Are you ready to experience the thrill in the Himalayas?
After the first ascent in 1953, Nepal has become the most popular destination for trekkers and climbers. If you are thinking of coming here too. There are certain gears that you must possess to survive in the Himalayas.
Here, the temperature is comparatively low. The weather is mostly bright and sunny but a change could be expected, so, it’s best to be prepared. Let me give you some insight into trekking gears, that will help you have a great experience.
Backpack: Backpack without wheels and folding handles are best for trekking. Just make sure that your bag is strong enough to hold all your equipments. Backpack comes in different sizes, so its best if you choose the one that fits your frame.
Sleeping Bag: Get a 4 season bag. These sleeping bags are tested to insulate in an environment up to 0°F (-18 °C). At higher altitudes, the temperature can go below 0°F and you’ll be lucky to find a place with heating systems. These bags will be really helpful wherever you choose to stay.
Clothing: Take warm, light and limited clothing. Most important ones are down jackets/vest, Insulated jackets/pants, long sleeve base layer, wind/rain jackets, thermal shirts/underwear, trekking pants and fleece/sweat pants.
Socks: Thick cotton socks will keep your feet warm , very useful for cool evenings at high altitude areas.
Trekking Boots: Keep your feet happy if you want a smooth trip. Try and get a boot that is light, has good ankle support, plenty of toe room for long descents, and a stiff sole to lessen the risk of twisted torsion.
Trekking Poles: Makes it easy by helping you climb up and down the mountain. They give you extra stability and grip especially on steep and rough terrain.
Water Bottle: Take a water bottle which has a capacity of one liter or more. Make sure that your body is always hydrated. You can also carry a water purification tablet or a filter.
Flash Light: Though you won’t be going out at night. It is still advised to carry a flashlight with spare bulb and batteries.
Map: Carry a map with you, just in case you drift apart from your group.
First Aid Kit: Don’t forget to carry a first aid kit with general ointments, a couple of band-aids, some blister pads and personal medicines.
Mittens Gloves: A good pair of mittens gloves will be very useful up in the Himalayas.
Sunglasses: Bring your sunglasses, it is usually very bright and sunny despite the low temperature. I would suggest wraparound sunglasses.
Sunscreen: Take a sunscreen lotion along with you because as you climb higher, the intensity of the sun increases.
Other trekking gears:
- Insect Repellent
- Camp shoes/sandals
- Neck gaiter
- Sun hat
- Small towel/sarong
- Money pouch/belt
- 2x Passport photos
- Energy bars
- Vitamin tablets
What can I buy in Kathmandu?
Thamel is the tourist district in Kathmandu. You will find many shops offering you varieties of imported trekking gears. They have popular brands like North Face, Black Diamond and Mountain Hard wear. If you are short on time then you can rent the gears from the different shops in Thamel.
So, get set and get along. The chilling Himalayas awaits as you read! Have a great trekking experience and stay safe!
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