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Clothing and Equipments

Trekking in the Himalayas needed right equipment for being comfortable at higher altitude and to enjoy your trekking. The clothing you bring will need to allow for both the warmth of the days and the chill of the nights. While trekking during the day at lower altitudes, lightweight trekking trousers and T-shirts are recommended. It's always a good idea to carry a waterproof jacket and some warmer clothing with you though as mountain weather is notoriously unpredictable. Remember that excess baggage can be a burden to you and the support staff in the field. "Pack light, but pack right". This will allow you to enjoy a comfortable journey with your energies focused on the experience of Nepal.

The following equipment lists are suggested and essential for both camping & teahouse treks in the Himalayas. Make use of this list as a guideline, most of the trekking equipment can be hired or bought in the many adventure shops in Kathmandu. Besides, keep in mind trekking gear can be bought in the many adventure shops in Katmandu, the majority of gear is locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper) although it is becoming more common for gear to be imported from China and therefore of better quality.

Remember that excess baggage can be a burden to you and the support staff in the field. Pack light, but pack right. This will allow you to enjoy a comfortable journey with your energies focused on the experience of Nepal.

The major items you require are:

  • Good wind/rain jacket
  • Warm fleece jacket or jersey
  • Good boots, either light-weight trekking boots or light full leather boots
  • Good -20 Sleeping bag (which can be rented or buy in Kathmandu), we will provide you on request.
  • A comfortable day pack, preferably with a waistband.

 Personal necessary

The following basic equipments check lists should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should weigh not more than 33 pounds or 15 kg.

  1. Fleece jacket or pullover
  2. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  3. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  4. Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
  5. Lightweight gloves
  6. Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
  7. Sun hat or scarf
  8. Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  9. Sunglasses with UV protection
  10. T-shirts (2)
  11. Underwear (4)
  12. Hiking shorts (2)
  13. Lightweight cotton long pants
  14. Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  15. Fleece or wool pants
  16. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  17. Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
  18. Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
  19. Hiking boots with spare laces
  20. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)

 Other necessary equipments

  1. Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F
  2. Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  3. Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
  4. Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
  5. Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
  6. Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  7. Thermarest sleeping pad
  8. Water bottles (2)
  9. Toiletries
  10. Small wash towel

What to Bring more Details:

Layering:
Keeping the correct temperature is finest accomplished by adding or taking off layers of clothing. While hiking during the day, you may be in shorts or skirt and a long-sleeved shirt. During the evening, as the temperature cools, you will add a sweater and perhaps a parka. Make sure that your clothing is sized to allow your layers and still move comfortably. This will prepare you for any weather extremes or unexpected situations that may arise.

Toiletries
Bring toiletries like soap, razors, shampoo, nail scissors, hair products, tooth brush and tooth paste, tissues, sun cream, chap stick, antiseptic hand wipes and face washer.

Back pack
If you plan on trekking, a sturdy and comfortable back pack and day pack would be much more comfortable than suitcase. You should have your back pack expertly fitted to you. Your back pack should also have a water proof cover.

Sleeping bag
Down-filled bags are better. Beg, borrow or steal a good one (i.e. 4-5 season) because high altitude nights will be cool. Good down is fluffy, light and thick. A muff (an extra section around the neck) makes a big difference to the overall warmth of a bag. Reasonable sleeping bags are cheaply available for rent in Kathmandu. Alternatively add a fleece sleeping bag liner to add warmth to a 3-4 season bag.

Sleeping bag liner
Cotton, silk or fleece saves washing your sleeping bag and adds warmth.

Daypack
This should be comfortable and a good waist band that transfers some of the weight to the hips is most important. It needs to be big enough to take a jacket, fleece, water, camera and odds and ends. Kathmandu now offers a range of cheap fall-part packs to top of the range.

Footwear:
One pair of sturdy light to middle-weight hiking boots is necessary. Typically these are combination of nylon and leather. We suggest boots with a Gore-tex lining to be waterproof. These types of shoes have a lug sole for good traction and provide lateral support for the ankles that is essential while hiking (for example; the Vasque Clarion and the Asolo Approach). Heavy-weight all-leather backpacking boots are not recommended. Be sure your footwear is broken in and fits well. Boots should fit comfortably over one thin liner sock and a mid-weight wool sock. This reduces chafing and blisters. Tennis shoes or sandals are also useful for in camp use or bathing.

Socks:
Four pairs of liner socks and four pairs of mid-weight wool socks to be carried. Socks and footwear should be coordinated for a proper fit.

Camp shoes/sandals/flip-flops
Sandals or running shoes will be better that you can buy for cheap in Kathmandu. Some times are necessary for showers during the Khumbu and Annapurna treks.

Fleece jacket
Mostly trekkers consider this essential but alternatives are a thick thermal top or a light down jacket. In Kathmandu you can get almost any sort of copy fleece you need, but for good quality you can purchase on your home.

Down jacket/Gore-Tex
Down jacket is really needed for the 2 weeks trek although trekking up to 3000m also cold in the evening and morning. If you don’t have it and wanted to use for only Nepal trekking you can rented in Kathmandu in less than a dollar.

Rain Jacket/ Wind Shell:
The jacket should be very water repellent and roomy. Coated nylon or a waterproof/breathable fabric such as Gore-tex, a nylon or synthetic; can be used as a both rain and a wind jacket.

Thermal shirts/underwear
Good thermals, both tops and bottoms are the best for cold weather in trekking

Nightwear thermals
Good for making warm nights in the sleeping bag, Silk-weight is lightest and warm,

Fleece/sweatpants
Good for the cold evening and morning

Day-wear T-shirts/Shirts
On the lower altitude trekking weather will be hot, T-shirts and shirts are recommended

Trekking pants
Recommended having 2 pairs

Wind pants
If your trekking pants are reasonably windproof then special wind pants are not needed. If you do bring a pair, it is not necessary to have Gore-tex or similar non-waterproof.

Underwear
Regular everyday type.

Neck gaiter
Nice for winter trekking, they are really the best for staying warm.

Trekking poles
Trekking poles are very useful especially for downhill, in popular trekking in Nepal you can buy the wooden trekking poles selling by children, trekking can be done with out trekking poles also.

Sunglasses
Good wraparound glasses suitable for snow, it's bright up there, but specialized glacier glasses with side pieces are not needed. Contact lens wearers report very few problems except cleaning them in the conditions.

Mittens/gloves
A good pair of wind-proof gloves is essential. You can buy in Kathmandu cheap if you don’t have it.

Water bottle
Two 1 liters water bottles are recommended.  Bring the good one to take boiling water and be leak proof. European Aluminum bottles are the best.

Torch / Flashlight
Flash light or head lamp is necessary, bring extra bulb and batteries.

Towel
During the trekking guest houses rarely provide towels but hotel in the city like Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan supplies the towels. Bring the small and light towel for trekking.

Sunscreen and lip balm with sunscreen
Bring at least sunscreen and lip balm with SPF 15, and better still SPF 30+. You can buy these in Kathmandu.

Moisturizer
The air is dry and windier with dust some part of the trek so moisturizer is good to care for skins.

Sun hat/woolen hat
You can bring the hat or small cap to protect from day Sunburn. On the upper part of trek more cold and windy so you can have woolen hat to make your head warmer.

First aid kit
All our trekking our tour and trek leaders carry the first aid kit box including the medicine for altitude sickness and diahoerria and other small problems. You should bring any personal medicines that you may need. Some time your local medicine is more effective than we provide.

Water purification
In some places on the tea house trek we can buy the Mineral water but it is discourage for an environmental point of view because of the plastic bottles. We can get Hot and boiled water from the guest house. Iodine tablets and water purification drop chlorine is recommended to take. Buying and renting equipment in Kathmandu

Kathmandu has ranges of good trekking stores and you can get every needed thing for the trekking. North Face, Mountain Hard wear and other big show rooms are in Thamel and other centers. Easy to rent items are down jacket and sleeping bag, most of the things are fake but you get on good price. Shoes are recommended to buy from your home

Equipment we provide
For our camping trekking and climbing expeditions, we provide all the tents, a foam mattress each, all the cutlery and utensils, cooking pots, stoves; candles/kerosene lantern, tables and stools, kitchen tent, dining tent and toilet tent, sleeping bag and down jacket if needed will be provided.

 Official Papers:
Valid passport, 3 extra passport photographs (for trekking permits), travel insurance, airline tickets, luggage tags. Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal visit our visa page for the details

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