Treks in Nepal are often along the route the local people use daily. Considering this fact, it is not necessary to carry any climbing equipment, tents, or other outdoor survival kits unless you are undertaking an expedition. Your choice of clothes depends on the weather and the place of your travel. Most equipment and clothing required can be easily gathered in Kathmandu or Pokhara, and these are easily available for hire at different outlets.
To avoid the hassles of finding the equipment at the last minute, here is a short list of items to pack if you are taking a trek in Nepal anytime soon. The list contains only the bare basics, and can be extended depending on your preference and personal needs:
- A small trekking map
- Head torch with batteries
- First Aid Kit containing paracetamol, sunblock, burn cream, small bandages, antiseptic cream
- Tissue paper for emergency toilet breaks
- Chapstick for dry lips due to extreme climate and heavy breathing
- Plastic bags to keep things like dirty laundry
- Water Bottles
- Washing items: soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
- Cotton shirts and pants for sun protection (easy to walk and wash material)
- Windproof jacket/downjacket
- Camera, chargers, power bank and memory cards
- Swiss Army Knife
- Trekking poles for rough terrain
If you are undertaking an expedition or peak climb, it is recommended to contact your travel agency or guide for the list of essential items before packing.