Trekking Kit List

This kit list is for typical teahouse trekking routes but it is by no means an exhaustive list. These items are merely my suggestions - at the end of the day, a lot is down to personal preference. Please do pay close attention to the essentials. Quantities are cumulative (i.e. optional items should be added to essential). For a camping kit list, click here.

Item

Essential

Optional

Hire/Buy K'du

Baggage and Sleeping

 

 

 

Rucksack 60-80 litre

1

 

 

Day Rucksack (for side trips, or use your main rucksack)

 

1

 

Sleeping Bag 4 season

1

 

Y

Foam Sleeping Mat or Thermarest

 

1

 

Clothing

 

 

 

Windproof Shell Jacket (minimum showerproof & breathable)

1

 

 

T-Shirts (synthetic fabric recommended)

2

 

 

Fleece (2 recommended)

1

1

 

Thermal leggings

1

 

 

Thermal base layer top (wool or polyester, 2 recommended)

1

1

 

Trousers (lightweight poly-cotton, convertible recommended)

2

 

 

Lined walking/skiing trousers/salopettes

 

1

 

Tracksuit Bottoms (e.g. Ronhill)

 

1

 

Shorts (if not bringing convertibles)

1

 

 

Underwear (dark colours recommended!)

2

2

 

Socks (min 2 pairs for hiking + 2 pairs for evenings recommended)

2

2

 

Down Jacket (alternative to shell jacket + fleeces)

 

1

Y

Walking Boots (sturdy, waterproof and well worn in)

1

 

 

Gaiters (for snow conditions)

 

1

 

Sandals/Trainers (fake Teva-style sandals are cheap in Kdu)

1

 

Y

Sun Hat or other head covering (e.g. bandana or Buff)

1

 

 

Gloves (thermal lined & windproof, spare pair recommended)

1

1

 

Woolly Hat / Balaclava

1

 

 

Hygiene

 

 

 

Toothbrush & Toothpaste

1

 

 

Razor, Foam & Travel Mirror

 

1

 

Travel Towel or Sarong (can buy sarongs cheaply in Kdu)

1

 

 

Soap (preferably bio-degradable)

1

 

 

Deodorant

1

 

 

Toilet Paper/Tissues (Nepali toilet paper is rough!)

1

 

 

Shampoo / Conditioner (preferably bio-degradable)

 

1

 

Nail clippers

 

1

 

Clothes Washing Soap

 

1

 

Health

 

 

 

Iodine solution or tablets (for drinking water purification)

1

 

 

Vitamins

 

1

Y

After Sun / Moisturiser

 

1

Y

Sun Protection (High Factor)

1

 

Y

Lip Salve (with sunscreen)

1

 

 

Documents

 

 

 

Passport

1

 

 

Visa (recommend buying on arrival, bring US$40 cash to pay this)

 

 

 

Flight Tickets

1

 

 

Passport Photographs (for visa, can do at K'du airport but hassle)

1

 

 

Cash (Nepalese Rupees in small denominations, e.g. 100 & 500)

1

 

 

Credit/Debit Card (for ATMs in K'du + needed for heli-evac)

1

 

 

Travel Insurance

1

 

 

Other

 

 

 

Crampons

 

1

Y

Camera

 

1

 

Camera batteries (enough for whole trek recommended)

 

1

 

Sunglasses (with 100% UV protection)

1

 

 

Penknife

 

1

 

Lighter

1

 

Y

Candles

 

1

 

Padlock (for locking rooms)

1

 

Y

Cord or String (e.g. for makeshift drying line)

 

1

 

Clothes pegs

 

1

 

Sewing Kit

 

1

 

Note Book and Pens

 

1

 

Alarm Clock (or mobile phone)

 

1

 

Adjustable Walking Poles (pair)

 

1

 

Torch (with spare batteries and bulb, head torch recommended)

1

 

 

Water Bottle (2x1 litre recommended to rotate sterilizing)

1

1

 

Drinking System (e.g. Camel Back, cannot drink while sterilizing)

 

1

 

Ear Plugs

 

1

 

Plastic Bags (for dirty washing etc. re-sealable recommended)

1

 

 

Spare Boot Laces

 

1

 

Boot Wax (e.g. Nikwax)

 

1

 

Guide Book

 

1

Y

Map

 

1

Y

First Aid

 

 

 

Pain Killers (e.g. Paracetamol)

1

 

Y

Plasters / Surgical Tape

1

 

 

Blister Pads / Second Skins

1

 

 

Antiseptic Spray or Cream (iodine solution is also good)

1

 

 

Bandages

1

 

 

Oral Rehydration Salts

1

 

Y

Diarrhoea Tablets (e.g. Immodium)

1

 

Y

Antihistamine Tables (e.g. Piritin)

1

 

Y

Anti Inflammatory Tablets (e.g. diclofenac, ibuprofen)

1

 

Y

Ciprofloxacin (a general purpose antibiotic)

1

 

Y

Norfloxacin (a diahorrea antibiotic)

1

 

Y

Tinidazole (Giardia treatment)

1

 

Y

Diamox (altitude sickness treatment)

1

 

Y