The temperatures have plummeted owing to the winter season, and it is already snowing in our hill states. Experiencing the magic of snowfall is on the bucket list of many travellers; the more adventurous souls of our clan are heading out to hike the snow covered Himalayan ranges.
But a winter trek in the Himalaya needs careful preparation, apart from enthusiasm and a good fitness level. The contrast between day and night temperatures can vary from 12 degree Celsius and –12 degree.
So it is imperative to be well prepared to cope up with the harsh climate, while enjoying the thrill of your snow trek!
Read on to know about the 10 essential items that will help you brave the elements and have a fulfilling winter trek experience.
UV Protected Sunglasses
Winter sun is very harsh, and the white snow bouncing back all the sunlight into your eyes can make it more unbearable and lead to snow blindness. A good UV protected sunglasses is a must for a snow trek!
Water Proof-Insulated Hiking Boots
The basic yet most important thing you should have for any trek is a good pair of hiking shoes. Do not compromise on quality and comfort on this one! Water proofing and insulation are a must to protect your toes from a frostbite, and a good grip is needed to prevent you from slipping.
A Good Rucksack
Remember to choose rucksack with a good capacity ideal to the duration of your trek. Also consider your height and ability to carry the bag while choosing the capacity. Water proofing and a rain cover will go a long way in saving you from unnecessary hassles. Make sure that it has sufficient number of zips and compartments- a separate shoe compartment will be a cherry on cake.
A Good Daypack
Daypacks are necessary in case you need to off-load your main rucksack. Make sure the daypack can keeps your things well organized and saves them from weather elements (yes, waterproofing or rain cover is needed). It should not be sweaty on your back and doesn’t bruise your shoulder.
3-in-1 Trekking Jacket
This product replaces the need to buy 3 different things – an inner warm layer, a fleece and a raincoat – they all can be detached and used separately as well. Resistant to wear and tear, it also has a large discreet compartment on chest to hide your belongings in one place.
Your legs to be protected too – choose a rain pant that keeps the moisture out but is breathable enough for comfort.
Rather than using ordinary gloves, opt for good waterproof gloves on your winter trek that keep your hands warm, dry and you need not take them off again and again for doing small tasks with your hands.
A sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 or more is necessary to save you from those nasty sunburns commonly experienced at high altitudes.
Prefer headlamp to hand held torches to guide your way in the dark trek- your hands will be kept free for the balancing act needed on rough terrains.
Personal Purifier Bottle
Carrying your bottle on your trek is a no brainer, but better than owning a water bottle is buying a personal purifier bottle. The shape and size is just like your usual water bottle, and it gives you the freedom to purify any tap or stream water to make it potable.
It will come handy for your other trips as well- and will help you cut down the plastic menace that single use bottled water are leading to.