Himalayan River Fun

What To Bring?

Items for River :

  • River sandals
  • Shorts or a swimming costumes
  • A miniskirt style swimming wear for women
  • A baseball style cap, good sunglass and quality sunscreen

Shells & insulators :
Windproof & water proof outerwear, jacket & pants (gortex or nylon)
Fleece jacket/sweater (wool or synthetic only for the winter season)

Clothes:
Loose fitting hiking pants (For men or women)
Long Skirts for women (Below the knees). Long underwear, tight pants can be worn under skirts if desired. The Nepali “Lungi” is a thin colorful ankle-long wrap-around skirt that is lightweight and readily available in Kathmandu for about US$4 each. One cultural note, Nepali women bath at public tap stands in a specially altered Lungi that has a drawstring above the chest. Shorts for women are not culturally appropriate outside of Kathmandu. Also, most Nepali or western men do not wear shorts either but it is acceptable.
Long sleeve t-shirt / turtlenecks (synthetic)
Short sleeve t-shirts
Several pairs of thick socks (wool or synthetic), with thin liners (synthetic)
Light weight long underwear, top & bottom (polypropylene or “capilene”)
Wide brim hat (straw type beach hat or synthetic outdoors). To sunburn protection on face, ears, & neck , Underwear, etc

Footwear:
1-pair well broken in hiking shoes or boots.
1-pair new – condition lightweight walking / running shoes, with textured soles.

Other Items:

  • Quality sleeping bag & sleeping pad. For those who don’t have they can rent it easily in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
  • ight weight clothing as pants, shorts, cotton underwear, t-shirts, swim wear
  • Light weight long sleeved shirt or t-shirt and a fleece style jacket
  • Toiletries (environmentally friendly is best)
  • Flashlight with spare batteries & bulbs
  • A couple handkerchiefs
  • Pocket knife
  • Stuff sacks
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Hand towel
  • Feminine hygiene items, including plastic bags to pack out dirty items.
  • Lighter / matches (for toilet paper and candles)
  • Spare eyeglass or contact lenses (Due to the ease of getting eye infections, care should be taken in using contacts. Disposable contacts lenses replaced frequently can lessen the risk of eye inflections.
  • Hard shell water bottle; one 2-liter or two 1-liter bottles (“Nalgene” or Manmade Metal) that will not melt while adding hot boiled water.
  • Emergency contact information ; Personal medical kit.

Optional item’s to consider bringing

  • Sport sandals or flip flops for camp and bathing (“Teva”)
  • Camera equipment
  • Picture book of family, house, job (Small size such as 3x5 or 4x6)
  • Binoculars, altimeter, compass, thermometer
  • Fishing equipment
  • Watch with alarm
  • Ear plugs (good for bus rides / plane rides / sleeping)
  • Journal / notebook
  • Swim suit
  • Reading book
  • Favorite snacks / sports snacks
  • Tape recorder
  • Walkman & Nepali songs tapes or western songs tapes
  • Shaving equipment
  • Nepali language books / tapes
  • Cards & games
  • Fanny pack
  • Trekking poles if you are going for trekking
  • Zip lock bags (Assorted sizes)
  • Folding umbrella (Ideal for hot climate trekking - rain or not) Part of
  • Nepali culture in certain areas.
  • Sewing Kit
  • Personal first aid kit