What to Bring With You to Nepal

Essential items to bring to the village
Most can be purchased in Kathmandu before departing for the village

Bring a backpack, not a suitcase. Suitcases are too difficult for your porters to carry to the village.

  • Clothes - You will (most likely) be hand washing and line drying your clothes, so don't bring heavy clothing.
  • Shoes - You will be walking a lot on unpaved roads. Joggers are perfect for your walk to the village, bring a spare pair of sandals or canvas shoes.
  • Hat/cap (can be purchased in Kathmandu)
  • Water bottle
  • Painkillers (cold and flu nurofen, panadol). This should be purchased in Australia.
  • Toilet paper. You can buy TP at the grocery stores in Kathmandu, please bring enough for 10 days in the village.
  • Day backpack.
  • Baby wipes. Just a good all-purpose way to clean up spills and dirt.
  • Women should bring tampons as they are difficult to find in Nepal.
  • A towel (travel towels are brilliant)
  • Toiletries. You can buy most things in Kathmandu such as shampoo, soap, razors, etc.
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Soap to wash your clothes in the village
  • Sleeping Bag. Depending on season you should think about the minimum degree.
  • Head torch. Petzl or Black Diamond are recommended. This is a must have in Nepal!
  • Money. Bring some cash with you that you can exchange for rupees to last you for a few days. You need to pay for your visa in Australian or US dollars at the airport when you arrive in Nepal. Bring a couple of ways to get cash. Ex: ATM card, credit card, travelers cheques.
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Copies of passport and other important documents
  • Passport Photos. You will need at least 4.

Not Essential but nice to have!

  • Phone. You can buy a pretty cheap SIM card and minutes to use while you are here.
  • USB drive. Nice to keep your files and transfer between internet cafes.
  • A good book to read
  • Marshmallows to enjoy around the campfire in the evenings!
  • A Nepali language book, they can be bought in Kathmandu
  • A few pictures of your family and friends to show around.
  • Light rain jacket and/or small umbrella to use for sun/rain cover
  • Binoculars to view Himalayas and wildlife.
  • Items that may be useful in the village school such as pens, pencils and books.