Top 20 Things to Pack for a Nepal Trip

  • Feb 12, 2021
  • Karna Rana

An average traveler looks up the Nepal Teahouse Trekking Packing List yet gets short of things when they travel. Tension runs high. A trip turns into bad memories once the traveler is unprepared. Let that traveler not be you. 

Nepal reigns as the number one hub for a relaxing and thrilling tourist destination. Travelers around the world come to Nepal for trekking, adventure sports, mountaineering, and so on. The small nation heartily welcoming free-spirits traveling in pursuit of incredible sceneries everywhere. 

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Let’s look at some of the unmissable information on the Roof of the World:

How’s the Weather in Nepal? 

The weather gives insight on a Nepal trekking packing list

  • March, April, and May: The pre-monsoon season sees variable weather, mostly mild temperature throughout the day. 
  • June, July, and August: The monsoon season brings showers over mostly green hills. The days become perfect for observing lush habitats of exotic fauna. 
  • September, October, and November: The most popular trekking season brings perfect weather for long hours of trekking and majestic sunrises. 
  • December, January, and February: Visiting the Terai (plains) becomes easier during these colder months. January sees an average of 52 degrees Fahrenheit. 

  
What to Wear in Nepal?

The major part of the Nepal trekking packing list is clothes. People regard proper clothing as a form of respect for their culture, especially from foreigners. 

  • For Hiking: Hiking through local villages and areas require comfortable yet modest clothing. The clothing articles also depend upon the weather. Colder regions require windcheaters, caps, neck and face masks. 
  • For Cities: Cities like Kathmandu, Chitwan, Pokhara, and Dharan get more liberal on clothing. However, religious and cultural places expect modest clothing. 


What to Pack and What to Buy in Nepal?

Prices in Nepal have become much cheaper than in most foreign countries. Cities usually offer anything from luxurious items to reasonable discounted prices. Such range becomes limited in rural areas like the trekking regions of the Himalayas. 

Lodging is relatively cheaper in village areas than in cities. Even so, renting or hotel rooms can be found at varying prices across cities. The cheapest rate goes from $ 10 per night.

The Ultimate Packing List: Here’s 20 Essentials You Need to Carry

The packing list for trekking in Nepal remains incomplete without:

1. Passport Photocopy and Passport-Size Images

It becomes risky to carry passports while traveling around the local neighborhood of the city. Yet, some of the sites require identification. Hence, carrying a passport photocopy and passport size photos is the better option. 

2. Travel Insurance for Nepal

Travel insurance is highly recommended, and policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation, including helicopter rescue. In the current scenario, travelers have to present insurance against COVID-19 of at least USD 5,000 per person. The expedition teams must also provide insurance coverage against COVID-19 of a minimum NPR 100,000 (~ USD 850) to Nepal's team members before obtaining permission for expedition or trekking.

3. Comfortable Hiking Shoes But Don't Forget About Slippers.

Most lodges provide slippers to guests. Such arrangements may not be found in teahouse lodges, so bring a pair for comfort. 

4.    4-Seasonal Sleeping Bag

A trekking gear list becomes useless without sleeping bags. Sleeping bags are staples in remote trekking trails where teahouse lodges are not readily available, like Rara Lake Trek. Even for the most popular Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek and Everest Three Passes Trek, you require four seasonal sleeping bags due to cold. 

5.    Universal Waterproof Phone Case

Protect your phone with waterproof cases in the situation of a sudden downpour during monsoon seasons. A little fun in the water during summer treks won't stop if you have waterproof phones.

6.    Nepal Power Adapter

Most places in Nepal have C (two round pins), D (one triangle and two round pins) and M (three round pins) plug types. Local markets sell connecting plugs if you have a different type of plug. 

7.    Power Bank/ Portable Charger

Travelers consider power banks as life saviors when you keep taking thousands of pictures every second. During unexpected blackouts, keep yourself connected even during emergencies. 

8.    Female Urination Device

Although not available in Nepal, travelers can use it when there are no proper urinals around on trips. Some areas of Nepal do not have clean toilets. 

9.    Activated Charcoal

Locals use activated charcoal for purposes such as natural toothpaste or cleansers. This natural ingredient also keeps stomach bugs at bay when traveling. 

10.    Neck Wallet

A handy neck wallet gets all your essentials like a phone, passport, and plane tickets ready—no need to fumble through a messy backpack to get it. 

11.    Travel towel

Most lodging (even teahouses) provide clean towels, yet it is advised to bring one small face towel just if the hygiene of the place you are staying at is not up to the mark. 

12.    Water Bottle With a Built-In Filter

Clean drinking water rarely makes it to relatively less developed areas outside of Kathmandu. Water bottles with a built-in filter should be on top of anyone’s Nepal trekking gear list.

13.    Day Backpack and A Scrubber Wash Bag

Scrubber Wash Bags, the epitome of convenience, make it easy to wash clothes during hiking, trekking, or traveling. The practical process helps in conditions of scarce water supply during trekking in higher altitudes. 

14.    First-Aid kit

Although most travel agencies offer travel first-aid kits, personal medications need to be brought by one. Foreign medicines may not be available readily in Nepal’s medical pharmacies. 

15.    Sunscreen And Sun Hat

All travel to hotter areas like Sauraha, Biratnagar, and Bhairawa needs a good 50 SPF sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection. A sun hat doubles the protection.

16.    Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Most apps and social networking sites remain free in Nepal. However, specific apps like Spotify, Netflix, and others require a VPN to function due to it not being available in Nepal. 

17.    Rain jacket Women’s and Men’s

Rain jackets protect from the sun and rain. Mammut Meron Light, Patagonia Torrent shell, and Marmot Procip Eco have the best ultralight rain jackets for trekking and hiking. 

18.    Hand Sanitizer

Due to the COVID-19 situation, sanitizers and surgical masks have been mandated in all places of Nepal as a safety protocol. Apart from that, sanitizers become lifesavers when the clean water source is scarce. 

19.    Insect Repellent and Leech Socks

Insect Repellents like Odomos (a famous local brand) protect from dengue and malaria-causing mosquitoes during warm months (especially in the Terai region). Oversized socks (leech socks) protect from the blood-sucking fiends during monsoon hikes in densely forested areas. 

20.    Walking Poles

Even the most athletic hikers and trekkers require walking poles on trekking routes of Nepal. The mostly graveled and steep trails need support to make it to the top. 

Here is a list of 10 Most Popular Trek in Nepal:

  1. Everest Base Camp Trek -14 Days
  2. Everest Base Camp Trek and Fly Back Helicopter -9 Days
  3. Everest 3 Passes Trek -21 Days
  4. Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Poon Hill -12 Days
  5. Trek to Upper Mustang -18 Days
  6. Manaslu Circuit Trek -17 Days
  7. Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek -16 Days
  8. Nar Phu Valley Trek -9 Days
  9. Langtang Valley short Trek - 7 Days
  10. Makalu Base Camp Trek -20 Days

Nepal Packing List: FAQ about travel in Nepal

1.    Is the tap water in Nepal safe to drink?

No. Drinking water authority advises to boil, use purification tablets, or opt for bottled water for drinking purposes. 

2.    What is the food like in Nepal?

Varieties of cuisines make it to local restaurants of the cities. Staple diet consists of rice, lentil soup, vegetable curry, and Achar (sweet or spicy sauce). Staple foods are rich in carbohydrates, protein, and fat. 

3.    What are some basic safety precautions in Nepal?

Never leave belongings alone. Stay wary in secluded areas, especially during night time. Never trek alone in sparsely populated trails. Follow guidelines set out by the government. 

4.    Do people in Nepal speak English?

Yes. Mostly in cities, anyone can speak tentative English. Such may not be the case in rural areas where tourists are scarce. 

5.    How much money should I budget for Nepal?

Depending upon the activities you wish to do, the amount may vary. Travelers enjoy budget-friendly options anywhere. A standard $300 may be required for at least a week in Nepal. 

6.    What’s the best way to travel around Nepal?

Flights are the most convenient. Long-distance travel buses are budget-friendly and get you close to the action of the journey. 

7.    Should I tip in Nepal?

Travelers require to tip a nominal amount to signify gratitude for the service providers (porters, trekking/hiking guides, waiters, etc.). 

8.    What should I know about Nepal before going there?

Nepal is not a part of India. Nepal is a sovereign nation requiring a visa to enter, and overstaying a visa can result in being detained and fined. 

9.    Do I need a visa to visit Nepal?

Yes. All foreigners (apart from NRNs) require a tourist entry visa from the Nepali diplomatic missions abroad. An on-arrival visa requires filling a form and a passport size photo. Due to the COVID situation, the visa application also needs a PCR test report within 48 hours. 

10.    Are there ATMs in Nepal?

Yes. Plenty of ATMs readily operate in city areas. ATMs accept Visa cards and Master Cards.  It is always to carry the cash during the travel. 

11.    What is the best time of year to visit Nepal?

The Spring (March-June) and Autumn season (September-November) remain best to visit for trekking purposes. Else, travelers visit Nepal all year round.

12.    Does Nepal have good internet and phone connection?

Cities offer internet as fast as 80 Mbps. In rural areas, 4G data connections can be used provided by Ncell and NTC. The Nepal Telecom phone connection expands all over Nepal. 

13.    What vaccinations are recommended for traveling in Nepal?

Authorities advise taking general vaccines for Malaria, Flu, and Polio. 

14. How can I be respectful of local culture and religion in Nepal?

Travelers need to research the areas of religious importance to prevent being offensive to locals. Secluded rural areas like Lo-Manthang may not appreciate taking pictures.

Conclusion:

The above mention information covers up almost everything you need to know to pack gears for the Nepal Trek. If you have any queries for further information, please feel free to leave a comment below box or contact us.  

Karna Rana

Karna Rana

Namaste!

I hearty welcome to Nepal, known as Kingdom of Himalayan and roof of the World “Mt. Everest.” Nepal has named as a Heaven on Earth, is a wonder in the Himalayan. It is the Shangri-La, living cultural Museum, birth place of the Lord Buddha and it is country of living Goddess “Kumari.”

I am Karna Rana Trekking Tour Operator and Mountain Guide, specialize for Trekking, Tour, Travel in Nepal, Hiking in the Himalayan and others Outdoor Activities including, Peak Climbing, Expedition, Adventure Trekking, Rafting, etc. applying my field expiring since 2000. Meanwhile, I have completed my Master’s degree in Rural Development (2016) from Tribhuvan University of Kathmandu, Nepal’s leading educational institution. Now, I have been applying my field experience in tourism, especially in remote areas of the country for sustainable eco- tourism for local empowerment. I enjoyed writing blog own word sharing my travel experience in the Himalayan, aiming to provide right information and help to the Nepal Traveler.

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