The mistake many people make is having too much stuff. There is nothing worse than carting clothing and equipment with you for 2 weeks (at altitude) in Nepal and ultimately not having needed it. Although your bags will be carried by your porter, it just doesn’t make sense to bring things that you don’t need. Forget about what you have and use in Australia and think in practical terms. Just bring what you need. You will find a packing list here.
We also want to encourage you to purchase items for your trek in Nepal, there are many little businesses in Kathmandu selling everything needed to make it to Everest Base Camp and beyond. We love shopping in Kathmandu as it stimulates the local economy. The items that we recommend you purchase before heading to Nepal include your trekking shoes/boots, thermals and head torch. The items we highly recommend that you save and buy in Kathmandu are your sleeping bag, your down jacket and trekking pants. You will save a small fortune by buying your sleeping bag and down jacket in Kathmandu, all the while supporting local business owners. It’s a win-win!
Some items that we have seen taken that should have been left behind include:
Now on to the items that are easily forgotten but if you bring them, life will be so much easier for you on the trek:
A porter will carry your backpack but you will need a daypack to carry things like your water bottle, camera and snacks. We advise you to not overpack your daypack, the lighter you travel the easier the trek will be for you.
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