Makalu Region Packing List

Makalu Region Trekking Checklist: Don’t Forget These Essentials

As you know Makalu region trek is carried out in the high altitude area so the packing list will likely be similar to the other higher-elevation treks. You will likely continue this journey for a few weeks, which will finally head up to the Makalu Base Camp at 5250 meters. As you might know, crossing the paths in this trek is hard since you must cross several high-altitude passes along the way with the unpredictable weather of the region.

Keeping the difficulty of the trek in the mind, you must have figured out that the packing must be done in a very careful way and unnecessary items must be avoided. Your comfort and confidence in safety will be assured if you choose the appropriate clothes and items. It brings the best out of you while you enjoy yourself. So finally, we have put up this Makalu region Trekking checklist so that it would be easy for you to prepare for this trip. You can check below for a detailed list of what to pack for a comfortable trek in the Makalu region.


The clothes worn while trekking in the Himalayas are one of the important factors that affect the trekking journey. The journey to the Makalu region is also no different than any other trek. You have to bring clothing based on the layers while coming to this region.

The journey typically starts from Num village(1490) and will end at the Makalu base camp(5250m). Therefore, you are going to experience a lot of changes in your surroundings. So, if you can change your clothing following the environment, we are confident that you will enjoy your adventure the most.

While selecting the clothing make sure you avoid jeans and cotton materials. These materials easily absorb moisture and irritate your skin. Further, we recommend you wear a beanie or cap over your head and ears when strolling outside in the cold or the sun. Covering most parts of your skin with long sleeve shirts and trousers is also important in this trek since it will prevent you from Uv burns and insect bites. With this little piece of information, we’ll now continue with the list of items. Here is a list of the clothing items you must take for this Makalu region trek:


  • Sun Cap
  • Head Buff
  • Neck Gaiter
  • Headtorch
  • Sun Glasses (UV Protection)

Upper Bodywear

  • Thermal Base layer (long sleeve)
  • Trekking T-shirt (x2)
  • Fleece jacket
  • 1 Heavy down jacket
  • Windproof/waterproof Gore-tex jacket
  • Sports bra for females


  • Liner gloves
  • Windstopper gloves

Lower Bodywear

  • Thermal Base layer (bottom)
  • Fleece pant
  • Waterproof pants
  • 1 warm Trekking pant
  • Quick drying underwears(x3)
  • Shorts (x1)
  • 1 thermal underwear


  • 1 pair of trekking boots
  • 3 Thin Lightweight socks
  • 3 Thick warm Hiking socks
  • Sports shoes
  • Slipper

Sleeping Accessories

  • Compact sleeping bag
  • Sleeping Bag liner

Important Documents

Trekking in this region requires specific permits. So some documents are required to obtain the permits. Further on this trek, you also need to bring some cash. We should inform you that cash should be exchanged in Kathmandu because you won’t find any ATMs or banks in this region. Also, we request you bring insurance proof with you if any kind of situation arises and evacuation needs to be done.

  • Insurance documents
  • Trekking permits
  • Cash
  • Passport
  • Flight tickets
  • Passport size Photos


  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Toilet tissue
  • Soap & Shampoo
  • Hand- Sanitizer
  • Sunscreen
  • Quick Drying Towel
  • Lipbalm
  • Wet-tissue

First Aid & Medicines

You must be aware that the Makalu region is a completely remote area. So it will be very hard for you to get even the basic kinds of medicines at this place. Therefore, we recommend you include basic medicines on this Makalu region trekking checklist to solve any kind of minor health issues.

  • Anti-headache Tablets
  • Anti-diarrhoea Tablets
  • Paracetamol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Electrolyte powder
  • Insect repellent
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills
  • Water purification tablets

Essential Items

  • Trekking Poles
  • Water Bottles
  • Backpack(50l)
  • Plastic bags

Miscellaneous Items

  • Power bank
  • camera
  • Binoculars
  • Swiss knife
  • Snacks
  • Ziplocs

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