This is a guideline for to you pack your adventure equipment. Also, understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. The weight is limited for your luggage, only15 kg per head. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.
Important documents and items:
- Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets.
- Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance.
- Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts.
- Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
- Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions.
- Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic).
- Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs.
- Sunglasses with UV protection.
- Prescription sunglasses (if required).
Upper body wear:
- Polypropylene shirts (2 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves).
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
- Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover.
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
- Down vest and/or jacket.
- Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable.
- 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
- 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves.
- 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal).
- Non-cotton underwear briefs.
- 1 pair of Hiking shorts.
- 1 pair of Hiking trousers.
- 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal).
- 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers.
- 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric.
- 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks.
- 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks.
- 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, “broken-in”).
- 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals.
- Cotton socks (optional).
- Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version.
- Mini crampon (winter only).
- 1 sleeping bag (good to -20 degrees C or 25 degrees F).
- Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional).
Rucksack and Travel Bags:
- 1 medium rucksack (45 - 60 liters/3000-3500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon).
- 1 large duffel bag ( Company will provide).
- A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables should have good shoulder padding.
- Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags.
- 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional).
- Walking poles (Optional).
- Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light).
- Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids).
- 1 skin-blister repair kit.
- Anti-diarrhea pills.
- Anti-headache pills.
- Cough and/or cold medicine.
- Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide.
- Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are respiratory depressants.
- Water purification tablets or water filters.
- 1 set of earplugs.
- Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.
- Lip balm (At least SPF 20).
- Sunscreen (SPF 40).
- 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit.
- 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches.
- 1 compass or GPS(optional).
- 1 alarm clock/watch.
- 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries.
- large Ziplocs.
- 2 water bottles (1 liter each).
- 1 small folding knife.
- Binoculars (optional).
- 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks.
- 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel.
- Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable).
- Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable).
- Nail clippers.
- Face and body moisturizer.
- Female hygiene products.
- Small mirror.
- Wet wipes (baby wipes).
- Tissue /toilet roll.
- Anti-bacterial hand washes.
- Reading book.
- Trail map/guide book.
- Journal and pen.
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps).
- 1 modest swimsuit.
- Binoculars (optional).
- Voltage converter (from 220 to 110).
- Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs).
- Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow.
This list is only a guideline. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipment can be easily found in the Thamel trekking shop of Kathmandu with cheaper prices.
Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.