How to pack right for trek?

BackPack


When we first started hiking in 2008, we bought a Outgear Traveller 60 L + 15 L backpack. This backpack looked nice and we were explained of many good things it can do by the salesman in the store. However after few trekking trips, it proved to be a very wrong choice.

Markha Valley Trek

A small but right backpack can make a high altitude trek like Markha Valley easy.

x Very big size for a single person trekking with predominantly homestays or trekking groups. If you are only carrying your own personal stuff and not carrying the sleeping bags and tent, then 60 L is too big a capacity. Most of the bag remains empty or you end up packing unnecessary stuff and it affects your speed in the trek and in turn the enjoyment.

We haul ourselves and the gear

A wrong and big backpack with excess baggage can make a day hike to Nag Tibba extremely strenuous.

x It is very important to buy backpack with respect to ones body shape and size. It is important to match the bag size with your torso length. A wrong backpack will not perform as per design and will not distribute the weight uniformly. We had no idea on this things when we bought the backpack.

Finally in 2013 we bought a Marmot Kompressor Plus 20 Pack . This 20 L pack is supposed to be a day pack. For a single person, this bag proved surprisingly perfect. After completing few treks including ( day treks up to 7 day treks) we blindly use this bag. 20 L is just perfect to fit all the requirements we have for a trekking (excluding the sleeping bag and tent).

So when you pack, only pack what you need. Less you carry, more enjoyment you have on the trek.  If your trek is a tea house trek, or a completely arranged trek with cook, guide and porter to help you, then only personal clothes, camera and medicine is what you need and 20L is just enough for that. Did how to pack right for trek help you? Read more on our other ideas below.


Camera


We use a Canon 5D Mark II (Full Frame) Body. With this we use the Canon 50 mm F1.8, Canon 17-40 F4L IS USM and the super heavy Canon 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM lens.

Nanda Devi and Nanda Devi East from Nag Tibba

A telephoto lens will help in capturing remote peaks. This shot of Nandadevi which si 175 kms away from top of Nag Tibba is taken using Canon 100-400 Lens.

Do we need so many lens and such heavy gear for a trek? We would say no. After completing so many treks with all these gear, we would suggest that the Canon 24-105 F4 L IS USM lens is probably the most practical choice for a trek. This single lens will help in getting 99% of the pictures we got on our treks till date except the super zoom shots using the 400 mm lens.

Help me !

Wide angle lens help you create a different perspective of the action happening up close with a broad view of the background too.

The weight of the lens plays an important part in hikes. With 100-400 we get great shots of various subjects (from distant peaks, trekkers far away to wild animals at a distance). But the advantage comes with the cost of additional weight it carries ( approximately 2 kg). So if you are packing, first study the trek and what lens is probably required before packing all the lenses you have. If you know how to pack right for trek then it gives you more time for enjoyment


Clothing


Two pair of Columbia Convertible Hiking Pants.

One Half Sleeve T Shirt

One pair of North Face Quick Dry Full Sleeve T Shirts

One Columbia Rain Jacket

One Columbia Down Jacket. (combine the down jacket and rain jacket over it for cold days and nights.)

One Balaclava

For pair of socks with one woolen pair night only

3 pair of underwear

One thermal inner (upper and lower) for winter snow treks and gloves.

Knee Guard

Small Towel

Sunglass + Hard Case

Flip Flops (slippers)

How to pack right for trek? Do not pack unnecessary extra clothes as they may be light weight but you may not need them during your trek. Always pack light.


Miscellaneous


Personal Medicine | Iphone + Charger | Powerbank | Important Documents Photocopy | Hiking Pole | Pencil + Notebook | Wet Wipes | Hand Sanitizer |


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