Hiring Trip Gears

Hiring Trip Gear in Nepal

If you’re planning a trek, it’s wise to bring your own hiking boots, comfortable clothing, and a camera. However, you can easily find other essential gear in Kathmandu, including day packs, duffel bags, walking sticks, and 4-season sleeping bags. While the latter may seem like overkill for a trekking lodge, a sleeping bag rated -7 to 10 C should suffice and not be too bulky. Layering rather than wearing one heavy outer layer is a better option, as temperatures can fluctuate significantly from morning to night. If you’re looking to rent any gear, there are many trekking shops in Thamel, Kathmandu. Before making a decision, be sure to compare the cost of renting to that of buying – you may find it’s cheaper to purchase.

List of gears that are used during trekking in Nepal (up to 5500m)

Equipment marked with (*) can be hired in Kathmandu at a reasonable cost, and marked with (?) is optional.

  • A Pair of mountain hiking boots (?)
  • A medium backpack (to be carried by porters) (?)
  • A Small Day Bag (?)
  • Four Season Sleeping Bag (*)
  • Down Jacket (?)
  • Lightweight wind and a waterproof jacket (?)
  • Water Bottle (*)
  • Pair of waterproof over trousers (*)
  • Inner Sleeping Sheet (*)
  • Torch/Flashlight
  • Swiss Army Knife or similar
  • Swimming costume (*)
  • Medium-size towel (*)
  • Washing Kit including (Medicated talcum powder, personal toiletries, biodegradable shampoo/ Soap, and personal medication (?)
  • Pairs of lightweight trousers
  • Fleece sweater
  • Pair shorts, T-shirts, Long sleeved cotton shirts
  • Pairs of heavy wool socks and two pairs of light socks (?)
  • Thermal Underwear (?)
  • Sunglass, Sun Cream, Sun Hat, and waterproof gloves (?)
  • Money Belt (?)
  • Waterproof day bag cover (?)

List of Gears that are required for Peaks over 5,500m

Items marked with (*) can be hired in Kathmandu. Hiring costs for this personal mountaineering equipment can be up to US$150.00

  • Day pack must be a good quality of 20 -25 liters
  • Sleeping bag to -20c
  • Snow Glass (Excellent grade)
  • Waterproof Glovers, Warm and mittens (total of two pairs)
  • climbing plastic boots (Excellent quality)
  • Waterproof climbing gaiters
  • Over-trousers should be waterproof
  • Crampons
  • Ice Axe
  • Harness
  • Ascender/Descender
  • Karabiners 2/3

List of Gears that are required for White River Rafting

On the Raft at Daytime

  • Shorts
  • Swimsuit
  • Sun hat, cap, Sun Screen Cream, Sun Glasses
  • Sporty Sandals like Teva type
  • T-shirt
  • Water Bottle

Off the Raft (To be used after rafting, can be stored in a dry bag while on the raft)

Towel, Long Trousers, Dry Shoes, and socks, Warm Jacket or Hook, Warm T-shirt, Good quality Sleeping bag, Toiletries and Medications, Flashlight/Torch and batteries, Camera

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