Equipment Checklist

Have you booked the trek and are unsure about what to pack? No need to worry! We've crafted an indispensable trekking checklist tailored for adventurers like you. And if you're pressed for time or can't seem to find what you need close to home, Kathmandu is your go-to destination. This vibrant city is filled with a plethora of trekking essentials, offering everything from cherished local creations to renowned international brands, ensuring you won't miss a thing.

Let's talk about a critical piece of advice: keep your luggage light. Given that porters can manage up to 25 kg for two trekkers, it's crucial to pack thoughtfully.

Below is the checklist of equipment you need for the trek.


  • Duffel or Rucksack Bag: NHT provides a 70-liter duffle bag for your trekking gear. An extra bag is recommended for non-trek items left at the hotel.
  • Day Pack (20-22 Liter): For carrying daily essentials like water, snacks, and a camera.
  • Down Jacket: Provided by NHT, rated for -20°C, essential for warmth. Must be returned after the trek.
  • 4 Seasons Sleeping Bag: Provided by NHT, rated for -20°C, ensures a comfortable sleep in cold conditions. Must be returned after the trek.
  • Extra Batteries/Power Bank: For recharging devices in areas without power sources.
  • Charger for Devices: Bring a charger compatible with your devices. It's essential for keeping your electronics charged throughout the trek.
  • Travel Adapter: Nepal uses plug types C, D, and M. A universal travel adapter that fits these types will ensure you can charge your devices wherever power is available.
  • Bag Covers: Waterproof covers to protect your bags against rain and snow.


  • Sun Hat or Scarf: Protects against the sun's rays.
  • Light Balaclava or Warm Fleece Hat: For warmth during cold mornings and evenings.
  • Sunglasses with UV Protection: Essential for eye protection against glare and UV rays. 
  • Headband or Ear Covers: Offers additional warmth for ears without covering the head.


  • Thin, Lightweight Inner Socks: To wick away moisture.
  • Thick, Warm Wool Hiking Socks: For warmth and cushioning.
  • Hiking Boots: Insulated and waterproof, crucial for comfort and traction.
  • Camp Shoes (Sneakers/Sandals): For relaxation at the campsite.
  • Gaiters: For added protection against snow and rain.
  • Spare Laces: Backup for any breakages.
  • Microspikes: Optional, recommended if trekking in winter for added traction on snow and ice.


  • Lightweight Gloves: For mild cold.
  • Heavyweight Gloves or Mittens: For severe cold, ensuring warmth.
  • Hand Warmers: Optional, provide instant heat for extremely cold weather.


  • Under Garments: Breathable and moisture-wicking.
  • Hiking Shorts: For warmer days.
  • Lightweight Cotton Long Pants: Versatility for changing temperatures.
  • Light & Expedition Weight Thermal Bottoms: Base layer for warmth.
  • Fleece Pants: For extra insulation on colder days.
  • Waterproof Shell Pants: Essential for rain and snow protection.


  • T-Shirts: Preferably moisture-wicking fabric.
  • Light & Expedition Weight Thermal Tops: For layering.
  • Fleece Jacket: For warmth.
  • Waterproof Shell Jacket: Protects against rain and wind.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper Jacket (Optional): Additional layer against the wind.
  • Insulated Vest: Adds warmth without bulk.


  • Headlamp: With spare batteries for early morning or late evening.
  • First Aid Kit: Recommended to carry a general one, although NHT also supplies a basic kit with the guide.
  • Large Plastic Bags: Keep items dry in case of rain.
  • Trekking Poles: For additional support and balance.
  • Water Bottles: To stay hydrated.
  • Toiletries: Including a small wash towel and toilet paper.
  • Lip Balm: Hydrate and Defend Against UV Rays
  • Water Purification Tablets: Optional, as NHT provides Purification tables on request.
  • Dry Bags/Ziploc Bags: For waterproofing sensitive items.
  • Earplugs: Ensure Peaceful Sleep, Even When Your Roommate Snores.


  • Personal Care Kit: Toothbrush/Paste, Multipurpose Soap, Nail Cutter, Small Mirror.
  • Sunscreen: High SPF for high altitude protection.
  • Moisturizer: To combat dry skin.


  • Wet Wipes/Baby Wipes: For a quick refresh.
  • Tissue/Toilet Roll: Essential for personal hygiene.
  • Anti-bacterial Hand Wash.
  • Blister Plasters/Moleskin: For foot care.
  • Portable Hand Sanitizer: When water is not available.


  • Maps and Trail Guides: To enhance the trekking experience. NHT provides a pocket map for all trekkers.
  • Snacks/Energy Bars: Quick energy sources.
  • Camera with Extra Memory Cards: For capturing memories.
  • Notebook and Pen: For jotting down thoughts or information.

This checklist is designed to help you collect all the necessities for a trek that's not only comfortable and safe but truly remarkable.

Remember, the true spirit of trekking lies in embracing the adventure with both lightness and intelligence. 

The Nepal Hiking Team is at your service, ready to ensure your trekking adventure is nothing less than phenomenal. Prepare yourself for an incredible trekking journey!