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Equipment List for Trekking in Nepal

You must have the correct clothing and equipment for trekking in Nepal. It could mean the difference between enjoying yourself and having a miserable time. The following trekking equipment list is a general idea of the personal items that you need to consider packing for your trekking in Nepal. Please use this packing list for trekking in Nepal as a guide. The personal items are of individual interest and choice. Moderation to the list can be done according to your specific needs, interests, duration of your entire trip, a season of your trip, etc. You can find most of these items in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

In supported trekking in Nepal, we provide Icicles Adventure duffel bags. You are suggested to repack heavy items in this duffel bag which will be carried by porters or yaks and should have a weight limitation of 15 kgs. Personal belongings that you may need for the day (during the hike) like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream, a pair of cloth that you may need for the day and toilet paper, etc., should be carried by yourself in your day pack. So you are suggested to pack items in two different bags. The porters carrying your luggage will walk ahead of you and you can only again meet them at the end of the day. Extra things that you don’t need during your trek like travel clothes, extra gear, purchases, valuable things, etc. can be locked up and left with our staff in Kathmandu.

Most trekking in Nepal proceeds from warm, low altitudes to cold, high altitudes. It will be necessary for you to be able to control your comfort by adding or taking off clothing as required. It is far better to have several layers that can be changed with temperature variations, or when you stop for rest during the day. During the trekking day, you may start walking with a light sweater and tracksuit pants. As the day progresses you may feel comfortable in T-shirt and shorts, then later on you may need to put on the tracksuit, and eventually a down jacket, warm pants, hat, and gloves.

Be prepared at all times whilst trekking to experience changing weather conditions. A day that starts sunny and clear could become cold and windy as you gain altitude. It can rain or snow at any time during the day or trekking season. Remember, your physical comfort and well-being greatly influences your ability to appreciate the trekking environment. Hopefully, you may not need all your rain or cold weather gear, but you must come prepared for a trekking adventure in Nepal.

Be careful with your selection of personal clothing. If possible, take clothing that is flexible in its uses. Be aware, too, that your main kit-bag will be carried by a porter during part or all of your trekking in Nepal; whilst Nepalese porters are capable of carrying weights that would make most trekkers Blanche, this is another reason why you should carefully limit the amount of weight and clothing you bring. (For instance, instead of bringing a large container of shampoo, bring a smaller pack.)

You are limited to one kitbag (supplied by us) of luggage whilst trekking in Nepal. Be aware that your sleeping bag and duvet jacket have to fit in your kit bag. This sausage-shaped zippered hold-all style bag is 80cm long x 40cm wide x 40cm deep. For an easy pack of personal gear and easy carrying by porters, all your clothing and equipment taken on trek should be kept in this bag, other than any items which you carry in your day pack. To ensure all clothing and equipment is kept dry, line the kitbag with a strong, large, plastic bag, and, for added protection wrap major items (such as your sleeping bag and down jacket) individually in another plastic bag.
Before your trek departure, personal equipment may be checked by your trek leader. Do not risk spoiling your trek or the groups by being thrifty on the equipment list for trekking in Nepal or clothing selection.

You may wish to leave old clothing (t-shirts, socks, old jumpers, running shoes, etc.) in the country at the end of the trekking in Nepal. Consider donating these items to your porters – they will be very much appreciated.

Do not leave obtaining your equipment until the last minute. With adequate planning, it may be possible to borrow some items from friends (ie. daypack, water bottle) if you do not have them already. Please contact us if you require any assistance.

Clothing for Kathmandu:

Informal clothing is all that is required. Remember to dress modestly. Light clothing is usually all that will be required for most of the year. During the winter months, December to February, it will be chilly in the early mornings and evenings. A warm fleece or similar jacket will be required. Do bring along a swimming costume as our hotel in Kathmandu has a swimming pool.

Gears you need During Trekking:



Lower Body – Legs

Upper Core Body


Head / Ears / Eyes

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

Toiletries and Personal Hygiene

Miscellaneous, but essential!

Optional (Luxuries)

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

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