Trekking Gear and Equipment checklist for Nepal and other Himalayan nations

Trekking Gear and Equipment checklist for Nepal and other Himalayan nations

Necessary equipment varies depending on trekking routes, seasonal factors, and chosen method of trekking (tea-house or camping accommodations). Equipment for all types of treks is available for rental or purchase in the vicinity of our Kathmandu office. Trekking guide will provide you with detailed information on equipment and packing lists prior to your departure. 

The most important consideration for any trek is staying warm and dry, lightweight, breathable, moisture-winking under layers are highly recommended. Insulating layers and jackets are necessary. Warming layers such as a fleece are adequate for lower altitude treks, while at higher altitudes, down jackets are advisable. Comfortable trekking boots, quality socks (wool socks are recommended), and head covering (insulating caps and brimmed caps designed to block sunlight) are essential. Outer layers should be made of waterproof, wind-blocking material such as Gore-Tex. For camping-style treks, quality sleeping bags are necessary. For tea-house trekking, beds and blankets are provided (though we recommend carrying a lightweight sleeping bag liner for your comfort). Sunglasses and sun-block cream, drinking water bottles, torchlight, foot care items such as foot powder and Moleskin, insect repellent, and personal hygiene items are also necessary. 


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Medical Considerations

Your trek leader will be first-aid trained and supplied with quality medical equipment. However, we recommend that clients carry a small first-aid kit for personal use. The following is a list of typical medical items to consider including in your packing list (similar first-aid kits are available for purchase in Kathmandu).

  • Aspirin or Panadol - for pain or fever.
  • Antihistamine - a decongestant for colds and allergy relief.
  • Kaolin preparation (Pepto-Bismol), Imodium or Lomotil - for stomach upsets.
  • Rehydration mixture - for treatment of severe diarrhea.
  • Antiseptic, mercurochrome and antibiotic powder spray - for cuts and grazes.
  • Water-purification tablets.
  • Throat lozenges (Strepsils).
  • Sulamyd 10% eye drops.
  • Antacid tablets.
  • Calamine lotion - to ease irritation from insect bites or stings.
  • Bandages and Band-Aids - for minor injuries.
  • Scissors and tweezers.


Nepalese immigration does not require any vaccination for your visit to Nepal. For concerned parties, vaccinations for Cholera, Meningitis, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, and Gamma Globulin should be considered.

Personal Equipment Checklist For All Treks


  1. Trekking or running shoes
  2. Camp shoes or thongs
  3. Socks- polypropylene


  1. Down or fiber-filled jacket
  2. Jumper or pile jacket
  3. Hiking shorts (for man) or skirt
  4. Waterproof jacket, poncho or raincoat
  5. Hiking pants
  6.  T-shirt or blouses
  7.  Underwear
  8.  Sun hat or cap

Other equipment

  • Trekking poles
  • Rucksack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Water bottle
  • Torchlight, Batteries or Charger

Miscellaneous items 

  • Toilet articles
  • Toilet paper 
  • Small knife
  • Sunblock cream 
  • Easy dry towel
  • Laundry soup or liquid
  • Medical first aid kit

For treks above 4,000 meters


  • Mountain trekking boots
  • Woolen socks, to wear with boots
  • Down booties 


  • Insulated pants
  • Nylon wind breaker
  • Nylon wind pants
  • Long underwear
  • Woolen hat or balaclava
  • Gloves
  • Gaiters 

Miscellaneous items

  • Goggles or sunglass
  • Lip guard cream
  • Optional Equipment

Photography Equipment

  • Camera & lenses
  • Lens cleaning equipment
  • Memory cards 
  • Charger cable for your mobile or camera

Toys & Navigation aids 

  • GPS unit
  • Altimeter
  • Thermometer

Miscellaneous Items

  • Binoculars
  • Books to read while waiting for flight or free evening 
  • Small suitcase or extra duffel bag to leave your city cloths.

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