I got a really good feedback for my last post based on the survival tips for Himalayan treks. What good are those tips if we do not have the things that we need the most on such treks? Lousy packing/planning could affect us trekkers in various ways, ranging from being uncomfortable during the trek (due to overpacking) to disasters! (Who forgot to carry a spare battery for the cameras?). So here I bring, the Ultimate List of Things Needed For Himalayan Trek. This covers everything from clothes to trekking gear. Read on to know more.
Things to pack for a trek/trip depends on 3 factors WHEN, WHERE & HOW LONG your trek/trip is. I have broken the list down into 8 categories. The optional ones are mentioned. Since this is a packing list for a Himalayan trek (similar to Roopkund Trek), I have included a lot of winter gear You might not need those, depending on the place and weather. Feel free to improvise/modify this list of things needed for Himalayan trek according to your situation (based on those 3 factors I mentioned above).
Ultimate List Of Things Needed For Himalayan Trek
- Thermals – 2 pairs
- Trek Pants – 3 pairs
- T-Shirts – 3 pairs
- Inner wear – as many you need!
- Big Padded Jacket
- Fleece Jacket + Wind Cheater/Down Jacket – Recommend: Quechua Forclaz 50 Fleece, Men’s (Black) and
2. Trek Gear
- Backpack (50-60L) – Recommend: Quechua Forclaz 60 Backpack
- Daypack (20L) (Optional) – Recommend: Quechua Poncho Daypack
- Trek Shoes (Thick, high-ankled, water-proof/resistant) – Recommend: Quechua Forclaz 500 as seen here
- Waterproof Gloves/ Thick Gloves – Optional – Recommend: Quechua Ski-Glove
- Woolen Gloves
- Cotton Socks – 2-3 pairs
- Wollen Socks – 1 pair
- Trek Pole – Recommend: Forclaz 500 compact blue hiking pole as seen here
- Gaiters (optional) – Recommend: Wildcraft Gaiters
- Hat (wide-brimmed) – Recommend: Forclaz 500 ANTI-UV
- Beanie or Balaclava – Recommend: Quechua Balaclava
- Bandana or Scarf (Optional)
- Camp Sandals/ Flip Flops (Optional)
- Camera (with charger and spare batteries)
- Power Bank (Optional)
- Watch (preferably water-proof/resistant & digital) – Recommend: Casio
- Water Bottles (1 Ltr) – 2
Water Bladder (2 Ltr) – 1
(Tip: Take extreme precaution not to pack anything sharp with/near the water bladder to avoid any mishap)
- Sunglasses/Goggles with UV Blocker
- Diary + Pen (Optional)
- Spare Plastic Covers & Ziplock Covers
4. Food Supplies
- Dark Chocolates/Chocolates of your choice
- Dry Fruits (Optional)
- Biscuits (Optional)
- Anything of your choice but not too heavy
- Sunscreen – with SPF 50+ – Recommend: Neutrogena Sunblock SPF 50+
- Moisturizer or Body Lotion
- Lip Balm with SPF
- Small Soap
- Face Wash
- Facial Wipes/Tissues/Handkerchief
- Toothpaste + Toothbrush
- Toilet Paper
- Talc Powder
- Hand Sanitizer (Optional)
- Insect Repellent Cream like Odomos
Disclaimer: This is a generic list. Do check with your doctor/physician if these suit you.
- Diamox – 12 tablets (Check with your trek group/leader)
- Crocin Pain Relief – 6 tablets
- Crocin – 6 tablets
- Norflox TZ – 6 tablets (diarrhea)
- Sumo Cold – 6 tablets (cold)
- Aspirin/Dispirin – 6 tablets (headaches)
- Brufen – 8 tablets (pain killer)
- Digene – 10 tablets (antacid)
- Any motion sickness tablets
- Volini Cream/Spray (I prefer both)
- Betadine (antiseptic cream)
- Electral Packets/ORS – 10-12 packets/person
- Band aids – 10
- Cotton – a small roll
- Personal ID with photo, address and emergency contact number (Driver’s License, Voter’s ID, Aadhar Card etc) – Do carry a photocopy as well
- Medical Certificates (if required)
- Allergy Details
8. Optional Bulky Gear
- Sleeping Bag (tolerance till -10 to -15°C)
- Sleeping Bag Liner
- Sleeping Mattress
- Cooking Kit (Stove, Gas/Fuel, Groceries)
Phew! Looks like a huge list, but if you pack things well, this should all fit into a 50L backpack easily with space still left! (excluding the bulky 8th category). So these were the things needed for Himalayan trek. But how to pack these well?
Read on further.
Tips for packing backpack:
- Avoid loud colors while picking out clothes and gear. The wild animals have a tendency to get distracted from colors. Stick to neutrals, blacks, greens.
- Done checking these things off list? Now, watch this brilliant video on how to pack the backpack efficiently here. Efficient packing helps you in enjoying a trek, rather than complain.
- Carry travel sized items and not the whole product. Especially the things such as skin care items. Every gram matters.
- If there are 2 options, do NOT pick both. You would only be needing one version of the thing.
- Choose a lightweight backpack (As a rule of thumb, do not pick a backpack that’s more than 1.5 kg heavy).
- Use packing cubes/plastic covers to organize your things. That way, if you need your toiletries, you need not unpack the entire bag.
- The things you need frequently during the trek should go in the shoulder/hip pouches (so that you don’t have to open the backpack everytime).
- The things you need on and off during the trek such as goggles, sunscreen, gloves, tissues etc should be packed in the top compartment (you avoid digging the backpack this way).
- The things you don’t need until you reach a campsite should go right at the bottom.
There isn’t any particular rule that it all HAS to be done in the same way as above. Backpackers tend to learn/improvise things as and when they come across a situation. Also, its our moral obligation as trekkers to NOT dirty the nature/wilderness. We should cause LEAST disruption to the nature as possible. Go green where possible, do not litter in any case.
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