Packing info - what to bring & what not to bring
Drawing on our years of tourism experience, we've created this list to help you prepare for your upcoming trip to Nepal.
If you book with us, we provide you with a personalized list specifically designed to help make your once in a lifetime trip truly unforgettable.
WHAT TO BRING
PASSPORT PHOTOS & PASSPORT COPIES
Bring at least a 3 passport photos and a few passport photocopies. You will need them for your visa and permits. Additional photos can be purchased locally if needed.
Most areas of Nepal have limited access to safe drinking water. A simple water filter, like a LifeStraw, is great when drinking water isn’t available. Especially in remote areas and hiking at high altitude, you need to stay hydrated.
Reusable bottles, either metal or hard plastic, are great for helping to beat dehydration. They also save the need to buy single-use plastic bottles, which end up polluting the landscape. Consider a LifeStraw bottle, as it provides you a bottle and filter in one.
The higher the elevation, the higher risk of UV exposure and sunburns. Be sure to stay on top of sunscreen application just as you would at the beach. You’ll enjoy your Nepal adventure much more if you’re not suffering from the sting of sunburn and fatigue from exposure.
PERSONAL MINI FIRST AID KIT
Your guide will carry a first aid kit, but if you are traveling by yourself, it's a good idea to have a basic kit with you. Be sure to bring enough of your personal medications to avoid running short while on your adventures.
A small kit comes in handy when your favorite trekking gear gets caught, snagged, or ripped. With this, you can quickly fix it during your next short break.
Traveling to a new place, with a new climate, eating lots of new foods, you may soon find yourself with traveler’s diarrhea. Charcoal capsules absorb toxins in your digestive tract, helping you get back to normal as quickly as possible.
Repellent is an important item to bring if you are traveling in the summertime, especially if you are visiting the southern areas where there will be lots of mosquitoes. Check with your local doctor or visit https://www.cdc.gov for different vaccination options before you travel.
Kathmandu is the first stop for all who travel to Nepal. It's known for poor air quality and high dust pollution. These are lightweight and don't take up any space; trust us, you won't regret bringing one.
COMFORTABLE HIKING SHOES
Most of the activities in Nepal involve exploring outdoors, making comfortable hiking shoes really important. If you are trekking, we recommend boots that provide good ankle support.
LIGHT WEIGHT RAIN JACKET
Throw in a lightweight breathable rain jacket. It will keep you dry from unexpected rain. If you are traveling in summertime, which includes monsoon, a good rain jacket is a must.
UV SUN GLASSES
Sunglasses are good protection for your eyes, not only from the sun's rays, but also from the particles in the air. Remember the sun is more intense at higher altitudes.
QUICK DRY TOWEL
Quick-dry towels come in really handy when your accommodation is running short on clean ones, for those sudden rain showers, or for drying off after a dip in some cool mountain water.
BACKPACK WITH RAIN COVER
A rain cover for your backpack will protect your stuff from rain and dust.
A day-pack is very useful for shopping, sightseeing, or out on short hikes. It's more practical than a shoulder bag or tote and smaller than a big trekking bag.
POCKET BATTERY PACK
Many mountain villages rely on solar power for light and powering small electronic devices. They may not be able to provide power to charge extra devices. A battery pack will allow you to charge your phone or camera batteries.
If you are planning to go trekking, you will need a headlamp. Many areas of Nepal are still remote and have little to no access to electricity. Plus, there's nothing worse than getting stuck on a trail after dark without any light.
Is travel insurance necessary? After many years of experience, we have seen people get injured, end up sick while trekking, have important items stolen or lost, and they've have had to cut their trip short. That being said, we think having insurance is wise, but don't let not having it deter you from traveling.
WHAT TO LEAVE AT HOME
It is against the law in Nepal to fly a drone without government permission, which takes a lot of time and paperwork. Your drone will get seized if you are caught using it without permission.
NO EXPENSIVE JEWELRY
Do not bring expensive jewelry with you. The risk of your jewelry getting lost, damaged, or stolen far outweighs the joy of wearing it while traveling.
NO SKIN TIGHT, SHORT, OR SEE THROUGH CLOTHING
In Nepal, people dress much more conservatively than the western world. Leave your tank tops, short shorts, and miniskirts at home. This is a good way to show cultural respect.
NO CLOTHES WITH OFFENSIVE SENTENCES OR WORDS
Do not bring any clothes that have offensive sentences or words, including topics regarding religion and politics.
NO EXPENSIVE AND UNNECESSARY ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Unless you really need your laptop, iPad, or headphones for work, leave them at home.
NO HEAVY BOOKS
Do not bring heavy books with you. There are other lighter options, such as Kindle, and lots of cafes have small libraries with books available for reading.
THINGS YOU CAN BUY OR RENT IN NEPAL
There are certain items that are much easier to buy or rent in Nepal once you’ve arrived, saving you weight and space as you travel.
Most anything else you may need for trekking is cheaply and readily available for purchase!
WEATHER IN NEPAL
March, April, May
Springtime in Nepal brings occasional showers and rains. The days are mild, and new vegetation sprouts all around. Temperatures in the lowlands tend to be warmer, while areas at higher altitudes enjoy moderate temperatures.
May, June, July, August
Summers in Nepal are hot and humid! This is the monsoon season, so expect frequent showers and rains. The landscape is lush and green.
September, October, November
Fall is the busiest time of year in Nepal, when tourists flock to the county to make the most out of the glorious weather. This is the ideal season to embark on a trekking journey, with the promise of mountain views and crisp air. Expect clear skys, warm days, and chilly nights.
December, January, February
Winter brings occasional snow at high altitude. Mid to high altitudes experience frosty mornings, clear days, and cold nights. It's best to avoid trekking at high elevations during the winter unless you have a great guide and proper gear.
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