Packing list for trekking the Himalayas

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The Chicago Cubs have won the 2016 World Series. What a delight to be alive right now.

While the ticker tape parade was assembled, five million fans gathered in the streets of Chicago for the celebration. I only wish I could have been there. Instead I spent that time packing for the trek in the Himalayas. But rest assured, my Cubs hats and hoody will accompany me to Nepal.

Packing for a twenty-two day trip is a bit of a tricky thing. It warrants a lot of thought, research, and a little intuition. Who knows exactly what you’ll be encountering at 18,000 feet, be it weather, altitude sickness or a blistered foot. It might, perhaps, be all three. There are weight limits and space limits, not to mention my own physical limits for how much I can conceptually carry while trekking on the highest mountain on the planet for sixteen days.

Things find a way of working out. Hopefully, this is enough and not too much. For anyone curious about what I packed, I assembled it below.

  • soft duffle bag (for trek) and carryon to leave in Kathmandu
  • daypack
  • 3 padlocks and keys
  • insurance info
  • 2 sets of passport photos (visa and trekking pass)
  • passport
  • US cash in smaller bills
  • coloring books, pencils, stickers, markets for children
  • ibuprofen, Imodium
  • ziplock with toilet paper and hand sanitizer
  • toothbrush, floss and paste
  • Acetazolamide(altitude) and Z-pack (antibiotics)
  • jolly ranchers and cough drops
  • sunscreen and insect repellent
  • wet/dry shower wipes
  • hand/feet warmers
  • waterproof matches, rope and iodine tablets
  • 1 liter water bottle and camelback bladder
  • moleskin, bandaids, first aid kit
  • swiss army knife and whistle/thermometer/compass
  • emergenC
  • rugged camera + batteries + memory card
  • international plug
  • extra ziplock bags
  • 5 packets of laundry detergent
  • body soap and shampoo
  • quick dry towel and washcloth
  • rubber ring band
  • sunglasses
  • sleeping bag, liner, and stuff sacks
  • Cubs baseball cap
  • gaiters
  • raincoat and pants
  • beanie hat
  • fleece jacket and pants
  • balaclava and buff
  • down jacket
  • thermal under layers (2 sets)
  • 20 pairs of underwear
  • 5 warm wool socks; 6 lighter wool socks
  • 3 long sleeve smart wool shirts
  • 2 pairs of hiking pants
  • jeans
  • hiking boots, sneakers and sandals
  • light and warm gloves
  • Cubs hoody for sleeping

While in Kathmandu I will pick up trekking poles and anything else I’ve forgotten before departing for Lukla.


2 Comments on “Packing list for trekking the Himalayas”

  1. […] I felt I was prepared. Maybe not physically with only two months of preparation, but I had a solid packing list that saved me ample pain and suffering. While there, I became awfully sick. Let’s call it […]

  2. […] is an update to the Everest packing list I posted before my trip to Nepal. Looking back, there were items I wished I’d brought or […]


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