Finding the answer to this question on How much should your backpack weigh for Trekking in Nepal is the most frequently asked questions by travelers.

Today, in this post we will try to pinpoint the factors associated with backpack weight. With that saying, sometimes it’s hard to estimate the exact weight for all trekkers. Instead, we will recommend the scientific way to measure the backpack.

What should be your general loaded backpack weigh?

  • Trekking backpack should not weigh more than 20 percent of your body weight. For example; if your body weight is 160 pounds (72kg) then the backpack should not weigh over 32 pounds (14kg).
  • For Hiking backpack, weigh should not be more than 10 percent of your body weight. For example; if your body weight is 100 pounds (45kg) then the backpack should not weigh over 10 pounds (4.5kg).

The above guidelines will no doubt help to make the backpack light. Nevertheless, this doesn’t work in all situations. For that, we need to find out the factors which play an important role in the backpack weight.

Factors for Backpack Weight Limit

Following are the factors associated in determining the weight limit of your backpack:

Trip Days

In Nepal, the multiday outdoor adventure durations start from a minimum of 7 days to a maximum of 30 days. What we are trying to explain is the longer the trip is, the more essentials item such as food and water need to carry, which definitely adds weight to the backpack.

We can follow the general guidelines that we described above that the loaded backpack weight should not exceed more than 20% of the body weight. But, you need to be extra careful on gears and clothing.

Weather / Season

Nepal has mainly four seasons. Especially in the winter season (December to February month), you need to carry thicker and heavier clothes and gear than trekking in another season (Spring, Monsoon, and Autumn).

Let’s say you will feel cold in the higher altitude of Everest Base Camp Trekking and passing the Himalayas of Manalsu Circuit Trek in the winter season. Whereas, in the summer season, weather is not frizzy in most of the base camp of Mountain located in Nepal. Due to this reason, weather or season plays a great role in calculating the backpack weight.

Read More: When is the Best Time to Visit Nepal?

Personal Choice

Lastly, you are the only person to determine your backpack weight no matter what we say. Comfort and luxury value your personal choice to pack the backpack light. That means the guidelines that we describe only the method to make your backpack light and enjoy the Himalayas comfortably.

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