Trekking Equipment

On arrival before the trek you will be given a trekking sack and this is where you will pack all your trekking gears, except for the items which you need to have with you at all times. The trekking sacks will be carried by the porters and you will need to carry a small daypack (20-30 lt) with all your daytime essentials.

Generally you will need a warm top or jacket, rain poncho, money, water bottle, camera gear and personal items such as sun screen, lip salve etc. Consider carefully what you bring in your daypack each day because it is very difficult to access the main luggage once porters set off for the day. You want to make sure that you have all that you may need but also that you carry the lightest load possible.

Please note that there is no need to feel guilty or uneasy about the loads that the porters carry. This is the traditional method of transporting everything in Nepal and it provides much needed employment, and therefore brings wages into the community. It is also the most natural way of goods transport for local people who are used to it since their childhood.

We have listed all trekking gears necessary under each individual trek page so please read the list carefully before setting off on your trip. Please remember however that any given equipment list, while being comprehensive, is also general so you need to use your own judgement on the gear that you pack. If you are one of those people that feels the cold easily then it would be worth considering an extra layer of clothing or a thicker jacket and sleeping bag. Likewise, if you tend to drink a lot of water during exercise then please increase your water bottle capacity or number.

General Equipments List for trekking in Nepal:

  • Warm Jacket - goose down feather or polyester fiber, thickness depending on the season and trekking trail. This is needed for around camp in the mornings/evenings and on very cold days, should be windproof. Makes for an excellent pillow at night.
  • Sleeping Bag - goose down feather or polyester fiber, thickeness depending on season and trekking trail
  • Sleeping Bag Liner - flannel or thermal liner sheet to keep your sleeping bag clean and fresh
  • Walking Boots - lightweight, water proof, make sure they fit correctly with plenty of toe room. Need to be worn in well before the trek
  • Sandals or Flip-Flops – for use in the teahouses to rest your feet from the boots
  • Rain Poncho - very useful for sudden showers and fits easily in your day pack and can cover your daypack too
  • Sweater or warm fleece top - additional warm layer for cold evenings and to put on while taking a break during trekking. It’s important to keep warm when taking a rest as the body temperature drops suddenly when we take a break from intense exercise in cool mountain air
  • Trekking Trousers - lightweight, quick drying long trousers and shorts. In winter months warm and thick trekking pants are required
  • Track Pants - for teahouse wear after trekking
  • Tops - a few lightweight, quick drying long sleeved tops and T-shirts
  • Sleeping & Yoga Clothes - appropriate comfortable wear for sleeping and yoga
  • Hat, Scarf & Gloves - Wool or fleece 'beanie' or balaclava for nights and cold days. During the winter you will need to sleep in a hat. Sunhat with wide brim to protect face and neck from sunrays during the day
  • Underwear - thermal or sports underwear
  • Socks - light socks and wool socks
  • Toiletries - soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo, washing powder, wet wipes, toilet paper etc.
  • Water Bottle - minimum 1 liter capacity, make sure it does not leak. You can also use a camel bag instead of water bottle
  • Sunscreen and Lip Guard 30 SPF +
  • Day pack - medium sized, comfortable backpack with a waist strap or padded waist belt
  • Sun Glasses - some people prefer not to wear sunglasses while trekking, in this case a good sunhat to keep your face and eyes shaded. If walking though snow, very dark sunglasses or snow goggles are a must
  • Plastic Bags - small plastic bags to separate items in the trekking sack and to keep clean clothes away from dirty clothes as well as protect from damp or wet conditions
  • Money Belt - for security on the trail and around town
  • Towel - small to medium very lightweight and quick drying travel towel
  • Torch - headlamp is the best as it leaves hands free
  • Personal Medical Kit - band aid, antiseptic, blister plasters, Imodium, bandage, painkillers, insect repellent, throat lozenges, cold medicine, knee/ankle supports, muscle rub like Deep Heat, Move or Tiger Balm, personal medication
  • Camera - with charger and spare batteries
  • Games - playing cards, travel games, book (e-book reader takes much less space)

  • Items provided by Purna Yoga & Treks (to be returned after the trek):

  • Yoga Mat
  • Meditation Blanket
  • Medical Kit

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