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For YHAI Himalayan Trekkers :Things To Bring

Guide to things to bring for a trek


TOP 25 things to bring on a Himalayan trek

(Any Winter/Summer Himalayan YHAI TREK) 



So you have googled your trek  for photos,videos and blogs + all other possible information 🙂 The excitement is mounting and …


So you have googled your trek  for photos,videos and blogs + all other possible information 🙂 The excitement is mounting and …

Finally the date of travel comes.Before you know it ,you already are packing for your adventure! Here are a few suggestions for you.

Packing for a Yhai trek

How to pack for a trek


These are my personal suggestions based on serving as a YHAI campleader in  Himalayan treks and my experience as a certified Mountaineer, Skiier & Kayaker.

First ,what will YHAI provide you?

At Base camp you will be provided a

1. Hygiene sheet : Issued only at basecamp.Comes fresh from laundry,for only you.Use throughout the trek,carry it from camp to camp.Deposit back to basecamp after trek.Some choose to buy and bring their own.
2.Blanket : Issued at every camp ,for you to use and deposit back ,when leaving that camp.
3.Sleeping Bag : Issued at every camp ,for you to use and deposit back ,when leaving that camp.
4. Rucksack : Issued only at basecamp.You could use your own rucksack instead of YHAI’s. If you are bringing your own backpack,then ensure you bring a lightweight one.

What YHAI trekkers get

Things provided by YHAI


25 things I recommend you must pack

Now that you are trekking ,let me tell you two secrets.


1st secret : Trekking is addictive. Smile

You are going to find yourself on a trek more often from now on.Trekker’s usually regret buying the low cost option ,which doesn’t last them more than 2 treks.So ,for each must bring item ,I have listed both the Low cost vs Good value option (My choice). 


2nd secret : Trekker with a light backpack,with just the essentials is a happy one. Smile

So if you have started asking yourself : How heavy is this ?  + Is it really necessary ?

Congratulations! you’re thinking like a happy trekker.

Note: I have listed the links for you to buy the essentials online. AdBlock extension in your browser interferes with the links.So please disable it.



1. Cotton Shirts/T shirts 

Bring maximum 2 pcs ,1 for wearing on trek ,other for backup if you get wet.Avoid white/light colour.They get dirty easily.Choose full sleeves ,they would protect you from harsh sunlight and tan.Normal Tshirts will do.However,there is a fabulous option available now in India.It’s my choice, available on Snapdeal and Flipkart.
My choice : A quick drying ,full sleeved , Synthetic fabric means reduced,sweat  drying time and transfers moisture out quickly ,keeping you dry. Throughout the trek, for many treks.


2. Track pants

Do not bring jeans. Yeah ,I know they have such a rugged image  So why not bring them? Have you ever been in a wet pair of jeans? Doesn’t it feel heavy and uncomfortable.Even if it doesn’t rain ,jeans don’t actually give you maximum freedom of movement.
Simple track pants are a  good lightweight option .Bring maximum 2 pcs ,1 for wearing on trek ,other for backup if you get wet.Avoid white/light colour.They get dirty easily.
My choice would last you many treks  are extremely quick drying and fairly robust, a useful feature to have when you have arrived after a rainy day trek to your camp. You could simply change to a spare track pant and hang up the wet ,quick drying pants ,in the morning it would have dried! These are worth the money,I spent while buying it.It has lasted me many long treks.






3. Rain coat 

Himalayan weather is unpredictable so be prepared to protect yourself from getting wet.
Low cost option: Buy a huge plastic sheet and fold it to cover yourself like a rain sheet.You need to hold the rain sheet together through out the trek.
My choice : A lightweight Raincoat top  with hood and rain pant set.To keep me dry throughout the trek.
OR Buy Black Rain Coat  from Snapdeal
 4. Woolen Inners


This is a absolute must have,because of the light weight and the warmth it provides you,in Himalayan cold.Buy the top and bottom set in the right size.I have listed good brand names,which offer good quality product.

Thermal Bottom




5. Sun Cap + Woolen cap


Gives you shade from sunshine .Protects your neck also by covering behind .

   Woolen Cap            

   6. Trekking Shoes

Single most important thing you will pack.

First  let me tell you what type of shoes not to bring for trek.Shoes with low or no grip/PVC soles are not suitable for trekking.That means  those awesome Nike,Reebok shoes you’ve with flat grip area.They are good for city life but,absolute no no for treks.
Bata hunter shoes are a low cost option, good for two treks maximum. Has rubber soles with deep grooves , for good grip. However it doesn’t offer water proof factor, so as you are trekking  through snow, your feet are bound to get wet.A solution for this problem is  to carry a multiple pair of socks and change them during the trek.

Cost max 700 Rs.
My choice :

This will last you many treks. I,personally use only this shoe.Many trekkers are absolute fans of  Quechua Forclaz 500 India’s most popular trekking boots  .A bigger investment, but it gives you good grip and is,very very good in protecting your feet from getting wet.

    • Traction: TPU Essensole sole with 5 mm lugs for good grip.
    • Cushioning: Full foot PU midsole: durable and high-performance.
    • Waterproof: Breathable and waterproof Novadry® membrane keeps your feet dry.
    • Stability: High upper with two hooks on top provide excellent support on any terrain.

Lightweight: 555 g per shoe in size 8.5  Complete review here


Click here to order







7.Socks : Woolen and Cotton



Normal quality cotton socks .1 pair for each day of trekking.Trust me,you would want to ,start every trek day with a dry pair of socks.
Woolen socks
Keep one pair of thick woolen socks (available in any hillstation market) for use only when you are inside the sleeping bag.
  8. Gloves 

Normal quality 1 pair

My choice  A better quality glove, which would last you many treks.



9. Mug   

You don’t need a steel/enameled mug, mentioned in the YHAI website.It increases backpack weight.A lightweight plastic mug is enough for your adventure .
Some trekkers bring these,to help keep their drink warm.I personally feel it’s added weight on your back pack.




10.Lunch box


A simple light weight one 
Plate, Just Lunch box is enough ,don’t add extra backpack weight by bringing plate also.



11. Spoon

Plastic spoon is light weight




12. Water purifying tablets +Water Bottle


Buy Ef Chlor none Purification Tablets Water Purifiers from Snapdeal

My choice

This is an award winning product,amazing for trekkers.


*Filters up to 1,000 litres of water  *Removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria *Reduces turbidity, filtering down to 0.2 microns *Lightweight: weighs less than 60 grams *Does not use iodine or iodinized resin *Contains no chemicals (and is BPA-free), uses no batteries, has no moving parts *High flow rate; no after taste (because no iodine or chlorine are used) *Easy to clean. Can be stored and used periodically. Just keep uncapped so it can dry thoroughly. *Very durable, made of impact resistant plastic *No shelf life. LifeStraw can be stored indefinitely
Or  another option is a water bottle with an inbuilt filter



SPF 30 and if possible waterproof one.It helps when you are sweating,the sunscreen remains on skin,if waterproof instead of trickling away.Don’t buy lesser than SPF30,sun is fiercer in treks.



14.  Pen knife 

Not compulsory, but if you are buying a knife THE best standard is this one.It has a useful tool for handling blisters.(good tool for trekkers).There are many other models you can choose in the link.


15. Sewing kit


Imagine a situation your only rucksack has torn.Simply open your sewing kit and do a temporary repair ,which will last, until you’re back to basecamp.

To repair  torn shoes,torn backpack or clothes . Carry Buttons
Various Size Needles ,Duct Tape – To add strength to torn fabric before sewing. Braided fishing line, Nylon Thread or dental floss – Much stronger than regular thread.
Shoe Goo – This stuff is great for repairing shoes, waders, rubber boots, and torn backpack.





16. Sunglasses

To help protect from snow blindness.Sun shine reflects from snow and reaches your eyes.Choose sunglasses that effectively block out the sun’s UV rays from all possible reflective surfaces. If you are traveling in the conditions that can cause snow blindness, you will need full-coverage or wrap-style sunglasses that prevent light entering from the sides. Choose polarized or dark, mirror-coated sunglasses for the best results.Any shades with uv protection  is good.Here’s a link below to UV protected goggles collection Sunglasses 


17. Vaseline

Every gram of weight counts when you are trekking in Himalayas.Instead of vaseline bottle  for moisturizing and another one for lipbalm .
My choice: Carry a single Small pack,you can use as lip balm also .




18. Soap

   Facewash and Paper soap to use in camps


  19. Toilet Paper

  In case water isn’t available in higher camps.


Buy here


20. Tissues

Facewipes,these wet tissues are so refreshing during a trek.Ok ,Ok this is not a must have,but I love these facewipes so much,had to list it too.  🙂



  21. Towel



   For medical safety.You are strongly advised  against  taking bath in higher colder camps.Do you really need a heavy towel then ? Only for wiping yourself after a face wash, how about just carrying a small hand towel or a lighter big towel.



  22. Medicines (First Aid kit)

Important : First pack your personal medicines.

Next pack  medicines for
Cold,Cough,Fever,Headaches,Crepe Bandage for sprains,Volini spray for fast relief,Band Aids,Antiseptic cream,Combiflam for easing pains,Anti vomiting tablets.

There will be a medical kit available in campsites,but always be on the safe side and carry your own supply.





23. Camera and Memory cards


I see ,on many  treks,passionate photographers carrying their tripods along too.I’m just getting into photography too,so I understand the lure of a tripod.However,before bringing ur tripod ask yourself. is your rucksack super light, much lighter than others ? Because others aren’t carrying Tripods,only you are carrying that extra weight.Do not over burden yourself.The most important thing here is to enjoy the trek.Think honestly ,is a tripod absolutely necessary? You decide. Carry empty memory cards(if possible extra batteries), which you will happily fill in the trek 🙂 Wishing your photos, many Facebook likes ahead.Do share your favourite photos with me at

I’m sure you have your own favorite camera

My favorite point & shoot camera ,designed specifically  for adventurers like us is Go Pro.
A camera that is as tough as you.


2nd choice 
 Nikon Coolpix  AW110

COOLPIX AW130 is built tough so it keeps going wherever you go. You can dive with it to a depth of 30 m/100 ft with no need for a housing. Enjoy photography under various extreme environments and situations, as this camera withstands drops from up to 2.1 m/7 ft., and temperatures down to -10°C/14°F. By combining with various accessories it’s possible to expand your range of activities even further.




  24. Woolens



A must have : In addition to thermals and T-shirts you will wear a third layer of a warm jacket .

The winters temperatures easily drop to subzero temperatures.Ensure the jacket you bring ,will perform well in these conditions.

My choice

I have listed 3 price ranges,each for men and women here.Pick the right size .This investment will keep you toasty and warm in the trek and winters back home.








25. Torch
Most probably ,there will be no electricity at any higher camps during treks,U can pack  any light weight torch.Carry extra batteries.
My choice is buy a hand charging one which doesn’t depend on batteries.Its a dependable light source.But not very strong light. Hand Pressing Flash Light – No Battery No Bulb, Simply Shake to Recharge .

The best option of course is a  headlamp  giving u freedom to use your hands.very helpful when in a dark tent and searching through your back pack  for chocolates.


YES  congratulations ! ✌ you now have the essentials for your Himalayan adventure .

Top 5 Comfort Things to bring  

Most of the trekkers I know carry some comfort items which help them, ease into the trek.These items aren’t compulsory.However many wouldn’t leave home without them.

1.Backpack cover For protecting your backpack from getting wet


2. WALKING pole   Helps in maintaining balance and brings stability.



3. Bandana  To protect face from dust and grime during trek.


4.Pickles ,Chutney ,snacks etc.

The food can always be spiced upto your homely favorite taste with this 


(plastic small sachets are best,don’t carry big glass bottles) 
5. Powerbank

Somehow there is mobile network coverage in your camp site.You want to talk to your family  or  update your amazing  trek photos on Facebook ,but there is no battery left in your mobile .Awwww , Get a fully charged powerbank on your trek.


One last useful thing

This will protect your arms from a sun tan.
Ensuring your family recognize it’s you,when you return home 🙂


YHAI provides a rucksack,however if you prefer your own,
here are 2 recommendations for you.

A weight check of all backpacks would be done,before you start trekking at base camp.
Be prepared to pack a little less than others,since the weight of these empty backpacks,will be more than what YHAI backpacks weigh.



These are other guides written to give you a complete understanding.Happy reading 🙂

How to pack these things and get fit for a trek?


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  1. Hitesh Kumar 25 March, 2017 at 08:19 Reply

    Thanks for the comment.I can imagine your anticipation for the trek 🙂 It made me think about my first Himalayan trek,Sarpass trek with YHAI. Wishing you the most rewarding journey.

  2. Reshma 1 May, 2017 at 07:14 Reply

    Hi.. thanks for sharing this information. I have booked the 16th may slot and I am so scared and excited! This is my first trek.I wanted to know how is the difficulty level?


  3. Animesh Bordoloi 27 May, 2017 at 20:34 Reply

    I am going for the Sar pass trek next week and I am so glad I found this post. Everything one needs to know about things to carry and their pros and cons in one place. Thank you and have a great day!

  4. Rahul Udawant 4 June, 2017 at 12:11 Reply

    This is the first article which has explained so systematic and properly with actual photographs. Great job Hitesh. I am going for the Sar pass trek in next week. I just want to know that is there a facility at base camp to keep extra stuff there which we can collect after trek?

  5. rohit muraleedharan 21 September, 2017 at 16:00 Reply

    hello Hitesh,

    Thank you very much for writing all things systematically for first time trekkers like us.
    I am going for the Dalhousie trek with YHAI, on Dec 26,2017. I am from Mumbai. Since I am going through Delhi, should I do woolen shopping in Delhi, or I get them at Dalhousie. What would you suggest?


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