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Backpacking / Trekking gear checklist

Going somewhere for treks or hikes in Nepal? Trekking is undoubtedly one of the best adventures we do in our lifetime. Encounter beautiful views; explore new places, new culture, and meet friendly people and so on. This all excites us to pack our bags and go for treks. But are we all ready before we go for treks? That’s why we are here to introduce you with the basic necessities that you should attach to before you walk out. Nepal is one of the best trekking zones all around the globe with many worlds’ famous trekking routes. Trekking in Nepal is both adventurous and difficult. Most of the trekking routes go through the countryside which means mud, high hills, narrow paths and steeply rocks. But this is not a threat, it is an opportunity. So let us help you to introduce with the basic trekking gears and equipments.

We will make sure to list out all the necessary gears but would like to request to avoid unnecessary equipments as this will make porters to carry overload.

Since the trekking zones in Nepal lead you to high altitude, steeply rocks and narrow paths as we have already mentioned, the first and forth most thing is to be mentally and physically fit and prepared. We suggest you to check up your health once before you walk. Walking on these routes may cause altitude sickness, fatigue, and other problems. Hence, you should be fit to cope with this environment. And please bring the medicines (if you are using any). Beside, being healthy, following are the necessary trekking gears that you should bring for your trek. The list is made as per our experience of over 10 years of glorious service in this field. Please go through

1. Trekking Boots
The trail on trekking regions is difficult to walk on. So we need one good quality trekking boots so that we can have easy walking. You can buy a good trekking boot in around $30-50 in the Kathmandu or you can even bring it from your hometown.

2. Socks
A good quality boots need good quality socks. You have to bring thick hiking socks as you have to walk long. You can bring around 3 pair of socks for the trekking of about one week. And longer the trekking, more additional pair of socks you have to carry.

3. Trekking stick
Trekking on high hills may make you feel tired, so we suggest you to hold one trekking stick so that you can have some support. You can buy it in Kathmandu which costs around $ 5-10.

4. Trekking Pant
The trekking pant should be comfortable, light and loose and nylon made. So you should be conscious about choosing trekking pant. And for girls, you can use trekking pant or can wear skirts.

5. Carry Bags
All your loads will be carried by the porters, but somehow you need to carry one bag with yourself all along the trek. You can keep your necessary personal materials in your bag, and it should be large enough. You can buy it in Kathmandu in around $40-50, and the price varies with quality.

6. Sleeping Bags
Walking all the day will definitely make you feel tired and sleepy. And it is also cold during the night in high Himalaya region. You need a good sleep so that you can regain energy to walk on the following day. For this you need to bring one good quality warm sleeping bag. It will cost around $60- $70 in Kathmandu.

7. Down Jacket
Himalayan regions are real cold. So to keep yourself warm, you need to carry on good down jacket and of course it should be thick and warm. To avoid the cold, down jacket is must. You may not need to wear it during the trek, but you need it during morning and evening.

8. Fleece
Fleece is another necessary material you will need during your trek. The trials are of course windy, but sometimes the wind become little harsh. So to be protective from the wind, you need a good quality fleece. Also it will help you get rid of cold.

9. T-shirts
You need to carry both warm and light t shirts. The day can go hot, so you can wear light t shirts during the walk. But the mornings and nights are cold, so you too need some warm t shirts.

10. Trousers
Day will go with trekking pants, but you will also need warm pair of trousers to wear during morning and evening as we already mentioned, there will be cold we suggest you to bring two pair of trousers.

11. Raincoat or water proof jackets
It may or may not rain during the trek, but it is wise to carry raincoat or any other water proof jackets. You can bring it from your home or can buy in Kathmandu.

12. Glove
The trail sometime goes through snow where you need to be conscious about your hand. So we suggest you to mention gloves on your list. Also it will be helpful while you use trekking poles.

13. Sun-glasses
One sun-glass is very necessary to protect your eyes from the dust, dirt and the sun. Hence we suggest you to one sunglasses with UV protection lens.

14. Sandals 
A pair of sandal is needed during your camp nights. It would be easier for you to go to toilets in the nights by using sandals.

15. Water Bottle 
It is the most essential hiking equipment while you are going to trek in the Himalaya region.Walk towards the high altitude needs more oxygen which can get from the water. So, bring water bottle and drink water as much as you can while you are walking in the high Himalaya region.

16. Other Miscellaneous
Beside above mentioned items, you can bring camera to capture the joyful moments. You can add sun protection cream, sun hat, notebook, binocular, toiletries, medicine, water purification tablets, Swiss knife and any other materials as per your choice.

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