Equipment required for trekking in Himalayas of Nepal: – Most people get confused about trekking in the Himalayas and climbing up the summit. Sine the subject is dealing only with trekking I am explaining only about trekking. Trekking is a journey on foot to hike through mountainous areas.
So while you’re going on foot you will be able to reach up to Everest base camp. From there climbing of the summit begins. So whichever the Himalayas you decide to go trekking means you’ll be walking on foot to the area where it is permitted and reachable. In trekking, journey you’re not supposed to do the climbing of the summit. Except for climbing small mountainous areas.
So the gear you should carry also differ. But basically the gears you need to carry depends on only one thing the climate. And there is minor variation in the gear you carry for the male and the female which are described below:
46 Equipment Required For Trekking In Himalayas Of Nepal
Lightweight hiking boots:
The boots you are comfortable in and which are light for your legs and feet to carry and to walk on are appropriate. The heavy boots will be a burden for your legs. You’ll not be able to walk faster.
Lightweight rubber shoes or sandals for women:
Again the rubber shoes usually the closed ones would be best. They should be lightweight as a gift for your feet. These are required for you to walk around during the night time toilet or for the showers.
The socks to be carried according to the weather and climate condition. I’d you’re traveling in summer you can have thin cotton socks but if you’re trekking in winter you can carry the woolly ones.
Lightweight long sleeve trekking shirts:
Long sleeve trekking shirts are useful for the protection from the sun. And also to protect from the bites of the insects. The lightweight material is used for easy wash and easy dry.
Long sleeve cotton T-shirt:
These t-shirts are used for sleeping at night. Or they can be used as the base layer if it gets cold during night or day. Women are also advised to carry these t-shirts. It’s not necessary to carry the nite to wear on the nights. The T-shirt can have a dual purpose and are wearable both in night time and daytime. It’s good to avoid the items that are not basic and necessary and must carry. It’s easier to travel light.
Long leg lightweight combat trekking pants or trousers:
It’s good to wear long pants or the trousers to avoid the wounds or abrasions or small cuts. During trekking, the small cut can even turn into a major infection. It’s good to avoid wearing shorts. Men can wear them if they can manage. But women are advised against wearing shorts. Instead, they can wear light long skirts. The motive is to be as much comfortable as you can and travel light. It’s good if the trousers or the pants are windproof and waterproof. It helps to protect from the wind. The waterproof material helps you to be dry as much as possible. Being wet can be uncomfortable and source of infection too.
Windproof jacket and windbreaker:
the lightweight windproof jacket or the windbreaker can help to protect your chest from the wind in case if there is any. It will also protect you from catching the color having any fever. Plus if the weather at night gets colder the jacket can be useful.
Lightweight Rain jacket:
The lightweight rain jacket is useful to protect yourself from the rain in case you forget the umbrella. Also, the jacket can help you avoid the necessity of carrying the umbrella unnecessarily. The lightweight material helps you to carry the jacket easily. It gets dry faster.
It’s good to carry the cotton underwear. The underwear made from other materials can cause friction and injury. The underwear of the cotton material is cool, absorbs the sweat and don’t cause any kind of friction. Also if you’re traveling in summer you can have the underwear of the polyester material. It helps you to keep warm.
Woolen or peaked hat:
The hat either the woolen or the peaked one help to protect you from the sun and wind. It provides a little shade to your face protecting your eyes from the sun also acting as a physical sunscreen.
As much as possible carry with you the real ultraviolet Ray protecting sunglasses. It will help you to protect your eyes and keep them cool as much as possible. If possible carry two pairs of the sunglasses so if one is damaged you can have the extra one.
The gloves you carry can be woolly or any other materials depending on the climate you’re traveling in. If it’s the winter carry the woolen ones or the mittens to help to keep you warm.
Carry two middle-sized cotton towels or the ones which can dry easily and fast. Avoid carrying the big towels. It’s not required. The middle sized or the big one both can do their job the same way. So why carry the big ones.
It is useful to carry these cords of adequate length so that you can hang up your clothes to dry. You can even wrap the chords around your day pack so that you can dry your clothes while walking.
A few karabiners:
Karabiner is a metal loop with a spring-loaded gate used to quickly and reversibly connect components, most notably in safety-critical systems. Carry with you the climbing clips. Some even have the small cautionary note stating not for climbing. But for trekking, you need to use the climbing clips. It is lightweight and can be used to close things or bind things together.
Carry the small packet of washing powder with you. Since you will be trekking and not be staying in the five-star hotel or resort you need to do your laundry by yourself. So it’s useful if you carry small or medium sized packet of washing powder.
Water purification tablets or drop:
Since you will be trekking in the Himalayas and the mountainous region you may have to drink the water from any available source. You need to filtrate the water or purify the water before drinking it. Otherwise, you will be prone to catch the water borne diseases. So carry iodine or chlorine-based tablets or drops. They are light in weight to carry. If stored correctly they can be used for many years. They are easy to use. Just drop a tablet in your container. There’s no need for any fire.
It highly depends upon the weather what type of sleeping bag you want to carry. If it’s winter you can carry the warm ones. If it’s summer you can carry the light ones which can keep you cool. Just Carey the sleeping bag which is lightweight and easy to carry. If you carry the bag with you it will be easier for you to sleep and take rest in any suitable place you find.
The washing items include small toiletries you’re gonna require for your trekking. Like soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo and other small requirements according to your need. Carry all these items in waterproof toiletry bags so that they can be kept dry all the time inspire of rain.
It’s advisable to carry one small umbrella with you. In case I rain you have raincoats with you. But the umbrella can have all time purpose. It can be used during the day in heavy sunlight. So you can protect your whole body from. the heat with she’d provided by the umbrella. So carry one medium or small sized umbrella with you.
Carry with yourself the plastic water bottles to store the drinking water in case of unavailability of the safe drinking water. So if possible can you three bottles. If not at least carry two bottles. One for drinking and other for back up.
Dry Duffel bag:
You can carry the lightweight waterproof duffel bag to put all your stuff in it. It should be lightweight, durable in nature and easy to use and carry wherever you go or walk. It should be waterproof so as to keep your stuff dry during rain or while crossing the river.
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