General Packing List

Upper body

  • Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
  • Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
  • Sunglasses or goggles
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Lip guard or chapstick
  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts, and long sleeved shirts, preferably capilene or polypro
  • Thermal shirt for colder areas
  • Warm shirt, possibly fleece, for colder areas
  • Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper
  • Windproof, waterproof outer shell garment for higher altitudes
  • Down jacket (optional for cold nights & mornings and on high altitude treks, provided by Highland Asia office in Kathmandu)

Lower body

  • Walking boots with suitable ankle support. Must be water proof and well broken in prior to the trip.
  • Trainer or good walking shoes for level walking or while in the cities and towns.
  • Warm socks for colder areas.
  • Gaiters, in case of rain or snow.

Other items

  • Strong rucksack, or large duffel bag (water proof)
  • A light day pack for your water bottle, wallet, camera etc that should be big enough to tuck the sweater or jacket.
  • Plastic sacs or stuff sacks to store/separate trekking gear inside your main bag
  • One liter water bottle
  • Personal first aid kit to include essential items
  • Sleeping bag, 4 season (Can be rented cheaply in Kathmandu or request one with Highland Asia office in Kathmandu)
  • Torch, ideally headband torch with batteries.
  • Camera with chargers.
  • Toiletries items and towel
  • Scarves or bandana for neck
  • Ear plug, just in case your room mate snores or the room is not sound proof.

Optional items

  • Binoculars
  • Books (see Recommended Reading)
  • Altimeter
  • Compass
  • Playing cards / backgammon / chess set
  • If you are climbing a peak In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialist items which are required for the trekking peaks.
  • Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaitors & crampons that have been tested for a good fit
  • Fleece trousers or salopettes
  • Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing
  • Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axe can be hired in Kathmandu)
  • Climbing harness
  • 2 x tape slings
  • 2 x screwgate karabiners
  • Descender/abseil device
  • Ascender