Below is a list of personal articles which are required for a trek on the Himalayas. This guide helps you to give an idea about the things that you need to bring in as a trek member. Depending upon the number of days of trek, the articles quantity may vary and this list is made considering the trek duration being 5 to 7 days (week long treks). Always try to avoid unnecessary toiletries which are heavy and of little use on mountain. Pack light.

 

Rain/Snowfall is common and varies one trek to another in different seasons. ALWAYS wrap your clothing/non waterproof stuff inside waterproof poly bag (polythene/pastic packet) while packing in your backpack. Plastic material is most efficient evil on mountain for waterproofing. Use additional waterproofing even if you have a rain cover for your backpack.

For selection of personal gear/equipment and backpacking please read the articles carefully, before buying an item:

Selection Of Equipment

Packing a Rucksack

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 Item

 Quantity

 Remarks

 Sleeping Bag  1 HT will provide If you have one, bring your own for hygienic reason after consulting with us.
 Sleeping Mattress (Foam/Rubber)  1  HT will provide
 Trekking Shoe  A) A good quality rubber sole with mid sole and ankle support (Medium or high ankle) shoe. Break in well before that you don’t face any sores/blisters when you are on mountain.B) Optional. Carry an additional shoe for longer duration treks. While walking on snow, shoe may get wet completely.
 Rucksack/Back Pack  Must, Between 35 to 50 Litre
 Rucksack cover (Waterproof)  Good to have for protection from rain/dust/stain etc.
 Daypack/Knap sack  Optional ( Can carry along with you with water bottle, food, camera and wind/water proof etc) if you want to offload your Rucksack in permitable routes.
 Thermal wear (Base Layer)  Upper and lower (Woolycot)
 Under garments/Inner wear  As per need
 Cotton socks  2/3 pair  Use full length socks (Don’t use tennis socks)
Woolen socks 1 pair  Use full length socks (Don’t use tennis socks)
Woolen gloves 1 pair  Use full length socks (Don’t use tennis socks)
Waterproof gloves 1 pair Optional. Nice to have, especially on high altitude treks where snow/ice is encountered.
T-shirt 3/4 As per need. Take at least one dry fit/quick dry type of synthetic material.
Trek pants  2/3 Can be Tracks, 3 quarter/Cargo or Convertible kind. One dry fit lower of synthetic material is recommended.
Camp sandal 1 pair Can be a strap on sports sandal/Hawaiian sleeper.
Balaclava/Woolen skull cap/Monkey Cap 1 Protection from cold.
Sun cap/Wide-brimmed Hat/Bandana 1 Protection from sun.
Walking Sticks/Trekking Poles/Ski Poles 1 pair Nice to have, reduces the pressure on knees and gives balance specially while descending.
Heavy Jacket  1 Double layer/Fleece/Synthetic fill/Down feather
Windproof Jacket/Wind Cheater 1 Must. Better if hooded and water resistant/repellent
Raingear/Poncho/Waterproof clothing 1 This is a must, specially in monsoon. Separate upper (with hood) and lower is  better option.
Water bottle/Hydration pack 1 Good quality plastic.
Sunglasses 1 This is must for all the high altitude treks. Polarised/Anti glare is always a better option in snow with UV400 (UV A & B) protection. Trekkers with spectacle can order customised powered sunglasses.
Sunscreen lotion 1 Optional. At least 30/40 SPF.
Chap Stick/Cold & Moisturising cream 1 Optional. As per need. Use small tubes/bottles.
Tooth brush and tooth paste 1 Carry smallest available tube of tooth paste.
Towel 1 Medium size (light weight).
Soap/Soap strip 1 Carry small pocket size soap, or Soap strip.
Hand sanitiser 1 Optional. Small bottle
Tissue roll ( Toilet) 1 This is a must item as water may not be available in the vicinity.
Anti Fungal Powder 1 Optional. This helps to keep the socks and the trek shoe drier and odour free to an extent. Carry smallest container.
Knee cap 1 pair Optional. Makes a difference especially if you have knee injures/problems.
Torch/Head Lamp with extra batteries 1 Must. Head torch keeps your hands free.
Camera with extra cells Battery pack Optional. As per need. Normally there is no charging point on the Himalayan trek routes
Dry food items Kit Must. Carry some candy, chocolate bars/energy/nutri bars and Glucon C/D/Gatorade sachet
Personal first-aid kit Kit Anti septic cream, Betadine/Dettol/Savlon, Band aid, cotton, crepe bandage, safety pin etc.
Medicines(This is a simple guide line and a doctor’s consultation is recommended.)

Kit

(Mandatory)

a)      General medicines comprising of headache, fever, vomiting, stomach upset and pain killer (Volini gel/spray)b)      Anti Diarrhoearalc)      Antibiotics – ( choose broad spectrum antibiotics for treating a variety of infections – carry a course of each)d)     Mild analgesics – (Aspirin/Paracetamol etc but DONOT take Codeine based painkillers).e)      Strong analgesics ( Co-Proxamol/Ponstan/Temgesic, use with care).f)       Anti inflammatory (Nurofen or diclofenac sodium)g)      Diamox – This helps in acclimatisation (a proper dosage is must if taken. Drink lot of water as this is a diuretic drug.