Trekking equipment Nepal info
Trekking equipment is essential for doing trekking in Nepal. Trekking equipment is necessary for both camping & tea house trekking in the Nepal Himalayas. High quality trekking equipment is difficult to get in Nepal. So if you are coming from abroad, don’t depend too much on local purchase. A list of the essential trekking equipment is given below, cross check this list with what you are packing make use of this list as a guideline; some of the equipment can be hired in Katmandu as well. Besides, keep in mind trekking equipment can be bought in the many adventure shops in Katmandu, the majority of these equipment is locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper).
It is important to have the right equipment with you for doing trekking in Nepal. Depends on trekking route and period of trekking, trekking equipment are more or less but certain basic trekking equipment is essential on all trekking route of Nepal. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment as minimum as possible for doing trekking in the Himalaya. , heavy items are carried by porters during the trek and personal belongings of the trekkers that they may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc should be carried by you. So, they are briefed to pack their items in two different bags. If you have heavy equipment you have to hired extra porters and you have to pay extra for porter.
Your personal stuff doesn’t have to be very expensive. In fact, for most of our treks you only need the sort of equipment you would use for walking and camping in any other part of the world. For high altitude treks and trekking peaks, you will need a good sleeping bag, a down jacket and some other essentials. You may hire some of these from Kathmandu but for hygiene, we suggest you bringing your own personal equipment.
Equipment Check List
• Towel and toilet kit
• Jeans or slacks
• Gloves or mittens
• Sleeping bag, warm to 20 degrees F, either down or fiberfill (or you also can rent one in Kathmandu)
• Parka, down or fiberfill; a ski jacket is OK
• Sweater, wool shirt or acrylic pile jacket.
• Duffel bag, canvas or nylon, without a frame (for porters to carry)
• Day pack or rucksack, waterproof, for you to carry
• Water bottle 1 liter or 1 quart; be sure that it does not leak.
• Flashlight or headlamp
• Walking shoes: either boots, light hiking or running shoes, well broken in. As there may be rain, mud or snow; boots are sometimes necessary therefore you should bring them despite the extra hassle. Many times the entire trek can be done in tennis shoes, but if there is snow, you run the risk of frostbite, or at least cold feet if you do not have boots. If your feet are small (size 10 or less), you can rent boots in Kathmandu.
• Hats, one with a brim for sun; wool for cold weather.
• Sunglasses or goggles – very important for travel above 12,000 feet. Absolutely essential for Everest treks, optional for Annapurna treks (though they may be necessary in December and January when there is snow).
• Shorts – it may be warm during the day, especially near Pokhara. You will probably not wear shorts on Everest treks. Women should wear skirts instead of shorts.
• Socks – two or three pair’s thick wool or artificial fiber.
• Shirts – three are recommended: two T shirts and one long sleeve shirt.
• Pocket knife (Be sure this is packed in your checked baggage to avoid hassles with airport security).
• Rain wear – a poncho; or you can buy an Indian umbrella in Kathmandu for about $2.
• Slippers or sandals for campsite wear. Rubber “shower shoes” are available in Kathmandu for about $1
Above list of equipment is suitable for 8 to 10 day trekking in Nepal. You can wash clothes during the trekking period; you may need extra socks underwear and shirts etc. for longer treks. If your trek goes above 3500 meters (about 12,000 feet) for more than one day you should pay particular attention to warm clothing. If you are trekking to higher elevations in the Himalayas or during the cold season you should carry both a pile jacket and a down or fiberfill parka.