Nepal Trek Gear Information & Updates
Trekking Gears that are advised for Trekking in Nepal are follows . Trekkers who are attending the Base Camp Trekking must have to strictly follow the list before starting the Trek.
most of the Trekking gear are available in Kathmandu and Good Karma Trekking can show you the shops who sell these stuffs but plz note that you will hardly find the quality things most of the street stores around Thamel offers the basic gears where as also there are some of them who sell the top imported gear, Mountain Hardwear, The North Face, Marmot, Black Diamond climbing gear etc
Kitbag (duffel bag / duffle bag)
For all the treks your gear that is carried by the porters or yaks is best packed in a strong kitbag. A simple design without wheels and without foldable handles is best. You can buy in Kathmandu, although they are not as tough as say the North Face Base Camp Duffel. Mountain Hardwear duffels look tough but are not. My favorite is the Patagonia Black Hole duffel, 120L (or 90L if you are a compact packer).
Down-filled bags are better for Nepal and beg, borrow or steal a good one (ie 4-5 season) because high altitude nights will be cool.
Teahouse trekking: in lodges there are quilts that can cover a thinner sleeping bag, so you can get away with a three season bag but if you have a 4 season bag, definitely bring.
Camping treks: high country 5000m nights are cold and you need a 4-5 season sleeping bag, so a bag rated better than -24C/-10F and for high altitude late October or November nights a rating closer to -29C/-20F is best. Note often your bag will get damp and you might not have a chance to dry for several days.
Good down is fluffy, light and thick. A muff (an extra section around the neck) makes a big difference to the overall warmth of a bag. Reasonable sleeping bags are cheaply available for rent in Kathmandu. Alternatively add a fleece sleeping bag liner to add warmth to a 3-4 season bag.
Sleeping bag liner
Cotton, silk, thermal or fleece. Saves washing your sleeping bag and adds warmth. Available in Kathmandu.
This should be comfortable and a good waist band that transfers some of the weight to the hips is most important. It needs to be big enough to take a jacket, fleece, water, camera and odds and ends. Kathmandu now offers a range of cheap fall-part packs to fanstastic Mammut and Black Diamond day packs, my personal favourite are my Osprey packs though (unavailable in Kathmandu).
For a happy trek you need comfortable feet. Good boots have good ankle support, plenty of toe room for long descents, a stiff sole to lessen twisting torsion, and are light because with every step you lift your boot up. Look at the inner lining, Cambrelle is good, a material that eats smelly feet bacteria. Gore-tex boots have an inner liner that help with warmth but your feet tend to sweat more in the warmer low country. You don't necessarily need Gore-tex boots. Good lightweight trekking boots or light all leather boots are perfect. Boots must be lightly worn in before trekking and this should include some steep hills to show up trouble spots.
The rougher the trek, the longer the trek, the tougher and newer your boots should be. If you are trekking in heavier boots then it may also be worth taking along some light running shoe-style trainers (eg Salomon XA's), and wear these for the first few days, switching to real boots in the higher country or when it rains. Check Scarpa's range as a starting point, for an idea of what is available.
In the low country your feet will be warm or even hot while walking so quality cotton mix sports socks can work well, or light hiking socks. Three to four pairs are enough. Thick trekking socks are better for higher up and cool evenings, three-four pairs. Mostly modern trekking boots fit snugly so wearing two pairs of socks at the same time is impractical. Socks with a high natural fibre content, wool or cotton, are usually more comfortable and less smelly than mainly synthenic socks. Avoid Coolmax socks.
Luxury and convenience for your feet at the end of the day. Sandals are good for treks with plenty of warm low country camps, and combined with socks higher up. To back boots up on remote treks consider cross-trainers which double as spare trek shoes. For teahouse treks where you can shower regularly flip-flops or crocs are essential, and cheaply available in Kathmandu.
Most trekkers consider this essential, but alternatives are a thick thermal top or a light down jacket.
Almost essential for the cool evenings. If you don't already have a jacket, they are readily available or easily rented in Kathmandu for around $1 a day. A down jacket is the best option, although a vest can also be brought along (ie bring a jacket as well).
Waterproof and breathable. Gore-tex (or similar) jackets are recommended for treks over passes or climbing trips. Plastic ponchos or non-breathable raincoats are not suitable.
Good thermals, both tops and bottoms, are one of the secrets to cold weather trekking comfort. A mid-weight top (zip-T style) is great for high country day wear. Lighter thermal tops are still useful in the low country and an expedition-weight thermal top is a good warm but light system for the real cold.
Silk-weight is light yet still warm, but for cooler treks mid-weight is perfect. A toasty (but not hot) sleep is essential for a full recovery.
Great for the chilly evenings, thicker is better (except for when the stoves in the teahouses really heat up!). Readily available in Kathmandu.
Primaloft pants are the expedition camper's best friend though.
T-shirts are popular but a travel shirt is more versatile. The collar protects the back of your neck and the sleeves can be rolled up or down. Take two so you can swap damp for dry.
You will live in these. Light material, loose and medium-coloured is best. You can survive with only one pair, although two is better, and if heading high, a soft shell pair is really useful.
If you have softshell trekking pants then special wind pants are not needed. If you do bring a pair, it is not necessary to have Gore-tex. Similar, non-waterproof is quite OK.
Nice for the evenings, and useful for cold trekking days. Beanies work, so do buffs.
For winter trekking a fleece neck gaiter is really the best for staying warm! A buff is versatile on less cold treks.
Definitely useful, especially on steep, rough terrain, but if you are not used to using them you can survive without. One can be useful for easing long descents.
Bring good wraparound glasses suitable for snow, its bright up there, but specialized glacier glasses with side pieces are not needed. Contact lens wearers report very few problems except cleaning them in the conditions. Ski goggles are unnecessary.
A good pair of wind-proof gloves is essential. Available in Kathmandu for cheap if you don't have a pair.
Should be one liter or more in capacity, take boiling water and be leak-proof. Nalgene or a similar brand, or European Aluminum bottles, are best, all available in Kathmandu. You need a minimum of 2 water bottles, or at least 1 water bottle IN ADDITION to a Camelback or hydration system.
Very useful on cold high country nights! You can buy a cheap one in Kathmandu.
The Black Diamond LED headtorches seem to be better than Petzls now. The whole range is available in Kathmandu.
Useful; Black Diamond now make a series of small lanterns that hang in a tent.
Toiletries and odds & ends
Essentials for the month only. The smallest tube of toothpaste available in Kathmandu is perfect for a month. Teahouse trekking, there are a surprising number of showers or buckets of hot water available. We provide toilet paper for camping treks and expeditions, you bring or buy along the way for tea-house treks. Deodorant can spare you grief with your room mate/tent partner...
Bring only a small one trekking, or a camp towel. In Kathmandu the hotel supplies towels.
Sunscreen and lip balm with sunscreen
The sun is strong at altitude, especially after snow. Bring sunscreen (high factor protection) AND lip balm WITH SPF 15, and better still SPF 30+. The best lip balm brand is Banana Boat, which is now often unavailable in Kathmandu.
A small tube for sensitive or well cared for skins. The air is dry and the sun harsh.
A technical running cap is ideal. A wide-brim sun hat is also good.
First aid kit
We carry a comprehensive med kit with aspirin, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, decongestants, lozenges, various antibiotics for Nepalese varieties of diarrhoea and chests infections, Diamox (an acclimatizing aid drug), antiseptic, antihistamine cream, oral rehydration, splints, bandages and band-aids.
You should bring any personal medicines that you need, and if you have had blisters in the past, a good kit.
You can get away without water purification but, especially for a hot trek, it is nice to be independent from the lodges or expedition crew. A bottle of iodine tablets such as Potable Aqua, PolarPure or Couglans can be useful however the most convenient system is the Steripen, which uses UV light to neutralize bugs in the water. We mostly use to water from the lodges but occasionally take water from the streams. The use of mineral water is discouraged from an environmental point of view, but is available everywhere.
Camera and video camera
One or two with high swapability. Kathmandu has some great second-hand book shops. Kindles work fine on treks as well.
Most people find wearing one while trekking is a hassle and keep it buried in their kitbag or daypack. The Kathmandu hotel has safety deposit boxes.
Not needed but if you have them, consider bringing them if going above 4000m.
Crampons and ice axe
Not needed for trekking - trekking is walking, not climbing.
Additional gear for camping treks
Inflatable sleeping pad
Thermarest or similar - for expedition/climbing treks ONLY, not tea-house treks. We provide a sponge foam mattress and if necessary, a closed cell pad, but if you have your own Thermarest, bring it. We also have a few available for rent.
Camp socks / Down booties
The fleece lined colourful wool socks available from some clothing shops in Kathmandu are a great addition to your kit and perhaps more practical than down booties although either will be a luxury for chilly evenings.
Around camp you can wear camp shoes, sandals (for non-winter treks) or leather boots. No matter what altitude and what season, it is cool to bloody freezing in the evenings. By far the best clothing is:
+ a down jacket, light or thick, available in Kathmandu. Fleece and layers isn't really enough.
+ Primaloft pants (hard to find) or thick fleece pants
+ fleece hat and neck gaiter
+ thick sox
+ Nalgene or Aluminum water bottle filled with boiling water
+ thick camp socks
Snacks and nutrition
You will feel your best with plenty of good food and keeping hydrated. We provide the food and the water. However you will also want wholesome snacks and vitamin tablets. Chocolate, chocolate bars, dried fruit bars and dried fruit are readily available in Kathmandu, but Clif bars, Power bars, energy gels and the like are not usually available.
Gear checklist in general which can be buy or hire in kathmandu
Sleeping bag ,Sleeping bag liner,Daypack,Down jacket/vest ,Trekking pants , Fleece jacket/vest ,Thermal top , Thermal bottom, Warm hat , Light gloves ,Down gloves ,Down booties ,Socks ,Toilet paper ,Extra passport photos ,One litre water bottles ,Pee bottle ,Film ,Novel ,Lip care ,Sunscreen ,Torch ,Camera ,Camp towel ,Optional ,Gaiters (not needed on most treks) ,Water purification ,Moisturizer,Bring from home ,Boots ,Socks ,Camp shoes ,Tevas and/or sandals ,Rain jacket ,Thermal top ,Thermal bottom ,Night wear top ,Neck gaiter ,Day wear shirt x2 ,Underwear ,Sun hat ,Sunglasses ,Toiletries and odds and ends ,Small towel/sarong ,Personal medicines ,Camera ,Money pouch/belt ,2x Passport photos ,USD30 cash for visa ,Energy bars ,Vitamin tablets