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Basic requirements for a trek

Minimal Requirements
  • Lightweight walking boots. "Walk them in" prior to arrival in Nepal to avoid blisters.
  • A pair of lightweight and heavyweight trousers is useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night.
  • 1-2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/skirts.
  • 2-4 cotton T-shirts.
  • 1 lightweight long sleeved-shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.
  • A sunhat and ensure it has wide brim to cover the face and neck.
  • 2 pairs of thin and 2 pairs of thick woollen socks.
  • Underwear: normal quantity
  • Swimming suit
  • Water Bottle
  • Sunglasses and strap
  • Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can be bought in Kathmandu and some village in the mountains.
  • Small headlamp and/or flashlight/torch with spare batteries
  • Personal medical supplies - don't forget band-aids.
  • Army-knife and sewing kit
  • Sun-screen, sun block, sun-tan lotion, zinc-oxide... get the picture? This is essential in the winter when skies are clearest.
Winter Requirements
  • Warm jacket. Fiberfil or down should be adequate. This is especially necessary during winter from December to February.
  • Sleeping bag to -15 C or sleep sheet (if renting or agency supplied)
  • Woollen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December through February, These items are essential. Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu.
  • Windproof/Waterproof trousers. Necessity on all treks going above 3,000 meters.
  • Thermal underwear. These are excellent to sleep in at night. In the winter months thermal underwear are quite invaluable.
  • A woollen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item.
  • A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woollen are best.
  • Snow Glasses and strap
  • Snow gaiters can be essential
Some nice add-ons

  • Camera & Film
  • A pair of slip-on shoes or sandals. To wear in the camp, in bathroom and toilet tent or when the boots are wet.
  • A rain-proof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.
  • A sweat-suit. Useful for wearing in camp and in the tent.
  • Duffel bag or kit bag to carry gear while trekking.
  • Daypack. This is a small backpack to carry personal requirement for the day e.g., to toilet items, camera, film, towel, soap, a book etc.
    Spare boot laces.
  • 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones. 6-10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage.
  • Wallet and/or money belt with compartment for coins.
  • Spare flashlight bulbs, candles and lighter to burn toilet paper.
  • An umbrella is quite useful as a walking stick, a sunshade and for rain.
  • Reading materials, game items, music, note book, rubber band, pen and pencil envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional) Thermal rest (optional) - an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, and adequate quantities of passport photographs.
  • Duct-tape, superglue and small mirror can be handy
  • Travel locks and chain to secure luggage and lodge door
  • Hot-water bottle - unless your mate's coming' along
  • Pass port or Identity card for nationality proving