- Duct tape:
Duct tape has many uses you can even think of. Duct tape is waterproof, durable, lightweight, windproof, cheap and easy to carry. There can be a number of uses of duct tape while trekking. It can be used as a patch. It can be used to bind the tears in your jacket or sleeping bag. It can be used to cover your wounds and cuts. It can be used to protect your bandages from getting wet. Or label your things. It has many uses which you’re gonna find as you go on trekking. You can even bind the tape on your trekking poles if you carry one. It can help in giving you the strong grip. So carry if possible and if you want one roll of duct tape with you.
- Money belt:
It falls under the must needed item while trekking. The money belt you carry should be waterproof and lightweight. So you can easily wrap it around your waist. You can easily store your money and any value you carry in the belt instead of in the bag. You may misplace the bag. But if you keep your money belt around the waist all the time. There’s less possibility that you lose your money.
Don’t think that men don’t need chapstick. Of course, everyone gonna need chapstick. It seems small but it is very valuable. It helps to keep your lips moist. Else in dry or rainy season, Orin summer or winter, you’re gonna have the dry lips which can lead to cuts and injury on the lips and can cause infection. So carry chapstick with you.
- First Aid Kit:
Carry a bag of first aid kit with you so that you can treat yourself in case of small injuries, wounds, cuts or abrasions. They may seem the small matter to you nothing to fuss about. While trekking these small cuts can be the cause of infection and septicemia. So it is wise to be careful and prepared all the time. The things you’re gonna put in the kits are paracetamol, bites and burn cream, plasters, band-aids, small bandage, antiseptic cream and if possible carry one glycerin and potassium permanganate sachet(Potash) with you. Combining potash and glycerin can create fire. Did you know that? Also in case you run out of water purification tablets potash can be used to purify your water.
- Small head torch:
Carry one small or medium-sized torch with you in case you want to take some night time walks. It can come handy in case of your nighttime toilet and if you want to go into the cave and roam around for a while. It’s easier if you carry the head torch rather than a hand torch. Head torch is easier to carry. Both of your hands gonna be free which can have better uses in the time of trekking.
If you’re carrying the money belt you’re not gonna need the wallet that much. But if you still want it you can carry the wallet.
- Ordinary Plastic bags:
You can keep ordinary Plastic bags with you. They can be handy to carry your dirty or wet underwear. Or you can use them to carry your stuff in case your duffel bag gets torn. You can balance out the weight.
- Tissue paper:
Tissue paper is a must. Carry two three rolls of tissue paper if possible. The best toilet paper for backpacking is a paper towel. Regular toilet paper just doesn’t stand up to the humidity. Bring the Wet Ones along for two functions. They contain Aloe which can be soothing when necessary and a moist wipe can help ensure that your butt crack is clean. This should be obvious, but monkey butt (diaper rash) can become very painful if you are hiking long distances over multiple days. Plus paper towels are biodegradable.
- Trekking map:
Carry one map you’re gonna use and one as the back up in case you lost the one you’re using. Carry the map of the place you’re gonna go on trekking and the one which you can read and understand clearly. The map can show you all the routes of the place you’re hiking and the place where you are right now in case you got lost and you have no Porters with you.
Carry the watch made if steel if possible with GPS function and outdoor function for fishing and hunting. It’s better if the watch has navigation functions and can watch route altitude profile navigation and tracking your elevation gain. Make sure the watch also has a compass and long battery life.
Make sure to bring a padlock with you to lock your trekking lodge or teahouse door when you are not there.
- Trekking poles:
Trekking poles you must carry. They are lightweight and give you the extra support you will be needing while trekking. They can be used for rolling the duct tape around if you don’t want to carry one whole roll.
You can carry a camera if you want. In case you want to capture the beauty of nature. You want to share the pictures on your Facebook and Instagram. So carry one portable lightweight camera.
Also, carry if you want some bars and candies. If you get hungry and can find nothing to around you. They can be helpful for you to gain energy.
If you want you can carry some antiperspirant with you. So that you can spare your friends from the smell of your body.
Carry the sunscreen if you have the sensitive skin and which can have the allergic reaction to the high heat. It’s better to protect yourself all the way you can.
- Small knife:
If allowed carry one small knife with you in case you want to protect yourself from small animals. Or you want to cut the rope or small branches if trees to make your temporary bed.
- Charger, socket adapter:
Bring the charger of your mobile and camera and torch. Also, bring the socket adapter for your charger so that you charge the batteries whenever possible.
Carry the portable batteries with you for the head torch you are carrying.
- Baby wipes:
Baby wipes contain aloe vera and some moisturizer. It can be wiped in any part you’re feeling irritation and dryness. It helps you to keep you well moisturized.
Equipment you’re gonna required if you want to do some short climbing
- Fleece trousers:
Fleece trousers are very comfortable if you’re thinking of climbing. It is loose in fitting, the material is soft, it is lightweight. It is available for both men and women. It causes no friction injuries you’re gonna have in case you wore pants in climbing.
- Ice axe, ski poles:
An ice axe and ski poles can be used to self-arrest on steep snow slopes. They offer the holding power sufficient to hold a small slide and thus prevent a larger fall. A conventional ice axe offers a larger pick and a stronger shaft, which increases the chance of self-arresting. In the Himalayas where you’re not used to walking can easily let you slip for which an ice axe and the ski poles come in handy. Also while climbing ice axe and the pole gives you the grip and the friction you’re gonna required for the smooth climbing.
- Climbing harness:
A climbing harness is a rope you use for the activities requiring the use of ropes to provide access or safety such as industrial rope access, working at heights, etc. A harness secures a person to a rope or an anchor point. However, it can cause some serious injury when the rope shifted to the abdomen or diaphragm or when it is not able to hold the weight. It can cause some serious accidents. So be careful while using the harness.
- Ascender, tape sling, and karabiner:
Ascenders are mechanical devices for ascending on a rope. Either two ascenders can be used it one according to your preference, experience and the mountain you are climbing. Sling is a climbing equipment consisting of a tied or sewn loop of webbing that can be wrapped around sections of rock, hitched (tied) to other pieces of equipment or even tied directly to a tensioned line using a prusik knot, for anchor extension (to reduce rope drag and for other purposes), equalisation, or climbing the rope.
Karabiners are used for locking the rope together. Carabiners are made with many different types of gates including wire-gate, bent-gate, and straight-gate. The different gates have different strengths and use. Most locking carabiners utilize a straight-gate. Bent-gate and wire-gate carabiners are usually found on the rope-end of quickdraws, as they facilitate easier rope clipping than straight-gate carabiners.
Other than the climbing equipment, the trekking equipment you’re carrying should be two to three in numbers so that you can have one in use one extra and one for back up. You don’t have to worry about all these equipment because they are available here in Kathmandu too where you can buy them at cheaper prices.
The last equipment you must bring with you is the sense of humor, thirst for adventure and an open mind. The strength for adaptability and adjustment. The strong immune system in your body is must to bring with you in the trekking to the roads of the Himalayas in Nepal. Be fully prepared mentally and emotionally.
The Himalayas can test you all the way it can. But if you accomplish the test you’re gonna see some beautiful exotic features that you’re never gonna see except for Nepal. The natural beauty you’re gonna see and enjoy you’ll be taking them for all your life.
Author: Ankur Pradhan