What to pack for trekking in the Himalayas

List of essential things to bring:

  • Light and warm clothing - it is best to use many layers and it is recommended to take 4 t-shirts, 2 jumpers / long sleeve tops, 2 pairs of trousers. You can often wash and dry clothes in the mountains if required.
  • Waterproof jacket with a zipin fleece or down jacket / 2 fleeces and a waterproof layer.
  • Suncream: 30+ SPF
  • Walking boots / shoes and socks - boots are recommended
  • Water bottle
  • Trekking pole(s)
  • Warm and light-weight sleeping bag - sea season rating requirement
  • Towel (preferably quick-dry)
  • Plastic bag to separate any wet or dirty clothes from the clean onesHead lamp/ torch and batteries (you will need a European 220-volt, two-pin adapter)
  • Sun hat
  • Woolly hat
  • Gloves - fleece gloves will be sufficient
  • Shorts (it is often very warm in the day) below 3000m
  • Small rucksack for the things that you will carry during the day, for example water and your camera. A waterproof cover is also recommended.
  • Small rucksack waterproof cover
  • Large rucksack for the things that the porter will carry for you. If you are taking a suitcase to Nepal we can arrange a with a duffle bag for you. If you have a rucksack, a waterproof cover is also recomended.
  • Large rucksack waterproof cover
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries
  • Chloride pump, or iodine / chloride tablets for treating local water.
  • Vitamin pills such as Berroca for flavouring treated water (recommended to use a quarter of a tablet per litre)


  • Ibuprofen / aspirin etc.- Antibiotics (you can buy these in the pharmacy in Kathmandu or request them from your doctor before you go)
  • Laxatives
  • Anti-diarrheal medication
  • Plasters
  • General cold / flu medicine
  • Diamox for treks over 3300m - see altitude sickness section


If you have any questions about diamox or any medicines please consult your doctor. The above medicines are generally recommended and it is the individual choice to use these at their own risk. 

List of optional equipment:

  • Bandana - due to the thin dry air, some trekkers use a bandana as if you put this over your mouth the air you inhale is moist and does not give you a sore throat.
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Medicines that you may wish to consider
    • Anti-fungal cream
    • Nausea / vomiting medication such as Maxolom or Stemetil
  • Gator - this will keep your neck warm
  • Swim suit for hot springs (Annapurna Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp trek)
  • Granola bars / power food (please remember that your weight limit is 12kg)
  • Comfortable shoes for the evening

Leaving some of your items in Kathmandu

It is normal to leave non-valuable items such as clothes and books in Kathmandu at your hotel. You never need to take everything trekking and there is a 12kg limit that the porter will carry for you.


If you want to leave you possessions in the bag / rucksack / suitcase that you came with, we can lend you a duffel bag to take on your trek (your porter will carry this). Please let us know before you arrive