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 …
Finally, the date of travel comes. Before you know it, you already are packing for your adventure! Here are a few suggestions for you.
These are my personal suggestions based on serving as a YHAI camp leader and Field Director in Himalayan treks and my experience as a certified Mountaineer, Skiier & Kayaker.
What will YHAI provide you?
At Base camp, you will be provided :
1. Hygiene sheet: Issued only at base camp.Comes fresh from the laundry, for only you. Use it throughout the trek, and carry it from camp to camp. Deposit back to basecamp after the trek. Some choose to buy and bring their own. (here’s one you can pick up)
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. Trust me each gram matters, when you are climbing that hill.
Things provided by YHAI
Now that you are trekking, let me tell you two secrets.
1st secret is trekking is addictive.
You are going to find yourself on a trek more often from now on. Trekkers 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: A trekker with a light backpack, with just the essentials, is a happy one.
So if you have started asking yourself: How heavy is this? Is it really necessary?
Congratulations! you’re thinking like a happy trekker 🙂
25 things I recommend you must pack
1. Cotton Shirts/T shirts
2. Track pants
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 throughout the trek.
My choice: A lightweight Raincoat top with hood and rain pant set. To keep me dry throughout the trek.
This is an absolute must-have, because of the lightweight and the warmth it provides you, in the Himalayan cold. Buy the top and bottom set in the right size. I have listed good brand names, which offer a good quality products.
5. Sun Cap + Woolen cap
6. Trekking Shoes
First, let me tell you what type of shoes not to bring for the trek. Shoes with low or no grip/PVC soles are not suitable for trekking. That means those awesome Nike, and Reebok shoes you’ve with flat grip area. They are good for city life but, absolute no-no for treks.
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 a good grip and is, very very good at 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 provides excellent support on any terrain.
Lightweight: 555 g per shoe in size 8.5 Complete review here
7.Socks : Woolen and Cotton
Normal quality 1 pair
A plastic spoon is lightweight
12. Water purifying tablets +Water Bottle
This is an award-winning product, excellent for trekkers.
*Filters up to 1,000 liters 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 iodinated 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
14.? Pen knife?
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 base camp.
19. Toilet Paper
22. Medicines (First Aid kit)
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
A camera that is as tough as you.
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.
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.
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.
YES? congratulations ! ? you now have the essentials for your Himalayan adventure .
Top 5 Comfort Things to bring
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.
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 🙂
The above complete list of trekking essentials applies to all the treks below.
KEDARKANTHA WINTER EXPEDITION YHAI things to bring, DALHOUSIE WINTER TREK YHAI things to bring, SANDAKPHU GURDUM WINTER TREK YHAI things to bring, NAINITAL WINTER TREK YHAI things to bring,SARPASS TREK YHAI things to bring, SAURKUNDI PASS TREK YHAI things to bring,
CHANDERKHANI PASS TREK YHAI things to bring, HAR KI DOON TREK YHAI things to bring
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