What to wear in Nepal, up to a larger extent, depends upon the season. Summer in Nepal lasts from June to August. Summer is hot and dry in almost every region of the country other than the ones at high altitudes. The mid central region and the northern region sees warm and pleasant summers.
All kinds of summer outfit can be worn in summer. For female, you can put on dresses, frocks, shorts and sleeveless tops if the climate permits.
What to wear in Nepal also is influenced by the culture. It is considered to be disrespectful to expose skin in religious and cultural sites. Hence, dress decent when you are visiting such places. Avoid exposing legs and arms. It is also not acceptable for women to go bra-less in public areas.
Spring and autumns are pleasant and warm. The northern region, however,begins to get colder. Generally, the days are hot and the mornings and the evenings are chill. A thin sweater or jacket will be more than enough to shield you from the cold.
Winter in Nepal is harsh mostly in every part of the country. You will need to dress really well to shield yourself from the cold.
Winter clothes in Nepal
You will need warm clothes to wear in winters. A body warmer inside is a must. You can layer it with a shirt and a coat or a jacket or just a down jacket. You will need body warmer pants too especially during winter rains or when the rays of the sun is shielded with heavy clouds.
Use a cap to protect your head from harsh winds. You will get plenty of land woven gloves and socks to keep your hands and feet warm in a local clothing stalls.
Afternoons that sees sunshine are mostly warm but the air itself is cold and you will still need to have warm clothes on.
What to wear while trekking in Nepal?
What to wear in Nepal while trekking is not really influenced by the season. It is the same list of clothes you will have to pack disregard of the season you are trekking in. However in winter, you might need warmer clothes and cut down on cotton pants and shorts worn in lower altitudes in summer.
The weather in higher altitudes is highly unpredictable. It is always advisable to dress in layers while trekking. Wear layers of clothes so that you can takes off a layer if the weather gets warmer and add a layer if it gets colder.
Take extra care of your feet and hands. Blistered feet and swollen hands can make the journey highly unconformable for you. The list of clothes you will require are-
a. Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes
- Shade hat or baseball cap to protect yourself from the sun
- Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
- Balaclava – lightweight
- Ear-muffs (optional).
- A neck warmer (optional).
- liner gloves- 1
- Warm gloves-1
- Shell gloves or mitts-1- water proof
b. Core Body
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops-2
- Fleece jacket-1
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)-1
- Waterproof shell jacket-1
- Down Jacket- 1
- For women, synthetic sports bra, no cotton!
c. Lower Body – Legs
- Hiking shorts-1
- Synthetic Boxers for men- carry a few
- Shell pants-1
- Trekking pants, preferably with a zip on the knee (convertible pants)- 2
- Hard Shell pants-Waterproof / breathable- 1
- Cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis)- 1 (this is for lower altitude)
- Best Hiking Socks to prevent blisters
- Synthetic liner socks- 4 pairs
- Heavy weight socks- 3 pairs
- Light weight socks-1 pair
- Hiking gaiters – these will help you keep your legs very warm.
There are no restrictions as such on what to wear in Nepal. You can wear what you want and what the weather permits you. Just be cautious while dressing for a religious and cultural site.