Kit list for trekking in Nepal

The basic idea of the trekking gear for the Himalayas. This Himalaya trekking kit list aims to keep you warm, dry, protected from the sun, able to move comfortably in the mountains and able to be comfortable in the evenings and night.

You will be given a detailed kit list after booking, but the main points to cover are as follows:-

  • BAGS - Rucksack or duffle bag for a porter to carry plus a day pack to be carried by you. Your daypack should be comfortable and capable of carrying everything you need for the day, plus any valuable items such as a camera and passport.
  • SHELL - Top and bottom waterproofs to keep off wind/rain.
  • PUFFY LAYER – A puffy jacket, filled with either down or synthetic, designed to be worn while doing physical activity in the outdoors is essential for your kit. This layer will not only keep you warm on the trail should it be cold, but also help you stay cozy in lodges and teahouses. Often times, these places do not have heat outside of the common area, so a warm puffy jacket will come in handy.
  • LAYERS - Shirts, trousers, shorts, T-shirts, jumpers and jackets, hats and gloves. We advise that you do not wear cotton while trekking. Cotton can actually make you colder, and in certain cases, give you hypothermia. Look for synthetic or merino wool material for your layering system.
  • BASELAYER - Thin layers to wick away any sweat and to wear for cold mornings. Both top and bottom. At least two sets.
  • UNDERWEAR – We recommend non-cotton. 5-7 pairs.
  • FEET - Comfortable boots with a good sole and ankle support. Lighter footwear to change into in the evenings. Always be sure that footwear is well-broken in prior to arriving in Nepal. For socks we advise using non-cotton socks with plenty of cushion. If you are prone to blisters, consider getting silk sock liners. 3-5 pairs.
  • SLEEPING - Warm sleeping bag (3 or 4 season) to get a good night’s sleep at the lodges (they also have blankets)
  • DRINKING - Water bottles should be hard plastic (Nalgene), not throwaway bottles. We also advise that you do not bring a water bladder. Hose lines can freeze, and if you use boiled water, the hot water will melt your water bladder. For purification methods, we encourage you to bring a UV Filter (SteriPEN), iodine tablets, or a backcountry water filter. Please bring spare batteries if you have a UV filter and at least one other method for sterilizing water.
  • WASHING & MEDICAL - wash kit, quick-dry travel towel, first aid kit, blister kit, extra toilet paper, hand sanitizer, lotion (the air is quite dry), lip balm, prescription medication, over-the-counter medication.

Annapurna Circuit trek

Stunning views along the Annapurna Circuit.

  • SUN CARE - sunglasses, sunhat, sunscreen
  • TREKKING - trekking poles, umbrella, dry bags, waterproof cover for your rucksack
  • PERSONAL ITEMS - cameras, books, headlamp, music, journal, etc.
  • OPTIONAL ITEMS – Buff or neck gaiter, down booties (for warmth in the teahouse), ear plugs, camping pillow, trekking crampons (like Kathoola Microspikes) if you are traveling during a snowy season, silk sock liners for extra warmth or blister prevention, she-wee or other female urinary device, dry shampoo, and snacks. You can buy snacks along the trail, purchase them in Kathmandu, or bring your favourite treat from home. Bringing a treat from home is a fun way to share some of your culture on the trail. It’s also helpful for those days in which nothing looks tasty. Remember, no cow products. Cows are sacred in Nepal.
  • ELECTRONICS – Charging your electronics will cost money while on a trek in Nepal. If you would like to avoid this cost, consider bringing your own portable charger. Electronics do not like the cold. Sleep with your phone and any batteries in order to avoid bad battery life due to cold weather. 
  • REPAIR KIT - (optional but potentially very useful for trekking peaks), gaffer tape, super glue, cable ties, needle + thread,4mm accessory cord ~2m, multi-tool

  • EATING/DRINKING - Drinks bottles (preferably Nalgene) and insulated bottle covers, snacks eg chocolate, energy drink powder, energy gels, jelly cubes etc, 'P' optional Thermos flask (metal, 1 litre)
  • OTHER - 'P' pee bottle, toilet roll, passport & copies, visa, insurance details, money, credit cards, plane ticket, books, cards, games

    Yala Peak (8)

Climbing Yala Peak, one of the many trekking peaks in the Himalayas.

  • 'P' CLIMBING EQUIPMENT for trips on trekking peaks only - 10 or 12 point crampons (for snow climbing), walking axe & leash, walking poles with snow baskets, mountaineering harness (alpine harness is more comfortable), carabiners (screwgate) - you will need at least two. Mountaineering Helmet, Slings (long and short) - you will need at least two, Jumar (A device used to climb a rope. This device can slide up the rope but not back down), Abseil device like a figure eight or stitch plate. Prussic loop  (A small loop of rope is wrapped around the climbing rope using a prussic knot. The prussic can slide up and down the rope but when weight is applied to it, the prussic will lock onto the climbing rope, 'Cows tail' (A length of rope with a krab or jumar on one end and the other attached to a harness) - this can easily be made or you can use a couple of short slings

  • PERSONAL MEDICAL KIT - Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, Antiseptic Wipes, Adhesive Plasters, Blister Plasters, Zinc Tape, Insect Repellent, Antihistamine tablets, Rehydration Sachets, Personal Medication as required, e.g Anti-Malarials, Asthma Inhalers, Insulin, Epi-Pen etc, Throat Lozenges, Latex gloves, Crepe Bandage, Hydrocortisone Cream, Prochlorperazine tablets (for sickness/nausea), Ciprofloxacin tablets (general antibiotic; prescription required), Acetazolamide tablets (altitude prophylactic; prescription required).

    Note: you must check with your GP for your personal suitability to all medicines and their possible side effects and interactions. Please inform us of the details of all regular medication that you intend to use through the course of your trip and any relevant allergies and medical history related to them. You also need to check the requirements and regulations of the airline and all countries visited in relation to medications. For example; laws governing transport of some pain control medication and the need keep insulin at a suitable temperature, ie not in the cargo hold.


If you are travelling with us on our yoga trek and retreat, there are a few extra items you will need for your journey. Number one is your yoga mat. If you prefer to practice yoga in yoga-specific clothing, please be advised that Nepal is a traditionally conservative country. Showing your mid-drift or wearing revealing clothing is frowned upon in Nepal.

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Yak bells hang from a village wall.


All equipment (both real and fake!) can be hired in Kathmandu and also higher in the mountains in Namche Bazaar. The shops sell just about anything you may need, in terms of equipment, snacks, food and of course souvenirs.

Luggage Allowance on Internal Flight to Lukla

Please note that standard luggage limits on internal flights are 15kg in total which covers your porters bag (12.5kg) which will go in the hold plus your hand luggage (trek day bag). You can of course wear your trekking boots and jacket to help cut down on the weight of your bag. You will also have left any city clothes or extra travel kit in Kathmandu. If your combined weight is over 15kg you will need to pay an excess baggage charge on the flight however it's ony $1 / kg. If you have a particularly heavy porters bag that means we'll require additional porters then you will need to cover this fee. Most people have no issues with a 12.5kg porter bag plus their own day bag. 

Everest Base Camp - Namche Bazaar

The town of Namche Bazar is a stop along many trekking routes in the Khumbu Region.