Every time I receive a new email, one of the frequently asked questions from my client is, Can we rent a hiking gear in Kathmandu Nepal? The answer is YES! You may not have full equipment yourself that is appropriate for high altitude treks in Nepal. Or even if you own hiking gears, it might be hard/ expensive to carry, especially if you are traveling to multiple countries in Asia, including Nepal. Since my customer repeatedly asks me the same questions, I want to throw a complete guide about renting and buying hiking gear in
Kathmandu.
Trekking gears

Where can I rent or buy hiking gear in Kathmandu, Nepal?

Thamel street in Kathmandu is a core backpacker’s destination in Nepal.  This is where you start your hiking journey and where your hotel would likely be located!   It has virtually everything a traveler would be looking for. From a one-star (or standard!) guesthouses to luxurious 5-star hotels, groceries, hiking and trekking gear, local food stalls and restaurants, laundry facilities, local markets, hair salon, spa center, and many more!

The hiking gear rental cost in Kathmandu

You can get gears that are OK for the duration you intend to undertake, as is appropriate if you are on a budget journey. These are the list below you can save money and space in your bag if you consider renting hiking gear while packing for Nepal trip.

   Gear    Size & Temperature    Cost per day
Sleeping bag 10’C to -15’C USD 1 per day
Down Jacket 5’C to -10’C USD 1 per day
Hiking boots Any size USD 1 per day

(Depending on the quality and size the cost might vary +/- $ 0.5C  (NPR 50)

Buying hiking gear in Kathmandu

Mostly Nepal or China made knockoff brands of Northface, Mountain Hardware, Marmot, etc. are available to buy.  The quality you get is almost like the original, you cannot tell the difference, and they are good enough to last at least five different long treks unless you are a bit on the extreme. The prices are fair. You will also be able to find original Mountain Hardware, Northface, Marmot stores in Kathmandu, and they may be more expensive than in your own country due to import and other taxes.

Cost of Trekking Gear in Kathmandu

   Gear    Size    Cost Items
Backpack 55l to 65l USD 45-65 per bag
Daypack 25l-35l USD 25-35 per bag
Hiking shorts Any size USD 20-25 per piece
Hiking pants Any size USD 25 – 30 per pice
Hiking shirts Any size USD 15 – 20 per pice
Thermal set Any size USD 10-15 per pair
Warm fleece upper wear and bottom Any size USD 20-25 per pear
Warm hat Any size USD 3-5 per piece
Trekking pole Any size USD 5 – 10 per pair
Windproof gloves – USD 5-7 per pair Any size USD 5 – 10 per pair
Wollen hiking shocks Any size USD 2-4 per pair
Scarf Any size USD 2 – 5 per pice
SunGlasses Any size USD 5 – 10 per pice
Headlight Any size USD 15 – 20
Water Bottle Any size USD 3 – 7 per bottle

Note: The retail prices are in the local currency, but this is to give you some idea in equivalent USD. On average USD 1 = NPR 100. Please open the link here for the day to day conversation rate of NPR with the different major currency which is accepted in Nepal. Some shops may accept major currency (USD, CAD, AUD, GBP, and Euro), but the exchange rate might be slightly lower than what you could get in a bank or money exchange counters.

How to find hiking rental shop in Kathmandu

You must be around Thamel streets, or if you live outside, you should consider traveling to Thamel (a small touristic town in Kathmandu). It is relatively easy to find a store to buy but not easy to find a rental store. A rental warehouse is generally not on the main street. They are behind the wall, hidden beneath the main road.  The best way to find them is to ask your guide or the agency you belong to. No deposit or advance payment is required for renting.  For independent trekkers, you can ask your hotel for the locations.

Should I bargain when buying or renting gear in Kathmandu?

The answer to these questions is a bit tricky, and sometime it might turn out otherwise if you do not know the market prices. It will be helpful if you could first visit a couple of trekking shops and inquire about the costs. Another best approach would be to let the shopkeeper know that you have already been to a couple of other places for the same gears. That means it’s a business and they are willing to go as low as they can consequently you will have a higher chance of getting the best deal. However, the prices for rental gears are mostly fixed and fair. There is no space for haggling as the cost depends on the quality, and differences are minimal.

Down Jacket Price in Kathmandu

As mentation already, you can’t hike high altitude without a proper hiking jacket. But in fact, I am trying to pull out the information on, How much does it “cost to buy Down Jacket in Kathmandu Nepal”?  Depending on the quality and the material, you can buy Down Jacket between USD 30-80, which is good enough for multiple hikes.

Tips for Buying Knock off Down Jacket in Kathmandu Nepal

When buying a cheap knock off the brand, you should make sure If the down quality is smooth enough. The best way to measure down quality is you should feel with your thumb and index finger If they almost meet each other. While without is should still look puffy and bubbly. The next thing you want to check is the quality of the outside layer. To do so, blow air using your moth and see if the external layer blocks the wind. If it’s made with good quality material, it should prevent the air, or If the quality is not right, you may want to look for the next piece. It is annoying If the down Jackets feather starts escaping from inside out. Eventually, it will stick all-around your inside layer, and you almost look like a chicken.  It mostly happens if you buy a jacket which has the poor down quality and thin insulation. You want to make sure the padding inside the jacket is formed in the highest quality layer.

 Conclusion

I remember, when I was in China, we stopped by one store to check the price,   I was scolded and miss behaved by the shop owner because she thought I wasted her time not buying anything from her. But remember, Nepal is not like that at all.  They might tempt you to buy their stuff as this happens anywhere in the world, but no one will misbehave for just checking their prices. Wherever you go or even if you do not buy a thing from them, they will still send you home with a big smile.

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Rajendra Khanal (Raj)

Born and raised in Gorkha, Nepal, I am proud to call the Manaslu region my home! I have been in the travel business for over a decade from being assistance guide, leader, to being a manager. And finally today I am the founder of NEST Adventure. So you could say I know my way well enough in the Himalayas, especially in some of the off-the-beaten-trails in Nepal like Manaslu, Kanchenjunga and Mustang!

I am passionate about travelling and I strongly believe that seeing the world shouldn't break the bank (at least not too much!). I have backpacked to over 15 countries in Asia, Central America, USA, Canada, one-third of Europe, the Caribbean Islands, and Latin America.

I studied in the UK and moved to the United States. During that period, I had the opportunity of working with multinational companies which taught me how to deliver quality customer service in the business. As a world travelling backpacker myself, and travel expert for the Nepalese Himalayas, I started writing about my own country. Which I would love to share with you. In case you required free information about Nepal or join a group with our existing departure, (particularly If you are a solo hiker for the restricted area) please do not hesitate to visit my office in Thamel. We are located in the centre of Kathmandu called Thamel. I am happy to share a cup of Nepali tea and free information.

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