Trekker’s Gear List for Nepal
- Passport and Passport Holder (must have at least six months until expiration)
- 3 Passport photos
- Wallet/Money/CreditCards(You can get cash in KTM with a Visa or MC card. Bring $500.00 in extra cash – some small bills for tips. Of course, there is great shopping in Kathmandu and we have allowed plenty of time for shopping and site-seeing.
- Plane Tickets
- Trip Itinerary
- Immunization Records
- Pen, pencil and paper (journal)
- Literature, guide books and phone book/address book
- Medical allergies and restrictions
City & Travel
Kathmandu is a sub-tropical city at about 4,000’ in elevation. Day time temperatures will be 70-80 degrees in the daytime and 50-60 degrees at night.
- T-Shirts and Shorts
- Long sleeved shirts (at least one nice one)
- Long Pants
- Windbreaker and/or fleece jacket
- Glacier Glasses
- Baseball cap or visor (be sure underside of visor is not white)
Note: one bag of luggage can be left at the hotel in Kathmandu, for clean city clothes when we return. Airline tickets, extra money, credit cards, etc can be left in a lock box at the hotel. You should always keep your passport on you.
Trekking & Climbing Clothing
Our journey through the mountains will take us from a starting altitude ranging from 9,000’ to over 18,000’. We will experience a huge climatic change as we journey along. At the beginning we will be in shorts and t-shirts for daytime. By the time we reach 18,000’ it could be snowing with day time temperatures in the 30-40 degree range. Nights can get as low as 10 degrees.
- Hats – Light weight balaclava, winter weight fleece hat, hat with visor
- Gloves – lightweight liners, lightweight wind stopper gloves
- Gore-tex Jacket and pants, waterproof-breathable jackets and pants are OK
- Socks- medium weight wool and polypro liners – 10 pairs
- Hiking Boots (light to medium weight sneakers and medium weight boots)
- 2 Cotton Bandanas
- Long Underwear – Tops – 2 poly-pro Lt Wt or Med Wt (Patagonia is a real nice brand)
- Long Underwear Bottoms- 1 poly-pro Lt or Med Wt (Patagonia is a real nice brand)
- (A couple of extra synthetic shirts are a good idea)
- Pants – Comfortable hiking pants preferably made of Schoeller fabric. Gortex should fit over your pants and your poly-pro bottoms underneath.
- Down Parka – Should fit over your pile jacket. Light weight is OK. Your GTX shell needs to fit over this.
- Gaiters – to wear with medium weight hiking shoes, knee high
- Pack – A good quality large, 3,000 cu. in. day pack is required. This can be your carry on for the airplane. It should accommodate all of your camera equipment and some extra clothes etc.
- Sleeping Bag – Good quality (preferably down) sleeping bag rated to -10 degrees F (Mt. Hardwear or Western Mountaineering) with a compression stuff sac (can be rented from us)
- Foam Pad –Bring a short thermarest pad to go over the pad that is provided .
- Headlamp – with extra batteries
- Water Bottles – 2 – 1 liter nalgene bottles with insulated covers
- Pee Bottle – Use a Nalgene bottle with tape wrapped around it to differ it from your water bottle
- Ski Goggles – Hopefully you won’t need these. They should fit over your glacier glasses.
- Micro Spikes
- Snacks – clif bars, m&m’s, nuts, gorp, beef jerky, hard candy, gum etc.
Essential Personal Gear
- Stuff Sacs – To keep your gear organized. Remember a few plastic bags for dirty laundry
- Zip-Locks- They keep books etc dry
- Watch – altimeter watches are great
- Sun Block for Skin & Lips- the stronger the better
- Skin Moisturizers
- Pocket Knife – Put this in your checked luggage!
- Personal Toilet Articles – ( toothbrush, biodegradable soap, baby wipes, towel, shampoo, tampons, multi-vitamins etc)
- Collapsible Ski Poles – If you use these to hike
- Down Booties – for at night or sleeping
- Sandals – for around the camp
- Camera Gear – tripod, and telephoto lens, Electronic cameras work great, bring extra batteries and lots of memory.
- Personal First Aid Kit- Our expedition will have a large well equipped first aid kit. We also carry a Gamov Bag and our guides have extensive knowledge about third world illnesses and altitude problems. However, you should have a small personal kit with Band-Aids, tape, over the counter pain killers, Pepto Bismol tablets, Mole Skin or Mole Foam, Tums, Eye Drops and Cough Drops, second skin, 4X4” gauze. If you can, obtain a prescription of Cipro and Bactrin to bring along for your personal use.
What to carry all of this in?!
For traveling we recommend one or two of the Wild Things Mule Bags. The Mule Bags can be rented from us for $35. You are allowed 2 – 50 lb. duffels on the airplane. Paint your name and address on the outside of your bag for easy identification.
Clothing and Sleeping Bags can be rented from us.
If you need help finding gear or aren’t sure if what you have is adequate, just give us a call at 603-356-7013 and we will help you out.