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We were very pleased with the trip, and I was impressed with your team at all levels. All the arrangements executed flawlessly
Andy Levy (Canada) | Annapurna Sanctuary, Nepal

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How do I keep myself and my personal kit dry while on trek if we get rainy weather?

It is quite likely that you will get some rainy days while on trek in Nepal even during peak months of October, November and April especially in eastern regions of Kanchenjunga and Makalu. Cyclonic systems can approach the Himalaya from Bay of Bengal at any time of year and in worst case this can bring rainy weather (plus snow higher up) for several days at a time.

Therefore for every trek in Nepal you need to be prepared for precipitation i.e rain at lower altitude and snow higher up. To help you get ready and prepared we have written detailed kit lists in the Appendix of each Trip Dossier. This kit list has been carefully tailored by us based on the conditions and terrain you might encounter on your trip.

For all treks we recommend you bring a rucsac cover for your day pack and it is also a good idea to put your gear inside a dry bag. Every day on trek you should carry a rain jacket and trousers plus many people found that having an umbrella is very useful too.

On arrival to camp in the afternoon you should have enough spare clothes in your main bag so that you can change into dry gear. In order to keep the contents of your main bag dry we recommend you bring a water resistant duffel bag (eg Base Camp duffel by The North Face).  All clothes especially down gear such as sleeping bag should also be packed in waterproof dry bags inside your duffel bag. There are several dry bags available however we recommend Exped fold dry bags.

On a camping trek, if it has stopped raining in the evening you can hang up your wet clothes to drip dry overnight on the guy lines of your tent. It is also a good idea to bring some string to make a washing line or get an an elasticated one from an outdoor store before departure. During the day when it has stopped raining you can also attach your wet gore tex to the outside of your rucsac in order to dry this gear out.

It is worth mentioning that if it rains for several days and nights in row then it is likely you will have to wear damp goretex and other clothes as you may not get the chance to dry these out. This is of course one of the challenges of trekking in the Himalaya however luckily this does not happen very often!

If you are on a lodge based trek like Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Sanctuary then you should be able to hang your clothes up to dry in the lodge. Also if the lodge is not too busy you can put clothes up around the fire in the dining room.

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