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What clothes and personal kit should I bring on my trek in Nepal?

To help you get ready and prepared for your trek we have written detailed kit lists in the Appendix of the Trip Dossiers downloadable from our website. These kit lists have been carefully tailored by us for each specific trek or expedition based on the conditions and terrain you might encounter.

Your personal kit will depend on the type of trip you are joining. For our standard treks such as Everest Base Camp this would largely include clothes and equipment as you might already have for winter hill walking back home. Our Everest Base Camp trek kit list is copied below, this would be suitable for high altitude treks not requiring technical gear as described below for mountaineering expeditions or treks crossing high passes. 

If you are on an expedition such as Mera Peak then you will also require warmer clothes and mountaineering equipment: plastic mountaineering boots, crampons, ice axe, harness, carabiners, slings/ webbing, jumar and helmet.

For Dhaulagiri Circuit you need to bring crampons and ice axe. This trek does not include any technical mountaineering although this gear is required for your safety and security if the trail over Dhampus pass is icey and slippery.

For treks like Kanchenjunga Circuit, Manaslu Circuit and Everest High Passes you need to bring Yak Trax XTRs, two trekking poles and gaiters for the day(s) crossing the high pass(es). Yak Trax XTRs help provide traction on snow and ice so helping to increasine your safety if there is ice on descent of these high passes. Yak Trax XTRs are easy to put on and take off, they will also fit most walking boots. For more information on Yak Trax XTRs

When getting your gear together for your trip please remember you should purchase your walking boots before departure in order to break them in especially if they are leather boots. For further information on wet weather gear please read FAQ: How do I keep myself and my personal kit dry while on trek if we get rainy weather?

It is worth pointing out that you will need a sleeping bag for all treks except for Annapurna Luxury Lodges, Everest Luxury Lodges or Luxury Kathmandu Valley treks.

You should bring a backpack for items you will need during the day. Your day pack should contain items such as warm clothes, rain jacket and trousers, camera, water bottles, personal first aid kit and snacks. If you are crossing a high pass or on summit day then you will need to carry and wear more technical gear so make sure your day pack is large enough to fit everything in.

Your main bag will be carried by a porter and please remember for our standard treks the maximum weight allowance is 15kgs. We recommend you bring a water resistant duffel or kit bag such as The North Face Base Camp duffel. You need to make sure there is sufficient space in your duffel to pack all of your gear so we suggest doing a trial pack at home a few weeks before departure. Most people choose a Large size duffel at 90 litres or more. It is a good idea to bring a small combination padlock to secure your bag.

If you do not have this gear and equipment then to save money it is worth consider renting, for further information please read FAQ: Can I rent personal gear, clothing and mountaineering equipment for my trip to Nepal?

It is also possible to purchase gear in Kathmandu, for further information please read FAQ: Can I purchase trekking equipment/toiletries/snacks/ etc in Kathmandu before trip to save bringing from home?

Suggested clothing and equipment list for Everest Base Camp:


  • Walking boots. A pair of water repellent boots with ankle support.
  • Gaiters. A pair used to keep boots dry if walking through deep snow.
  • Walking socks.
  • Trainers or trail shoes. Can be used in and around lodge in the afternoons/ evenings.  


  • Waterproof jacket and trousers (goretex or similar).
  • Trekking trousers.
  • Long sleeve shirts (not cotton).
  • Micro fleece.
  • Mid to heavyweight fleece.
  • Sleeveless or body warmer type fleece.
  • Thermals or baselayer for top & bottom (merino wool or synthetic).
  • Fleece pants.
  • Medium weight down jacket (eg Nuptse jacket by The North Face).


  • Fleece gloves.
  • Warms mittens and/or gloves.


  • Wool or fleece hat.
  • Sun hat.
  • Bandana or scarf. 
  • Headtorch.  Bring extra batteries.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Personal Equipment:
  • Sleeping bag (Note: it is possible to rent this in Kathmandu for about £1 per day).
  • Day pack large enough to carry water bottles, camera, lunch and extra clothing.
  • Stuff sacks for keeping your gear dry and organised.
  • Two water bottles (Nalgene wide mouth bottles are the best).
  • Sunscreen and lipsalve with a high SPF.
  • Water purification tablets (Pristine, Biox Acqua or Acqa Mira).
  • Favourite snack food.
  • Books, ipod and cards etc.
  • Trekking poles (Black Diamond with "Flick Lock" are best).
  • Camera with spare batteries and memory cards.
  • Insurance certificate.
  • Earplugs (optional).
  • Baby wipes (optional).
  • Hand sanitizer (optional).


  • Duffle bag or large backpack for your personal gear on the trek (carried by a porter).  Bring a small combination padlock to secure the bag.
  • Travel clothes. You will need casual clothing for air travel days and time spent in Kathmandu.
  • Toiletry bag include toilet paper, soap, towel, toothbrush, etc.

Personal first aid kit:

Note: we provide a comprehensive group first aid kit but please bring personal medications and other items you might use regularly such as:

  • Any personal medications.
  • Malaria prophylactic tablets.
  • Blister treatment (Compeed patches are the best).
  • Rehydration powder eg Dioralyte.
  • Analgesics (paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin).
  • Plasters and zinc oxide tape.
  • Throat lozenges.
  • Diamox (helps with acclimatisation
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