While preparing for an adventure trip, trekkers need to provide proper attention to the clothing, gears and equipments needed in the trip. Trekking in Nepal, depending upon the trail undertaken, passes through many of the weather extremities including high passes covered by snow. Fine balance is to be maintained between taking too much or too little and taking the adequate equipments when a trekker goes for a teahouse trekking or a camping trek in Nepal. The exact list of such gears and equipments must be decided in consultation with the trekking agency which you choose for the trip. The trekking gears and equipments can be purchased or taken on rent in Kathmandu valley, so trekkers needn’t carry it all the way from their native place.
Trekkers, for a general adventurous trip in the hills and mountains of Nepal, should carry the equipments and gears from the following checklist, of course the weight should be minimum possible. This list shall work as the general checklist for the trekkers.
This may include the following wherein the items may be added or reduced as per requirement. The items are:
Trekking shoes or Running Shoes, Camp shoes, some pairs of socks (woolen socks, cotton socks)
Tip: Get used to the trekking or Mountain trekking boots before you actually begin the trekking expedition formally to avoid blisters and other discomforts.
The clothing items may include the following, subjected to the requirement of trekker:
Hiking pants, Base Layers (lightweight preferred for changing into in camp, heavier to thermo-regulate while on the trail), warm Fleece jacket or pullover, T-shirts (lightweight wool preferred), Sun-hat or scarf, Undergarments and shorts, Thermal gloves and bottoms, Lightweight trekking pants, Light and expedition weight thermals, Down jacket, Wind pants, Pull over, Waterproof and/or Windproof jacket, etc.
Trekking Poles (preferred if you need extra support for knees and/or ankles), Sleeping Tent (for treks with camping), Sleeping Bag, Backpack (depending upon if you take porter with you or not), Daypack (35-40 liters/2500-3000 cubic inches), Mattress, Rucksack and Duffel bag, Waste management bag, Binocular, Flashlight and batteries, Films, Compass, sphere rope, stick, water bottle, Camera and others as per requirement.
This includes the following items:
Medical and First aid kits, Maps and compass, Toiletries (Toilet articles and towels, Toilet Paper), Small knife, Sunglasses (preferably with UV protection), Sun block and lip guard for lips, Sunscreen lotion, Water purifying tablets, water bottles, Chocolate and biscuits, Plastic bags (for packing dry items inside trek bag), etc.
Reiterating the above mentioned tips it has to be said that the final list of trekking gears must be prepared in consultation with the trekking company that shall be in the trekking expedition with you. However, personal experiences in previous trekking expeditions and comfort on the use of the gears also play an important role in deciding the list of trekking gears.