You should dress according to altitude and the environment you will be located in. Most treks are in high altitude climates in remote areas. Therefore, there are often large temperature swings. Temperatures are often colder at high altitudes. Most of the clothing and equipment you will need for your trek can be found in the capital city of Kathmandu.
Clothing for Trekking.
- Base layer: This should be made of a moisture-wicking fabric to keep you dry and comfortable, even if you sweat.
- Insulating layer: This should be a warm layer that traps heat close to your body. It can be a fleece or down jacket, depending on the weather conditions.
- Outer layer: This should be a waterproof and windproof layer to protect you from the elements. It can be a rain jacket or a shell jacket.
- Pants: Lightweight and quick-drying pants are best for trekking or hiking. Convertible pants with zip-off legs are a good option as they can be adjusted to different temperatures.
- Hiking boots: These should provide ankle support and have a good grip on the soles for traction. Make sure to break them in before the trip.
- Socks: Wool or synthetic socks are best for trekking or hiking, as they wick away moisture and prevent blisters.
- Hat and gloves: These are essential for warmth and protection from the sun and wind.
Equipment for Trekking.
- Backpack: A sturdy and comfortable backpack with a hip belt is necessary for carrying all your gear and supplies.
- Water bottle: It's important to stay hydrated during a trekking or hiking trip, so bring a reusable water bottle and consider bringing a water filtration system if needed.
- Trekking poles: These can help reduce strain on your knees and provide stability on rough terrain.
- Navigation: Bring a map and compass, and consider using a GPS device or a smartphone app for navigation.
- Headlamp: This is essential for any trips that involve camping or hiking in low-light conditions.
- First aid kit: This should include basic medical supplies such as bandages, gauze, antiseptic, and any prescription medications you may need.
- Emergency shelter: A lightweight emergency shelter such as a bivy sack or a space blanket can provide protection from the elements in case of an emergency.
Before your trip, make sure to check the weather forecast and research the trail conditions to ensure you have the appropriate clothing and equipment.
Trekking equipment is available at Kathmandu and Pokhara. Trekking Planner Nepal can recommend shops for you to purchase equipment. If you do not wish to buy equipment you can easily hire or rent equipment for the duration of your trek. Rental prices are reasonable.