I’ve talked about Nepal + India Trip a bit over here
and now would like to elaborate on the gear up part for Hiking in Nepal.
Please note, the gear will be different depend on your route and facilities choices.
For my group, we went with AC ( Annapurna Circuit )
up until around 3700m above sea level and staying overnight at tea house.
Not a hardcore camping..yet.. :”>
It was on September and for our altitude we won’t experience ice.
With a lot of readings mix with experience,
here are the things that i will recommend for your clothing. From top to bottom
- Head Cover: Cap / beanies
Though the temperature might look friendly,
you are in high altitude and getting nearer to the sun.
In cold temperature this will keep you warm
while in hot day it will help in avoiding heat stroke.
notes : multi-function scarf. Bring this as it could be used for many things! to cover your head, neck, mask, etc.
- Day – Cloth – 1st Layer
Go with Dri-Fit Materials. Not cotton. it’s light and drying fast
It would be very beneficial if you are planning to wash it.
I wore my gym cloth and it worked fine.
- Night – Cloth
Wear warmer materials. Well, i wore heat-tech materials and loving it.
- Day – Jacket – 2nd Layer
I suggest to bring something light and warm enough with hood.
Wind breaker will be good for warmer weather.
it will even be better with some water resistant / proof materials.
Inner materials, personally i wore polar type. helpful to fight mountain wind.
- Night – Jacket
I brought my down jacket and bring something with hood.
I left the head cover part and regretted it.
- Rain Coat
Bring it if it’s around wet season. make sure it covers your whole body.
- Hand Glove ( may/may not needed )
Depends on your trail, if it’s not an ice kind of environment you may not need this.
However, i found this helpful. It was simply because i am allergic to cold
and this helped me to fight it. The wind and temperature made my hand feel like ice cold.
- Pants – 1st Layer ( may / may not needed )
if it’s cold i would recommend to wear something warm as the inner.
- Pants – Cargo Pants
Cargo pants that is water resistant will be good.
I’ve found that they are easy to clean. Choose the one with ‘sealable’ pocket.
This is to secure your things from dropping and to protect + keep it clean enough.
I would suggest to bring 2 types for day and nite.
Day – something sweat absorbing.
Night – warmer type. I brought wool materials.
keeping your feet warm is one of the key to keep your body heat.
- Flip Flops
It will be good for tired feet and when you are resting.
- Shoes – Trail Run / Boots
I would say choose your type wisely.
In general, something waterproof will definitely better especially in a wetter condition. Really just based on my personal learning and experience :
- Boots will be good for wet/ice environment, hard trail e.g. sandy/slippery,higher support for ankle.
- Trail Run will be good for drier environment and a milder trail.
for me, i went with trail run shoes and it was sufficient.
- Boots will be heavier with longer time needed to get your feet used to it.
and..honestly i don’t know when will i use it again.
On the other hand, i could imagine to use trail run more.
Invest in a good pair of shoes as your feet work very hard!
I chose North Face brand and it was no joke. Loving it.
Woops! nearly forgotten this one.
Do Not forget it. I repeat : DO NOT FORGET IT.
I would suggest you to wear something within UV category 3 or 4 and polarised glass.
You will be in a high altitude, sun shines brighter somehow and it’s hard to open your eyes. As for the polarised type, it will help you to enjoy things as they are
since with higher light intensity colours tend to fade away. Be careful though UV category 3 /4 is quite dark and might not be suitable for daily use e.g. while driving.
and..that’s about it for those that you will need to put on your body. Most of them could be reused for other occasions so it might be good to invest on these items.
I will write about other gears on later part especially those that assist the hiking and what to keep on your bag. 🙂
Wish you were there during all of the ruckus to gear up!
Triana Mustika Rukmi