Trekking in Nepal-Equipment Check List

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Trekking in Nepal-Equipment Check List

How should I pack for the trek? What should I pack? How to carry it all? Which gear and supplies are right?

We are often bothered and confused about managing and getting ready right equipment’s/gears if we are planning to visit some places especially unknown places, far from home and unacquainted with the unknown environmental behavior like Nepal. Before organizing any gears, it is important to know about the environment and geography of the place that is on your bucket list.
Well, Nepal sandwiched between the two giants Countries-India in South and China in North, has diversified geography and so is environmental behavior. Climatic condition varies in according to geographical features. Trekking in Nepal is very popular and tourism is flourishing in Nepal and there is no doubt about trekking in Nepal is concerned as one of the major activity over the years.
Main season includes- spring, monsoon, autumn, winter, and summer. Summers are cool and winters are severe cold in North whereas summers are typically tropical and winters are cool to mild cold in South.
If you are planning organized trekking, your main sack is carried by a porter and you may or may not see it around you on the way but it will arrive at your camp or Lodge at the end of the day. So it is important to keep basic gears and your personal stuff with you and carry it for the day.
Over the years we get many questions regarding the selection of right gears on trekking and hiking around Nepal. Trekking gets interesting, comfortable and better with the right gears so it is important to double check your equipment before you start your journey.

 Packing and Sleeping

Head & Face

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Day Sack
  • Dry Sack
  • Kit Bag
  • Sleeping Bag Liner
  • Waterproof Rucksack
  • Balaclava
  • Buff & Scarf
  • Sunglasses-UV protected
  • Wide Brimmed Hat
  • Woolly Hat
 

Upper Body

Lower Body

  • Base Layer
  • Down Jacket
  • Gilet
  • Gloves
  • Hard Shell
  •  Light Insulated Jacket
  •  Mid Layer
  • Long Johns
  • Softshell Trousers
  • Trekking Trousers
  • Underwear
  • Waterproof Trousers

Feet

Water & Hygiene 

  • 4 season walking boots
  • Trainers
  • Trekking Socks
  • Flip-flops/sandals

Note: Trainers usually light weight (waterproof is more convenient as you may be walking through streams and wet landscapes and there is always possibilities of rain) and spare laces just in case.

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Mosquito/Insect Repellent
  • Nappy Bags
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wash Kit
  • Water Bottles
  • Water Purifier/Purifications
  • Wet Wipes

Medication

Miscellaneous

  • Personal Medication
  • Personal First Aid Ki
  • Camera
  • Headlamp/torch
  • Lip Care
  • Money
  • Padlocks
  • Pen Knife
  • Snacks
  • Sunblock
  • Travelling Poles

Documentation

  • Copy of Passport
  • Passport
  • Passport size photos of yours
  • Visa
  • Copy of your Insurance Policy
  • Contact Details

For day pack usually, small rucksacks will do the job and make sure it is light; it is to carry your personal belongings, water bottle (usually 1-2 liters and can be filled on the way) however camel bag could be more convenient, and bag cover to protect dust and rain.
The temperature in Nepal depends on as per the season and the altitude- usually in Lower altitudes the nights are warm and in higher altitudes, the nights are chilly cold. However, carrying these items is always recommended either in tea house trekking or camp trekking. In lower altitudes, you can sleep with an only silk liner, but as the altitudes get higher you should wear warm thermal wool clothes while sleeping.
In additions of above gears if you are planning for higher altitudes trekking and mountain climbing you need to consider the following equipment:

  • Heavyweight pants
  • Long underwear (wool thermals are highly recommended)
  • Down jacket
  • Thick gloves
  • Winter warm hat
  • Fleece
  • Warm/thick woolen socks usually 2-3 pairs
  • Plastic boots also for Climbing –the temperatures in altitudes above 6000m is below -10 degree so leather boots are not suitable for peaks and mountain climbing as plastic boots are lighter and more waterproof than leather, furthermore, these plastic boots are designed to fit crampons also.
  • Gaiters
  • Climbing Gears

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