Packing List

This list includes the minimum clothing necessary to travel on this trip. Each person is restricted to a 30 lb. luggage limit (which includes your sleeping bag) for the trek. There are a few keys to smart packing for a Himalayan trek:

  • Layer it. There will be times when it will be sunny and warm and there will be times when it will be chilly. So, the key is to have a few essential layers, so you can be comfortable in any situation. Remember that cotton isn’t the best choice in clothing of any kind for a trek, because it robs your body of warmth and dries slowly. 
  • Keep it simple. Adjust to the fact that you are in the wilderness. You won’t need your hair drier or your eye liner.
  • Keep it compact. Use small packaging for things like soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.
  • Keep it light.  The porters will love you for it.  It is ok to splurge on a book or two (choose paperback over hardcover) but avoid unnecessary weight.
  • Keep it dry. It is a good idea to keep your clothing divided in large ziploc bags.

 Head:
– Sun hat or bandana
– Warm wool/fleece hat
– Sunglasses with UV protection

Body:
-Long Underwear (top and bottom) – 1 pair, made of CoolMax, polypropylene, or other synthetic (no cotton blends)
– Underwear – 5 pairs, synthetic (no cotton blends)
– 2 Shirts. Quick-dry long-sleeve shirts are ideal. Woolen/flannel shirts  are a good option as well.         
– Fleece Pullover and Pants – 200 weight Polartec® or Powerstretch® tights and top
– One warm jacket/vest with Down, Hollofill or similar high loft insulation. This layer fits underneath your rain and wind parka. 
– One fleece hoodie or sweater for camp wear
– Hiking Pants – Two pair Some people like the kind that you can zip the legs off. These are good for warm afternoons.
– Goretex/Waterproof Rain Parka and Pants – This is considered the outer layer (rain gear). The parka should be waterproof with hood and pit zips. The pants will go over fleece pants or long underwear, and must be waterproof (side-zip style is optional). 
– 2 pairs quick-dry shorts
– Goretex/Waterproof Rain Parka and Pants – This is considered the outer layer (rain gear). The parka should be waterproof with hood and pit zips. The pants will go over fleece pants or long underwear, and must be waterproof (side-zip style is optional). 

Feet:
– Thin, lightweight inner socks (optional)
– 5 pairs thick, warm wool hiking socks
– One pair of medium weight hiking boots, well broken in and waterproofed and proven not to give your feet any blisters. Don’t bring old worn out boots that don’t have good soles, or broken shoelaces. Waterproof/gortex boots are a plus.
– Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals/booties)

Hands:
– 1 pair liners
– 1 pair warm gloves

Personal Equipment:
– Sleeping bag rated to 0-20 deg F
– Camera, batteries
– Sunscreen and lip protection
– Insect repellent
– Hydration Mix (Gatorade, or other, preferrably in singles)
– 2 water bottles, wide-mouthed 32 oz Nalgene style.
– Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
– Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
– Basic First Aid Kit (band-aids, Neosporin, antacids, etc.)
– Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
– Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
– Trekking Poles (optional)
– Ear Plugs (optional)

Toiletries
– 1 medium sized quick drying towel
– Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable), dental floss
– Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
– Deodorant (optional)
– Face and body moisturizer (optional)
– Feminine hygiene products
– Small mirror (optional)
– Wet wipes (baby wipes)
– Tissue /toilet roll
– Anti bacterial hands wash (Important)

Extras/Luxuries:
– Binoculars
– Reading book
– Trail Map/Guide book
– Journal & Pen
– Pencils and small notebooks

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