Our ultimate packing list should be used as a guide only and is not intended to be a complete packing list. Any other items that you wish to pack are at your own discretion
Clothing while in town:
Informal clothing is all that is required. Remember to dress in a modest fashion. Light clothing is usually all that will be required for most of the year. During the winter months, December to February, it will be chilly in the early mornings and evenings. A warm fleece or similar jacket will be required.
PLEASE keep the weight of your kitbag to 15kgs MAX.
It is absolutely essential that you have the correct clothing and equipment on your trek. Be prepared at all times, whilst trekking, to experience changing weather conditions. It can rain or snow at any time during the day or trekking season.
Points to consider when making general gear selection on our active trips:
1. Many of our treks proceed from warm, low altitudes to cold, high altitudes. It will be necessary for you to be able to control your comfort by adding or taking off clothing as required. It is far better to have a number of layers that can be changed with temperature variations, or when you stop for rests during the day. During the trekking day you may start walking with a light sweater and tracksuit pants. As the day progresses you may feel comfortable in T-shirt and shorts, then later on you may need to put on the tracksuit, and eventually a down jacket, warm pants, hat and gloves.
2. Be prepared at all times whilst trekking to experience changing weather conditions. A day that starts sunny and clear could become cold and windy as you gain altitude. It can rain or snow at any time during the day or trekking season. Remember, your physical comfort and well-being greatly influences your ability to appreciate the trekking environment. Hopefully you may not need all your wet or cold weather gear, but you must come prepared.
3. One set of casual clothes is all you require in the major cities and towns.
4. There is a maximum weight limit on domestic flights on Nepal of 15kg (for flights to Lukla). Be careful with your selection of personal clothing. If possible, take clothing that is flexible in its uses.
5. You are limited to one kitbag of luggage whilst trekking. Be aware that your sleeping bag and duvet jacket have to fit
in your kit bag. This sausage-shaped zippered hold-all style bag is 80cm long x 40cm wide x 40cm deep. (It has zips down the sides for easier packing – much more convenient than the end-loading bags used by some other operators.)
6. Prior to your trek departure, personal equipment may be checked by your trek leader. Do not risk spoiling your trek or the group’s by skimping on equipment or clothing selection.
7. Our hotels in the larger cities have a storage facility for luggage not required on trek. Shortly before you leave you transfer any clothing, etc., which you are not taking into your suitcase, and leave this at the hotel in a storage room while you are away. You are also given a large envelope in which you can place your passport and other valuables not required on trek, and this is then placed in a safety deposit box until your return.
8. You may wish to leave old clothing (t-shirts, socks, old jumpers, running shoes, etc.) in the country at the end of the trek. Consider donating these items to your porters – they will be very much appreciated.
9. Do not leave obtaining your equipment until the last minute. With adequate planning it may be possible to borrow some items from friends (ie. daypack, water bottle) if you do not have them already.
Please contact us or your travel agent if you require any assistance. The following notes are a guideline for your selection.
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