Backpacking Checklist For Himalayas
October 04, 2015 / Jigar Patel
In my recent trip to Uttarakhand, I managed to travel to high altitudes without getting sick (in all my previous trips to the mountains, I have felt altitude sickness). The only thing I did wrong was packing unnecessary items. This list is an optimization based on my experience.
A minimal backpack (for a week long trip) should have,
- No jeans!
- Couple of quick dry convertible hiking trousers
- A quick dry sports track pant
- A pair of shorts
- At least one t-shirt for each day
- One or two full sleeves t-shirts
- A jacket
- Socks (ideally a pair for each day)
- Thermal wear layer if you are going to a really cold place
- A thin towel, a hand towel and few handkercheives
- A thin fleece comforter or shawl
- Mixed Dry Fruits - It’s the best hiking food (100-200 grams for each hiking day)
- Laundry bags and extra polyethene bags
- A sturdy water bottle
- A small daypack
- Floaters / Sandals (optional)
All of this for a week long trip can be easily packed in a 50 litres backpack and should weigh around 8 kgs including backpack.
- Ranger roll t-shirts to save space.
- Get proper hiking / trekking shoes. Regular sports shoes aren’t good for rocky trails.
- While travelling in jeeps, avoid seats facing sideways. Sitting sideways in a fast moving vehicles may induce motion sickness.
- Take multiple breaks in order to acclimatize yourself to high altitude. Break for a tea and a light snack / fruit.
- Avoid eating too much while travelling. Eat proper meal for dinner before sleeping.
- Watch the water you drink. Unless you are sure of cleanliness, buy bottled water.
- While trekking take breaks at fixed intervals e.g 2 minute rest for every 10 minutes of climbing.