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Confused about what to bring for climbing? Find the equipment list for trekking in Nepal in this blog. This gear list applies to all summits in Nepal. For 7000m and 8000m expeditions please refer to the expedition gear list.

Peak climbing generally refers to climbing peaks up to 6500m. For most trekking peaks in Nepal, it is a day of climbing to the summit and returning to base camp. You will leave the base camp or high camp early in the morning around 2 am or 3 am, go to the summit and return to the base camp in the afternoon. In which some camps are kept in the base camp list. Check it out.

Although climbing days are much shorter on summit climbs than on 7000m and 8000m expeditions, you still need good gear. Being cold, wet and miserable will not increase your chances of peaking. Trust us on that. The timing of your visit will also greatly influence your gear list. Check when you plan to ride and pack accordingly.

Peak climbing in Nepal is usually with straight ropes and guided climbing. Most of the trekking peaks attract hundreds of climbers during the season. With the increasing popularity of peak climbing these days lost equipment can be easily rented in many places but it is advisable to check and pack your gear in Kathmandu before leaving.

If you are going on a summit climbing trip through an agency, it will likely be a guided trip with all the ropes and campsites fixed. The route to reach the peak will also be determined. However, if you are doing a unidirectional climb you will need to pack more gear (anchor, rope, tent, food etc.) in addition to personal gear and clothing.

Important Notes:

  1. Don’t cut corners on gear quality
  2. Thoroughly understand the function of each gear
  3. Get your gear in advance
  4. Eliminate unnecessary luxuries
  5. Seasonal fluctuations will affect gear requirements


  1. If you are not willing to invest you can always rent gears
  2. Especially check the size of the shoes before going to the mountains
  3. Wear peak socks when trying on shoes

Equipment list for peak climbing in Nepal from head to toe.

1. Clothes

  • Thermal base layers – top and bottom
  • Heavy base layers
  • Trekking pants
  • Tight shell pants
  • pant below
  • T-shirts – short and long sleeve
  • Middle layer top
  • Insulated jacket
  • Hard-shell jacket
  • Down jacket/parka

2. Footwear:

  • Double insulated mountaineering boots for climbing
  • Hiking boots (complete and waterproof)
  • A lightweight shoe for camping and around town
  • Gaiters
  • Flip-flops
  • Wool/Synthetic Socks
  • Liner socks

Find out the best climbing boots for peak climbing in Nepal

3. Hardware:

  • Liner gloves
  • Medium weight gloves
  • mittens below

4. Headwear:

  • Hat/Fun hat
  • buff
  • Balaclava
  • Warm fleece/synthetic hat
  • Eye wear (full coverage around eyes and nose)
  • Ski goggles

5. Climbing gears

  • Helmet
  • Ice Ax with waist strap
  • Mountaineering crampons
  • Lightweight mountaineering harness
  • Carabiners (2 Screwgate and 2 Snap gate)
  • Belay Device (ATC Guide or Figure 8)
  • Ascender/Zumar
  • Prussik / auxiliary cord

6. Backpacking

  • Small pack (35-40 liters)
  • Waterproof duffel bag
  • Padlocks for duffel bags
  • Pack cover

7. Accessories

  • Water bottles: 2 bottles of 1 liter each with insulation cover
  • Trekking pole
  • Headlamp: 200-300 lumens with extra batteries
  • Camera
  • Power Bank / Solar Charger
  • Universal adapter
  • Notebook/Diary
  • Pocket knife

8. Hygiene and first aid

  • Skin care (maximum SPF sunscreen and lip balm)
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, moisturizer
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and wet wipes
  • Personal first aid kit (include personal prescription, altitude medication, pain relievers, first aid tape, band aids etc.)
  • Water treatment

9. Others

  1. Comfort Foods (Bring snacks and meals you like to munch on)
  2. Travel to get dressed in Kathmandu
  3. Sleeping bag (-20 degree sleeping bag)
  4. Inflatable mattress

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