Packing for a trek can feel overwhelming. Especially if it’s in a country you’ve never been to before. I’ve done a lot of trekking in Nepal and have got my packing list down to the perfect weight while keeping everything I need in it. The Khopra Danda trek doesn’t go too high in altitude, but it does get cold at night. Packing the right amount of warm weather and cold weather clothes is the key to a successful trip.Here’s what I packed for the Khopra Danda trek.
Khopra Danda Trek – Backpack & Storage
Pro Tip: Take everything out one week in advance. Each day before the trek, go over what you packed and see if you really need it. If you pack at the last minute, you’ll likely add impulse items that are heavy and unnecessary.
I have the 40L Alchemist Bag from Eddie Bauer. It’s water resistant, has a tough outer shell that doesn’t rip easily, and is big enough to hold everything I need for a 4-12 day trek. I don’t recommend taking a bigger bag because typically when you have more room, you fill it up with unnecessary stuff.
Mudder Waterproof Bags
Even though my bag is water resistant, it will get wet in a downpour, so I always have waterproof bags to store electronics and important documents like my insurance papers and wallet. These came in handy on this trek since it was during monsoon season!
I’m a huge fan of packing cubes and can’t live without them. When trekking, you need to unpack and pack every day in a room without a dresser or table. Therefore, having everything in neat little cubes makes it easier. You just take out the cube you need rather than unpacking every single item in your bag.
Plastic water bottles have been banned from the Annapurna Region and for good reason. Please bring a reusable water bottle and a water purification method.
Plastic Bag for Laundry
I bring a simple grocery store plastic bag for laundry to keep it separate from my other clothes. I only put dirty underwear in it as the larger items like pants and shirts will be worn more than once. A plastic bag adds no weight and doesn’t take up any room.
Khopra Danda Trek – Clothing & Accessories
You will need a warmer layer at night and in the mornings when you are at the higher altitudes. Khopra Danda sits on a ridge and gets very windy. We were there during a rainstorm and it was freezing even in the summer. I’m obsessed with my Microtherm coat. It’s super warm, lightweight and packs down small.
Have a fleece jacket with you and keep it towards the top of your bag. Even in warm weather, when you trek, you get sweaty. And when you sweat, your clothes get wet which causes a chill. Have your fleece handy for tea breaks. You can also sleep in this at night if it’s cold. Plus, you can wear it around the teahouses in the evening.
Quick Dry Long Sleeve Shirt
I carried one long sleeve quick dry shirt with me as well. I used this when we were at a higher altitude. We didn’t get the chance to walk to Khayer Lake, but I would have worn this on the sunrise trek there as well.
Lightweight Trekking Pants (2)
I love the pants I have from Eddie Bauer because they are light and have UV protection, so you don’t get too hot wearing them. I like to have two pairs to rotate between on treks that are more than 4 days.
Thermal Base Layer
We went in September during the hot monsoon, but it was still cold in Khopra Danda. If you are going in the winter, I’d recommend a set of thermals to sleep in. You may even want to use them on the sunrise hike to Khayer Lake.
Buff / Scarf
Buffs are a great alternative to scarves because they take up very little room and keep you warm. You can also use it as a mask for protection from dust. I like this one because it is thin enough to breathe through and still keep you warm. I wouldn’t recommend a fleece one as they are too hard to breathe through and make you too hot.
Short Hiking Socks (2)
Socks tend to get wet during treks. Whether it rains, you walk through a river, or you sweat a lot, my socks rarely dry in time for the next morning. So having two keeps my feet dry.
Long Hiking Socks
I save these to sleep in so that I don’t have to wear dirty socks to bed at night. I also use these during sunrise hikes if it’s cold enough.
I am obsessed with my La Sportiva boots. As someone who hikes a lot, I invested in these as they will last years. They have great ankle support and good traction. Any hiking boots you get should be treated with Nikwax once a year to ensure they are waterproofed. These shoes have already been with me on several treks and they are holding up great!
A summer hat is a must. I recommend something made with quick dry material as it will get sweaty. You can also find hats with UV protection which is great.
You’ll want a warm winter hat for the higher altitudes and for the sunrise trek to Khayer Lake. I also sleep with mine on if it’s really cold at night.
Polarized sunglasses are a must for daily wear. Parts of this trek have no cover from trees. On a sunny day, you are completely exposed to the elements.
I like a long sleeve oversized cotton shirt and a pair of leggings, but whatever you are comfortable in will work. Long sleeves and long pants are nice because it gets cold at night and the rooms aren’t well insulated.
I hate doing laundry when I trek, so I pack a pair for each day. Doing laundry isn’t so difficult, but if they don’t dry by the time you leave in the morning, you have to hang them on the outside of your bag which isn’t ideal.
I have one bra to wear during the day, and one to change into once we arrive so that I’m not wearing a sweaty one as it gets cold at night.
I have a pair of very lightweight flip flops. These aren’t necessary; however they make life a lot easier. When you get to a teahouse, it feels so good to kick off your hiking boots. Also, it’s much easier to pee at night because you don’t have to lace up your boots. You can also wear them in the shower.
Khopra Danda Trek – Toiletries
Pro Tip: Think about the weight of every item when you choose it. On my first trek I packed a full sized toothpaste, a heavy hairbrush, and so many excessive items. Find the lightest and smallest version of everything.
This route has some decent showers, but I always carry wet wipes just in case I can’t take a shower. I recommend decomposable ones to lessen your footprint.
Quick Dry Towel
A small microfiber towel is a must if you plan to shower on the way. These dry incredibly fast and pack into a small space.
I like Badger Bug Balm which is a natural bug repellent. It’s a solid stick, so it won’t spill in your bag and it works really well!
Some of this trek takes place on a path with no coverage from trees. It was so hot our first day of the trek and the sun was strong. Make sure to have an SPF 50 that is sweat resistant.
Bring a small travel sized tube of toothpaste, a travel sized toothbrush and floss.
There isn’t always soap available by bathrooms, so be sure to have hand sanitizer.
Pack a small travel sized deodorant.
Roll of Toilet Paper
You will not be provided with toilet paper so bring your own. One roll per person is enough for this trek. You can buy toilet paper in the mountains but it’s more expensive.
It’s hard to find pads in the mountain and impossible to find tampons in Nepal, so bring what you need with you.
Bring hair ties and a lightweight travel hairbrush (or comb). Don’t make the mistake of packing a heavy brush.
Bring a small travel sized bottle of shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel. If you bring soap, make sure to have a plastic zip lock bag to store it in after using it.
Khopra Danda Trek – Medication & First Aid
Traveler’s diarrhea is a major problem in Nepal. We always carry several tablets with us and even if you don’t need it, someone in your group likely will.
Activated charcoal is great for treating food poisoning. I always bring about 10 tablets with me. Talk to a doctor before you take this as it is strong enough to cancel out some prescription medications.
Dehydration is common at altitude, so be sure to have some electrolytes. I like Nuun the best because they taste good. You can buy electrolytes in Nepal, but the taste is kind of gross.
Ankle / Knee Support
I have a bad knee and ankle so I used a brace for the downhill sections. This makes my life exponentially easier and helps manage the pain.
Basic First Aid
Have an array of items including band aids, Neosporin, antibacterial creams, etc. Suraj slipped on a wet rock during this trek and got a pretty big gash in his knee. Luckily, I had gauze, antibacterial powder, a large band-aid, and some medical tape to fix him up.
Water Purification Tablets
Water in Nepal is not potable. This means you cannot drink it. Plastic water bottles have been banned from the Annapurna Conservation Area due to the high amount of waste from single use plastic. Therefore, you need a water purification system. Water tabs take up the least amount of room and are the most affordable.
I bring a good multivitamin with me on all treks to avoid getting a cold.
I always bring an antibiotic for food poisoning just in case. Talk to your doctor about when to use it.
There are very few pharmacies in the mountains, so be sure to have all prescription drugs with you when you head out.
The common cold can hit you anywhere. Have a few days’ worth of cold medicine with you. On every single trek I’ve been on, I’ve given at least one person cold medicine.
I don’t use pain killers, but I always have these in case of an emergency. This is another item that I’ve given to someone else on every single trek I’ve done.
Khopra Danda Trek – Electronics
Camera & Charger
I bring a professional camera with me for work, however, it’s heavy to carry. If you aren’t really into photography, I’d recommend just using your phone camera.
Phone & Charger
This probably goes without saying. You likely won’t have service, but can you really go anywhere without your phone these days?
You’ll need a local SIM card to make your phone work in Nepal. You can read my post on SIM cards to see which one you will want. SIM Cards in Nepal
Maps.me is a free phone app that has all the trekking trails on it. This is great as a backup if you get lost. Make sure to download it before starting the trek as you need a good wifi signal to download the map. Note, some of the path for this trek does not appear on maps.me which is why I recommend having a guide or porter with you.
Headlamps are important especially at nighttime. Many of the hotels in the area have electricity and indoor bathrooms, but electricity isn’t always guaranteed. When we were in Khopra Danda, there was a rainstorm and no sun for a few days. The solar power ran out and we spent 24 hours without any electricity.
Kindle / Book
I take a Kindle Paperwhite with me on every trek. I like that it’s lightweight, holds a charge that lasts me days (if not weeks), and it has a backlit screen which is perfect for reading if there’s a power outage or poor lighting. There is a lot of downtime at the teahouses, so you’ll want some form of entertainment.
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Khopra Danda Trek – Snacks
You can buy everything you need on this route, but chocolate is sometimes expensive. I recommend bringing some with you in case you need a little sugar to get moving.
There are plenty of places to stop for snacks, but for some reason, it’s impossible to find protein bars or trail mix on the way. These are great for eating at tea breaks in between meals.
Other Items Needed for Khopra Danda
I needed trekking poles for this route. The downhills are pretty steep and they go by a river which makes them moist and covered in moss. It was slippery and trekking poles kept me from tripping multiple times.
Map of the Area
I always keep a map of the area. It’s fun to take it out each night and go over tomorrow’s route, see the altitude gains, and plan lunch breaks. You can buy one in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Make sure to bring money in small denominations (1,000, 500, 100, and 50) to make it easier for teahouse owners. If you carry only 1,000 rupee notes, it will be difficult to get change when you pay your bill.
Read my blog on how much the Khopra Danda Trek Costs to see how much you will need to bring with you.
An ACAP permit is required for this trek. You can get it in Kathmandu or Pokhara at the Nepal Tourism Board Office.
Copy of Passport/Visa
Always have a copy of your passport and visa with you in case of an emergency.
Have a copy of your trekking insurance with you. I always recommend insurance because you never know when something will go wrong. Some of this route has no road access and rescues are done by helicopter which is very expensive. I use World Nomad, have filed claims with them multiple times and have always been compensated fairly for my claims. They’ve reimbursed me for a canceled flight, paid for a 2 night stay in a hospital, and paid for me to get back home to see my dad when he was sick. I highly recommend them.
Are you headed out on the Khopra Danda Trek? Let me know if you have any questions in the comments.
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