Equipment & Clothing

Light weight walking boots. If new one is being bought, “walk them in“to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces. A pair of sneakers, to wear in the camp at night or in case your boots are wet. Warm jackets. Fiberfill 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) a rain- proof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof. Woolen shirt and thick sweaters, during winter months, December through February, these items are essential. Think sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu. A pair of light weight/ heavy weight trouser are useful higher up mountains in the morning and at night. Windproof/ waterproof trousers, necessity on all treks going above 3,000 meters. Thermal underwear. These are excellent to sleep in at night. In winter thermal for wearing in camp and in the tent.

1-2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/skirts.
2-4 cotton T-shirts.
1 light weight long sleeved-shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn. A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item. A sunhat and ensure it has wide brim to cover the face and neck. A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woolen are best. 1 pair of sandals to wear in toilets, cities and camp. 2 pairs of thin and 2 pairs of thick woolen socks. Underwear: normal quantity and swimming costume, hankies.

Duffel bag or kit bag to carry gear while trekking, Daypack. This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day e.g. toilet items, camera, film, towel, soap, a book etc. water bottle. Snow glasses and sunglasses, 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean cloths from dirty ones. 6-10 smaller plastic bag to dispose garbage. Wallet and/or money belt with compartment for coins. Toiletries with large and small towels, toilet paper can be bought in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains. Small headlamp and/or flashlight/torch with spare batteries and bulbs, candles and lighter to burn toilet paper.

Snow gaiters are essential during winter and all treks going over high altitude. An umbrella (optional) which is quite useful to ward of the dogs, suitable as walking stick, to use as a sunshade, and useful when it rains. Regarding materials, camera and film, game items (optional), note book, rubber band, pen and pencil envelopes, a dairy, a calendar, a pocket knife, binocular (optional) – an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of passport photographs. Personal medical supplies.