Clothes and Equipment

During Trekking Pack several loose fitting, layered outfits. Synthetic fibers that wick away moisture and dry quickly are best. A typical outfit consists of an inner insulating layer, warming layer and outer shell to protect from wind and rain.

A good, broken-in pair of trekking boots and quality socks are essential. Boots with ankle support and thick tread are ideal

Around Town

Dress casual and comfortable, though it is best to remain on the conservative side. Slacks or jeans, skirts and sundresses (skirts should come to the knees), and T-shirts or button-down shirts are fine. Sandals and open toed shoes are acceptable.

What to pack for your trek

Most trekkers pack their equipment in a sturdy backpack designed for trekking (approx. 50 litre) even if they plan on trekking with a porter to carry their bag for them. A smaller daypack (25 litre) can serve as a trail bag for carrying water and snacks and can also be used as an airplane carry-on.All manner of gear and accessories are available for purchase in Kathmandu, but be advised the quality varies widely and items that appear to be name brand are often low quality reproductions. Be sure to allow space in your luggage for souvenirs on your return flight! The following is a list of typical items to consider packing for your trek:

Personal Items

  1. Passport
  2. Wrist watch/alarm clock
  3. Flash light (headlamp is preferable)
  4. Camera, spare batteries and memory card
  5. Bandana
  6. Quick-dry towel
  7. Sunglasses
  8. Sunblock (at least 35 SPF)
  9. Brimmed hat to protect from sun exposure
  10. Trekking poles
  11. Water bottle and/or bladder-style hydration system
  12. Water purification tablets
  13. Personal care items and medications
  14. Biodegradable soap (doubles as laundry detergent)
  15. Thin sleeping bag liner
  16. Light paperback book, playing cards, etc.
  17. Trail snacks
  18. Cash, credit cards or traveller's cheques


  1. 1-2 pairs insulating base layers
  2. 1-2 pairs lightweight trekking pants
  3. 1-2 T-shirts
  4. Fleece or thermal shirt
  5. Waterproof raingear (top and bottom)
  6. Insulated cap
  7. 3-4 pairs cotton blend underwear
  8. 3-4 pairs wool blend socks
  9. Worn-in trekking boots
  10. Sandals or flip-flops

First-Aid items

  1. Foot powder and moleskin
  2. Ace bandage
  3. Assorted small bandages
  4. Aspirin/Ibuprofen
  5. Lip balm
  6. Antihistamine tablets
  7. Throat lozenges
  8. Antibiotic ointment
  9. Immodium or anti-diarrhea medication
  10. Any prescription medications