I have recently got some emails about what to pack for hikes in the Himalayas in Nepal.
And since the hiking season in Nepal is about to start again I thought it was time to write a post about what you should pack.
I have now been to the Himalayas in Nepal no more then 7 times over the years, so I got some experience with what to bring and not to bring.
Everest has always been a magnet for kooks, publicity seekers, hopeless romantics and others with a shaky hold on reality.
Since you are limited to 15kg (33lbs) luggage on the flight to Lukla so remember to pack light if you’re doing the Everest basecamp trek.
It´s possible to leave your extra luggage that you don´t want to carry in your guest house/hotel or with the travel agency you are using in Kathmandu/Pokhara , normally they do it for free.
It’s possible to HIRE every kind of clothing and gear in Kathmandu or Pokhara for a small fee, renting a sleeping bag will cost you back 2usd a day, a down Jacket will cost you about the same.
While the treks are fairly warm during the day, it gets freezing during the nights when the sun goes down.
So here’s my “What to pack for Tea house treks list”
There´s no real laundry opportunity on the trail so your clothes will be dirty and smelly in the end.
- One pair of shoes, I do All my hiking in Salomon Speed cross shoes.
- One pair of crocs, to walk around in after your done with hiking for the day.
- Two pairs of shorts, I always hike in shorts.
- One pair of trekking trousers for the evenings.
- One pair of thermal underwear.
- Trekking shirts short sleeve.
- Five pairs of underwear.
- Five pairs of trekking socks.
- One fleece sweater.
- One down jacket.
- One wind and waterproof jacket.
I never carry or use hats and gloves.
- Two water bottles for refilling
- Headlamp, it gets dark very early
- Sunglasses, the sun is very strong
- Sleeping bag, It’s not necessary since every guest house on the way will provide blankets (normally as many as you want), but a sleeping bag it’s safer bet if you will be guaranteed to be warm during the night.
Don´t bring too much, while it’s possible to charge your stuff on the hikes, that’s not cheap, some places charges from 100RPS for each hour another charge a flat fare of 500RPS to fully charge your battery.
The electricity tends to go out at random times so it might happen you ain’t gone be able to charge your stuff at all.
- 1 Camera. Olympus Omd E-M1, 12-40mm f2.8 and 3 batteries.
- Sony e-reader.
- Life System first aid kid, it’s always in my backpack.
- Tiger balm.
- Diamox, for altitude even I have never needed it.
- Water purification tablets. There´s a lot of river on the way.
- Sports tape.
- Blister band-aids.
There´s not really any showers during the hikes so there’s no reason to carry all your toiletries they only way to get clean on they end of the hike is with wet wipes, everyone is sweaty and smelly on the end of each day so your not the only one that stinks when you reach base camp.
- Toilet paper.
- Small bottle of shampoo.
- Microfiber towel.
- Wet Wipes.
- Toothpaste and toothbrush.
While most people carry loads of chocolate, peanuts and nuts on the hike do I instead buy it on the way, on my previous two hikes I did carry a big amount of mars and snicker bars plus a huge bag of nuts but I didn’t even eat half of it.
So I rather buy it on the hike now to save some weight, every guest house also has a stack of cards and other games you can borrow for free so no need to carry your own.
- TIMs Card and Trekking Permit. YES, there´s checkpoints on the way and they do check.
- Enough Money since there´s no ATM during the hikes, (There’s one in Lukla on Ebc trek)
This everything I have in my backpack during my treks in the Himalayas in Nepal.
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