What trekking equipment is needed when trekking in Nepal

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In order to fully enjoy your trek in Nepal having the right equipment is a must. The ‘right’ equipment depends, however, on the type of trekking (teahouse or camping), time of year, general weather conditions, and the maximum altitude of the trek.

In picking your equipment, please note that a properly packed backpack is light and includes multipurpose clothing items. And, it always includes sufficiently warm clothing, especially during winter season in Nepal (Dec – Feb).

Not having the required equipment and clothing will not only significantly decrease the pleasure of trekking in Nepal, but could worst case be life threatening.

Should you be new to trekking and therefore need a lot of new gear we advise you to buy the trekking equipment in Nepal.

Recommended trekking equipment for your trekking adventure in Nepal:


  • Warm jacket – down jacket, if possible.
  • Water and windproof jacket (alternatively bring a poncho or umbrella)
  • Long sleeved synthetic fleece (windproof material, if possible)
  • Thermal underwear
  • Hat, pair of gloves and scarf
  • Comfortable hiking trousers (loose fitting)
  • Shorts and trousers, or skirt
  • 2 pairs of warm wool-blend socks
  • 2 pairs of running socks or liner socks
  • Proper hiking boots
  • Running shoes and flip-flops
  • 2-3 t-shirts

During winter season, additional clothings may include:

  • The outer jacket should be warm, down jacket is highly recommended during winter season
  • Bring a pair of warm winter trousers, in addition to the hiking trousers
  • Bring at least one windproof layer of clothes, helping to reduce any chill factor influence.
  • Snow gaitors

Trekking Gear

  • Pair of polarizing sun-glasses (to be comfortable and to avoid potential snow-blindness)
  • Backpack and backpack cover (against rain and dust)
  • Map of the trekking area
  • Head torch, or small torch, plus spare batteries
  • Sleeping bag and silk liner
  • 2 x water bottles


  • Toiletries
  • A small light weight and quick drying towel
  • Bar of soap
  • Sunscreen (SPF +20)
  • Earplugs
  • Insect repellants (for lower elevations)
  • First aid kid
  • Water purification tables or a water filter
  • Some Diamox pills against potential altitude sickness (if going beyond 4,000 m elevations)
  • Toilet paper

Optional items

  • Camera, battery etc
  • Altimeter
  • Compass
  • Binoculars
  • Books/magazines
  • Trekking poles
  • GPS unit
  • Padlocks for guest house rooms and bags
  • Sewing/repair kit
  • Pocket knife
  • Candles (for lodges)
  • Dairy or notebook plus pencil/pen

DIY camping

  • Tent
  • Stove and fuel
  • Cooking, eating and drinking utensils
  • Sleeping mat
  • Food and water (for the very remote trekking areas)

We hope the above was useful. If not, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.

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