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Haven Holidays Nepal

Preparation for the Nepal Trip

Travel Documents for a Trek

  • Travel tickets and trip print/Pictures on the device.
  • Passport with at least 6 months validity
  • photocopies of the Passport
  • 4 copies of photos  Passport size
  • Visa available at Kathmandu Airport
  • visa: check the visa requirements for your nationality. Tourist visa Nepal
  • Insurance, documents that cover medical, rescue airlift(helicopter) in case of emergency on the trip


  • Charging for the device: Camera or smartphone for capturing memories.  Maybe It’s hard to find charging devices that fit your mobile phone. So, keep the focus on your charger with multiple adapters
  • Power Bank: Charging your devices is not possible everywhere. So, it is recommended to carry a power bank for backup

Trekking Packing/Checklist  List

When preparing for a trekking trip in Nepal,  it's essential to have the right equipment and packing list to ensure your safety and comfort to complete your mission. You will need to pack smart and light. This packing list doesn’t mean you need to pack everything listed here. This list is a guideline, and your final list will depend on your preferences and judgment as well as your tour destination and season. Follow as per your personal needs and preferences by taking this as a reference. Here’s a comprehensive list of items you should consider:

Trekking Clothing


  • Sun Hat/Cap for sun protection: A Sun hat protects the face from the strong rays of the sun. Carry a lightweight hat that can be easily packed. Or A wide-brimmed hat to cover your ears, neck, and face from the strong rays of the sun. 
  • Thermal hat for warmth: You will need a warm fleece or woolen hat to keep you warm in cold temperatures, especially during freezing nights and cold Himalayan mornings.
  • Buff : At high altitudes, the air is dry and cold. A buff is an essential piece of gear to keep your neck warm and cover your mouth. It will help in protecting you against dryness as well as dust. It protects you from coughing and damaging your throat and lungs.

Body Wear:

  • Short Polypropylene sleeve shirts: Moisture-wicking fabric, Lightweight and good for hiking at lower elevations. Nylon or synthetic fabrics are the best.
  • Long Sleeve Shirts: Moisture-wicking fabric, long-sleeved shirts for higher elevation. Breathable, and fabric shirts will be best. Avoid cotton shirts. We recommend Merino wool or synthetic fabrics.
  • Lightweight Thermal Tops:  To keep your body warm and protect from the deep cold of the mountain. Fleece and wind stopper jacket or pullover.


  • Hiking Pants: We recommend bringing one or two pairs of trekking pants that are quick-drying and made of synthetic material. The type that can be zipped off into shorts can be helpful. You will need to have one waterproof pants that can be worn over your trekking pants in case of rain/heavy snow. 
  • Fleece Pant: When you arrive at your camp (lodge), you will want to change into a fresh pair of clothing. We recommend a pair of warm fleece pants or tracksuit pants.
  • Thermal Trousers: We recommend Moisture-wicking fabric with the use of Merino wool base layers.  They can be used for sleeping in, night climbing, and the first layer in keeping your body warm and keeping cold conditions at high altitudes during the day.
  • Fleece or Woolen Pants: We recommend Merino Wool base layers or a synthetic material that will work as well. You will want one pair of warm bottoms to wear under your trekking pants on cold days.
  • Undergarments: Plenty of comfortable undergarments as per gender Moisture-wicking fabric 

Down Jacket (Puffer Jacket)

A down jacket is a versatile and warm piece of clothing that is commonly used in trekking and is most effective when used as a mid-layer or outer layer in cold weather. Consider the layering system and pack other appropriate layers such as base layers, fleece jackets, or a waterproof shell to adjust to changing conditions. Remember to choose a down jacket that fits you well and allows for easy movement. Prioritize your comfort, warmth, and safety when selecting a down jacket for your trekking adventure.

Waterproof Outer Shell Jacket 

You need waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex or similar waterproofing material as an outerwear jacket. This should be lightweight with a hood that will help protect you from rain/snow and help block the wind. 


  • Light Gloves: You feel comfortable with a thin liner glove for lower temperatures or to wear inside your thick outer gloves for extreme temps. having liner gloves helps to keep your hands warm at all times.
  • Warm Gloves (waterproof recommended):Gloves are an essential item to consider when packing for trekking, especially in colder climates or high-altitude treks At high altitudes and in cold weather conditions, Keeping your hands warm is also vital in making sure you have a comfortable adventure and preventing frostbites

Ensure you choose gloves that fit well and allow for comfortable movement. Gloves that are too tight may restrict circulation, while those that are too loose may not provide sufficient warmth. Consider trying on different sizes and styles to find the right fit for your hands. It's often a good idea to pack an extra pair of gloves in case of unexpected circumstances, such as getting wet or losing a glove.


  • Hiking boots, spare laces, warm, waterproof, ankle support: Choosing and appropriate footwear is crucial for trekking, as it directly impacts your comfort, safety, overall trekking experience. Boots with higher ankle height provide better stability and protection on uneven terrain. Boots with a waterproof or water-resistant membrane to keep your feet dry in wet conditions. Look for boots with breathable materials to prevent excessive sweating and promote comfort. When choosing your trekking footwear, it's essential to consider the terrain, weather conditions, duration of the trek, and personal preference. Ensure that you break in your new footwear before the trek to avoid discomfort or blisters during your journey.
  • Hiking Shoes: Trail Runners shoes for shorter treks on well-established trails in milder conditions, trail running shoes can be a viable option. They offer a lightweight and agile design but may provide less ankle support and protection compared to boots or hiking shoes.
  • Camp Shoes: Camp shoes worn around camp after a day of trekking. The primary purpose of camp shoes is to give your feet a break from the rigors of trekking boots or shoes.    They provide comfort and allow your feet to breathe while you relax at camp
  • SocksYour footwear with moisture-wicking and comfortable hiking socks made of wool or synthetic materials. Avoid cotton socks, as they tend to retain moisture and can lead to blisters. You need plenty of thin liners and thick socks you have less chance for laundry while in the mountains. 
  • Gaiters : (Optional but helpful in muddy or snowy conditions) These are optional and only required during winter and rainy seasons. These can stop scree/mud/snow from getting into your boots.

Sunglasses or Goggles 

  • You will need a dark, wrap-around pair of sunglasses, to protect against harsh UV rays and ice glare at higher altitudes. We recommend you carry a spare pair as well.     
  • prescribe glass user, carry a spare as well.

Backpack With Waterproof Cover 

When selecting a trekking backpack, it's essential to consider its size, features, comfort, and durability. 
Trekking backpacks come in various sizes, typically measured in litres. The ideal size depends on the amount of gear you need to carry for a day. A backpack with a capacity of 30-40 litres multi-compartments is commonly recommended but personal preference.
A properly fitting backpack is very important for comfort and avoiding discomfort or strain during your trek. Look for backpacks with adjustable shoulder straps, a padded hip belt, and a sternum strap. Consider trying on different backpacks to find the one that fits your body shape and provides proper weight distribution. A good trekking backpack should have a supportive suspension system that effectively transfers the weight to your hips. 


Invest in qualitative and reliable clothing and footwear as your whole trekking depends upon them.
Make sure your gear is in good condition and that you have everything you need for all types of weather conditions.
With proper planning and preparation, you can have a safe and enjoyable trip.


  • Sleeping Bag (appropriate for the expected temperature): Selecting the right sleeping bag for your trekking adventure for a comfortable and warm night's sleep. The temperature rating indicates the lowest temperature at which the bag will keep you warm. Consider the expected weather conditions and temperatures of your trek to choose a sleeping bag with an appropriate rating. while a -15°C (5°F) rated bag is better for colder temperatures. Ensure the sleeping bag is long enough to accommodate your height comfortably.                      
  • Trekking Poles: Trekking poles are additional tools for your trekking. They provide stability, support, and numerous benefits while walking. Remember to adjust the length of your trekking poles to suit the terrain and your preferred hiking style. Using trekking poles correctly, with the proper technique, can maximize their benefits and help improve your balance and stability during your trek.
  • Headlamp or Flashlight with Extra Batteries: A headlamp is an essential piece of equipment for trekking, especially for activities in low-light or dark conditions. It provides hands-free illumination, allowing you to navigate safely and efficiently. Pack spare batteries or ensure your rechargeable headlamp is fully charged before your trek. It's also a good idea to test and familiarize yourself with the headlamp's features and operation before your adventure.
  • Towel: Quick-drying towels are typically made from highly absorbent and quick-drying materials such as microfiber or synthetic fabrics. They can absorb water efficiently and dry much faster than traditional towels. For your hygiene and comfort needs during trekking trips.
  • Water Bottle (Nalgene, 32 oz.): We recommend having Nalgene or similar bottles. You can fill it with boiling water at night, which can also be used as hot water bottles, and drink warm water when you wake.
  • Water Bladder (Camelback):This hands-free hydration system is to keep you drinking plenty of water on the trail. You can fill before hitting the trail and easily sip water without having to stop walking. 
  • Dry Bags: You can wrap your clothes/items inside your kitbag to protect it from rain. 
  • Earplugs: Earplugs are small devices designed to be inserted into the ear canal to reduce or block out unwanted noise during sleeping.
  • Multi-tool or Swiss Knife :A multi-tool or Swiss knife is a versatile tool that can be handy in various situations. Depending on the specific model, multi-tools or Swiss army knives may include additional tools such as bottle openers, saw blades, corkscrews, or nail file


  • Soap Carrying soap is essential for maintaining cleanliness and hygiene a during trip.
  • Shampoo Instead of a big bottle, carry the travel size or sachets shampoo.
  • Shower Gel: The travel-size shower gel is recommended.
  • Sunscreen: We recommend having 50 + SPF to protect you from the extreme rays at altitude. Moisturizing cream to keep your skin fresh and smooth from dry and cold mountain air.
  • Lip Balm: SPF 25 should provide a long-lasting moisturizer. Toilet Paper Carrying toilet paper is essential when going on a trekking trip where restroom facilities may be limited or unavailable.
  • Sun Block cream: We recommend having 50 + SPF to protect you from the extreme rays at altitude.
  • Moisturizing cream : to keep your skin fresh and smooth from dry and cold mountain air.
  • Lip BalmSPF 25 should provide a long-lasting moisturizer.
  • Toilet Paper: Carrying toilet paper is essential when going on a trekking trip where restroom facilities may be limited or unavailable. 
  • Hand Sanitizer: You will not get water to wash your hands at every stop. so Hand sanitizer better option for maintaining hygiene.
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste: A travel-sized toothpaste tube, lightweight container to save space and reduce weight in your backpack. Use clean water to rinse your mouth and toothbrush, or consider using water purification.
  • Insect-repellent: it's important to protect yourself from insects. 
  • Wet Wipes/Baby Wipes: While there are options to shower along the trail, we recommend always bringing a pack of Baby Wipes to keep yourself clean in the wilderness.
  • Plastic Bag: To put your dirty laundry and garbage. 
  • Small Repair Kit : Sewing kit, duct tape, etc.

    Water filters or Purification tablets:

     Water purification is most important during outdoor activities, especially when you may not have access to clean and safe drinking water sources. There are several methods you can use to purify water in such situations:

      • Boiling water: Boiling water is one of the most effective methods to kill pathogens and make water safe to drink.
      • Portable water filter:  Filers are designed to remove bacteria, protozoa, and some viruses from water. Look for filters specifically designed for outdoor use.
      • Ultraviolet (UV) LightPortable UV light devices are available that can kill or deactivate microorganisms in water. 
      • Water Purification Tablets:These tablets usually contain chemicals like iodine or chlorine that can kill pathogens in water. They may have an unpleasant taste in the water. Before your trekking trip, choose the most suitable water purification method based on the specific conditions.

      Snacks and Energy Bars

      Carrying chocolate bars as a snack during trekking trips can be great. 
      Chocolate bars can provide a quick source of energy due to their high sugar and calorie content. Look for chocolate bars that have a good balance of nutrients. your taste preferences and any dietary restrictions or allergies. There are various options available, including dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or chocolate bars with specific flavours or added ingredients


      If you're planning to keep a diary or journal during your trekking trip, a dedicated travel journal can be a wonderful way to document your experiences.  you can write down your thoughts, observations, and memories as you go.
      You may want to have a book diary or cards to use in the lodges at night when you have downtime.
      Navigation and Safety:
      • Detailed map of the trekking route
      • Compass or GPS device(optional)
      • Whistle

      First aid kit (including any personal medication)

      First Aid Kit :

      A well-prepared first aid kit is essential for addressing minor injuries and emergencies. While the contents may vary depending on your specific needs and activities, here is a general list of items you should consider including in your first aid kit:
      • Adhesive Bandages (various sizes)
      •  Sterile gauze pads
      • Antiseptic wipes or solution for wound cleaning
      • Disposable gloves
      • Tweezers and small scissors
      •  Instant cold packs
      •  Elastic bandages (Ace bandages) for sprains or strains Triangular bandage (for making slings or immobilizing injuries)
      • Cotton balls and cotton swabs
      • Sterile saline solution (for cleaning wounds or flushing eyes)
      • Safety pins
      • Blister treatment (moleskin or blister pads)
      •  Oral rehydration salts (for treating dehydration)
      •  Medical adhesive tape

      Additionallyyou may want to consider including personal items such as any prescribed medications, an EpiPen for severe allergies, or any specific items required for your unique circumstances or medical conditions.


      There are no facilities for Pharmacies everywhere along the trail. Some basic medicines are supplied someplace. where you can consult with a Pharmacist. Medicines are for emergencies.
      Here are some essential medications and supplies you should consider including in your kit(consult with your GP before trip)
      • Pain relievers: Over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help alleviate pain from minor injuries or headaches. 
      • Anti-diarrheal medication: In case of gastrointestinal issues or diarrhea, having an anti-diarrheal medication such as loperamide can be helpful. 
      • Anti-inflammatory Tablets: For any inflammation 
      • Antihistamines (for mild allergic reactions)
      • Antibiotics courses as prescribed by your Doctor for chest and upper respiratory tract infections and abdominal, and bowel infections. 
      • Cough Lozenges: Cough lozenges can be helpful during high-altitude trekking trips, as the change in altitude and dry air can sometimes lead to throat irritation and coughing. Cough lozenges can soothe your throat, provide temporary relief, and help suppress coughing. 
      • Altitude sickness TabletsDiamox or Acetazolamide to prevent AMS 
      • Personal medications: If you have any specific medical conditions, ensure you have an ample supply of your prescribed medications. 
      • Note: Besides these medications, don’t forget to carry your prescription as suggested by the Doctor
      • Remember, this list is not exhaustive, and it's always advisable to consult with a healthcare professional or pharmacist before your trip to get personalized recommendations based on your specific needs and any known medical conditions.
      Our Trek Leader will be carrying a group medical kit for medical problems and emergencies. But we recommend you bring along the items mentioned above and keep your medical kit with you daily on the trail.

      Female Hygiene Items

      The above-listed gears are essential for women, too. However, besides above mentioned, there are some other women's essential packing list
      • Inner Garment: Plenty of inner garments Make sure it is breathable and not too tight.
      • Sanitary Napkins/Tampons: It is essential for women. If you use sanitary napkins, pick the one which is long-lasting and doesn’t leak as you have to walk long hours on the trek. However, we recommend you carry tampons as they will be a little more comfortable.
      • Hair Conditioner: Carry conditioning to protect your hair from the dry mountain air.
      • Makeup Products: Don’t carry all your makeup products with you. Just choose some handy ones like lipstick, moisturizer, sunscreen, nail polish, polish remover, eyeliner, etc. Carry all the essential hygiene products. 
      • A Small Mirror (optional): A small mirror can be surprisingly useful item for several reason. 

      The Trekking gear list is divided into two parts;

      Day Pack :

      (necessary things for during the day) You will carry a daypack with you every time. 

      Duffle Bag:

      Potters carry between tea houses (lodge to Lodge)

      Note: You Can buy or rent trekking equipment in Kathmandu as well

      What can I expect from Haven Holidays during the trek?
      Haven Holidays will provide fine-class accommodation with a beautiful breakfast and duffel bag.  Our porters are carrying your personal belongings which is also the weight restriction for the porters by the Government of Nepal. Be selective in what you take. We will provide you with a very professional and experienced trekking leader throughout the trek. 

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