Comfort is the key.
My favourite travel writer far is Dervla Murphy. Her ability to travel with limited gear for long
periods in remote areas in the 1960’s and 70’s is truly admirable. However, we are not all built
like the formidable Dervla Murphy with her “flea bag”. Therefore here is some help with what to
take in order to make your trip more comfortable and enjoyable…
Trekking in any part of the Himalaya means changeable weather, warm to hot days with cold
nights. Rounding a mountain slope into shade can mean a significant drop in temperature within
minutes. Therefore layering is recommended. During the day all trekkers should carry a warm
layer, a good fleece is ideal, a windproof/waterproof layer, a lightweight waterproof jacket is
perfect and for river or glacier crossings (where appropriate), a walking pole and sandals with
ankle straps. The sun is particularly potent at altitude, therefore recommended underlayer would
be a lightweight long sleeve shirt or t-shirt, ideal trousers would be those featuring zip-off lower
legs. A good sun hat with neck protection is essential. At night, even in high summer,
temperatures can and do drop below zero. A fleece or wool hat, and light fleece or liner gloves are
useful as is a lightweight down jacket.
Who carries what
You carry a day pack with your camera, water, snack items, sometimes sandals and additional
layers including waterproof jacket. The horses carry everything else. A canvas duffel bag is best,
it fits well on the ponies and saves your lovely new rucksack from a bashing – we provide duffel
Down-filled bags are best, a good quality 4 season bag is recommended. If your budget does not
stretch to this, a reasonable bag with additional fleece liner is a fair alternative. A cotton, silk or
fleece liner saves washing your sleeping bag and adds warmth.
Thermarest or similar padding is great as the ground is so hard and cold. We provide a sponge
foam mattress for everyone, but if you have your own Thermarest, bring it