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Equipment recomended

Equipment recomended

Equipment recomended

Feb 18 2018

General equipment recommended

In the city of Kathmandu from June to September (and nowadays also October) is the time of the monsoon, so it can rain normally, usually at afternoon, evening or at night. It implies that when it rains temperatures do not rise excessively, but when it does not rain and the sun and hot are strong. Cool summer clothing, shorts and lightweight and easy to remove footwear will be most appropriate, plus some lightweight clothing for early morning or dusk, or in the rural areas and at higher altitudes, where temperatures could be fresher. During winter it will be necessary to wear clothes for colder temperatures, although during the day will not be icy, with average temperatures of between 2º and 20º.

We list here some pieces to include in your personal equipment and/or luggage, but of course, the final decision is yours:

  • Clothing at your discretion and depending on the season and your sensitivity to heat and cold. You can read our little guide of "four things about Nepal" where you will find more detailed advice
  • A small flashlight will be very useful walking in the street at night and for frequent power short cuts
  • Replacement batteries and a multiple sockets to plug several devices at once, remember that there are few plugs in the rooms.
  • Sunglasses and sun protection for skin and lips if you go to mountain areas
  • Small AID kit, with scissors, tweezers, bandages, antiseptic, and some basic medicines: paracetamol, ibuprofen, antihistamines and antidiarrheal. Don't bring a full hospital in your luggage
  • A small sewing tools always saves you from a hassle
  • If your itinerary includes trek or sleep in private homes a thin silk or cotton sleeping bag can make you feel more comfortable.
     

Equipment for trek

Treks often start at a low altitude and the early stages can be sultry, but as we win altitude is refreshing. Above 4000m the nights are very cold and will test your sleeping bag and clothes even if you are inside the lodge. The quantity and quality of clothing you carry will depend a lot on the trek you make, its duration, the season and how your body feels hot and cold conditions. Of course, you should try to reduce the volume and weight of the backpack. We are in the mountains and we cannot pretend to wear clean clothes every day. There is usually the possibility of washing clothes during the afternoon or on a rest day in good weather.

If porters carry your stuff, you should not go over 10kg of load that, joining other 10kg from other trek mate, and together with porter things, will already approach the 30kg they are going to load. You will carry a small backpack with the things you need during the day. It's a little bit amazing how much useless stuff we carry.

The best and most common is to wear in layers: short-sleeved T-shirt, long-sleeved T-shirt or similar, fleece jacket, down jacket, waterproof jacket. With all possible variations. As for T-shirts, we recommend the merino wool, as they do not catch an odour and can be worn many days in a row before they ask loudly for a wash, while they are made with a more environmentally friendly material than synthetic ones. Over, a long-sleeved T-shirt with a higher weight or a thin polar, and have a thicker one for the cold, etc. For most treks, a down jacket will suit you very well, since it weighs and occupies little in relation to its warm, but it is not necessary to get one to raise an 8000m summit, although from 4000 meters can be chilly, especially when it gets dark. It is likely to rain or snow at some point during the trek. Taking into account that there is usually humidity and that you will be walking we recommend a "poncho", as it also covers well the backpack and allows better air circulation. The choice of a large umbrella is also good. Both you will find it well priced in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Footwear is the most important element of the trek and, in fact, many times we carry it in cabin luggage in case our backpack is lost during the flight to Nepal. Be aware that start using a newly bought footwear on a multi-day trek is not a good idea.

Most of the treks can be done perfectly with a mountain running shoes, but it will depend on the itinerary, season, and your preference. A light footwear to stay in the lodge are very useful, and they work also fine as emergency shoes if your main ones get broken. Many people find that flip-flops are quite useful.

Many trekkers use walking poles, but this is not mandatory. It depends on your confidence walking with them.

Related to pants, the typical ones in which the legs can be removed are quite practical, but not essential. Another pair of trousers for higher altitude and/or waterproof pants can also be fine. Nowadays wearing leggings is not as "inappropriate" as it was years ago and are a good complement to wear under your pants on a cold day or as a pyjama.

For girls (and also for boys) a large and light scarf that can be used in many ways, like as a skirt if you want to wear leggings but more "correctly", to protect yourself from the sun... or in case you suddenly need to hide yourself to do some "work" and there are no trees or rocks to keep people's eyes out.

Trekkers use to be worried about what to carry. In most of cases you will need more or less the same you use in some days trek in your own area and be aware that Nepal is a sub-tropical country, so in lower altitude temperutes will be warm or hot and humid.
We have done a basic list, to which you can remove or add things and adapt it to your own tastes and get the amount you will need. Naturally, it varies according to your sensitivity to the cold or the heat, to the maximum altitude of your trek and to the time of the year in which you do it:

  • 2 sport T-shirt or merino wool T-shirt. To wear as a first layer, during warm or hot days. Wool merino T-shirts doesn't get bad odor during many days.
  • 1 Long sleeve T-shirt or light jersey. As a second layer, mainly used early morning and evening, or fresh days in altitude. Also could be merino wool
  • 1 Fleece. It's very common used for cold days. Comfortable and dries fast
  • 1 Shorts. During your hiking days in low altitude where the temperature and humidity could be higher. Can be better part of long pants
  • 2 Trousers. It could be useful these ones that you can convert in a shorts.
    For long and high altitude treks get second  warmer one
  • 1 Leggings. It depends on your itinerary or in case you are sensitive to cold. Also useful as pyjama.
  • 1 Rain jacket. As a external layer en case of rain, snow or wind, usually Goretex made
  • 1 Down jacket (light). During the really cold hiking days, or more used in the lodge area to hang around, or even inside. Depending on your itinerary or season it can be a light down jacket.
  • 1 Rain "Poncho" (or umbrella). We recommend to use during raining days because it covers also your backpack and it's fresher in hot days than a rain jacket
  • 1 Gaiters    It's recommended when it rains to avoid water enters in your bouts and of course when your way is snow covered, but usually they are not really needed.
  • 1 Trekking boots. Choose these ones you feel comfortable. Usually you are not going to need heavy ones. Better if they have Goretex layer.
  • 1 Running shoes. You are going to use them when you arrive at your lodge, to stay inside and hanging around. Also useful for an easy walking days.
  • 1 Sandals / "flip-flops". They can be useful to go shower or to go toilet during the night.
  • 1 Warm socks. To use during cold days
  • 2 Light socks. A couple of pairs will work. Also you can use as a first layer under warm socks.
  • 1 Fleece beanie hat. Useful in cold places, even during night
  • 1 Cap / Trekking hat. Very important to protect your head from the sun
  • 1 Gloves / Fleece gloves. Recommended for high altitude cold days
  • 1 Sleeping Bag. Better down sleeping bag. Comfort level between -10ºC -4ºC it will work. We always can sleep with more clothes and down jacket during one or two nights that are going to be chilly.
  • 1 Towel. Better choose lighter ones that dries fast.
  • 1 Swimming dress. It can be useful to go shower or in case your itinerary stops in a hot spring ... or water fall.
  • 1 Pair of poles. It depends if you know how to use them. They are useful to share your legs effort with your arms and chest.
  • 1 Sunglasses. They must be 3 or 4 protection level
  • 1 Water bottle / flask / camel bag. One litter minimum to carry in your day backpack
  • Water purification system. We truly recommend not to buy plastic water bottles during your trek for environmental reasons. there are many water purification systems. Chlorine or iodine tablets work fine. Take as many tablets per day as litters you use to drink in a hiking day. Ultraviolet lamp is also good.
  • 1 Sunscreen. Use a good one with 30 SPF grade minimum. Sun is very strong here in altitude.
  • 1 Sun protection Lip Balm. Be sure you also get a good one and remember to apply it often.
  • 1 Headlamp / Flashlight. You are going to need it to go to your room at night in the lodges, toilet, and also to find something that is just very deep inside in your backpack.