Buy or Rent trekking equipment?

It is useful to have all your gear before you leave home, but if you are just going on for one trek (particularly teahouse style), you can find a good selection of new and used equipment available at shops in Kathmandu. Prices are often lower than anywhere. So you have choices whether to buy them at home or buy/rent in Nepal.

There are a lot of equipment shops in Kathmandu where you have plenty of choice with product quality and prices. Reputed brands such as Mountain Hard Wear, The North Face, Salewa have their genuine outlets if you want to buy real products - prices are comparable to the West.

So what to do? Buy or rent? Where? We have our suggestions here -

Buy (at home) -
  • Treking Shoes or Boots
  • Running shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sleeping Bag, all seasons (if you are going on mountaineering)
  • Most equipment required for full-scale mountaineering expeditions
Buy or Rent (in Nepal) -
  • Sleeping bag (regular)
  • Down jackets
  • Windbreakers
  • Backpacks
  • Duffle bags
  • Fleece Jackets
  • Trekking Poles
  • Camera Cases
  • Gaiters
  • Ponchos
  • Water Bottles

Note - If you are buying in Kathmandu, then unless you are getting these products from actual show-rooms of reputable brands, what usually you get are the locally produced trekking and climbing gears. These are reasonably well made and should last through a trek at least. However many of these products are copies of high-tech brand-name equipment bearing fake labels.



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