Nepal is a country of unbelievable sights and culture. There are a number of treks that are available for every kind of backpacker. From the ever popular “teahouse treks” to the true mountaineering adventure through the Himalayan mountains, Nepal is a world of vast opportunity for adventure. But you must be prepared, so here is a guide on what to pack for a multi-day trek in Nepal to ensure you are ready.
Best Time to Trek in Nepal
First, in order to know what you have to pack in regards of temperature, you need to know when the best time to go to Nepal actually is. Though you can travel through Nepal throughout the year, most trekkers arrive between fall and spring—the peak seasons.
The Ultimate Packing List for Nepal
Once you decide when you are a going to Nepal, you can decide what kind of clothes to pack (layers, quick dry gear, thermals/insulation, waterproof) and what gear you will be needing.
Depending on the amount of days you plan on spending in Nepal, a 45L pack should be sufficient for 5-7 days. A 45L lightweight backpack is going to hold more than enough gear, and it will still be easy enough to carry across distances. It is possible to rent a backpack in Kathmandu or Pokhara, but if you plan on doing extended trekking, buying your own is always a solid investment.
In Nepal, rain and snow are prominent. You never know when a storm is going to pop up. That is why it is important to carry a dry sack with you to protect your valuables from the precipitation or flooding.
Lightweight for lower altitudes and if you plan on moving from teahouse to teahouse. A -10 degree Celsius down sleeping bag will be rather toasty during summer, spring, and fall months but will be more than enough at higher elevations. Should you be staying at lodges or tea houses along the trails, simply bring a summer sleeping bag for sanitary reasons.
This should be enough to last you seven days:
Quick-dry is better for cooler and winter months, since it will wick away perspiration and prevent you from getting chilled. Layer thin shirts over each other for quick removal/add-on to adjust to temperature changes in the mountains.
In Nepal, unless you are going to areas where it is warm all the time, your best bet is to have outerwear with you. For jackets, the recommended styles are windbreakers and thin waterproof jackets. Local shops in Thamel will also have these items in supply, as well as waterproof pants, if you feel like you would rather wait to obtain them.
One of the best investments you will ever make as a trekker is getting a decent pair of boots. In Nepal, you are going to be slogging through snow, wading through water, climbing stairs, and working through muddy meadows. Your feet are going to need protection from the elements, so opt for a waterproof, lightweight version. For the fall months, you can simply wear broken in trail runners (running shoes).
A quick-drying travel towel is a excellent addition to your gear. A towel is nice to have when you want to wash and dry your hands or face. In certain situations, you can even wrap a thinner towel around your neck to soak up sweat or prevent sunburn.
A reusable water bottle that you can refill along the way is always smart to pack. Water-bladders in your pack also work, but you might have to save the space for something else. Whatever you do, though, do not purchase bottled water, especially at higher elevations. It is a main cause of pollution in the mountains. You can purify water from drinking points with water tablets, or if you may also opt to buy boiled water at teahouses. Do it—for the environment and the economy.
First Aid Kit
Wherever you travel, a first aid kit is useful for scrapes and bruises. Purchase a compact, lightweight model that has everything you would need to treat common injuries and ailments like bandages, antibiotics, painkillers, diarrhea pills, and altitude sickness pills. Local pharmacies in Nepal also have these items in stock, just in case you forget to replenish your stores prior to arriving. Anti-blister sticks can help to reduce and relief blisters, and Vitamin C will help keep your immune system strong.
Sunscreen, Sunglasses, and Hat
You're going to be spending hours outside in direct sunlight. It is important to take precautions against getting horrendously burned. Be sure to bring some outdoor sunscreen with you that is rated at least 30+ SPF. Also bring sunglasses and a sunhat to protect your face from the sun and sun glare off snow at higher elevations.
Here are some items that you should consider packing to make your expedition much more comfortable:
What Not to Bring
Now that you know what is essential for a 5-7day trip to Nepal, let’s quickly look at what you don’t need to pack:
Nepal awaits—are you prepared? Don't forget the travel essentials like a compass and map, as well as sun protection and clothes to help you survive the varying temperatures and weather patterns. Once you have the essential items, nothing can stop you from experiencing the wonders of Nepal.