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Packing List for Peak Climbing in Nepal

To stay away from any confusion on what to pack for climbing in Nepal, we have prepared a perfectly designed packing list. Although not decisive, this list is intended as a guideline to all trekkers, including the climbers, but not decisive in any way.

Your final packing list for Nepal climbing will depend on your personal preference and sense of judgment, as well. Most of the lodge-to-lodge trekking or teahouse trekking in Nepal, before you begin your climbing session, have a similar packing list.

Peak Climbing in Nepal

From the tentative essential climbing gear list given below, Himalayan Glacier will provide lodges, meals (3 times a day), a sleeping bag, a duffel bag, and a down jacket (for all seasons). We will provide the items indicated by an asterisk (*) in the checklist, which are included in the trip cost.

A single porter is limited to carrying 33lbs. (15kgs) of your personal belongings, which also happens to be your weight restriction for all domestic flights in Nepal. Since you will have gears and equipment, the weight limit would exceed a certain extent. We will bear the cost of your extra nominal weight, but if your luggage is much heavier than the limit, be ready to pay the extra cost. You can acquire a pretty informative idea about the complete packing list for Mt. Everest, which will help you understand what needs to be carried out during the initial trekking phase before your climbing expedition in Nepal.

Never forget: Be selective in what you carry!

1. Travel Documents 

  • Valid Passport
    Bring along 2-3 photocopies of your passport and also a photo on your phone in case of loss or theft.
  • Airline Tickets & Trip blueprint
    Required if you are not carrying a smartphone (with confirmation and trip itinerary).
  • Nepal Visa
    Provided on-arrival in Kathmandu airport (except for some countries that need to apply for visa at their country’s Embassy or consulate.
  •  4 Passport size photos
    Required for various reasons, including permits, local SIM card etc.
  • Travel Insurance
    That covers all your medical costs, flight cancelation or trip cancelation costs, rescue and air ambulance on the trip (if any). Keep a paper copy as well as a digital copy.
  • Proof of Immunization against COVID-19
    Please contact your physician or visit the CDC website for detailed information.
  • Yellow Fever Certificate
    For travelers 9 months and above coming from or who were in transit for more than 12 hours from a country with risk of Yellow Fever transmission.
  • Cash & Credit Cards
    You will require cash during the trip (at least $200-300) along with your credit/debit cards.

Note: Make sure that your passport has a validity of at least 6 months remaining while leaving your country. It is mandatory, else you may be unable to exit from your country of origin.

2. Travel Clothing

Headwear

Headwears
Headwear (Balaclava, Brimmed Hat & Knit Hat)
  • Brimmed Hat or Sun Cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Buff/Neck Warmer/Neck Gaiter
  • Knit Hat (preferably a fleece or woolen hat)
  • Balaclava
  • Bandana or headscarf

Bodywear – Torso

  • Lightweight thermal tops
  • Fleece Pullover or Jacket
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Down Jacket or Puffer Jacket*
  • Long/Short, Polypropylene Sleeve Shirt (for trekking at lower altitudes)
  • Sports Bra (Women)
  • Soft Jacket
  • Insulated Jacket
Bodywear
Bodywear for upper torso

Handwear

  • Lightweight Gloves (wool or fleece)
  • Heavyweight Gloves or Down Mittens

Bodywear (beneath the torso)

  • Hiking Pants
  • Fleece Pants
  • Light thermal trouser
  •  Underwear
  • Hiking Shorts (optional) (for summer-time trekking)

Footwear

  • Trekking Boots
  • Hiking Socks
  • Trekking Sandals
  • Cotton Socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (optional)
  • Running Shoes or Trainers

3.  Personal Gears & Accessories

  • Expedition Backpack, 65L
  • Trekking Backpack, 30L-40L
  • Sleeping Bag*
  • Trekking/Climbing Poles
  • Head torch with extra batteries
  • Duffel Bag (90L/20 Gallons) *
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Raincoat
  • Thermosets (to provide extra insulation for the sleeping bags)
  • Binoculars
  • Navigation Equipment
  • Glacier Glasses
  • Daypack cover
  • Garbage bag
  • Water Bottle
  • Face Mask
  • Book/Diary/Games

4.  Climbing Equipment

With the right gears and equipment, the chances of mishaps are less frequent. The following mountain climbing gear list will help you decide what you need to carry on your trip:

Required items of packing list for peak climbing in Nepal
Items required for peak climbing in Nepal
  • Climbing Boots
    • High Altitude Double Boots (for 6000m+ peaks)
    • Triple Mountaineering Boots (for 7000m & 8000m+ peaks)
  • Climbing Helmet
  • Crampons
  • Expedition Mittens
  •  Expedition Suit/Special Bodywear
  •  Ice-Tools
    • Ice-axe
    • Ice-hammer
    • Ice-screw
  • Harness (for safeguarding a person to a rope or an anchor point)
  • Tape Slings (for building a belay or improvise a chest harness, and also used for rescue purposes)
  • Screwgate Karabiners (2 lock, 2 unlock) (used to quickly and reversibly connect the various components during climbing)
  • Ascender (Jhumar) (used for directly ascending a rope or for enabling protection with a fixed rope during mountain climbing)
  • Descender (eight figure) (important gear used for controlling the descent)
  • Snow Bar/Snow Anchor* (these are built for added protection when traveling on a glacier, crossing steep slopes, or during crevasse rescues)
  • Ropes*
  • Belay Device* (used along with a Screwgate karabiner to control the rope during belaying or rappelling; used as a friction brake)

5. First Aid & Medicine 

Himalayan Glacier Guides carry an all-around comprehensive first aid kit while trekking or climbing in Nepal. However, we recommend that you carry a personal first aid kid as well for any minor maladies. The following list engrosses the essential first aid items and medicines you may require while trekking or on an expedition in the mountainous regions of Nepal.

  • Antibiotics
  • Painkillers
  • Cough Lozenges
  • Plasters, Bandages & Zinc Oxide Tape
  • Foot Powder
  • Skin-blister repair kit
  • Antidiarrheals
  • Altitude sickness drugs
  •  Water purification tablets or water filters
  • Earplugs
  • Prescriptions
  • Sunscreen Cream
  • Lip Balm
  • Insect Repellent
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet Wipes/Baby Wipes
  • High-calorie snacks (optional)
  • Electrolytes, powder, or tablets (optional)
  • Eye Drops
  • Oral Rehydration Sachets

Note:
Please do not bring sleeping pills as they are respiratory depressants.
Please consult with your Guide before taking these altitude sickness drugs or if you experience any kind of uneasiness while you are trekking in Nepal.

6.  Toiletries/Personal Hygiene

There are limited or no permanent showers or bathing facilities at the teahouses, especially at higher altitudes. However, upon payment of a small fee, you will be provided a bucket of hot water. But, during the climbs, you will have to manage in tent toilets.

To keep your toiletry items organized and safe from damage or uncleanliness, we recommend that you have handy toiletry bags with you. You can carry the following list of toiletries or personal hygiene items that you will need daily during your hike and climb:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Small bar or soap bottle
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Quick-drying towel
  • Multi-purpose soap
  • Deodorants
  • Nail Brush & Clippers
  • Hair Brush
  • Face Flannel
  • Hand and face moisturizing cream
  • Toilet paper

7. Miscellaneous Items

  • Contact lenses
  • Power glasses
  • Flasks
  • Umbrella
  • Pad locks
  • Multi-tools
  • Stuff sacks, dry bags or Ziploc-type plastic bags (optional)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Swiss Knife (optional)
  • Power bank
  • Universal adapter
  • Activated charcoal (optional)

8. Extras (For Men)

  • Small mirror
  • Razor and shaving cream
  • After shave gel or lotion
  • Pee bottle

9. Extras (For Women)

  • Urinating device (Shewee)
  • Pee cloth
  • Feminine wipes
  • Menstrual cups
  • Tweezers
  • Sanitary Napkins
  • After shave gel or lotion

Recommended Brands of Gears, Equipment & Accessories for Trekking

ITEMSRECOMMENDED BRANDS 
Long/Short Polypropylene Sleeve ShirtIcebreaker, Under Armor, Columbia, Berghaus
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pulloverBerghaus, Helly Hansen, The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Arc’Teryx
Soft jacket, fleece or soft shellThe North Face, Berghaus, Icebreaker, Arc’Teryx
Down Jacket (Puffer jacket)The North Face, Arc’Teryx, Rab Positron, Mountain Hardwear
Waterproof Jacket with hood (waterproof/breathable)The North Face, Arc’Teryx, Berghaus, Mountain Hardwear
Sports Bra (Women)Brooks FastForward, Icebreaker, Smartwool Racerback, Brooks Dare, Handful
Warm Gloves or MittensBellemere, Garnet Hill, Vermont, Hobbs London, L.L Bean, The North Face, WhitePaws
Light GlovesUnder Armour, Terramar, Smartwool, Fox River, TRENDOUX, Dakine Storm Liner
Waterproof Hiking PantsGore-Tex, Patagonia, The North Face, Arc’Teryx, Columbia, Jessie Kidden, Mountain Hardwear, Marmot
Hiking ShortsColumbia, Tru-Spec, Mountain Hardwear, The North Face, Arac’teryx, ExOfficio Nomad
Fleece PantsThe North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Arc’Teryx, Patagonia, Stan Ray, Cotopaxi Abrazo, Burton Mine77 Sherpa
Light Thermal TrousersGORE H5, Rab Positron, Craghoppers, Acai Women’s, Montane Women’s, Arc’Teryx, Vaude
UndergarmentsIcebreaker, Under Armour, Cw-X, Moving Comfort, Shock Absorber
Hiking BootsBerghaus, Mammut, La Sportivva, Salomon, Merrell, Zamberlan
Hiking SocksBridgedale, Smartwool, REI Co-op, Darn Tough, Farm to Feet, Wrightsock, Balega, Icebreaker, Stance
Trekking SandalsScarpa, Salomon, Hi-Tec, Dream Pairs, Teva Hurricane, Xero Shoes, Chaco Z, KEEN Newport
GaitersSalomon, Outdoor Research, Unigear, WINOMO, Pike Trail, Moxie Gear, ALTRA Trail
Running Shoes/TrainersSalomon, Merrell, La Sportiva, VJ Ultra, Brooks Cataman, Hoka Speedgoat
Trekking SocksBridgedale, Smartwool, Darn Tough, Icebreaker, Wigwam, Columbia, Injinji, Thorlos Lite
Sleeping BagMountain Hardwear, The North Face, REI Magma, Marmot, ZPacks, Teton Sports, Sleepingo, Ohuhu, MallowMe Revalcamp, Coleman Brazos
Sleeping Bag LinersBrave Era, Mountain Warehouse, Lifeventure, Sea to Summit, Cocoon Silk Mummy, Scottish Silkworm
Trekking PolesBlack Diamond, Gossamer, Montem Ultra Strong, Leki Vario Carbon, REI Co-op, Pace Maker, Kaito
DayPackOsprey, Vorlich, Gregory, REI Flash, Deuter Speed, Patagonia, Hyperlite, Six Moon Designs
ThermosetsThermarest, Exped, TNH Outdoors, Coleman, Stansports, Lightspeed
Backpack CoversJoy Walker, Frelaxy, Osprey, LAMA, FANCYWING, Deuter, Mountain Top, Jepeak, FOME, OUTJOY, Unigear
Water BottleNalgene, Hydro Flask, Platypus Platy, Katadyn BeFree, Camelbak, Klean Kanteen, HydraPak Recon

Recommended Brands of Gears, Equipment & Accessories for Climbing/Expedition

High Insulated Double BootLa Sportiva Olympus Mons, Scarpa Phantom, La Sportiva Spantik
Expedition MittensBlack Diamond, Arc’teryx Venta, Mammut La Lista, Burton Clutch
Glacier GlassesJulbo Vermont Classic, Northern Lights, Vuarnet Glacier, Cameleon
HarnessMammut, Petzl, Edlewiess, Sterling, Black Diamond
KarabinerHMS Bentgate, FavoFit, Heroclip, Wild Country, Black Diamond Positron
Belay DeviceBlack Diamond ATC, CAMP USA Matik, DMM Pivot, Mammut Smart
Ice-ToolsPetzl Summit, Camp USA, Black Diamond, Trango Raptor, Omega Pacific
CramponsBlack Diamond, Grivel G10, Petzl Leopard, Camp USA
AscenderPetzl Ascension, Kong Climbing Lift, Black Diamond, Wild Country Ropeman
Climbing HelmetMammut, Camp and Edelrid, Petzl, Black Diamond, Retrospec Traverse
Tape SlingPetzl Anneau, Rock Empire Dyneema, Edelrid Lanyards, Add-Gear
DescenderAsap’ Sorber, Mobile Fall Arrester, Lanyard, Petzl, Derope, Tractel,Minifor, Tirfor
Snow Bar/Snow AnchorDMM Deadman, Black Diamond, MSR, Platypus, PackTowl, Seal Line, Thermarest
Expedition SuitsNorth Face, Black Yak, Kailas, Marmot, Mountain Hardwear, RAB

This exclusive Nepal Mountain Climbing packing list will help you pack for your trips to the Himalayas.  With the help of this guide, you’ll know exactly what to look for when renting or buying the necessary gear in Kathmandu. If you have any questions about the trip or any other confusion to clarify, contact us or drop in a message on our Facebook Page

Himalayan Glacier Adventure and Travel Company
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A leading adventure & tour operator in the Himalayas since 1992, Himalayan Glacier Adventure & Travel Company® is the #1 guiding adventure travel company on Mount Everest Base Camp and beyond with 98% success rate. Continuing its decades-old legacy, Himalayan Glacier is a little different from other adventure & tour operators. Each of our holidays is truly a tailor-made package which we design for all ages, groups, families & solo travelers. We have veteran mountaineering leaders who have been into this industry for several decades. So, we offer you complete choice and freedom to explore the real pleasure of traveling.

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