It is important to travel as light as possible and take only essentials. Domestic carriers allow up to 15kg check in luggage and on trek your duffle bag which is carried by a porter or pack animal can weigh up to 20kg (including sleeping bag). While on trek your city clothes can be safely stored at the hotel (if you are returning) or handed over to agent to store until return from trek.
This should be comfortable to protect you from cold (and possibly wet) weather. Synthetic clothing like polypropylene, capilene, pile are light in weight, wick away perspiration, dry quickly if wet and provide the best insulation against cold. Wool /synthetic blends are also suitable. Use of cotton in cold, wet mountain conditions is not recommended.
When layering in cold weather conditions, the innermost layer should be long thermals, the middle layer can be synthetic wool, fleece, outer layer can be down / synthetic jacket and in extreme conditions, good quality Gore-Tex wind / rain parkas over this.
Even though villagers in well trekked routes are used to seeing individual foreign trekkers in skimpy wear we would request our clients to be dress modestly. Women and men can both wear long, baggy hiking shorts, long trousers. Women should avoid “sports bra” tops.
Quantities for clothing are not included so you have to use your own judgment based on duration of trek, expected weather conditions and overall weight restrictions.
Medium weight, down or fiberfill rated from –5ºC for Ladakh (July / August and Garhwal treks in May and June ) and rated –15ºC for September groups in Ladakh, Sikkim, Garhwal, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet groups.
Sleeping bag liners – Lightweight fleece liners are great as to use in lower altitude treks and warm weather. Serves as an added layer for light weight sleeping bags.
Regular underwear. Synthetics are easier to wash and dry
Thermal long underwear’s. Lightweight and medium weight tops and bottoms.
Baggy hiking shorts
Long baggy trekking trousers / sweat pants
Lightweight / medium fleece pants to wear at higher camps.
Heavy Down for autumn groups going to Garhwal, Sikkim, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet
Medium weight fleece jacket, sweat shirt.
Medium weight / heavy weight down / synthetic filled jacket.
Short sleeved T shirts (synthetic is best)
Long sleeved synthetic T shirts (especially Sikkim, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Garhwal autumn trips where you have to walk through forests and shaded areas)
Polypro liner gloves
Wool /fleece mittens (for autumn in Ladakh, Sikkim and high altitude treks)
Foul Weather Gear
Gore-Tex rain / wind parka
Gore-Tex rain / wind pants with full length side zipper to fit over pants.
Sun hat with wide brim (especially for Ladakh) and neck protection
Wool hat (autumn in Ladakh and Sikkim, Garhwal)
Bandanna. - multi purpose to cover nose, mouth (dust), around neck for protection against sun, handkerchief, hand towel.
We recommend 3 / 4 pairs of inner and outer socks
Athletic running socks
Synthetic inner socks
Mid weight hiking socks
Sturdy, properly fitting footwear. If you are buying new boots, please break them in by wearing as much as possible before the trip.
Medium weight trekking boots (preferably water proof leather) with padded high ankle, good arch support. These should be good quality for prolonged walking on rocks, screes, boulders, snow.
Tennis shoes (serves as good spares) to be worn around camp – optional
1 pair Tevas (for rafting and very useful for river crossings wear around camp on trek). Must for Ladakh groups. Can be used on monastery sightseeing day – easy to put on and off.
Sunglasses – dark especially for Ladakh where sunlight is very strong.
Chums / bands to hold glasses.
Toileteries: biodegradable soap, toothbrush, paste. Women should bring any feminine products or buy them at the last city before trek.
Small towel / gym washcloth is light, folds small so more practical
Sunscreen – min 25 SPF
Duffle for Trek Gear
Sturdy and water proof duffle bag – large enough to hold sleeping bag plus trekking clothes and gear.
The bag can get dusty and can get tears as sometimes trails are narrow and pack animals, porters can scrape against cliffs hence the duffle should be sturdy.
Should have a capacity of 1500 to 2000cubic inches to carry camera, water bottle, light jacket and packed lunch. Can double up as carry bag on flight.
Spare roll up duffel: You should consider bringing a small, roll up nylon duffle (lockable) to store city clothes while on trip.
Small hand towel
Broad-spectrum antibiotics (We normally use Ciprofloxacin, Azythromycin and these are readily available over the counter in India)