In February 2015, I completed two multi-day treks in Nepal, including the 5-day Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, and 8-day Langtang Valley Trek. The list below is based on what I learned along the way, and a recommendation to those trekkers whom do not know what to bring – and end up bringing far too much, and are burdened by very heavy backpacks while trekking in the low-oxygen air !.
In a few words: When trekking – Less is better.
Top 10 things to Bring:
- Passport (photocopy of passport and extra passport photos): for permits, and Money (~1500 Rupi/day)
- Flashlight (& extra batteries): many power failures
- Toilet paper (& toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, small bottle of shampoo, towel, sleeping sheet). ** Sleeping bags not required if you stay at the guesthouses.
- Backpack (with waterproof cover) [no more than 65 litre]
- Hiking shoes (lightweight shoes are better that heavy leather boots) (ice grippers – seasonal)
- Inner wear: 3x pairs of socks, 3x underwear, 3x quick dry shirts
- Middle wear: quick dry pants, windproof sweater
- Outer wear: rain coat, scarf, toque, sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen)
- Water bottle and water purifier (I used a UV-light; no taste, though needs the occasional re-charge of batteries)
- First aid kit and altitude sickness pills (breathing mask for Kathmandu)
- *Camera (& extra batteries)