You are very likely to start your trip in Nepal by spending a few days in Kathmandu and more specifically in the tourist area of Thamel.
Kathmandu sits at an altitude of 1400m which is higher than anywhere in the UK.
Temperatures range from 9 degrees centigrade in January to 37 degrees centigrade in May and rainfall can vary from 20mm in January to 325mm in August.
So you need to pack for every eventuality...
If you are trekking with Porters this is the best type of bag for the porters to carry. It needs to be waterproof, durable and lockable....approximate size 70-80L
Or....if you are trekking without porters you need a Rucksack, it needs to have a waterproof cover, to be durable and lockable. If you place your kit inside separate waterproof bags inside your rucksack then should you get caught in Monsoon type rainfall your stuff will stay dry....make sure your sleeping bag is inside a separate waterproof bag, this is most important for this piece of kit....approximate size for Rucksack is 65 – 75L
Essential for carrying personal items and essential if porters are carrying your main bag whilst trekking.... needed for sunscreen, camera, hat, wallet, passport, water bottles and snacks. A sturdy 30-litre rucksack with waist strap will be sufficient.
In Nepal there are variations in altitude and temperature, so layer up while trekking so you are able to add or remove clothing as altitudes and temperatures alter.
If you are planning on trekking during winter, you will definitely need to pack warmer clothes. Here's a list of good trip clothing...
Long and short sleeve, synthetic not cotton. Synthetic t shirts wick away the moisture from your body and dry quickly, they are also light on your body and light weight in your luggage.
Good quality synthetic long johns and long sleeved vests, essential for cold nights in the tent or tea house and for wearing under trousers and t shirts as/if it gets colder during the trek.
Fleece Jacket or Jumper.
A lightweight fleece jacket , either zipup or pullover...can be used for extra warmth.
Lightweight, some have zips to turn them into shorts.
Useful if it gets hot during the day.
These are comfortable as they move with your body and have a variety of thicknesses.
For comfort wear in the evening at campsites or tea houses.
Good quality waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers.....useful if it rains to keep you dry but also handy to add as an extra layer if the temperatures fall on a dry day.
Walking boots - good quality ankle support leather or fabric waterproof boots, essential for trekking on uneven rocky terrain.
Make sure they fit properly and have been worn before you go....blisters will severely impede your trekking experience.
Crocs/Sandals/training shoes to wear at the end of the day...you will be desperate to take your boots off and get some air to your feet.
- Woolly hats, gloves, sunglasses, sunhat.
- Good quality sleeping bag- season 3 or above depending on the sleeping temperatures. Down or synthetic.
- Sleeping bag liner- silk or fabric-adds an extra season to your bag and can be used on its own if staying in tea houses with blankets
Top clothing tip for your trip to Nepal.
The Thamel area of Kathmandu is a shopping mecca for trekking gear.
You can buy every item of kit mentioned above and more from the shops in Thamel, for extremely reasonable prices.
So.... if you forget anything or want to buy everything trekking and camping related when you arrive, it’s all there waiting for you.