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Places to buy high-quality trekking gear in Nepal

Many travellers arrive in Nepal with their bags full to the brim, already carrying everything they think they will need for their trekking or mountaineering excursion. And while it definitely is a good idea to bring your already well-worn-in trekking boots with you, or any special items that you can’t travel without, it’s certainly not necessary to buy everything before you arrive.

In Kathmandu and Pokhara you won’t be restricted to low-quality knock-off branded gear (although that is available if that’s what you want—just be warned that these items may not last the trek). These cities have high-quality outdoor adventure gear shops from international and Nepali retailers alike, which cater their offerings to Nepali’s conditions. Most sell similar, good-quality gear, although each brand has a slightly different focus and aesthetic, so by shopping around you should get exactly what you want.

Here are the best places to shop for trekking gear in Kathmandu. Most are located on Tridevi Sadak, the main road leading into Thamel, or the more upmarket Durbar Marg area.

  • Red Fox 

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Location: Narayanhiti Path, Lal Durbar Marg

This Russian outdoor equipment brand has a relatively new store in Kathmandu. Red Fox leans slightly towards mountaineering rather than simple trekking, so it’s the ideal place to buy extreme weather jackets and overalls, as well as specialist equipment including tents and sleeping bags. A nice touch is that many of Red Fox’s products are named after places in Nepal.

  • Sherpa

Location: Narayanhiti Path, Lal Durbar Marg

This Sherpa-owned and Sherpa-run brand was founded in 2003, and makes 85% of its products in Nepal. Their aim is to increase that to 100%, as a way of contributing to the local economy and development. Sherpa sells everything from alpine climbing equipment to hand-knitted accessories.

  • North Face

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Location: Tridevi Sadak, Thamel

The popular brand offers a similar range of products in Nepal as elsewhere in the world, spanning the spectrum from comfy yoga pants to tents. The focus of the brand’s Nepal store is on outdoor clothing and trekking gear, rather than more specialist equipment.

  • Black Yak

Location: Tridevi Sadak, Thamel

This South Korean brand is unique in being a (non-Nepali) Asian adventure gear brand available in Kathmandu, and for that reason is popular with many international tourists from other Asian countries. Its distinctive Himalayan yak logo was inspired by the owners’ trips to Nepal, and the brand stands out from many others for having very vibrantly coloured clothes.

Other international and Nepali brands with branches in Kathmandu that sell similar gear include: Mountain Hardwear, Sonam, Everest Hard Wear, Mammut and Salewa.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Gary Wilson
    July 25, 2017 at 7:32 pm — Reply

    Thanks for posting. I would be going on a trek in Nepal next month so this is going to be really useful to me.

    • Elen Turner
      August 21, 2017 at 3:49 pm — Reply

      Glad to be of help! I hope you have a good time.

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