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The basics of backpacking in Nepal CHECK HOW TO PACK YOUR BACKPACK FOR A TREK

Episode 5 - How to pack for a trekking trip to Nepal?

Published Date: 2018-07-17

What to take with you on a trekking trip to Nepal?
How to pack for a trekking trip to Nepal?
 
When I went to Nepal for the first time, I somehow discovered the world anew. I packed my bag at least four times, still not sure if I had everything, or maybe too much and some of it was not necessary.  And how was I supposed to fit it all into one bag? Was this even possible?


After doing this for 11 times, I think I already know! Eureka! So I have a list for you in which you will find what is necessary and what is not so necessaryJ The list was originally typically female, but when talking about it, I realized that men may need other things in their backpacks than I doJ

So we make available to you what is the effect of years of experience in the mountainsJ We will hear all your comments and new ideas with pleasure and humility. We invite you to exchange experiences and share your knowledge. This can only improve our safety in the mountains!


The following basic checklist should help you pack for any trekking activity in Nepal. Remember, this is a suggested checklist and you can verify it using your own experience according to your own needs. The best solution is to limit the equipment to the absolute minimum. The weight of your packed trek bag (large) should not exceed 12.5 kg.
First of all, you will need:
  • one large trek backpack or bag (about 45-55 l) to be carried by the porter;
  • one daypack (about 20-35 l).
 
UPPER PARTS  
Light thermal top garments with low transport weight (T-shirts, thermal long sleeved shirts)  
Fleece or sweater  
Windproof jacket, e.g. soft-shell (optional)  
Waterproof shell jacket, e.g. Goretex (preferably made from breathable fabric)  
Down vest and/or jacket (optional)  
HEAD PROTECTION  
Sun hat  
Warm cap, e.g. fleece  
Light balaclava  
Light scarf (windproof), also to be used as a headscarf  
Warm scarf (fleece), also to be used as a headscarf  
HAND PROTECTION  
Light thermal gloves  
Thick gloves or mittens with a waterproof outer shell  
LOWER PARTS  
Shorts  
Fleece or woolen pants (for low temperatures), as an additional layer under the trousers  
Light thermal trekking trousers (detachable pantlegs will make it possible to give up shorts)  
Waterproof outer trousers (preferably made from a breathable fabric, e.g. Goretex)  
Gaiters (optional)  
FOOT PROTECTION  
Trekking socks (thin, light)  
Warm trekking socks  
Trekking or mountain climbing footwear  
Footwear for wearing around the camp, e.g. running shoes or sandals  
Shower flip-flops  
OTHER GENERAL ITEMS  
Underwear  
Sunglasses with UV filter  
Sunscreen (SPF 30 and more high in the mountains)  
Repair kit - needle, thread  
ADDITIONAL TREKKING EQUIPMENT  
Sleeping bag adequate to trekking temperatures – ask us about suggested sleeping bag temperature for the selected trekking  
Telescopic trekking /ski poles (optional)  
Head lamp with batteries  
Small padlock to lock trek bag (sack)  
Water bottles  
Vacuum flask  
Pocket knife  
Cable tie  
FIRST AID KIT  
Bandages for sprains  
Adhesive bandage/Adhesive bandage with wound dressing /blister patches  
Disinfectant  
Anti-septic ointment for wounds/cuts  
Painkillers  
Wide-spectrum antibiotic (bacterial diarrhea, sore throat, respiratory diseases e.g. Augmentin)  
Medicine supporting the treatment of diarrhea (preventing, stopping, hydrating preparations for use in case of diarrhea and vomiting)  
Medicines you normally take  
TOILETRIES  
Quick-drying towel (preferably one larger and one smaller)  
Antibacterial hand gel  
Toothbrush /toothpaste  
Soap  
Shower gel  
Nail care accessories  
Face cream  
Body lotion  
Intimate hygiene items for women  
Tourist mirror  
Washing agent in tourist packaging (e.g. washing gel)  
AND IF YOU STILL HAVE SOME SPACE IN YOUR BAG, YOU MUST TAKE THE FOLLOWING WITH YOU ;-)  
Camera  
Something to read  
Some music  
A diary and a pen  
Tourist board games  
Tourist guide / map  
Binoculars  
Power bank  
Chargers for telephones and other equipment  
… and everything else you find absolutely necessary  
 
The clothing must be suitable for a wide range of weather conditions and for different levels of physical activity.
 

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