What to Pack for a Tea House Trek to Nepal
Company Co-Founder, Richard Goodey first visited Nepal as a young backpacker trekking to Everest Base Camp. He packed everything he possibly could, only leaving the kitchen sink behind! He’s been leading treks to Nepal for the past ten years and over time he’s learned a thing or two about packing for a trek into the mountains! Richard shares his wisdom below.
Many people have concerns about ‘fitting it all in’ while packing and I thought it would be useful to put this blog and video together so you can see it first-hand.
We provide all clients trekking with Lost Earth Adventures with a water-resistant holdall and ask that you keep to a maximum weight allowance of 10kg. These guidelines are recommended by the International Porter Protection Group, an organisation we are very happy to support. Most importantly it means that our porters are treated fairly and are not overloaded.
Top Tips for Packing
- Pack what you think you need, then halve it!
- Do a test run, packing your bags a week before you leave to see how everything fits
- Dry bags and stuff sacks are your friend! These are invaluable for keeping your kit organised, easy to identify and packed efficiently.
- Break your hiking boots in before you leave and try clothing on that you’ll be wearing before you fly!
- Pack your essential items into your carry-on. Although rare, airlines do sometimes lose luggage, which can put a severe damper to the start of your holiday.
Our Suggested Kit List for Treks to Nepal
If you have any queries about this list please contact us. We recommend that you arrive in Kathmandu ready to go so you do not have to spend quality holiday time running around the shops.
- Lost Earth Adventures issues you with a large duffel bag please bring this, it is for perfect for your porter to carry and identify.
- Waterproof liner (large plastic bag/heavy duty bin liner)
- Good, sturdy waterproof hiking boots that are broken in before the trip
- 1 small rucksack approximately 30 litres, suitable for you to carry whilst hiking with waterproof/plastic bag liner
- A few plastic bags to put clothes and dirty laundry in
- 4-season sleeping bag (available to rent from Lost Earth Adventures)
- Water bottles, a 1 x 1 litre and a 1 x water filter bottle. You can buy a perfect bottle and filter combo from Water to Go and use our exclusive code for a 10% discount. Enter LEA10 at checkout. We recommend a standard 1 litre water bottle and a 75cl Water to Go bottle with filter as the perfect setup.
- Small freezer bags for use as a daily personal rubbish collection
- Torch, head torches are best
- Camera/film/memory card
- Spare batteries for camera/torch and any other device
- Alarm clock, watch
- Small padlock, many of the rooms we stay in while trekking are places where you can put your own padlock on the door. Bring a fairly decent, small but sturdy padlock.
- Whistle (Pea less)
- Yak Trax or similar for assistance on walking on icy ground for Manaslu Circuit, Makalu Base Camp, Nar Phu or Annapurna Circuit treks.
- Passport with at least 6 months remaining from the date of return and at least 2 blank pages
- 2 passport sized photos of yourself
- Airplane tickets
- Appropriate travel insurance documents, covering you for all the activities we will be participating in and emergency assistance telephone numbers of the insurer. Here is a selected list of reputable insurance providers.
- Vaccination certificates (not needed as a condition of entry however very useful if medical attention needed in country, originals not necessary)
- Lost Earth Adventures emergency assistance numbers. You will be given a small list of telephone numbers and contact details for emergencies (if you get lost from the group etc). You must carry this on you at all times.
- Bring Pounds Sterling, debit card, credit card. We recommend using a combination of the aforementioned. Pounds sterling is easy to exchange in Nepal. Travellers cheques are not accepted. You will need US dollars or Pounds to pay for your visa if you choose to buy it on arrival, they will not accept their own currency as it fluctuates too much. You can buy Nepalese Rupees at the airport, as well as in larger cities. It will be a better rate than what you will be offered in the UK. There are ATMS in Kathmandu, however there isn’t any outside the city and they sometimes do not work. Be very vigilant with counting your money and use a calculator to double check the exchange. Please check the trip dossier for the amount of money you need to bring. There will be no ATM’s or places to change money whilst on the trip. It is therefore important to have enough money in Nepalese Rupees to sustain yourself for the entire trip.
- Hiking Socks, 5 pairs
- Thermal underwear (long johns) top and bottoms
- Base layer shirts
- Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
- Long sleeved shirt to keep sun off arms
- Pullover or preferably mid-weight thermal to wear between thermal underwear and fleece
- Waterproof Jacket and trousers
- Warm down jacket (available to hire from Lost Earth Adventures)
- Warm hat or balaclava that can be rolled up into a hat
- Gloves (water resistant)
- Hiking trousers (we recommend trousers that can be zipped off at the knee and turned into shorts. If not bring shorts as well).
- Comfortable clothes for the evening
- Swimming shorts/bathing suit. Bikinis are ok in some areas but a pair of shorts and a T-shirt should be worn over the top in some places.
- Sun hat /peaked hats for keeping the sun off
- Leisure wear
- Travel toothbrush and tiny tube of toothpaste
- Biodegradable shampoo (available from good camping shops) to avoid polluting the mountains
- Compact travel towel
- Feminine hygiene products, for the duration of the trip
- Toilet paper, just one small roll, you can buy this in the lodges on the route but they can run out!!!
- Sun block (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
- Throat lozenges
- Painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen
- Soothing bottom cream/anti chaffing cream
- Blister treatment
- Antiseptic cream
- Plasters (band-aids)
- Wound closure strips
- Gauze pads
- Crepe bandage
- Tweezers & scissors (not in hand luggage on flight)
- Rehydration salts
- Diarrhea treatment e.g. Imodium
- Ciprofloxacin – Antibiotic for Gastro infections (Please see a doctor for advice)
- Diamox for altitude sickness (Please see a doctor for advice)
- Insect repellent (DEET)
- Any medication that you require
- Dental first aid kit
- An adaptor for any electric device you may wish to bring, Ipod, phone etc.
- Ear plugs
- Trekking poles
- Diary / Novel
- Knee support
- A sense of humour!
- Please bring any equipment, clothes, sunglasses, shoes or anything else a less fortunate person would like for our help a porter scheme.
Documents (where relevant, please leave a copy at home with your next of kin)
Spending money – see trip dossier for amounts
Kept in a small ziplock bag:
You should always carry your own small, personal first aid kit. This should consist of the following:
Please see your doctor before we leave for advice on any medicines you should bring. It is also highly recommended that you see your dentist for a check-up before the trip, as we travel to remote and primitive areas where medical attention may sometimes not be available immediately.
Other things you may wish to consider
The lighter your bag, the more sprightly you’ll be!
Leisurewear: limit yourself to one pair of jeans, sweatshirt and a few shirts or ‘T’ shirts. Remember you are on an adventure holiday and we are limited to space on the vehicles we use.
Pack important things such as medicine in your hand luggage and make sure you have an adequate supply. Keep extra cash, passports and house keys in your hand luggage. Sharp objects must be put in your hold luggage. Please remember that there are strict regulations governing the transport of liquids in hand luggage. Don’t pack valuables, cash, and fragile or perishable items in your hold luggage. Airlines and insurance companies will not accept liability for them.
When leaving the UK, we recommend that you wear your trekking boots and trekking clothes, and take as much as possible in your hand luggage, especially a full day’s underwear and other clothing. This is to ensure that in the unlikely event that your bags do not arrive at your final destination, you are still able to make a start on the trip while we relocate any missing baggage.
When packing, please do not strap items such as sleeping bags or boots to the outside of your bags. There is a good chance that they will be ripped off while in transit. They also make handling the bags more difficult when loading onto vehicles. It is much better to bring a larger bag that is big enough for all your kit rather than a smaller one onto which you have to strap extra equipment.
We always use porters when trekking in Nepal as it provides jobs that are highly appreciated and we train our porters in English with the opportunity available for them to climb the ranks and become guides. We give our guys a lot of training, insure them for emergencies and pay them well. We also and ensure they are well equipped for the expeditions they are working.