair
of pants that unzip into shorts is a great piece of
● Light or mid-weight (2 pair) – A light or
mid weight thermal bottom base-layer that will get
you through a wide range of temperatures.
● Warm pants – A pair of comfortable fleece or
similar material warm pants are great for hanging
out at camp.
● Shell pants - Your waterproof bottom layer for
extreme weather days. Make sure you have water-
resistant zippers + good pockets. Gore-tex® or
● Daypack - Mid-size pack to carry what you
need with you for the day of trekking.
Recommended size of 2,500-3000 cu in. (40-
45 liters). You can also get a pack with a built
in hydration system instead of using water
● 2 Duffle Bags – You’ll need one large
duffle bag to hold everything you do not put in
your daypack, including your sleeping bag and
mattress, while on trek. This bag should be
durable, as it will be carried by porters and/or
pack animals. A second smaller bag can be
used to store items not used on trek at the
● Sleeping Bag - Rated to at least 0 F. Make
certain that the sleeping bag is the right
length. DON’T FORGET A COMPRESSION SACK
FOR THE SLEEPING BAG. Many trekkers also
like a silk liner.
● Sleeping mattress – We recommend a
full-length, self-inflating model such as though
made by Thermarest.
● Trekking poles - Must be collapsible
poles. Make sure that they are durable,
lightweight + easily adjustable.
ACCESSORIES & MISCELLANEOUS:
PASSPORT (with visa, if necessary)
TRAVEL WALLET POUCH (waist or neck)
LOCKS FOR DUFFLE BAGS
LEATHERMAN/ SWISS ARMY KNIFE
WATER PURIFICATION TABLETS (iodine or equivalent)
UNDERWEAR (men- polypro boxers or briefs / women- poly-pro sports
bras, cotton or polypro briefs are fine) 3 rotating pairs. As with socks
and shirts, you’ll be wearing one, one will be drying from washing and
one will be clean and packed.
4 HEAVY DUTY GARBAGE BAGS TO KEEP DUFFLE BAG ITEMS DRY
ZIP LOCK BAGS (for organizing small items & waterproofing)
STUFFSACKS (assorted sizes, for organizing your clothes and gear)
SUNSCREEN: SPF 30 (or higher) LOTS
LIP BALM with SPF 15 (or higher)
PERSONAL FIRST-AID KIT (Band-aids, Ibuprofen, Cough Drops,
Moleskin, Pepto-bismol, Immodium, Personal Medications)
TOILETRIES [Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Bio-degradable Soap/Shampoo
(Dr. Bronners), Quick Dry Towel, Moisturizer, Purel Hand Sanitizer,
Antiseptic Hand Towlettes, Toilet Paper (a small emergency stash)]
HYDRATION SYSTEM OR WATER BOTTLES – Two liter capacity
SNACK FOOD (trail mix, protein bars, GU, candy, powdered drink
mixes – don’t bring a whole suitcase, but bring a variety of things you
know you can eat while in the mountains to supplement your diet.)
IN TOWN: (some items are also applicable while on trek)
GOING-OUT CLOTHES (for a celebration night out in town, clothes that
will not go into the mountains and can be left at the hotel)
SNEAKERS OR SANDALS (can also be used as camp shoes on trek)
SPENDING MONEY (souvenirs, gifts, departure tax, staff/guide tips)
I POD/WALKMAN WITH EAR PLUGS
JOURNAL/ BOOKS/ DECK OF CARDS
LANGUAGE PHRASE BOOK OR DICTIONARY
CAMERA (with all necessary accessories)
A NOTE ON PACKING AND WEIGHT ALLOWANCE ON TREK
For your international flights, you can pack all of your clothing and equipment in your
two duffle bags. It is important to lock these bags for their trip. Depending on
airport, you may be able to put your travel locks on after they have been searched.
If not, lock the bag with zip ties. You can check-in these two bags and use your
daypack as a carry-on item. You will still need a travel lock to lock the bag you leave
at the group hotel.
When packing items for the trek: please remember that while on trek your
packed duffle bag will include all items that you are not carrying in your daypack (i.e.
sleeping bag, mattress…). This duffle bag will be carried by either human porters and
/ or pack animals and you are allowed a 33 pound weight allowance. Please test pack
and weigh your duffle bag before leaving on the trip.
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