Trekking Vitals & Climbing Gear

Trekking In Nepal – The Trekking Vitals

Autumn and Spring are two best seasons for Trekking and travelling in Nepal. During this time, Nepal welcome trekkers from all around the globe as the weather is attractive clear skies, fresh air, and fantastic views. Summer season receives adequate rainfall, while winter remains cold. The choice of proper trekking gear and clothing play a vital role as it determines the quality of your trek. Lack of proper trekking gears may cause difficulties during the trekking period. You need to choose the right clothing depending on the location, duration and season of Trek. While trekking in Nepal you need to dress in layers. As you ascend and descend in altitude, the temperature changes significantly. Layering will help as when the weather gets warmer you can take off a layer and if it gets colder then you can add a layer. Jeans and cotton must to be avoided because jeans are very uncomfortable. They absorb water and dries very slowly. Similarly, cotton fabrics absorb moisture, blocks breathability and as well dry slow. While trekking in Nepal the following clothes are to be selected.

Sun Hat

While walking on a sunny day, a sun hat will protect you from sunburn and provide shade so that, Sun hat is very useful when you are trekking in the summer, especially at lower altitudes.

Wool or fleece hat

If you are going for high altitude trekking then you will definitely need wool or fleece hat as this hat will make your head warmer.

Bandana or scarf

In Nepal, especially at the lower altitudes it gets dusty. So, you can tie a scarf around your nose and mouth to protect yourself from the dust.

Sunglasses

Due to altitude and snow, UV intensity is relatively high in the Himalayas. So, 100% UV protection sunglasses are optional for you.

T-shirts

T-shirts must be lightweight and breathable. You have to avoid cotton t-shirts as it absorbs moisture from the skin and makes trekking quite uncomfortable. Synthetic fabrics are a good option for you because it wicks away moisture from your body.

Fleece Jacket

Fleece Jacket is a lightweight casual jacket made of polyester synthetic wool such as polar fleece. It provides great warmth. You can wear it as a second layer as it sits above your base layer.

Lightweight down jacket

Down jackets are extremely light as well as easily packed. Furthermore, it provides extra warmth for cold and windy afternoons and evening. If you carry a down jacket with hood it will be better for you.

Waterproof Jacket

Though trekking in Nepal, you may come across the rain as well. In high altitudes, it gets windy in the evenings at times it rains or snow. A waterproof jacket will help you to stay dry during the trekking phase as well your waterproof jacket must be breathable and have a hood.

Thermal Tops/Bottoms

In cold temperatures, both thermal tops and bottoms will help you to keep your body warm. These tops do not absorb moisture and wick away your sweat.

Sports Bras

For women trekkers, good quality sports bras are recommended. A well-designed sports bra will wick moisture away from your skin. It will make you comfortable all through the trekking journey.

Long sleeve shirts

It will protect you from sunburn and scratches from plants and rocks. In hot atmosphere, T-shirts or shirts are suggested. In the cold weather, this can be a ideal base layer.

Underwear

Synthetic underwear is more comfortable as it wicks moisture away from your skin.

Trekking pants

During cold time, when the temperature is very low, trekking pants will help to keep your legs warm. Convertible pants are recommended so that even if it gets hot in the afternoons, you can take it off.

Waterproof Pants

If you are going for a trek during the rainy season, you will need waterproof pants to keep yourself dry. Sometimes, in the cold climate, snow may fall at high altitudes. So, in this type of situation, you can use these pants as a shell.

Shorts

In similarity to higher altitudes, the lower altitudes are warm in the sunny days so that your trekking pants will make you hot, sweaty and uncomfortable to walk therefore, you can wear shorts which give you liberation as well cooler than pants.

Fleece Tracksuit Pants

 Fleece tracksuit pants, you can use around the teahouses and at the sleeping time as well because it provides you warm, light and more comfortable feel.

Gloves

Two types of gloves are recommended outer gloves and inner gloves. Your outer gloves need to be waterproof, windproof, warm and very durable. Likewise, your inner gloves must be lightweight and made of fleece material. You need to keep your hands warm throughout your trek.

Trekking Boots

Trekking is a walking journey so that shoes play a vital role. Thus, you need trekking boots with good ankle support and deep lug rubber soles. It is very important that your boots fit correctly with thick woolen socks. Make sure that your boot isn’t too heavy. Try to avoid full leather boots as they are too heavy.

Trekking Socks

If you are trekking in the colder parts, then you will need a couple of pair of thermal socks. These socks are warm, comfortable and will prevent blisters. If you are trekking in summer, you will need lightweight socks. These socks will help to keep your feet dry.

Gaiters

Gaiters are waterproof material. In winter and spring, it provides extra insulation for your lower legs. During the rainy season, they are essential for keeping your socks dry.

Camp Shoes/Sandals

Camp Sandals can be used for camp activities such as taking shower. You can also use it while hanging around the tea house.

Climbing Gear

Clothing

Base Layers

Every outside clothing system begins with base layers. If you are climbing in cold weather, Merino wool base layers will provide lightweight, high-performance warmth. Merino wool is a perfect material for base layers because it is warm and soft, wicks moisture, and is naturally odor-free.

Softshell Jacket

A Softshell jacket is a one of main for climber “action layer.” It ought to be wind, water, and abrasion resistant, allowing it to be used in a variety of situations and climates, depending on your dress underneath. Over a hard shell, a jacket like this one breathes far-off better, keeping you dryer in most weather conditions.

Light Insulating Layer

Light insulating layers have a nice-looking self-explanatory function, they provide light insulation.

Heavy Insulating Layer

A heavy insulating layer should provide highest insulation for the coldest parts of your climb. These instances will most likely occur while belaying, summiting or any other time that the temperatures drop enough to make even the most aerobic sections unbearably cold.

Hardshell Jacket

The function of a hardshell jacket is to provide bombproof safety in the worst conditions such as wind storms, rain storms, and snowstorms encountered in an alpine environment. A hardshell jacket ought to be fully waterproof/breathable, windproof, and abrasion-resistant.

Softshell Pants

Softshell pants are supposed to have the same properties as a softshell jacket because they fill the same role for a climber’s lower half. Chances you’ll never take emergency medicine off during a climb.

Gloves

Climber gloves should be insulated enough to keep your hands warm when the temperature drops, yet dexterous enough to work with ropes, knots, and hardware.

Approach Shoes

Approach shoes can be best for climbing and hiking shoes. They perform great on the trail and fit adopted from hiking shoes, while sticky soles, rubberized toes, and durable insoles allow them to be comfortably used for easy sections of climbing.

Camping

Crampons

Crampons are those sharp metal things that go on the bottom of boots to provide traction in winter environments. They’re not YakTrax or microspikes, but instead are greatly sturdier, spikier, and extra secure, providing that essential connection between a climber and the ice.

Ice Axe

An ice axe has excess of uses on the mountain. Mainly, it is used like a walking stick while ascending or descending steep snow slopes.

Helmet

A climbing helmet’s purpose is pretty obvious. It protects the head from impact. Whether it’s falling rock, falling gear, or falling climbers, objects will inevitably drop from the sky.

Rope

Rope is a climber’s most valuable asset. It protects the climber from falls, allows them to rappel, and can be used for rescue too. Ropes approach in a variety of different sizes and types.

Harness

Climbing harness provides a connection point between the climber and the rope. Harnesses come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but they mostly characteristic the same parts: waist belt, buckles, leg loops, a belay loop, tie-in points, and gear loops. Mountaineering harnesses are lightweight and packable; often use less waistbelt padding in order to cut down on bulk, ensuring that they can be comfortably worn all day with packs.

Belay Device

It is a piece of climbing equipment that is used to control a rope while one climber supports another. They allow the belayer to exert minimal physical effort, by applying friction as the rope passes through the device. Anyhow if you are fall, the belay device will allow a much lighter person to arrest a much heavier person’s fall. Belay devices can also be used for rappelling.

Carabiners

The center purpose of a Carabiner is to connect things. Its help to you connecting things, however, makes carabiner selection become much more complex.

Accessory Cord/Prusiks

It serves a variety of purposes on the mountain, most notably for anchor building, and to create Prusiks, which are used for self-rescue in the event of a crevasse fall. It can be bought and cut to length at your local outdoor recreation store.

Slings

These are simply lengths of webbing that are sewn together, forming a loop. Comparable to accessory cord, they serve a lot of purposes on the mountain. It can be used to build anchors, extend anchors to reduce rope drag, or to create extensions for rappelling.

Large Pack/ Climbing Pack

Shelter
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad
Stove/ fire

Accessories

Glacier Glasses

As a result of the extremely bright conditions encountered while traveling on glaciers and across snowfields high in the mountains, extra care for the eyes must be taken to prevent snow blindness.

Headlamp

A headlamp is very necessary for maintenance hands free while accomplishing tasks in the dark, whether it’s at camp or getting an alpine start.

Knife

It is an important piece of gear that you should carry (almost) everywhere. It can be usually useful anytime rope, cord, or webbing is involved, like while climbing.

Electronics

Watch

The trekking method gives priority to the distance readout, and then users can toggle between secondary metrics on the same screen. In mountain climbing manner, elevation is prioritized you can toggle between gain, loss, speed, and a plethora of other metrics for the secondary display.

GPS

GPS to do measuring the travel time of radio signals from the available satellites to the receiver and gives a reference point or position in coordinates. A GPS tracking device can identify your location in up to three dimensions latitude, longitude and altitude.

Portable Power

You will need a portable and self-sustaining device to recharge all of that high-tech, battery powered gear that you carry into the mountains.

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