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Travel Clothing/Equipments

When you go trekking, the equipment you take can have a great influence on how much you enjoy your experience. It can even be a matter of life or death in the high Himalaya.

For normal treks, as opposed to mountaineering, your equipment need not be too specialised but it needs to fulfil certain basic requirements. Primarily, you need to be protected from the elements. You need to be kept dry and warm, you need protection from the sun and you need to be comfortable at all times. Since you will be walking every day, footwear is of the utmost importance. Many a trek has been ruined by wearing poor boots or shoes that are not well broken in or are a poor fit.

The following list is the minimum recommended for all treks. Items marked * can easily be bought or hired in Kathmandu.

  • Wind/water proof jacket and pants*
  • Warm jacket (fleece or down)*
  • Warm pants*
  • Sleeping bag (or liner if lodge trekking)*
  • Well broken in walking boots or shoes
  • Spare shoes or sandals
  • Gaiters if you are likely to be in snow
  • Sun hat
  • Warm hat*
  • Shirts/t-shirts
  • Long pants (loose fitting)
  • Long skirt (for ladies)
  • Spare socks and underwear
  • Sunglasses (100% UV protection)
  • Sunblock
  • Water bottle (metal or plastic)*
  • Torch with spare batteries and bulbs*
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medical supplies
  • Small back pack for daily needs*
  • Duffle bag for portering extra gear*

Add to this personal items such as;

  • Camera with film and spare batteries
  • Reading material
  • Music tapes or CDs (and player)
  • Walking stick or ski pole(s)
  • Photos to show the locals (of home or family)

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