Packing List for Nepal

The months of February  happen to be the best months for visiting Nepal! The weather and visibility during this month are just perfect for trekking and outdoor activities. The average daytime temperatures are around 70°F while they can drop to 40°F at night (especially in the foothills).

The other important thing to keep in mind is that there is a huge shortage of electricity and that the electricity board carries out load shedding throughout the day. Most parts do not have electricity for 5 to 8 hours. While our hotel will have backup generators, we won’t have electricity while in the field. We recommend you bring a small power bank (also check your airline policy if flying through China as they have regulations on how batteries should be packed).

Note: Most of these items on the list you can purchase in Kathmandu, so don’t worry if you miss something! It’s often cheaper as well.

 

EQUIPMENT:

  • Internal Frame Backpack (it’s recommended that you don’t use a suitcase)
    • Katie’s Packing Tips: Pack light! Also vacuum pack your items by putting clothing in Ziplocs or plastic grocery bags and stuffing them into your backpack. Add dryer sheets for freshness!
  • Smaller lightweight daypack or fanny pack (may be part of your big pack)

 

Clothing:

Instead of bringing a lot of clothes it is better to wash them and use them. While selecting clothes to pack, you should pack clothes made of cotton/poly bends which do not wrinkle / wring out, but are easier to wash/ pack and dries fast.

For our female guests, you will need to dress conservatively for cultural reasons; nothing that shows your shoulders and wear longer shorts (when we’re practicing yoga/meditation at the hotel, you will be able to wear whatever you choose).

  • 1 pair of study, well broken in hiking boots or sturdy shoes
  • 1 pair flip-flops
  • 3 pairs of socks (two pair should be wool or synthetic)
  • 1 pair of thin, synthetic liner socks highly recommended for preventing blisters
  • 1 pair pants – lighter weight, synthetic fabric or wool (jeans are okay)
  • 1 pair shorts – synthetic/nylon/quick-dry are great for travel
  • 3 pairs of underwear (1 pair of poly)
  • 1 lightweight short-sleeved shirt
  • 1 swimsuit
  • 1 pair long underwear top and bottoms polypro, silk, or polartec
  • 1 medium to heavy weight top layer – wool sweater or fleece
  • 1 waterproof rain jacket or Poncho
  • 1 sunglasses or sun hat
  • 1 warm hat, fleece or wool, for chilly night

Essentials:

  • Passport
  • 2 xerox copies of Passport (one to keep separate from your passport and one for us)
  • 4x passport-sized photos (for visa on arrival)
  • Plane Ticket
  • Travel Insurance
  • $200 cash (big bills)
  • Money belt
  • Debit/Credit Card (ATMs in city)
  • Vaccines (ask your medical professional)
    • https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/nepal
  • Water bottle (Nalgene or similar)
  • Water Filter or SteriPEN Water Purifier
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent Toiletries (Ladies please note you won’t be inclined to wear a lot of makeup)
  • Camping Towel
  • Inflatable Travel Pillow (you’ll be using this while in the field)
  • Swiss Army type pocket knife w/ bottle opener, corkscrew, and scissors
  • Tampons (they aren’t common outside major cities)
  • Leave expensive jewelry, watches, etc at home
  • Toilet paper in a ziplock bag
  • Spare glasses or contact lenses (and copy of your optical prescription)
  • Power travel converter and adapter

Optional:

  • Sleeping Bag or Sleep Sack (you won’t want to use provided blankets)
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Cell phone
  • USB drive
  • Book
  • Carabiners
  • Mask (for pollution)
  • Journal
  • Camera w/ extra batteries & SD cards
  • Power bank
  • Face wipes
  • Emergen-C or similar
  • Granola Bars
  • Nepali Phrasebook (you can purchase in Kathmandu)
  • Binoculars
  • Backpack cover (waterproof, slip-on)
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Water Purification Tablets or Iodine (for emergencies)
  • Personal Medication (w/ prescription)
  • Small calculator for converting money
  • Bandana
  • Sewing/repair kit (tailors are plentiful in the cities)
  • Watch with alarm
  • Yoga Mat

Donations for children: educational supplies, learn-to-read books, soccer balls/jump rope, art supplies, Hindu-style clothing, toys, dark-skinned dolls, etc.

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