Trekking Gears Checklist
WHAT TO PACK FOR THE TREKKING / TREKKING GEARS CHECKLIST
Are you already set up for the trekking? Tickets booking? Budgeting? Trekking Gears and Equipment ready?
A pre-checking is a must to start a trekking. Trekking in the Himalayas is not an easy job. You must be healthy enough and must have good quality trekking equipment and gears for a successful trekking.
Step On Himalaya presents here a checklist for Trekking gears and equipment. Any alterations can be done to the checklist according to your possible needs during the trekking and availability. Just in case, if you are in rush and couldn’t get the required gear, do not worry!!! You can easily search and purchase those items here in Kathmandu at reasonable prices.
Popular Brands for Trekking Gears in Kathmandu
Most common and popular brands for trekking gears and equipment are available in Kathmandu. That are The North Face, Sherpa Adventure Gear, Timberland Outdoor Equipment, Red Fox Outdoor Equipment, Everest Hardware, Mountain Hardware, Outdoor Research, Black Yak, Marmot, and many more have their own delightful showrooms. Majority of the gears are manufactured in Nepal, Bangladesh and China. Locally branded gears might not be of your expectations but have good quality and are economically buyable.
The below mentioned Check List for Trekking Gears and Equipment is for your convenience. Any changes to your knowledge and experience can be done. It’s your preference to use the checklist.
Note: It is always recommended to make your bag pack as much light as possible for the easy walks.
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- Scarf or sun hat (preferably Round)
- Warm Fleece Hat or Balaclava or Ski-mask or Bandana
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Sunblock or Sunscreen or Suntan lotion: UV 45 +
- Airproof, warm and light-weighted gloves
- Mittens or heavy-weighted gloves
- Lightweight thermal tops or thermo cots
- Woolen or synthetic T-shirts
- Fleece pullovers or jackets
- Lightweight / waterproof/ breathable outers or rain jackets for winter and monsoon
- Wind-stopper jacket (Optional)
- Quick drying sports bra (for women)
- Quick-drying cotton or soft undergarments
- Hiking shorts or quarter pants
- Light-weighted cotton Long trousers or pants
- Fleece or Insulated pants or trousers
- Waterproof/breathable fabricated shell pants
- No need for new boots. Just buy and try and break those boots on the trek. You have to make sure you are comfortable in those boots while walking. So you must try wearing before coming to Nepal. Boots are the important item you shouldn’t be mean of. Buy the best one that your feet are comfortable and love you for those pairs of boots.
- If you are not mountaineering, the plastic/heavy/double boots are not required. Light-weighted, comfy boots with good ankle support are durable.
- Bring camp shoes or sneakers or sandals (at least a pair) to wear and walk around the camps and teahouses.
- Extra laces
- Light-weighted, warm pair of inner socks
- Thick, woolen or cotton hiking socks
- Gaiters for winter/monsoon seasons
- Sleeping Bag: During the peak season of trekking, there is a real shortage of blankets. Carrying a good sleeping bag for yourself is a wise decision to avoid being frozen when the temperature falls to zero degrees Fahrenheit.
- Headlamp with spare batteries (preferably from Petzl Zoom or the North Face)
- Day Pack: A small day bag pack is always preferred. The porter will be walking at a different pace than yours. So it is advisable to carry your personal valuable items like money, passport, medicine, lotions, etc. with you.
- Down Jacket: You are hiking up in alpine areas where the temperature can fall down to minus 10 degree Celsius. So make sure the Down Jacket will protect you from cold and keep you warm.
- Duffel or rucksack bag: The duffel or rucksack bag must be lighter, easier to carry and most importantly waterproof. Most of the hotels are providing short-term storage for leaving your excess belongings or clothing back in Kathmandu. So a small, lockable suitcase is better to carry with.
- Large plastic bags: To keep the items inside the Trekking bag.
- Water bottles: Boiling/Hot water resisting bottles should be brought.
- Ear Plug: To avoid the snoring sounds
- A small padlock or combination lock
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Trekking Poles
- Medium sized quick-drying towel
- Toothbrush/paste (biodegradable recommended)
- Multi-purpose soap with sachets of shampoo and conditioner
- Face and body moisturizer
- Antibacterial hand sanitizer
- Wet wipes/baby wipes
- Toilet/Tissue roll
- Small mirror
- Nail clippers
- Feminine hygiene products (especially sanitary pads or napkins)
You might want to bring some luxury items while on the trek. You can use them in the leisure times or camp at night or acclimatization usage.
- Trekking Guide Map /Guidebook
- Pocket Diary with pen and pencils
- Selfie sticks/Tripod/Drone Camera
- GPS tracker and Compass
- Novel or magazines
- Indoor games like chess/snakes and ladders/cards, etc.
- Swimming costumes for hot springs trek