What to Bring

The Mountain Travel team will provide all practical equipment that you need to take part in our Treks. All you will need to take care of is your personal equipment and clothing and we would suggest the following as a guideline:

  • A down jacket
    • If you do not have a down jacket, Mountain Travel can arrange for you to rent one, or you can purchase one for a reasonable price in Kathmandu’s tourist district Thamel
  • A warm fleece
  • Long sleeved t-shirts
    • We would suggest either wool or synthetic material. Though cotton is very comfortable to wear, it gets wet and cold when you sweat in it, and it takes a long time to dry. Wool will stay warm even when it gets wet, and it does not start to smell bad as quickly as cotton or synthetic material – however, it does take a little longer to dry. Synthetic material is usually quite lightweight, and it efficiently transports the sweat away from your body, and dries quickly. On the downside, it starts smelling quickly and will need to be washed often.
  • T-shirts and/or vests
    • Same suggestion as for longsleeved t-shirts.
  • A pair of shorts
    • As an alternative to shorts a pair of zipp-off trousers.
  • A pair of lightweight trousers
    • Synthetic or a synthetic/cotton mix preferable.
  • A pair of long johns
    • These are nice to have for chilly evenings in the teahouse or outside the tent especially for altitudes above 4000 meters where it often gets very cold during he night.
  • A pair of good walking boots
    • Make sure the boots are big enough – if the boots are too small, you will loose your toenails. It’s important that your heel is fixated while at the same time you should have some space in front of your toes. Consider that your feet “grows” during the day. Consider whether you will use both inner socks (liners) and trekking socks or only one pair of socks.
  • A pair of sandals or flip-flops
    • It’s always a great feeling to take off your boots at the end of a long trekking day and walk around barefoot in your sandals around camp. They are also easier to get in and out of if you have to go to the loo during the night.
  • Rainproof jacket
    • The weather can change rapidly in the Himalayas and a sunny day can quickly turn into a rainstorm. A light jacket with low packing volume is preferable, since you carry the jacket in your day pack to be prepared for sudden changes in weather.
  • A small day pack
    • 20-25 liters should suffice.
  • A sun hat
  • A woolly hat
  • A pair of gloves
  • A head torch
  • A camera
  • Personal water bottle
  • Sun block and sunglasses
    • Sunglasses are vital – you can easily get snow-blind in high-altitude even on cloudy days. Make sure they have a proper UV-filter and that they also cover your eyes from the sides and from beneath.