Packing for a trip is always a perplexing task. Sometimes you end up taking more things than you actually need and sometimes you end up forgetting even your essentials. Either way, packing mayhem is something we all go through before we head on to our adventures. Be it a relaxing trip to the sun-kissed beaches or an adventurous outing in the mountains, we may be trapped in bewilderment while wrapping up for the things to have in our backpack. The best way to minimize this commotion is by staying updated with the trip that you are heading onto. Forgetting things on a normal holiday might not be much of a deal, but not having your essentials during exceptional adventures like peak climbing in Nepal can be distressing.
Imagine not having your Gore-Tex pants on the summit night during your Island Peak expedition or even as simple as ignoring the bandana and catching a Khumbu cough. After all, you cannot afford to fall sick and miss out on the essence of adventurous components. Likewise, carrying excess during your climb can compromise your fun as well as your safety by slowing you down. While your expedition to Ama Dablam is quite demanding, it makes no sense to carry extra weight on your bag with belongings you wouldn’t even use. Indeed, choosing your packing list for your peak climbing in Nepal is not an easy task at all. A lot has been said about “going light.” But how light must “going light” be? Assembled here is the packing list for your mountaineering in Nepal.
Packing List For Climbing in Nepal
Travel bags: First and foremost, you will require a proper travel bag for your expedition. You can either have 1 medium rucksack or 1 large duffle bag to carry your belongings. Adding to it, you will need a daypack or backpack of 35 to 50 liters for keeping your essentials which you might need along the way. This backpack should have good weight straps on the hips so that you will carry the weight of the bag on your waist rather than on your shoulders.
Trekking poles: Good trekking poles are necessary for mountaineering in Nepal. During your expedition, you will walk through varied terrains and these poles will provide support to your legs. The poles are needed most during your descend as supporting on these poles allows you to have less pressure on your knees. You can carry one pair of trekking poles that have cork handles.
Mountaineering boots: Mountaineering boots are necessary during your to ascend to the summit. These boots must be light and warm so as to prevent your feet from frostbite. Get the size that fits you right and you are comfortable walking with those on.
Hiking boots: Hiking boots are for your walk in the lower regions of the trail. Get the hiking boots that are rigid with sturdy soles and ankle support. These boots help you balance on the varied terrains of Nepal.
Trail shoes/ Running shoes/ Sandals: You can either bring your running shoes or sandals. This shoe is for you to change back to after arriving at the camps or tea houses.
Socks: Having proper pairs of socks is important during your climbing in Nepal. As you go from warm temperatures to the cold and then back to warm again, a range of trekking socks are needed. You can have a mix of liner socks, light socks, and thick socks. A minimum of two pairs of thin socks and two pairs of thick socks are needed. Keep a spare pair of fresh socks to switch into after arriving at the camp or teahouses.
Base Layer (for top and bottom): The base layer is to keep you warm in cold temperature. You can use them while sleeping in the camps or even on the summit night under your Gore-Tex pants and tops. The base layer (top) with a hood is preferred.
Gore-Tex pants and tops: Gore-Tex tops and pants are required mostly on the summit night. You can carry them in your backpack so that it is easy to take them out when needed. They prove to be handy during the rainy days.
Trekking shorts/ Trekking pants: Trekking pants and shorts are needed for trekking in the lower regions. You can carry one trekking shorts and one trekking pant or two trekking pants (one with a cut off which can be turned into shorts, if needed). These trekking pants must be light, washable, and should dry off quickly.
Fleece pants: Fleece pants are needed to keep you warm in the camp. After arriving at the camp you can change into comfortable fleece pants. You can wear them while roaming around in the lodges and tents and also while sleeping.
Normal T-shirts: You can carry 2 – 3 normal t-shirts to wear while trekking in the lower regions. You can wash these T-shirts on the trail.
Undergarments: You may carry undergarments as per your personal preferences. It is suggested that you carry a sufficient number of undergarments or a few of them and wash the used ones along the way. Be sure to carry an extra plastic bag to store your used garments. You don’t want to mix your used clothes with fresh ones.
Down or synthetic vest: You can either carry a synthetic or down vest. You can use them while trekking to the base camp in the lower regions of the trail. This vest keeps you warm and prevents you from the cold wind of the Himalayan region.
Fleece Jacket: Fleece jacket is to keep you warm during the cold temperatures of the mountains. You can carry it in your bag and use it during your stay in the tents, lodges, and even while sleeping. A fleece jacket with a hood is preferred.
Down Jacket: Another thing that you must have during your expedition in Nepal is your down jacket. The down jacket keeps you warm and is easy to carry. Likewise, they are light in weight and can fit into a compact bag. A good quality hooded down-jacket is needed.
Bandana: Bandanas are large kerchiefs, usually colorful and used either as headgear or as a handkerchief, neckerchief, bikini, or sweatband. While being in the mountain regions of Nepal, you inhale cold dry air. Wearing a multi-functional bandana will keep your neck warm and helps retain moisture in the mouth. This will prevent you from catching the dreaded Khumbu Cough. Likewise, they also prevent you from the dust on the trails. You can also use it as a headwear. We suggest that you carry a thin bandana and one more with fleece lining which can be used at higher altitudes.
Sun hat and sunglasses: The sun hat (or baseball hat) keeps the sun away from your ears, necks and prevents sunburns. Likewise, sunglasses with UV protection protect your eyes in the sun.
Fleece Lined Hat: Fleece lined hat protects your head from the cold in the chilly mornings and evenings. You can wear them at night and while roaming in and around the lodges and tents. You can also wear them under your helmet during your climbing period.
Gloves: Gloves are necessary while climbing. They keep your hands warm. You can carry a pair of lighter gloves along with a thicker one. Both the gloves should allow you to use your hands easily. As climbing requires moving your hands frequently with ropes and equipment, a glove with a good hand grip is necessary.
Air Mattress: Take 2 inches thick air mattress during your expedition in Nepal. Even though the mattress may take up space in your bag, it is necessary to have proper sleep after spending more time on the trails.
Sleeping Bag: The temperature range of sleeping bags between 30 to 50 degrees works perfectly in most places. It also provides a balance between the weight of the sleeping bag and the warmth needed. Adding to it, you can also carry a fleece sleeping bag liner which will keep you warm even in the coldest night.
Apart from the above-listed items, here are a few other add-ins that might be necessary for an expedition in Nepal.
|Extra plastic bags||Water bottles (min 2)|
|Head torch||Hand Sanitizer|
|Spare batteries||Journal and pen (if needed)|
|Toiletries (tissues, soaps, etc)||Trail map|
|Medical Kit (water purifying tablets, Diamox, etc)||Lightweight pillowcase|
|Power bank with solar panels||Travel game (cards, chess, board games, etc)|