Home to the world’s highest mountain, Nepal is a haven for trekkers. There are several things that you carry before going on a trek to the beautiful Himalayas.

Map

Always carry a detailed map of the area you are trekking. It gives you a brief idea about where you are headed. If you get lost somewhere around the pass it will help you safety navigate the way out of the loop.  It will also help you determine the shortcuts if required.

Flashlight/ Headlight

Flashlight/ headlight is very essential for trekkers. First of all it helps you see in the dark and works as a signal if you are lost or left out.

Extra Food

Trekking in the Himalayas is not very predictable. Bring extra food in case you are delayed by emergencies, foul weather, or just get lost. The mountaineers suggest a one-day supply. At the very least, bring one good meal more than what you need. The food should require little or no cooking.

Eye Protection

Healthy eyes are critical for safe backcountry travel. In addition to packing an adequate supply of high quality prescription contact lenses or eyeglasses (if required), proper consideration of sun protection for your eyes is of utmost importance. Your eyes can experience damage from the intensity of mountain skies, ultraviolet rays, and light reflecting off of snow. As elevation increases so does the intensity of ultraviolet rays. Adequate eye protection is a must.

First-Aid Kit

Carry first-aid supplies for minor injuries. In particular, carry plenty of adhesive Band-Aids and sterilized bandages, because they can’t be easily improvised in the woods.

Pocket knife

Knives are useful for first aid, food preparation, and cutting moleskin strips, cutting rope and making repairs.

Whistle

For emergencies: when you’re lost, someone else is lost, or you’re hurt and need help.

Fire Starter

Fire starters are useful for quickly starting a fire, especially in emergency situations. They are also useful for igniting wet wood.

Water/ Drinks

Carry plenty of fresh water. If you are familiar with the area in which you are traveling, and can be sure that water sources are available, carry enough water to get you there. If you aren’t bringing your water from home or a public source, treat the water you draw from the backcountry, regardless of the source.

Extra Clothing

In addition to the basic layers you would normally take on an outing, bring extra clothing, which would get you through an unplanned bivouac through the worst conditions you might come up against. Extra clothing means a little extra beyond what you would normally carry, just in case of emergencies.