A lot of people take trekking way too seriously. While trekking is adventurous, fun, exciting and will push your body to the absolute limits, you need not take it too seriously. Outsiders and foreigners often spend almost too much time preparing for their trek in Nepal.
Tourists tend to bring even climbing gears, body suit and plenty of other stuffs. While being well prepared doesn’t hurt, you will most likely not use any of these stuffs. These stuffs are only needed for climbing or summiting, which is quite different from Trekking. Actually, almost too different, as high level of skill is required for summiting or climbing compared to trekking.
In fact, the list of gears and resources you need for majority of trekking in Nepal is surprisingly little. Of course, this is for the peak seasons and considering that no any unfortunate incidents occur.
Here is a list of the 6 best resources you need for trekking in Nepal, and this should cover pretty much everything.
Lightweight High Traction Boots and Sandals
The trail ahead is rocky and even snowy, so you will need high quality hiking/trekking boots to comfortably walk. However, make sure you break in your boots well before heading to Nepal. Also, you will need a pair of sandals or slippers, best if they are closed ones. You will need them to walk inside the hotels, basecamp, etc.
The first rule of trekking is nothing heavy. You will need a warm windproof jacket because it will get windy further up you go. Along with that, you should also pack a lightweight rain cover. For inner apparels, pack your most comfortable underwear, along with that you will need long sleeve thermal wears, warm hats and enough pair of socks.
Packing the right amount is always going to get tricky, but you should pack the absolute minimum. You will be thankful. Up there, a kg starts to weigh 10 with every 1000 meters.
Your smartphone is probably going to be rendered useless due to lack of network and dead battery. Buy maps and guidebooks that are easy to read, you shouldn’t have any problem finding them in English.
Snacks and Water Bottles
At times, you will be walking for hours and miles crossing several hills before coming across a single soul. And mountains will feel like a stranded desert. Have snacks and water bottles to keep yourself energized.
Sunglasses, duct tapes, Swiss knife and such items can prove valuable in the mountains. Have multi-purposeful items close by.
Along with that, you will want additional accessories such as cameras, headphones, extra batteries, sunscreen, trekking poles and sleeping bag (if off season).
Wipes, Tissues and Daily Necessities
While there are good homestays and hotels available in almost all popular trekking destinations, it still doesn’t hurt to be prepared. Have items like baby wipes, tissue paper, soaps, etc neatly packed.
You can only carry so much when you have to trek for days so pack the absolute minimum. Avoid heavy extra accessories unless you have a porter or you have covered similar trekking trails in the past with the same sort of supplies.