The Great Himalaya Trail is a network of existing trekking routes; connect from eastern Nepal Mechi to far western Mahakali of Nepal. It is known as the longest and highest trekking trails in the world.
Winding beneath the world’s highest peaks and visiting some of the most remote communities on earth, it passes through lush green valleys, arid high plateaus and incredible landscapes. Nepal’s Great Himalayan trail (GHT) has 9 sections comprising a network of upper and lower trekking trails. Each of the routes offers you something different, be it adventure and exploration, authentic cultural experiences, or simply spectacular Himalayan nature. The route also offers an incredible diversity in terms of landscapes, flora & fauna, people and culture: from snow leopards to red pandas; from sub-tropical jungle to fragile high-altitude eco-systems; from the famous Sherpas, to Shamanism, to the ancient Bön Buddhist culture of Humla.
The 1700km Nepal section of the trail begins near Kanchenjunga on the eastern border and heads west navigating the domains of eight of the world’s 8000m peaks, from the beautiful but lesser-known Makalu to the famous mount Everest. It is not the easiest or most direct route across Nepal, rather a route through the Greater Himalaya. The Nepal section ends either in Humla on the Tibetan border.
National Geographic Adventure Magazine‘s Jame’s Vlahos observes, “Nepal’s mountains are minimally developed, but they offer a wealth of trade and pilgrimage routes. The GHT elegantly connects these existing paths without blazing a single new trail.”
The Nepal section is part of a longer alpine adventure traversing the spine of the Himalaya from Bhutan to Pakistan. These sections are currently being researched, trekked and documented. There still is a lot of Great Himalaya Trail exploring yet to be done! Nepal is a poor country and tourism contributes an important 4% of GDP. However this is concentrated, as far as trekking is concerned, in the 3 most popular areas of Solo Khumbu (Everest) region, Annapurna region and Langtang.
By trekking away from the beaten trail, you will making a direct difference to communities in these areas by spending money on food, accommodation or services such as guide, porters and cooks.
Many people come to Nepal to get away from the crowds and to seek adventure. That is more than possible in Nepal. While not everybody will have the time or resources to attempt the whole route, it is possible to do trekking choosing the below written section or do short treks in the areas the GHT passes. There are many more places to visit in Nepal that just Annapurna, Everest or Langtang, beautiful as they are and we hope to bring further information about these possibilities. Note that we have organized this great Himalayan trail trekking and we have experienced team, we also published in Nepal’s national daily about our courage completing this trips. So if you choose us, we organized your trekking great memorable for your life time. The whole trek you can do as a full board camping trekking or camping trek + lodge basis trekking. So please check the below section wise information to do great Himalayan trails in Nepal.
Highlights of the trip:
all tallest and beautiful mountains of Nepal from east to west, north nepal people cultures and traditions, all highest pass of Nepal, the most beautiful and challenging trek
This trekking is suitable for any walker looking for challenging and energetic. It does not require any previous trekking experience however if you have done then it is really nice, since this routes goes beyound the high Himalaya you need enogh gears. walking around 6-7 hours each day
February, March, April, May, June, September, October , November and early December.
Section 1: From Taplejung to Tumlingtar via Milke Danda 3690m, Camping Trek 14 Days
In this section covers Kanchenjunga trekking (From Taplejung to Tumlingtar via Milke Danda 3690m), it can be done as a full board camping trekking which takes around 14 days. This is one of the most remote trek destinations of far eastern part of Nepal. This trek offers impressive view of the mountains all the way to Milke Danda area. Especially Milke Danda is more popular area for different kind of flowers including the Nepal’s finest trek destination. See the below outline Itinerary for your reference.
Itinerary of section 1
- Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. Transfer to the hotel.
- Day 02: Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley such as Swayambhunath Stupa, Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square with our Guide by private car, overnight in Hotel
- Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Taplejung 2420m and trek to Deurali 2602m/3 hours
- Day 04: Trek from Deurali to Pathibhara Devi Temple 3795m/8 hours
- Day 05: Exploring Hindus Temple and surrounding hill
- Day 06: Trek from pathibhara Devi Temple to Chirwa 1185m/7 hours
- Day 07: Trek from Chirwa to Mitlung 890m/6 hours
- Day 08: Trek from Mitlung to Gorja 2010m/7 hours
- Day 09: Trek from Gorja to Gupha Bazzar 2900m/6 hours
- Day 10: Trek from Gupha Bazzar to Milke Danda 3690m/8 hours
- Day 11: Trek from Milke Danda to Deurali 1990m/7 hours
- Day 12: Trek from Deurali to Khamare 1400m/6 hours
- Day 13: Trek from Khamare to Kharang 1270m/6 hours
- Day 14: Trek from Kharang to Tumlingtar 410m/6 hours
Section 2: From Tumlingtar to Lukla via Salpa La 3565m, Camping Trek 10 Days
In this section trekking Introduce about Arun Valley Trekking. This trekking trail is known as an ancient trade route used by local people to transport agricultural products to Namche Bazaar to Tibet across via the Nangpa la pass. This trek begins from Tumlingtar and follows the Arun River until we turn into the Irkhu Khola valley, which is also renowned for its natural paper products. This valley takes us to the Salpa. The Salpa Pass trail is an interesting but adventures equally. See the below outline Itinerary for your reference.
Itinerary of section 2
- Day 01: Rest day in Tumlingtar or Kathmandu – Tumlingtar fly and camping at Tumlingtar
- Day 02: Tumlingtar (487m) to Gothebazaar. We follow the upstream trail of Arun river towards north through the sub tropical forest around Baluwabesi, crossing Brahman, Chettri and Rai villages
- Day 03: Gothebazaar to Tala / Upper Phedi. We pass through terrace land with rice paddies, Citrus fruits, Banana groves etc. sparsely populated by Rai and Sherpa people. We also can see Nepali paper production from Lokta
- Day 04: Tala / Upper Phedi to Guranse / Salpa Pokhari. We leave the forest with deciduous trees and start with the forest of Rhododendron trees. We can know about local people, their culture and visit the holy lakes
- Day 05: Guranse / Salpa Pokhari to Tue / Sonam. We cross the Salpa La and continue on in a forest of fir and rhododendron
- Day 06: Tue / Sonam to Cheskam. We visit Rai and Limbu community. These people are mostly chosen for Gorkha soldiers and they are popular for their bravery
- Day 07: Cheskam to Bung / Kiraule. We can visit Kiraule monastery and Sherpa people
- Day 08: Bung / Kiraule to Najing. Near Kiraule, above Bung there is an important trail junction headed towards Panch Pokhari and the route to the Mera La from Lukla. To the Northwest a large path leads over Sipki La and crosses the Inkhu Khola
- Day 09: Najing to Pangom. We climb again to the Satu La and finally join main Everest trekking trails at Kharikhola
- Day 10: Pangom to Lukla. We descend towards Lukla after passing Surke, overnight Lukla
Section 3: From Lukla to Barabise via Pike Peak 4065m, Camping Trek 16 Days
In this section trekking covers The Great Himalayan Trail, Easy to difficult grading over Everest to Rolwaling trekking. From Lukla to Barabise via Pike Peak 4065m takes about 16 days. This classic trek en route from Lukla to Shivalaya through the lower Sherpa Land of Solokhumbhu passing scenic and beautiful villages as well as spectacular mountains sights during the trails. Then, the trail entering newly opened destination of Pike Peak. See the below outline Itinerary for your reference.
Itinerary of section 3
- Day 01: Rest day in Lukla Bazzar or Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla 2840m and trek to Phuiyon 2835m/6 hours
- Day 02: Trek from Phuiyon to Khari Khola 2500m/6 hours
- Day 03: Trek from Khari Khola to Nunthala 2220m/7 hours
- Day 04: Trek from Nunthala to Ringmo 2700m/6 hours
- Day 05: Trek from Ringmo to Junbesi 2675m/7 hours
- Day 06: Trek from Junbesi to Chhamdingma 3860m/7 hours
- Day 07: Trek from Chhamdingma to Ngaur 3350m/6 hours via Pike Peak 4065m
- Day 08: Trek from Ngaur to Goli Danda 2430m/7 hours
- Day 09: Trek from Goli Danda to Bhandar 2195m/6 hours
- Day 10: Trek from Bhandar to Shivalaya 1770m/7 hours
- Day 11: Trek from Shivalaya to Serukpati 2300m/7 hours
- Day 12: Trek from Serukpati to Saunepani 1220m/6 hours
- Day 13: Trek from Saunepani to Amatal 1680m/6 hours
- Day 14: Trek from Amatal to Thulo Tinsang 3260m/5 hours
- Day 15: Trek from Thulo Tinsang to Khartali 2400m/6 hours
- Day 16: Trek from Khartali to Barabise 975m/6 hours
Section 4: From Barabise to Syabrubesi via Lauribina-La Pass 4610m, Camping Trek 16 Days
In this section covers especially Helambu and Langtang region. From Barabise to Syabrubesi via Lauribina-La Pass 4610m, Camping Trek takes about 16 Days. Exploring Helambu is one of the most popular trekking of Langtang region. The trails goes Helambu – Tharepati hill – Suryakunda – Lauribina la pass of 4620 meter - Gosaikunda lake and finally to Langtang route. Two main villages Melamchi Gaon and Tarkeyghyang constitute the Helambu outfit. The region starts from the ascent from the Helambu. See the below outline Itinerary for your reference.
Itinerary of section 4
- Day 01: Rest day in Barabaise or Drive from Kathmandu to Barabise 5 hours and trek to Thagam 1800m/3 hours
- Day 02: Trek from Thagam to Hagam 2200m/6 hours
- Day 03: Trek from Hagam to Pangtang 1730m/5 hours
- Day 04: Trek from Pangtang to Sindurche 2800m/6 hours
- Day 05: Trek from Sindurche to Okhreni 2440m/6 hours
- Day 06: Trek from Okhreni to Gunsakot 2600m/7 hours
- Day 07: Trek from Gunsakot to Thulo Bhotang 1850m/6 hours
- Day 08: Trek from Thulo Bhotang to Sermanthang 2590m/7 hours
- Day 09: Trek from Sermanthang to Tarkegyang 2600m/5 hours
- Day 10: Trek from Tarkegyang to Melamchi Gaon 2530m/5 hours
- Day 11: Trek from Melamchi Gaon to Tharepati 3690m/6 hours
- Day 12: Trek from Tharepato to Ghopte 3430m/5 hours
- Day 13: Trek from Ghopte to Gosaikund Lake 4380m/7 hours via Lauribina-La Pass 4610m
- Day 14: Trek from Gosaikund Lake to Thulo Syabru 2250m/ 7 hours
- Day 15: Trek from Thulo Syabru to Syabrubesi 1460m/5 hours
- Day 16: Drive from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel
Section 5: From Syabrubesi to Besisahar via Sing-La Pass 4040m, Camping Trek 19 Days
In this section covers the Great Himalayan Trail of Ganesh Himal to Manaslu circuit as a easy to adventure grade. From Syabrubesi to Besisahar via Sing-La Pass 4040m, Camping Trek 19 Days. The Singla -pass trek gives you the opportunity to walk through remote and relatively unpopulated areas of the Himalayan region and to experience the Typical Nepalese farming life at close hand. The journey to Singla pass takes through some of the ancient settlements. See the below outline Itinerary for your reference.
Itinerary of section 5
- Day 01: Trek from Syabrubesi to Goljung 1960m/5 hours
- Day 02: Trek from Goljung to Thulo Haku 1550m/7 hours
- Day 03: Trek from Thulo Haku to Pairebesi 1300m/6 hours
- Day 04: Trek from Pairebesi to Balche 2600m/6 hours
- Day 05: Trek from Balche to Gonga 3550m/5 hours
- Day 06: Trek from Gonga to Sing-La 4040m/5 hours
- Day 07: Trek from Sing-La to Sertung Village 1920m/7 hours
- Day 08: Trek from Sertung to Lapagaon 1850m/7 hours
- Day 09: Trek from Lapagaon to Myangal Bhanjyang 2975m/6 hours
- Day 10: Trek from Myangal Bhanjyang to Kashigaon 1900m/7 hours
- Day 11: Trek from Kashigaon to Khorlabesi 970m/7 hours
- Day 12: Trek from Khorlabesi to Laprak 2100m/6 hours
- Day 13: Trek from Laprak to Gyachchok Village 1680m/7 hours
- Day 14: Trek from Gyachchok Village to Gaikharka 3300m/7 hours
- Day 15: Trek from Gaikharka to Dudh Pokhari 3800m/8 hours
- Day 16: Trek from Dudh Pokhari to Gothkharka 1300m/7 hours
- Day 17: Trek from Gothkharka to Bansar 1000m/7 hours
- Day 18: Trek from Bansar to Besisahar 760m/6 hours
- Day 19: Rest day or Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel
Section 6: From Besisahar to Jomsom via Mesokanto-La Pass 5120m, Camping Trek 13Days
In this section covers the Great Himalayan Trail of Annapurna to Mustang over Tilicho pass or Thorong la pass 5416m. From Besisahar to Jomsom via Mesokanto-La Pass 5120m, Camping trekking takes about 13 days, Tilicho Lake is one of those places that have had next to mythic connotations. Many regard it as the highest lake in the world. It was for long almost totally closed save for a few climbers and expeditions, and since 1974, when Nixon changed the China policy. See the below outline Itinerary for your reference.
Itinerary of section 6
- Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbule 840m via Besisahar and trek to Ngadi 930m/1 hour
- Day 02: Trek from Ngadi to Jagat 1300m/6 hours
- Day 03: Trek from Jagat to Dharapani 1860m/7 hours
- Day 04: Trek from Dharapani to Chame 2670m/6 hours
- Day 05: Trek from Chame to Pisang 3200m/6 hours
- Day 06: Trek to Manang 3540m/7 hours via Ghyaru Village 3670m
- Day 07: Acclimatizing to Ice Lake 4600m/8 hours
- Day 08: Trek from Manang to Sheri Kharka 4324m/4 hours
- Day 09: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp Hotel 4150m/5 hours
- Day 10: Trek to Tilicho Lake 4920m/5 hours
- Day 11: Trek from Tilicho Lake to Dharmashala 4320m/7 hours via Mesokanto-La Pass 5120m,
- Day 12: Trek from Dharmashala to Jomsom 2710m/5 hours
- Day 13: Rest day in Jomsom.
Section 7: From Jomsom to Juphal via Sangda-La Pass 5195m, Camping Trek 16 Days
In this section covers mustang to Dolpa trekking of Great Himalayan Trail cross over Sangda-La Pass 5195m to reach Dolpo. Fully camping trekking takes about 16 days. This is the one of the most high pass trek destination for the travelers who would like to explore many ancient monasteries and ruined cave in remote area and beautiful landscape. This trek start from the entry point of the forbidden kingdom and ancient wall city of Nepal. See the below outline Itinerary for your reference.
Itinerary of section 7
- Day 01: (Fly to Jomsom) And trek to Kagbeni
- Day 02: Trek from Kagbeni to Dangarjong 3290m/6 hours
- Day 03: Trek from Dangarjong to Sangda Village 3700m/7 hours
- Day 04: Acclimatization Day
- Day 05: Trek from Sangda Village to Sangda Phedi 4190m/6 hours
- Day 06: Trek from Sangda Phedi to Molum Sumna 4860m/8 hours via Sangda-La Pass 5195m
- Day 07: Trek from Molum Sumna to Naljyang Sumna 4600m/7 hours
- Day 08: Trek from Naljyang Sumna to Chharka Bhot 4110m/5 hours
- Day 09: Trek from Chharka Bhot to Yak Kharka 4400m/6 hours
- Day 10: Trek from Yak Kharka to Dhadgaon 4010m/7 hours
- Day 11: Trek from Dhadgaon to Seri 4000m/7 hours
- Day 12: Trek from Seri to Kakkotgaon 3210m/8 hours
- Day 13: Trek from Kakkotgaon to Laisicap 2772m/8 hours
- Day 14: Trek from Laisicap to Lawan 2800m/6 hours
- Day 15: Trek from Lawan to Dunai 2140m/7 hours
- Day 16: Trek from Dunai to Juphal 2475m/5 hours
Section 8: From Juphal to Jumla via Maure Lagna 3895m, Camping Trek 11 Days
In this section covers Jumla – Rara lake – Mugu which is easy to adventure trekking takes about 15 days to complete. From Juphal to Jumla via Maure Lagna 3895m camping trek, you can experienced the Nepal's remote and seldom seen Wild West, is possibly one of the best long treks in the Himalaya. This follows the route taken by Peter Matthiessen and mmortalized in his famous book The Snow Leopard. The Dolpo area was also the area where Rodney Jackson. See the below outline Itinerary for your reference.
Itinerary of section 8
- Day 01: (Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal 2475m). Trek to Tripurakot 2100m/4 hours
- Day 02: Trek from Tripurakot to Ghodakhor 3200m/7 hours
- Day 03: Trek from Ghodakhor to Kaigaon 2610m/7 hours
- Day 04: Trek from Kaigaon to Balasa 3085m/6 hours
- Day 05: Trek from Balasa to Nauli Kharka 3670m/7 hours
- Day 06: Trek from Nauli Kharka to Chhopagaon 3085m/8 hours via Maure Lagna 3895m
- Day 07: Trek from Chhopagaon to Kudigaon 2810m/6 hours
- Day 08: Trek from Kudigaon to Dochal 2630m/7 hours
- Day 09: Trek from Dochal to Depalgaon 2460m/6 hours
- Day 10: Trek from Depalgaon to Jumla 2370m/5 hours
- Day 11: Rest day in Jumla or Fly from Jumla to Nepalgunj and fly back to Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel
Section 9: From Jumla to Simikot via Khari Lagna 3642m, Camping Trek 16 Days
In this section covers the entire the tallest Himalayan trails of Nepal which is an adventure grade trekking. The great Himalayan Trail trekking especially focus to explore Humla – simikot over the Khari Lagna 3642m pass, camping trekking can be done in 18 days. Rara Lake trek is one of the most popular scenic trek destinations located in far western part of Karnali region of Nepal. It is Nepal’s smallest and most scenic National Park which was established in 1976. It protects some of the most beautiful alpine and sub-alpine. See the below outline Itinerary for your reference.
Itinerary of section 9
- Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and transfer to Hotel
- Day 02: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla 2370m and trek to Padmara 2900m/5 hours
- Day 03: Trek from Padmara to Danphe Lagna 3230m/5 hours via Khari Langa pass 3642m
- Day 04: Trek from Danphe Lagna to Chautha 2770m/7 hours
- Day 05: Trek from Chautha to Dhotu 2410m/7 hours via Ghurchi Lagna Pass 3446m
- Day 06: Trek from Dhotu to Rara Lake 2980m/6 hours
- Day 07: Explore Rara Lake
- Day 08: Trek from Rara Lake to Luma village 2110m/6 hours
- Day 09: Trek from Luma village to Changkheli 3600m/6 hours
- Day 10: Trek from Changkheli to Dharma Village 2550m/7 hours
- Day 11: Trek from Dharma Village to Melcham 2800m/6 hours
- Day 12: Trek from Melcham to Pomkha 2800m/7 hours
- Day 13: Trek from Pomkha to Ghatte 2600m/7 hours
- Day 14: Trek from Ghatte to Simikot 2950m/8 hours
- Day 15: Fly from Simikot to Nepalgunj and fly back to Kathmandu, overnight in Hotel
- Day 16: Final Departure to International Airport
Note of the above itinerary
O/N = Over Night, B/B = Bed and Breakfast F/B (Full Board) = Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. Moreover, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari or Everest mountain flight, we are happy to follow your suggestion accordingly.
Short description mode of packages
In our packages, we have included two nights 3 Star Category hotel in Kathmandu (capital of Nepal) and Pokhara Tourist Standard hotel level on BB plan, meals and accommodation in trekking, all the ground transportation as per itinerary, an experienced guide and porter and all the government taxes and necessary permits, please find in details what are included and excluded in the price as follows
- Kathmandu airport pick up and drop off by private vehicles.
- 2 nights twin sharing hotel accommodation in Kathmandu valley within BB Plan
- All land transportation for this trip
- Guest house / Tented camping accommodation during the trekking days
- If you choose Camping trekking; - Professional cook, kitchen helper, sherpa and required porters during trekking
- All kitchen and cooking equipment during trekking
- All required Trekking Permits along the trekking routes
- Fluent English speaking license holder mountain trekking guide during the trekking.
- All land transportation as per itinerary.
- Meals (B, L, D, A) each day during the trekking days
- All require trekking permits and TIMS permits for trekking
- Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
- Insurance of all trekking crew
- A Special souvenir from our company.
- Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
- Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
- Personal trekking equipments and Clothing.
- Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
- Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but expected)
- Any other things not mentioned.
We are experts for the operations trip at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a sound acclimatization program. We created this trekking itinerary to allow for gradual height gain spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude, but for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent will produce minimal effects. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. For all trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters, our guides carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness; they are trained to track symptoms as well as administer medications but we recommend to you to carry medicine by yourself that is beneficial for you.
To be sufficiently protected in terms of insurance, you need specialized travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. Our agency Gokyo Treks and Expedition can arrange for the appropriate policy based on your trekking.
Climate and Weather
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalaya where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
This trekking is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 degree C to -10 degree C.
We bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises a maximum of 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For individualized trips, no minimum or maximum applies. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people.
Gokyo Treks and Expedition promises you a rewarding trip with an experience that last you lifetime amidst natural and cultural beauties. Here you will find committed team member, world-class quality, personalized service, closest co-operation and great company. Our trekking crews have more than a decade of trek leadership experience. We ensure you get the ultimate holiday experience that exceeds your expectation. Quality service is what matters the most. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition are supremely confident to bring outstanding service throughout your trip without any unnecessary discomfort and hassle, it is 100 % guaranteed.
The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Any kinds of battery charges and hot shower during the trekking.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
- T-shirts (2)
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
- Underwear (4)
- Hiking shorts (2)
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
- Gaiters (Optional)
- Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bags
- Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
- Thermarest sleeping pad (Only Camping Trek)
- Water bottles (2)
- Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C (Depending on trekking region)
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
- Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
- Books (Highly Recommended)
- Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
- Swiss Knife
Recommended Mountaineering Kit
In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.
- Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axes can be rented in Kathmandu)
- Climbing helmet
- Alpine climbing harness
- 2 x tape slings
- 2 x screwgate karabiners
- Descender/abseil device
- Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
- Fleece trousers or silhouette
- Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing
Trek legally. If you trek independently, you are not allowed to take any staff by law. You need for this a Trekking Agency, the sole authorized to employ staff for foreign trekkers. Do not hire staff or "independent guides" through hotels, unless they have a Trekking Agent licence or offer this service through an affiliated Trekking Agent.
Rubbish management For the most proper disposal available, please make sure you take all of your trash, including bottles and cans from goods consumed in restaurants, to the nearest truck-accessible road.
Sanitation Note the pollution and lack of trash management in the villages on the treks - including trash-clogged rivers and mounds of discarded beer bottles. Nepal is struggling with its rapid Westernization and hasn't yet figured out how to dispose of its waste. Don't contribute to the problem any more than necessary!
After your trek you can give your clothes to the porters' clothing bank which is managed by the Community Develpoment Foundation . This bank is running on joint venture with Gokyo Treks and Expedition located in Kathmandu, provides clothes to the trekking porters.