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Packing for the trek

To be prepared is half the victory
— Miguel De Cervantes
 

Trekking in the high altitude mountain when the weather is good you won't meet any problems but unexpected rains or snow-storm a long the way can occur, the longer and higher the trek require better equipped, so be well-prepared when packing for the trek to enjoy the journey fully.

The equipment needed for a long trekking trip can be bought or rented in Thamel, a popular and frequented tourist area located in Kathmandu. Price ranging from cheap to expensive so does the quality, many products using foreign labels actually made in the country so it a matter of luck that some items can be used long time some may be broken just within one time use. Many famous brand is located right on the way to the royal palace. If you have your own reasons to rent instead of buy, at least you should have your own SHOES.

FOOTWEAR

Comfortable trekking shoes is a must for week long trekking in mountain

Comfortable trekking shoes is a must for week long trekking in mountain

A comfortable of shoes is a MUST and it is a good idea to wear a pair of shoes at home to TEST it before the trip lower the chances that it will hurt you during the trekking. Good shoes should have waterproof features, ankle support, enough SPACE to allow the legs have enough air breathe and ensure a wide enough for you to use extra socks for the cold weather. The running shoes may be slightly lighter but will not be suitable for high-altitude snow land.

A lightweight pair of flip flops will be ideal at the end of the day to let your foot relax and comfortable for shower activities. If you go in the cold season, use a pair of socks.

Socks: Choose soft, good moisture absorption, fast dry to wear outside and need to change regularly. The inside layer is made of synthetic and thin synthetic socks. Should have about 4-6 pairs. A pair of warm wool/smart wool is also required to prevent cold weather and provide better sleep.

CLOTHING

High in Himalayas mountain, the weather changes very quick sometimes it is extremely hot under the sun and other time it changes to cold and windy so the more layers the better. Clothes are easy to replace or wear is a good choice.

Layers for activities: during the day should be lightweight, quick-dry, pants with unzip function is good choice to adapt to changing in temperatures. 

Underwear: Sports bra for women

Base layer:  Wear on below zero temperatures and especially during sleep (treks above 4,000m). 

Down Jacket

Wind Proof Jacket: This outer layer helps keep warm and helps keep you dry. Choose a shirt that is large enough to hold the inner layers and pants too.

Hats: Sun protection during the walk and warm one at high altitude when it is cold.

Bandana: There should be a multi-purpose bandana to cover the face, sweat absorption during the trekking and warm woolen one for the cold.

Glass: Ensure it has ultraviolet rays protection.

Gloves: Choose the type of glove that can remove the upper finger or thin enough to take pictures or other activities. In high snow conditions, there should be waterproof gloves.

Swimming Suite: If there is a plan to visit hot spring

SLEEPING BAG

Normally, during the trekking, the guesthouse will provide blankets but not warm enough if it is cold and not clean enough so it is necessary to have extra sleeping bags to keep the warmth and also to prevent the blankets in the guest house smelling inappropriate.

BACKBAG

Choose backpack type with back support, easy to put in and easy to expand as needed. Backpack has more space to put water bag and holes to let out water pine is a good choice. If you carry your backpack by yourself choose the all items with quick-dry, lightweight.

OTHERS EQUIPMENT


Nylon bag: To split the furniture and help keep items dry

Headlamp: Needed if walk in the early in the morning

Water Bag/Bottle: There should be a water bag of about 1L for drinking and a thermo water bottle to use in cold weather. Can use water filters device or water tablet if you do not want to buy water from the lodges.

Trekking sticks: Some like to use trekking sticks but others are not, trekking sticks will work if you cross the stream, ascent/descent steep mountain, or go through snowy area.

Snacks: Provide extra energy in the process of trekking and dry food in case of getting bored with the food during the trek.

Personal hygiene: Sunscreen, Hand sanitizer, Bath lotion, Facial cleanser, Shampoo should be put into a small travel bottle for convenience. Please bring lip balm.

Documents: Passport, Cash, Photo 3x4, Insurance, Airfare. There should be a backup copy and let your family members keep it in case of emergency.

Personal First-Aid: Diamox, cold, Vitamin C

Entertainment: During the trekking trip, there will be almost free early afternoon and evening, you can exchanges conversation with other trekkers or writing journal or reading, so bring something to enjoy your evening.

 

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