Makalu Basecamp Trek - Classic Nepal Trekking
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 kgs./33 lbs. For all flights to STOL airstrips in Nepal, the maximum allowance for hold baggage AND hand baggage combined, is 15 kg. It is essential you keep the total weight of your baggage within this limit. Paying for transportation of excess baggage is not normally an option on these flights. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.
You must bring the following items:
Daypack c. 30 litres
Training shoes /Sneakers or similar
Trekking trousers / pants
Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
Long johns (thermal underwear)
Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
Warm jacket (down)*
Eyewear - Sunglasses
Warm and waterproof gloves or mittens
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
4 or 5 season sleeping bag*
Thermarest or similar sleeping mat*
Headtorch/Headlamp with spare batteries
Water bottles 1 Litre x2
Washbag and toiletries
Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent (DEET), and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).
The following items are optional:
Sleeping bag liner
Trekking poles (recommended)
Camera, film, batteries
Penknife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
Equipment hire / rental
Items marked * can be hired / rented through KE Adventure Travel. Please make all requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date. Please note all hire / rental equipment is issued in Kathmandu. Please remember to allow room in your trek bag for these items. In-step crampons where needed will be provided.
The Nepalese are still traditional and conservative in the way they dress. Therefore to avoid embarrassment on both sides we recommend that you respect this and do not wear revealing clothing or sleeveless tops while visiting Nepal. Shorts are acceptable, but they should reach to just above the knee and be modest and for women it is preferable to wear trousers or a long skirt.