Recommended Trekking Gear List

The items listed here are essential to have for the trip but there are a few "nice to have" optional items that are also listed. Please feel free to reach out for additional information or recommendations.

First Layer Clothing
Base layer top (2) - 1 synthetic for day, 1 for night (can be cotton for comfort)
Base layer bottom (1 or 2 synthetic)
T-shirts (2 or up to you)
Mid-layer long sleeved shirt (1 or 2 synthetic material like polyester or polypropylene)
Hiking shorts (2 pairs - synthetic or cotton)
Underwear (breathable, how many is up to you)
Travel clothes to wear around Katmandu before and after the trek (these can be left at the hotel in secured storage)

Outer Layer Clothing
Fleece jacket, soft-shell jacket or wool top
Soft-shell long pants or trekking pants
Gore-Tex or other breathable waterproof jacket
Gore-Tex or equivalent breathable waterproof rain pants
Down Jacket - synthetic is ok, must be very warm and puffy for night, camping, and rests (if you tend to get cold easily, get a warmer, heavier jacket (temps could range from 0-30 degrees)
Wool or fleece hat
Waterproof gloves (softshell)
Warm mittens (for colder nights)
Optional lightweight gloves (glove liners)
Sun hat (baseball cap, safari hat, something to keep the sun off)

Small daypack (30-40 liter) - an internal frame backpack is best and bookbag types are not recommended (there are many quality brands to choose from including Osprey, Deuter, North Face, Gregory, Red Fox, to name a few)
Sleeping bag - down or synthetic 0-20 degrees (Fahrenheit)
Sunglasses 100% UV (glacier type that wrap around and give more protection to the eyes)
Headlamp (small LED models with spare batteries)
SUNSCREEN: waterproof, SPF 30 or higher, broad spectrum (2-3oz tube)
Sunscreen lip balm, SPF 15 or higher
2 water bottles (1 quart Nalgene bottles are best)
Pocket knife (e.g., a Swiss Army Knife - very handy!)
Trash bags (3 - for separating out your dirty laundry and organizing)
A large expedition bag will be provided by SMA upon arrival in Nepal. You can use your own expedition bag or luggage to carry your items over there, then borrow the SMA expedition bag.

Personal Items
Toiletry kit to include:
Small soap (1- 2 oz. plastic bottle of something like Dr. Bronner’s soap)
Shower towel
Glasses or contacts, as needed
Any necessary medications
3 zip-loc bags (1 large for a notebook, 2 any size for miscellaneous use)
Optional Trekking poles
Optional Compass, star-chart, or binoculars
Optional Camera (batteries and a charger)
Optional External power brick (for charging phone/iPod)
Optional Journal/notebook and pen
Optional Any munchies you can’t get along without (e.g., chocolate, energy bars)
Optional Personal first aid kit (for blister care, etc.) *SMA Guides will have a well-equipped group supply of basic first aid and medications that will always be with us.

One of the most important items you will have for trekking is….Your BOOTS! The best boots for this trip are quality, light to medium-weight hiking boots that are waterproof. Go to a reputable gear shop and help get fitted for the ideal boot. You will be in them most of the day so get the right ones that fit you! (Scarpa, Lowa, LaSportiva, Salewa, Merrell, Asolo, Vasque are the best brands)
New boots MUST be broken in prior to coming to the trip. Breaking in a new pair of boots can involve several weeks so make sure you do it early and well before you arrive in Nepal!

Light to medium weight hiking boots that are waterproof!
Sport sandals (such as Tevas or Chacos, Crocs) or lightweight running shoes for at camp (using bathroom at night, chilling in teahouse) Sport sandals, such as Tevas, Crocks, or Chacos, work very well for this and can be used for stream crossings in the backcountry. Running shoes also work well but do not dry as quickly. Thick wool socks (3 pairs)
Optional Liner socks (2 pairs of thin wool, polypro, Thermax, or similar - not cotton!)
Optional Down booties- totally luxurious but nice for walking around at the Teahouses

1. Buy your boots early and start hiking and training in them. I can't stress the importance of this enough. You want to have your boots broken in weeks or months before your trek. Go to a reputable good gear shop where they can help fit you for the ideal, high-quality boot and then start wearing them everywhere! Trust me, you don't want to suffer blisters on the trek because you skimped on boot preparation. Wear them around the kitchen, to work and then to train in.

*Buy your boots early and start hiking and training in them.

2. When you trek in Nepal, there are going to be hills and steps to climb (no surprises there), so make sure your training isn't all on flat ground. Find trails with steep sections and/or steps to climb. If you don't have any steep trails near home, jump on a stair-master at the gym. (Wear your boots) You may have 4, 5, 6 or more hour days so, you will benefit by gradually working up to longer days in those boots and with a pack. A long 3-4 hour hike, once a week starting 2 months before the Trek should give you a good base of fitness so that you will enjoy each day of trekking. (For the October Trek, start in August. For the March Trek, start in January)

*At least one long 3-4 hour hike, per week, starting 2 months before

3. Any type of cardiovascular conditioning is good training for Everest Base Camp. Your days will be spent walking rolling hills with a small pack. Some days will have tough up-hills so the more training the better. Up-hills at higher elevation will inherently feel more exhausting. Shortness of breath at altitude is the toughest thing to train for. The key will be taking it slow. Running, rowing, cycling, and walking up-hills are all a great way to build your endurance. Mix it up and choose the exercise you enjoy the most. Progression is important so start out easy and work up to 3-4 times a week of 30-45 minutes of moderately strenuous cardiovascular workouts.

*30-45 minutes of moderate cardiovascular, 3-4 times a week

4. Strength Training is always beneficial and having strong legs and back will make the hiking and carrying your pack easier. A 30 minute total body workout 2x per/week is sufficient with maybe a little more focus on your legs and back. You could add this on the same days as your cardio or you could do it separately, depending on time. There are lots of options for a good strength workout but here are a few basic exercises that would work well for the Trek. 1-2 sets of 12-15 reps.

Leg Extensions
Leg Curl Machines
Seated Pull-Downs (for the back)
Seated Row (for the back)
Crunches or Abdominal workouts

*30 minutes total body workout, 2 times a week

Price includes:
All ground transportation including airport pick up and drop off
All necessary government permits and national park fees
All sightseeing fees noted in the itinerary
Hotel in Kathmandu
Domestic airfare
All accommodations
Guides and all necessary potters
3 healthy meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
All hot beverages such as coffee and tea
All airport taxes
Waterproof duffel bag
Hiking t-shirt

Price does not include:
International airfare
Visa fees and travel insurance
Any medical costs
Gratuities for staff
Meals in Kathmandu
Alcoholic beverages, laundry and showers

The Gorepani trek is a colorful short hike into the Annapurna region. The trail winds through patchwork valleys, dense mossy forests and icy waterfalls where you can stop to cool off. Around every corner is a tantalizing glimpse of the high mountains, whole horizons of which will be revealed as you reach the high points of the trek. This trek offers dramatic views of the Annapurna range.

Enjoy trekking in the spectacular mountain scenery through charming villages inhabited by the Gurung, dense rhododendron forests full of birds and deep sub-tropical valleys, all set below the Annapurna with the picturesque fluted peak of Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail Peak) dominating the skyline. At the climax of this trek you will climb Poon Hill at dawn to enjoy one of the most spectacular mountain escapes on Earth. As the sun touches the snow-capped summits of the Himalayan giants, Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Annapurna (8,091m) along with a maze of other peaks slowly begin to appear, like magic, before our eyes. This beautiful trek is very enjoyable to those of you who love nature and breathtaking landscapes.

If you want to see the most mountain views in the least amount of time, the trek up from Naya Pul to Ghorepani and over to Ghandruk should satisfy your desire for Himalayan vistas. From the sunrise above Ghorepani to the in-your-face view of Machhapuchhare and Annapurna South from Chomrong. This trek is one of the loveliest moderate hiking trails in the Himalayan foothills.

Day 1: Arrive in Katmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 2: Sightseeing in Katmandu
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara
Day 4: One hour drive to Nayapul by private car or van
Day 5: Trek to Ghorepani
Day 6: Hike to Poon Hill and back to Ghorepani
Day 7: Tadapani
Day 8: Trek to Ghandruk
Day 9: Trek to Potana
Day10: Trek to Naundanda Phedi and then drive back to Pokhara
Day 11: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 12: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 13: Depart from Kathmandu

Reserving a Trip
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Choosing Your Trip
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Reserving Your Place
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Upon receiving your deposit we will send you a confirmation letter, detailed trip itinerary, visa information (if required), travel insurance application, and a pre-departure information booklet with recommended equipment list, suggested reading list, and general information needed to prepare for your trip. Our experienced staff is happy to assist you in your preparation for your adventure with us.