Written By: Laura Shaw and Regina Rudder
Most Trek to Teach teachers spend at least 10 weeks in a rural village in the Annapurna region, where they have the opportunity to explore all that Nepal’s Kaski district has to offer. Packing for a big trek is often daunting enough; however, packing for multiple treks and living in a mountain village is a whole other feat within itself. The packing list will undoubtedly be lengthy, but sorting out what to buy at home and pack in your luggage versus the gear you could buy in Nepal to avoid baggage fees is something a lot of people wish they had known prior to arriving. Rest assured that teachers will have time in Kathmandu and Pokhara to acquire any last minute gear or supplies they may need or want in the village before leaving on the Poon Hill Trek. Teachers will have to decide what gear to carry with them for the 4-5 day trek, what belongings to send to their village by jeep, and, ultimately, what to leave behind. Based on the experiences of former TTT teachers’ packing struggles and regrets, here are our suggestions!
WHAT TO BRING - Aside from the obvious items (you know, clothes, hiking boots, etc.), these are the items you’re going to want to bring from home.
Aside from gear, consider bringing photos and small mementos to share with your students and host families. These are nice to have for conversation starters and for your own purposes, especially if you will be spending months in Nepal.
WHAT TO BUY - the items that are easier to fly without or are just cheaper in Nepal
WHAT TO LEAVE AT HOME - the items you think you’re going to need, but should just leave at home.