GOING ON RETREAT IN NEPAL needs preparation and planning, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT INVOLVES AN ELEMENT OF TREKKING! the trekking aspect of our retreat may seem physically demanding for some people, however it is only for a couple of days so you don’t need to go to extreme lengths to physically prepare! Below, we offer you some important information about what you can do to get fit to trek, and a brief guide outlining what to pack.
Trekking in Nepal involves walking for consecutive days, up to 20 km each day, carrying a small day pack of 5-10kg. In our Yoga & Trekking Retreat, you will only be trekking for up to 2 days at a time. Your main luggage will be carried by the porters. You will be walking at altitude in the mountains, but it’s not necessary to replicate these circumstances in order to prepare. If you live at sea level, you can still prepare for your retreat!
Your fitness goal is to be able to walk up to 5 km in 90 min, while carrying your light daypack. If you already have your own trekking boots, try to wear those each time you train, in order to get used to wearing them for extended periods, and to break them in ready for the time you are trekking in Nepal.
The easiest way to prepare is to simply start walking at a good pace and build up to 5 km in 90 mins. As you increase your fitness levels, we encourage you to seek out local trails wherever available, and also incorporate some hills. If you don’t have any local trails or hills nearby, head to the gym and use the treadmill - set it so you can walk at an incline.
Fitness regularity: Aim to increase your fitness using the above methods, at least 2-3 times per week.
Trekking pace: Don’t stress about becoming a marathon trekker in advance! It’s important to note that we will be setting a relatively easy, gentle pace while trekking and you will quickly become trail fit just through walking every day. You’ll be amazed how quickly the body adapts.
What to Pack
We will send you a comprehensive packing list after you book your retreat with us. In the meantime, the following guide will give you an idea of just what you need to pack for retreat trekking in Nepal. Please also note that you can buy most of your gear in Nepal at a much cheaper price than you would back home. On the downside of that, the quality is often much lower. But if you aren’t planning on trekking again, your gear will last you at least one trip. You are also welcome to leave any unwanted gear with us when you return home; we would then donate it to people in our village, who would definitely appreciate it!
Important note regarding boots: We do not recommend buying your trekking boots in Nepal. It is best to purchase these in your home country a few months prior to the retreat date, so that you can break them in before you depart. Please see our Health page for more information.
AVAILABLE TO RENT IN KATHMANDU
Reusable water bottle (preferably aluminium)
Water purification tablets
Alternative water purification method
Sunscreen & chapstick
Personal entertainment (reading, writing, playing cards, music etc)
CLOTHING (available to purchase in Kathmandu)
Thermal base layers (pants and shirts)
Base layers (e.g. singlets)
Mid layers (long & short sleeve)
Outer layers (e.g. fleece jacket, merino jacket)
Waterproof/windproof rain gear
FIRST AID & MEDICAL
Personal first aid kit (including blister kit)
Paracetamol or Ibuprofen
Diamox (please check with your doctor or travel clinic before taking)
Other medications as required
FOOTWEAR (bring from home)
Trekking boots (buy these in advance)
Wool socks and sock liners
Thongs or sandals (for around camp at end of day)
Spare boot laces
Pack liner or pack cover to waterproof in wet weather
Sleeping bag liner (for added thermal insulation, and especially important if renting in Nepal)
Luggage bag (for your flight, we will provide you with a duffel bag for the trek)
ADDITIONAL TREKKING GEAR