Most experienced trekkers, hill-walkers and mountaineers will already have their own personal opinions as to the clothing and equipment they use and prefer. May we, however, offer certain guidelines which we hope will be useful for those who are travelling with us in the Himalaya probably for the first time, whatever their previous experience.

In the following equipment section we have given a general guidelines as to what equipment might be required for most trek upto 10,000 ft during the usual pre-monsoon and post-monsoon seasons – roughly October to May.

Whilst you may have your own idea, certain basis items are essential. Other items are optional but it will add to your comfort or enjoyment. Many of our suggestions are open to your interpretations: if you already have something similar it may well do – perhaps not quite so well but you won’t have to waste money on something new that you may have little occasion to use again.

For any important items you need to buy, we suggest you visit your local specialist mountain shop. They should be able to advise you knowledgeably and sell you the right goods for the job. Boots especially are of critical importance; it is essential that they are properly broken-in and well maintained. Prepare them before hand with the appropriate boot dressing; your mountain shop will advise.



1.Short Treks up to 6,000ft.

For treks up to 7 days at altitudes up to 6,000ft ( 1,830 m) from September to

mid November and after mid March. Such treks lie mostly in the Pokhara/ Annapurna area i.e, the Royal or President trek, Annapurna foothills, Gandrung or the immediate Kathmandu Valley area.



Hiking boots or shoes, can be lightweight but preferably with some ankle support. Training type shoes.

Flip-flops or river sandals for use around camp, bathing or washing.



Light rain gear, preferably wind proof.

two light sweaters.

T- shirts.

Two cotton shirts, plus one warmer shirt.

Short, culottes trousers, jeans, skirts.

( for Ladies, modest shorts are acceptable in well trekked areas, but cotton skirts are good whilst trekking as of course are jeans or trousers if preferred ) Two pairs normal underwear, can easily rinse through and dry on daily basis. Two pairs “sports ” type socks with a bit of body to them plus thinner pair for camp use, again can wash through.

Sun hat

Track suit, useful around the campsite.

Sleeping gear, sarong or pyjamas.



personal first aid kit                                        Swiss army knife or equivalent.

( Should be reasonably comprehensive           Toilet kit + toilet paper.

Repair kit ( needle and thread,                                   Two small towels.

shoe repair, glue, small scissors etc                Swim suit.

Note book, pens, pencils                                             Umbrella.

Camera, spare film, binoculars                                   Sunglasses.

(optional but recommended )                          Normal torch/ Flashlight plus.

Reading material, playing cards, games         head torch & spare batteries

Favorite snacks.


Although Mountain Tiger Nepal supplies sleeping bags, you may bring your own if you prefer.


2.Treks from 6,000 ft to 10,000 ft (3,000m)


Selection of good footwear is critical.

Hiking boots with good grip and ankle support

Trainer type shoes

Flip-flops or river sandals for use around camp, bathing or washing.



Wind and rain gear One set thermal underwear
Fibre pile, or ski type jacket Hats – sun hat, plus woolly balaclava
One light, plus one warm sweater Warm gloves/mittens
Two cotton shirts, plus two warmer shirts Socks-plenty – trekking plus camp wear
Shorts, culottes, trousers, jeans, skirts Track suit
Three pairs normal underwear Sleeping gear




Personal first aid kit (should be reasonably comprehensive) Swiss army knife or equivalent
Repair kit (needle and thread, shoe repair, glue, small scissors etc) Toilet kit + toilet paper
Swim suit Two small towels
Note book, pens, pencils Umbrella
Camera, spare film, binoculars (optional but recommended) Sunglasses
Normal torch/flashlight plus head torch & spare batteries Favourite snacks
Reading material, playing cards, games


Although Mountain Tiger Nepal supplies sleeping bags, you may bring your own if you prefer.

 3.Treks in excess of 10,000 feet (3000 m) and winter treks (20th Nov to 20th Feb).


As list 2 plus

Consider the need for a pair of heavier/warmer trek boots dependent on trek plus warm booties for in camp evening wear.


As list 2 plus Down jacket, down/fiber pile trousers or salopettes, extra sweater, warm trousers, over mittens.


As list 2 plus

Good anti-dazzle glasses or goggles with side attachments

High altitude food supplements


4.Climbing treks

Additional list No. 2 and 3 above, much will depend on the route/ mountain being climbed, and on the time of year. We will supply fixed and climbing ropes plus ice/ snow stakes but even for the less technical routes for example on mera of Island Peak clients must have.


A.Double boots: Modern plastic outer with separate inner boot is


  1. Crampons and ice axe (these can be hired from Mountain Tiger Nepal

On request).

  1. Climbing harness.


We can advise on additional equipment required for other climbs if requested. We would recommend clients to purchase a copy of the book “The Trekking Peaks of Nepal ” by Bill O’Connor, published by the Crowood Press in the UK which describes not only the permitted peaks and routes but gives comprehensive advice on preparation, equipment and accessories required. The new insight Guide to Nepal published in 1991 by Apa Publications, Singapore is


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