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What to pack?

The following checklist provides a general overview of the clothing, equipment and accessories required when embarking on a trek or adventure in the Nepal Himalayas. The list includes information for all seasons.


  • 4 passport photographs (required for trekking permits and Nepalese visa). Keeping a copy/s of your passport photo page is also a good idea.
  • Duffle bag or kit bag* (if using a porter) to carry the gear while trekking.
  • Daypack:This is a small 30-40L rucksack to carry personal requirements for the day e.g.toiletry items, camera, hand sanitiser etc.
  • Water bottle (1000mL to 1500mL size is recommended.)
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash (can be bought in small size bottles in Kathmandu)
  • Snowglasses and / or sunglasses (polarised recommended)
  • Lip guard and 40+ UV protection sunscreen.
  • 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 compartment for coins.
  • Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can be bought in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
  • Small head lamp and / or torch with spare batteries and bulbs candles and lighter to burn toilet paper.
  • Make sure that you have adequate supplies of any ongoing medication that you take. Likewise, make sure to bring any guards used to protect knees, ankles etc.
  • Snow gaiters essential during Winter and all treks going over at other times.
  • An umbrella (optional), which is quite useful too as a sunshade and useful when it rains.
  • Optional items that can make your trip more enjoyable: Suggest reading materials, digital camera, small game items (e.g cards), note book / diary, pen, a pocket knife, binoculars, a small pillow or headrest, an inflatable sleeping mat (to provide extra padding on the teahouse beds which some tourists find hard), small thermos / water bottle that can hold hot liquids (this is great for taking hot drinks while you are trekking).

Equipment and Accessories

  • Lightweight walking boots. If new one is being bought, “ walk then in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.
  • A pair of track shoes. To wear in the camp at night or when the boot is wet.
  • Warm jacket. Fibre fill or down should be adequate. This is especially necessary during winter from December to February.
  • A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Also useful as a windbreak.
  • Woollen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December through February these items are essential. Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu.
  • A pair of lightweight / heavy weight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks. Cheap loose cotton pants are available in Kathmandu. 
 Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night. Windproof / waterproof trousers are necessary on all treks going above 3000 metres.
  • Thermal underwear. These are excellent to sleep in at night in the winter months thermal underwear are quite invaluable.
  • A tracksuit useful for wearing in the teahouse / tent.
  • 2 pairs of loose fitting long shorts / skirts.
  • 1 lightweight long sleeved shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.
  • A woollen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item. A sunhat with a wide brim to cover the face and neck is suggested to protect you from the elevated UV rays at high altitude.
  • A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woollen are best.
  • 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in camp.
  • 2 pairs of thin and 2 pairs of thick woollen socks.
  • Underwear” normal quantity and hankies.

Equipment supplied by Down to Earth Adventure Pvt. Ltd.

  • Complimentary trek duffle bag (when you elect to use our porter services)
  • Medical first aid kit (carried at all times): including bandages and plasters, basic medications
  • such as electrolytes, antidiarrheals, anti-nausea / vomiting, paracetamol, antihistamines, anti-bacterial solution, Diamox (if necessary), decongestants,throat lozenges and so on.
  • On Camping treks: Four season Sleeping bag, sleeping mat and tent provided.

Entry Requirements

To successfully complete the online tourist visa application, you will need to do the following steps:
A Nepalese Tourist Visa can be obtained on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. It is also possible to obtain tourist visas and extensions at the following entry / exit points in Nepal: Kakarvitta, Jhapa, Birganj, Parsa, Kodari, Sindhupalchowk, Belahia, Bhairahawa, Jamunaha, Nepalgunj, Mohana, Dhangadhi, Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar, Rashuwagadi, Rashuwa.
Nepal Immigration Department has recently introduced the facility to complete online visa application forms so as to reduce processing time on arrival in Nepal. You need to keep in mind that once submitted, the receipt issued by Nepal Department of Immigration is valid for 15 DAYS only before it is automatically deleted from the system. Plan your completion of the form accordingly so as to avoid the inconvenience of having to re-write the form on arrival. Moreover Nepalese tourist visas are issued for periods of 15, 30 and 90 days and can be renewed while in Nepal for up to 150 days in a calendar year.
  • Click on the link that will take you to the Nepal Department of Immigration online tourist visa application form.
  • Before completing the form, ensure that you have gathered together required information such as: your contact details while in Nepal (i.e. hotel address and phone number).
  • Complete the online form by filling in all categories that are marked with an asterisk.
  • Click on the photo icon to upload a digital passport photograph (size: 1.5” x 1.5”).
  • Click on the submit button.
  • A receipt from Nepal Immigration Department will be automatically sent to the email address that you nominated.
  • Print out the receipt and keep it to produce with your valid passport (with a minimum of six months validity period and available space for visa sticker) and passport copy for the Nepal Immigration officer upon arrival in Nepal.
  • You will be directed to make a visa payment in US dollars or its equivalent value in other currencies dependent on the duration of visa requested.
  • Click on link to find out more about visa costs and currencies accepted.
  • Please note: Payment cannot be made in Nepalese Rupees or Indian Rupees.

Permits and Fees

Entrance Costs to Heritage Sites/ Museums / Zoo

Entrance fees are payable for visitors to heritage sites around Kathmandu Valley like Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bouddhanath, Swayambhunath and Changu Narayan Temple. In addition, entrance fees are charged when entering Lumbini Gardens, the sanctuary of the Mayadevi Temple, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, in Lumbini, Rupandehi, and facilities such as the Central Zoo in Jawalakhel, Lalitpur, and museums in Kathmandu Valley. Click here for more information about entrance fees to sites.

Trekkers’ Information Management Systems (TIMS)

Trekkers must acquire a Trekkers’ Information Management Systems (TIMS) card before the onset of their trek. TIMS Card are a mandatory means of controlling illegal trekking operations and ensuring the safety and security of the trekkers in the general trekking areas. Furthermore, issuance of the TIMS card helps officials store information in a database about the proposed routes and dates of individual trekkers so as to increase the level of safety and monitoring of tourists while on trek in case of emergency rescues. Down to Earth Adventure Pvt. Ltd. is a fully registered trekking company with the Trekking Agencies’ Association (TAAN) Nepal and as such we are able to apply for our client’s TIMS cards on their behalf. The US$10 cost (+13% VAT tax) is included in the price of all of our treks. As a free individual trekker (FIT), the cost of a TIMS card is US$20 and can be acquired by visiting Tourist Service Center, Bhrikutimandap, and Trekking Agencies’ Association Nepal (TAAN) Office in Maligaon in Kathmandu.

Trekking Permits

In addition to paying for a TIMS card, every tourist embarking on a trek in designated areas such as conservation and / or national park areas is required to purchase a trekking permit from the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu. Down to Earth Adventure Pvt. Ltd. trekking packages include all costs for TIMS cards and required trekking permits. We ask that you provide us with a passport photo which is required to be pasted on the trekking permit for every client. Click here for more details regarding the various costs of permits to national parks, protected and conservation areas. Click here for further information about special restricted area permits.


Mountaineering royalties must be paid at the Tourism Industry Division, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu or at the Nepal Mountaineering Association at Naxal, Kathmandu, before starting on a mountaineering expedition. Click here for more information.