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Budget Trekking in Nepal – Budget traveler’s trekking kit for Nepal…

Budget Trekking in Nepal – Budget traveler’s trekking kit for Nepal – what you’ll need – backpack, sleeping bag, clothes, first aid kit, electronics/gadgets

I’m a budget traveler. Budget traveling isn’t necessarily surviving on bread and water whilst on the road (although I’ve had my moments throughout the years), it’s traveling wisely – with decent gear that does the job, rather than with expensive gear that’ll break the bank. Budget traveling is flying on cheap economy flights with stopovers (sometimes long ones), rather than opting for expensive, first-class, hassle-free direct flights. As a budget traveler, Presidential Suites are out, and clean, basic, no-frills accommodation are in.

In my experience, you – as a traveler – are more likely to interact with the locals and experience what life is like for them if you stay amongst them, than if you were to stay in a swanky, luxury resort or hotel. As a budget traveler, however, sometimes I splash out a bit and treat myself – especially at the start or end of a trip – just to experience (a little bit) of how the other half live. See my idea of splashing out at the Mount Kailash Resort Pokhara

The same goes for travel gear. I would love all the latest gadgetry and gear – the best backpacks and sleeping bags – the best top brand name boots and cameras and clothes. But I’m not a rich man and need to shop wisely. Thus the reason for budget trekking in Nepal…



In 2012 I trekked the Annapurna Circuit over 17 days – it blew my mind! Nepal is such a beautiful country. Every time you turn your head another picture postcard opportunity is before you. And the people are amazing – friendly, hospitable, and generous (even although the majority of them are poor – poor in material terms that is, not spiritually ). This October (2017) I am going back to Nepal to trek to the Everest Base camp (EBC).

The following list is a budget traveler’s trekking kit for Nepal – this is the kit that I will be using for my upcoming trek in October. All of this kit has been tried and tested by me and will keep you safe, warm, and secure on any trekking trip to Nepal without wiping out your bank account and leaving you broke. Amazon links have been provided to my kit if available –  where my kit is not available, alternative links have been provided to updated products.

The following list is handy for those of you who would like to trek Nepal and are unsure of ‘what to bring’, as well as ‘what NOT to bring…’

Clothes
1
. Lightweight Hiking Boots – Karrimor Bodmin Mid IV Weathertite
2. Lightweight trainers – Karrimor Mens Duma D30 Lightweight Running Shoes 
3. Goose Down Jacket – The North Face Nuptse Down Jacket
4. Lightweight waterproof/windbreaker Jacket – Regatta Men’s Pack It II Jacket
5. Lightweight trekking trousers x 2 – Mr.Stream Hiking Men’s Slim Quick Drying Trousers micro Stretch
6. Lightweight (quick dry) short-sleeved t-shirts x 3 – Berghaus Men’s Short Sleeve Crew Neck Tech Tee
7. Lightweight (quick dry) long-sleeved t-shirts x 1 – Berghaus Men’s Long Sleeve Crew Neck Tech T-Shirt – Black/Drak Grey, Medium
8. Underwear x 3
9. Thermal Underwear x 2
10. Trekking socks x 3 – 3 Pairs of Hiking Coolmax Crew Socks – Outdoor Trekking Sock with Wicking Ventilating Mesh Cushioned Padding Design – Temperature Controlled 
11. Shorts x 1
12. Gloves x 1 – Highlander Banff Waterproof Gloves – Black
13. Woolen hat x 1
14. Sun hat x 1

Gear
1
. Backpack – Vango Sherpa 60+10 Rucksack
2. Sleeping bag – Vango Ultralite Pro 300 (Synthetic bag NOT down – bulkier and heavier than a down sleeping bag but warm enough for high altitude trekking)
3. Dry bag 40L – Waterproof Dry Bag by MountainShack  – 40 L
4. Sunglasses – Julbo Drus Spectron 4 Sunglasses One Size Silver

Toiletries
1
. Toothbrush & Toothpaste
2. Soap
3. Microfibre towel – Mountain Warehouse Microfibre Travel Towel – Large 130x70cm

Electronics
1. Headtorch (led) – Vansky – USB Rechargeable LED Head Torch, with White & Red Lights, Waterproof
2. Torch (led) – Vansky – Led Torch Pocket Torch 800 Lumen Cree XML2 T6 Adjustable Focus Tactical Flashlight Zoomable Led Light Water Resistant Camping Torch
3. Camera – Canon SX710 PowerShot Point and Shoot Digital Camera – Black
4. Unlocked mobile phone – Apple iPhone 5s  16GB (UK Version) SIM-Free Smartphone
5. Powerbank (for charging headlamp, camera and phone) – Varta Family Power Bank 16,000 mAh for tablets, mobile phones, MP3 players

First Aid Kit
1. Lip balm
2. Vaseline
3. Diamox (Acetazolamide) – to prevent and reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness
4. Paracetamol (acetaminophen)
5. Band aids
6. Water purification tablets (iodine)
7. Antiseptic cream and antiseptic hand cream
8. Sunscreen

Miscellaneous
1. Spare boot laces
2. Spare batteries – camera, headtorch, and torch
3. Swiss Army Knife – Victorinox Huntsman Pocket Knife

Insurance
High Altitude Travel Insurance – World Nomads – High Altitude Travel Insurance

I have tried and tested all the kit listed above and recommend it to those who would like to trek Nepal but don’t want to spend a fortune on expensive top of the range products.

Hope you find this post helpful. Good luck with all your endeavours… Raymond (thai-nomad.com)

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Budget Trekking in Nepal – Budget traveler’s trekking kit for Nepal – what you’ll need – backpack, sleeping bag, clothes, first aid kit, electronics/gadgets

Budget Traveler's trekking list... what you'll need
Budget Traveler’s trekking list… what you’ll need

Budget Trekking in Nepal – Budget traveler’s trekking kit for Nepal – what you’ll need – backpack, sleeping bag, clothes, first aid kit, electronics/gadgets

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9 thoughts on “Budget Trekking in Nepal – Budget traveler’s trekking kit for Nepal…”

  1. I have always wanted to trek the Annapurna Circuit–it looks absolutely incredible! I definitely don’t want to overspend to do so, though, and your list looks great for that. Even more important than the money though… the weight. Every ounce counts lol.

  2. This list is so handy for travelers who prefer to backpack or do budget travel like you. I do agree with you, just because you are settling for something cheaper that does not mean you are compromising the quality of your travel experience. I’ve never been one to stay in presidential suites either so I can definitely relate to this!

  3. Another great and useful post for wannabe trekkers! I totally agree when you say that some of the poorest people I’ve met had no money, but so rich in kindness and hospitality. I’ve never been to Nepal, but it looks stunning. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I love lists like these! They’re so helpful to get an idea of what I’ll be needing for a specific trek that I’ve never done before. I also love that you defined what budget travel is. Some people have this idea that budget traveling means spending $0 and begging on the street. Nope. Just being money-conscious and smart about purchases/gear.

  5. Your definition of a budget traveler is very interesting, I can rely to many of the things you mention. Especially for a real trek you need reliable pieces of equipment. What a great list of items to buy, easy to copy for your own travels.

  6. I really love that though you are a budget traveler, you still experience “how the other have live”. I, myself do that when I go traveling, to really take in the experience of the place and the people where I am at. I hope you enjoy Nepal again, when you go this October.

  7. I hope your trip to the EBC goes well, I’m sure it will do with your experience. When I go trekking I know exactly where to come for an Everest Base Camp packing list at affordable prices. I didn’t know there was special altitude travel insurance, this is useful to know. Happy first birthday for your blog.

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