What to bring

What to bring

Adventure Thamserku Treks & Expeditions (P.) Ltd.

To get to Nepal, take your normal suitcase or large travel pack with a couple of padlocks, and bring your smaller trekking day pack inside or as hand luggage. In Kathmandu, you will just need casual clothes such as jeans or a skirt, plus a light jacket if the evenings get cool.

While you are away on your trek, you can leave your city clothes (and anything else you don’t want to take) locked away in your suitcase and placed in safe storage at your arrival hotel. It will be ready for your collection when you return.

In addition, you will also be able to leave all your valuables (including passport, documentation, airline tickets, credit card, and jewellery) in a safety deposit box at the hotel for the duration of your trek.

We suggest you use the items below as a check list when you pack. Toiletries such as tissues, toilet paper, wet wipes, sunscreen, toothpaste etc are all readily available in Kathmandu. All trekking clothes and equipment are also available, but of variable quality. Remember that a down jacket will be provided in your trek pack if the season/trek warrants it. Also a map relevant to your trek will be provided.

CHECKLIST
ESSENTIAL ON ALL TREKS

Clothing

  • Trekking Boots/Footwear
  • Camp/Lodge footwear (eg runners, sandals)
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Thermal Underwear (long sleeve tops and pants)
  • Walking trousers and/or long shorts (jeans are not suitable)
  • Weatherproof jacket
  • Weatherproof trousers
  • T-shirts – preferably quick dry & smp; with good moisture wicking properties
  • Polar fleece pullover(s) and/or jacket
  • Warm beanie or balaclava
  • Sun hat
  • Gloves
  • Neck scarf
  • Sunglasses (100 % UV filtering)
  • Down booties (available in Kathmandu for about US$10)

Equipment

  • Day Pack
  • Torch -small flashlight or head torch. Spare batteries
  • Personal first aid supplies and medicine
  • Small towel and toiletries
    Please try to bring biodegradable varieties where possible
  • Lip balm
  • Sunscreen
  • Water carrying capacity of at least 2 litres.
    Water bottles are easy to purchase in Kathmandu. If using a hose hydration system, we suggest you also bring a single litre bottle as backup – it also makes a good hot water bottle at night!
  • Camera, film, spare batteries, battery recharger
    Electricity is 220V/50 cycles and generally only found in major towns. Sockets are 2 or 3 round pins socket adapters can be bought in Kathmandu
  • Please carry used batteries home with you. There are no disposal facilities for batteries in Nepal

General

  • Money Belt + Padlocks
  • Passport + Visa
  • Airline Ticket
  • Itinerary
  • Cash / Traveller Cheques
  • Passport photos (Bring several, You will need at least two if obtaining your visa on arrival)
  • Insurance Policy
  • Pens
  • Prescription glasses if needed

ALSO ESSENTIAL ON ALL CLIMBING / MOUNTAINEERING TRIPS

  • Waterproof Trekking Boots – leather or Goretex
  • Bigger day pack – 50+ litres
  • Good quality waterproof & windproof outer layer – trousers, jacket and gloves
  • Gaiters
  • Head torch rather than a hand-held one
  • Plastic boots (available for hire in Kathmandu for approx US$ 3/day)
  • Ensure your sunglasses provide adequate protection
    Bring the wrap-around variety, or even ski goggles. Bring a spare pair!
  • Ensure you have enough warm layers, socks and gloves. Bring extra!
  • Ensure your head will stay warm
    A balaclava as well as a beanie and neck warmer is recommended

OTHER ITEMS WORTH CONSIDERING

  • Small Binoculars
  • Snacks such as glucose-based sweets/nuts/chocolates etc
  • Walking poles – available for hire in Kathmandu
  • Playing cards, tennis ball, Frisbee etc
  • Reading material
  • Dust mask or light scarf
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Ear plugs
  • Sewing kit
  • Insect repellent
  • Biodegradable laundry soap
  • Thermarest for camping treks
  • Silk inner sheet

Adventure Thamserku will provide:

(All treks)

  • Kit Bag
  • Sleeping Bag + inner sheet
  • Map
  • Down jacket – depending on season and area visited

+ (camping treks)

  • 2-person tent
  • Sleeping Mat

+ (climbing treks)

  • Crampons, Harness and Ice Axe
  • Prussic Loops and/or Jumar, Carabiners

 

Travellers Cheques and Cash of all major various currencies are readily exchangeable in Kathmandu. ATM’s also exist, but generally only for cash advances using your credit card. Do not rely on being able to access your savings account through an ATM.