Trekking at the TOP OF THE WORLD
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Contents - from Kathmandu University ("Nepal Showcase")
  1. Trekking in Nepal
  2. Trekking Season
  3. Visas and Trekking Permits
  4. Medical Matters & Advice
  5. Money Matters

Mountain pony train Trekking Arrangements
There are different approaches to trekking in Nepal and the choices depend on time available, budget, experience, and personal preferences. Some travel agencies abroad, in collaboration with Nepalese trekking agencies, book trekking packages for Nepal in advance. Trekkers who are alone or who do not have much time can book with these overseas agencies. One can also contact trekking agencies by mail or contact them personally upon arrival in Nepal. There are quite a few government-recognized trekking agencies which have professional staff to handle trekking activities. A fully-equipped trek primarily consists of essential logistical arrangements including porters, guides, cooks, food, tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, transport to and from the trekking starting point, flight arrangements, permits, staff insurance, and so on. These agents also provide a choice of itineraries and necessary information on trekking, health care, etc. The cost of an all inclusive trek ranges from about US$25 - US$80 per person per day depending upon the quality of service, number of days, and number of persons in the package. This style of trekking is very expensive compared to backpacking. There are still many areas where a backpacking type of trek can be undertaken by an individual.
List of Clothing, Equipment, and Personal Effects
  • Light weight walking boots. If new boots are purchased, "break them in" to avoid blisters. Also, bring some spare laces.
  • A pair of track or tennis shoes. To wear in the camp at night or when your boots are wet.
  • Warm jacket. Fiberfill or down should be adequate. This is especially necessary during winter from November to February.
  • A rain proof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get one that is guaranteed waterproof.
  • Woolen shirts and thick sweaters. During the winter months, December through February, these items are essential. Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu.
  • A pair of lightweight / heavyweight trousers. Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night.
  • Windproof / waterproof trousers. These are necessary on all treks going above 10,000 feet.
  • Thermal underwear. These are excellent to sleep in at night. In the winter months thermal underwear are quite invaluable.
  • A track suit. Useful for wearing in camp and in the tent.
  • 1-2 pair of loose long shorts / skirts.
  • 2-4 cotton T-shirts.
  • 1 lightweight long sleeved - shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.
  • A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item. Also, bring a sun hat and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck.
  • A pair of gloves. Leather with lining or woolen are best.
  • 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in camp.
  • 2 pairs of thin and 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.
  • Underwear: normal quantity. Swim suit and cloth hankies.
  • Duffel bag or kit to carry gear while trekking.
  • Day pack. This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirements for the day e.g. toilet items, cameras, film, towel, soap, etc.
  • Water bottle.
  • Snow glasses and sunglasses.
  • 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones. 6-10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage.
  • Wallet and /or money belt with compartments for coins.
  • Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can be purchased in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
  • Small head lamp and/or flashlight with spare batteries and bulbs. Candles and a lighter.
  • Snow gaiters essential during winter.
  • An umbrella (optional) which is quite useful to ward off dogs, suitable as walking stick, to use as a sunshade and useful when it rains.
  • Reading materials, camera and film, game items (optional), notebook, rubber bands, pen and pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional), Thermarest (optional), an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of passport photographs.
  • Personal medical supplies.
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