You’re kicking back on a Saturday night, chillin’ like the villain you are, playing Grand Theft Auto V on the Xbox when your phone starts lighting up like gangbusters.
“The crew and I are thinkin’ about takin’ a mancation.”
“Yeah. Pack your bags, we’re trekking in the Himalayas!”
You sit there, dumfounded, thinking: aren’t dudes supposed to go to Ibiza or Las Vegas? Or, at the very least, aren’t they supposed to be playing golf somewhere? Not your friends. They’re extreme. So now you need to pack some serious gear. But before you even move from your dumfounded spot on the couch, the phone lights up again.
“Oh, yeah. We might encounter the indomitable snowman.” Click. *fuzz me sideways*
Packing for the Himalayas
When you’re packing for a trekking expedition, the idea is to only pack the essentials, but there are a lot of essentials when you’re hiking through a high-altitude, snowbound, alpine paradise. Light, warm clothing is a must, so pack t-shirts, jumpers, long sleeve tops, trousers, and long johns. Don’t forget the waterproof jacket with a zip-in fleece or a down jacket, as well as additional fleeces and another waterproof layer. Hats, gloves, boots, and sunglasses are also a necessity. Here are a few more easily forgotten essentials:
- Trekking poles
- Toiletries, sunscreen, and a medical kit
- One wipe charlies! Err… “bathroom wipes for men”. For more: https://www.dollarshaveclub.com/one-wipe-charlies
- Iodine/chloride tablets to treat local water, vitamin pills
- A quick dry towel
- Small waterproof rucksack (day bag) and a large waterproof rucksack