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Hiking Nepal's Himalaya mountains, along the Great Himalaya Trail.

Gear List for the Great Himalaya Trail

A complete list of the gear I used on a thru-hike of the Great Himalaya Trail, including what worked and what didn't.
My Big Agnes in the wild.

Some of you guys have been asking for a comprehensive gear list of what I used on the Great Himalaya Trail. Well, ask and you shall receive.

There were a few items that failed or needed to be switched out, so I’ll let you know what those were. Most of my gear was stuff I already had, although I did splurge on a new sleeping bag for the occasion. On this list, Buckey carried the tent and navigational stuff. Everything else is either my own gear or communal stuff for both of us that I carried.


The Big Three:

  • Shelter- Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 2
  • Backpack- Granite Gear Nimbus Trace 80 and Osprey Aura 50 (the one I have is no longer being made). OK, I did most of the hike with my Osprey. For the last few weeks, we were going into a more remote region and would have to pack way more food. I switched to my Granite Gear for the sake of space. It had previously been my storage bag I kept at my guest house in the city.
  • Sleeping Bag-Feathered Friends Women’s Egret Nano 20
  • Sleeping Pad- Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Women’s and Therm-a-Rest ProLite. Oh man, I bought the NeoAir brand new for this trip and was so stoked to use it… then it malfunctioned after one week and was basically unusable. I slept uncomfortably for a few weeks until I got back to Kathmandu and bought the ProLite. The ProLite is like Old Faithful; nothing too fancy, but it’s reliable.

Eating and Drinking:


A complete list of the gear I used on a thru-hike of the Great Himalaya Trail, including what worked and what didn't.
With conditions like this, you better have enough layers.

Clothing:

(Worn While Hiking)

  • Shoes-I started with the boots because I anticipated more snow and needing to use my crampons. Once it became clear I wouldn’t need the crampons, I switched to trail runners. I hiked in a pair of Altra Lone Peaks, but I typically prefer Salomon Mission trail runners.
  • Socks-Darn Tough
  • Pants-Lucy Get Going Pants. These are basically loose fitting yoga pants, so they’re perfect for hiking comfortably and conservative enough to wear in rural Nepal. They also make plus sizes now!
  • Shirt-REI Co-op T-Shirt. Hey, REI. Make this shirt in a color that isn’t either pastel or grey (edit: more colors available now!)
  • Hat and Sunglasses- A cheap ball cap and sunglasses.

(For Around Camp)

In case you guys are wondering if I really used all those layers, yes I did. There were lots of days where my hiking clothes were completely soaked and I wore all of my dry layers that night.


A complete list of the gear I used on a thru-hike of the Great Himalaya Trail, including what worked and what didn't.
My Backcountry Ninjas hat is super cool.

Electronics:

  • Phone- I just use my iPhone for photos when hiking. When it’s on airplane mode, the charge will last for about five days if I don’t use it too much.
  • Kindle- Kindle E-reader.
  • Power Bank- Here’s one by Anker, but they’re all pretty much the same.
  • Cords and Plugs- iPhone cord, universal cord, US plug, Asia plug (both plugs are necessary because the electrical sockets vary).

Navigation:


A complete list of the gear I used on a thru-hike of the Great Himalaya Trail, including what worked and what didn't.
You would never tell from this photo that Buckey is a touch organizationally OCD.

Toiletries:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Baby wipes
  • Soap- Real talk, I got diarreah so many times in Nepal. Less so once I stopped using hand sanitizer and started using soap and water.
  • Sunscreen
  • Comb

Miscellaneous:

  • Head Lamp-Black Diamond Wiz Kids’ Headlamp. I didn’t intentionally buy a kids’ headlamp, but it only weighs 2 oz. so I guess I’m an innovator.
  • Water Bottles- capacity for 3 liters.
  • Journal and Pen- there are adorable journals you can pick up at the bookshops in Kathmandu.
  • Money Belt- Eagle Creek. To be clear, I didn’t wear this while hiking. I just kept it in my pack. It was super useful because ATMs are a rarity outside of cities in Nepal, so there would be times I had the equivalent of $1000 cash on me (too much to put in a wallet, the equivalent of $10 is Nepal’s biggest bill). I always wore my money belt when riding buses and during times where I was separated from my pack.
  • Extra Batteries- for the GPS, Steripen, and headlamps.

Gear we had and didn’t end up needing:

  • Mountaineering tool- Black Diamond Raven Pro. I picked this up in Kathmandu and it didn’t have tags attached, but I’m pretty sure this is the one I have.
  • Crampons- Petzl Leopard FlexLock. It’s a shame I didn’t get to use these. They are backpacking specific and so lightweight.

I want to add that Buckey and I stored resupply bags at our guest house in Kathmandu then Pokhara for the second half of our hike. This made it easy for us to switch out gear and have city clothes to wear. So if you’re planning on doing this hike, have no fear, you don’t have to carry everything you brought from home the entire time.

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