Trekking in Nepal is one of the most common and favorite reasons for tourists all over the world to make their long journey to the Himalayan kingdom. Adored all over the world for its diverse natural beauty, hundreds of temples and palaces of great historic designs and architecture and one of the friendliest people with welcoming and hospitality, every trip to Nepal is one filled with traditional and adventurous experiences. While there are a number of things to arrange before going on a trekking trip like cost, accommodation to health issues, dressing properly is also a very important factor, even though most people don’t pay much attention to it.
Dressing properly is important to adjust to the changing altitudes and seasons as well as to protect from various other harms like worms, injuries and sickness. Nepal is a traditional country, dressing properly helps to adjust to the local people and their customs and adds more to the experience of the trip. Here are some useful dressing tips for trekking in Nepal to ensure you have the time of your life while trekking in Nepal.
Most of the tourists arrive during the trekking seasons with clear blue skies and moderate temperatures, but as the terrain varies, the weather can change dramatically. While the days are warmer, the mornings and nights can be very chilly with chances of sudden downpours during the late afternoons. So, instead of wearing too little or too much, layering could be the best solution as you could add or get rid of clothes according to your need. So, it is highly advisable to wear light sweaters or light jackets that would cover any kind of weather.
Though the Nepalese people are starting to have very modern lifestyles, most of the local elders still have traditional values. Nepalese tradition respects its elders very much and believes in covering up fully in public places. While you can dress as you want in and around your hotel, you should keep in mind to be covered up well if you want the local people to respect and interact with you properly. Though no one will create any problem, you might offend some with nudity or inappropriate dress up as they are not just avoided but considered a taboo. Pay special care while visiting cultural heritages, temples and events with traditional customs. Wearing traditional attire like the saris and kurthas for women and Daura Suruwal for men will allow you to experience the Nepali culture completely and also create a warm space in the local people’s heart as you become a part of the culture.
No matter which route you tread on, treks in Nepal involve extensive walking and hiking and some may even include tiring climbs. In such cases, you need clothes that allow you to walk easily while covering you up from sunlight, pollution and absorbing the sweat. Such clothes prevent discomfort and lagging during walks so you don’t miss out the beauty and fun of the trip. There are zip-off pants that will allow you to have a long and short pant at the space/weight and price of one. Usually cotton and nylon clothing are preferred as they dry quickly and are comfortable.
The weather of various regions is quite unpredictable and rain can occur suddenly without any indication. So, it is always a good idea to carry rain gear- umbrellas, long raincoats and proper water-proof boots so that you can trek even if there is heavy downpour to reach your destination in a dry, comfortable manner. Also carry jackets to layer up so you avoid catching cold and proper shoes to avoid worms.
While the temperatures during the day are quite bearable, nothing is really enough to protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun. One can use goggles to protect the eyes while caps can cover up your face. Wearing scarves can help protect your neck areas. Layering is also helpful to avoid the heat and other effects of the sun. Sunscreens are also highly recommended.
6. Extra Tips
- If you are planning to cover areas in higher altitude, it is always better to carry warm clothing along with thick socks, shoes and gloves to protect from frost bites.
- You are only allowed to carry a certain weight while travelling, it is more important while you are trekking as heavy weight slows you down and prevents enjoying the trip properly. So, pack lighter clothes and only take stuff that you absolutely need and are going to use often.
- Clothes in Kathmandu and Pokhara are cheaper with moderate quality. So, it is better to buy here than carry on international flights.
In conclusion, the most essential clothing items are light weight pants, tops, water-proof, wind-proof jackets, clothes to layer with and modest dresses while visiting rural areas or historic, cultural and religious sites with traditional values. With the tips in mind, we hope you have a thrilling time, experiencing the various gems Nepal has to offer!