Knowing what to pack and how much to pack when trekking in the Himalayas can be difficult. With this article we will try to give you an idea of what to bring and why. Our list is not exhaustive and is a general guideline. If you need specific advice for a trek don't hesitate to contact us. Please also note that most of these things you can purchase in Kathmandu where our local partner can guide you to the best outdoor shops and gear. 

The basics

Whether you are planning a 3-day trek in the lower Himalayas or a 15-day trekking trip in high altitudes we recommend you pack these basic essentials: 

  • Comfortable t-shirts for active adventure.
  • Long sleeved t-shirts for sun protection/ski underwear.
  • Comfortable underwear.
  • Trousers for active outdoor activity.
  • Shorts.
  • Swim wear.
  • Water and wind proof jacket.
  • Water proof trousers.
  • A warm jacket and warm fleece.
  • Warm gloves.
  • Sun hat and sunglasses. 
  • Woolen or fleece hat to keep warm. 
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Sandals/slippers or sneakers for when in camp.
  • Warm socks.
  • A smaller day pack.
  • Baby wipes for personal hygiene.

Advanced clothing

If you are planning for a longer mountaineering experience like Gokyo Ri or a Nar Phu Trek, you need a bit more advanced winter clothing. If you don’t have any of these consult your local outdoor shop as they are likely to have most of what you need. In general, we recommend you wear layers. A base layer, mid layer and shell layer. We also recommend a down jacket.

  • Thermal/base layer (shirt and pants). Again, this can also be good skiing underwear.
  • A good quality mid layer fleece. Depending on the trek it’s a good idea to bring an extra warm one in addition.
  • A shell jacket preferably with Gore-Tex which ensures you keep dry if it starts to rain and is still highly breathable.
  • You might also need gaiters. These can be rented in Kathmandu if you don’t own a pair.
  • Inner socks.
  • Woolen socks.


What we recommend you bring that is not clothing.

  • A comfortable day pack with adjustable waist and shoulder straps. We recommend a size of approximately 30 – 35 liters.
  • Camel bag that fits into your day pack.
  • Water bottles. You should be able to carry two bottles of water and they should be able to take boiling water.
  • Sun block and lip balm.
  • Sun stick for your lips.
  • Travel towel that dries quickly.
  • Blister plaster.
  • Walking sticks (can be rented in Kathmandu).
  • Camera (with extra battery).
  • Power bank.
  • Sleeping bag liner (either silk, cotton or fleece).
  • A warm sleeping bag (can be rented in Kathmandu).
  • Head torch (can be rented in Kathmandu).
  • Energy bars.
  • Please ask your guide how much they recommend for the specific trip.

Please note again that our list is not exhaustive but should be seen as a guidance. And don’t be afraid if you forgot something or if you are already traveling and don’t have half of this stuff – you can get almost all of it in Kathmandu at affordable prices and good quality. Our local partner will be more than happy to help you shop for your mountain adventure.


what our travellers say

Trekking in Nepal

I went on a great first-time hike in the beautiful nature of Himalaya, Nepal. The trip was very well planned and the guides were very friendly and professional. I would definitely recommend traveling with Bikudo!