Trekking is one of my favorite activities, and the Himalayas are my go-to spot in life. Trekking in Himalayas is almost therapeutic for a lot of us, the hills calm the soul like nothing else can. And there is something special about Himalayas that I’ve never found in any other mountain range. I loved trekking in Israel in the Negev, that was a surreal experience for me. I’ve also trekked a bit in the Sahyadri mountain range and the greenery at the time amazed all of us. But the Himalayas are my first love.
I have gone on several trekking in India with my daughter and husband, and we included treks and hike sin each one of these trips. Fortunately, our daughter – who just turned 6 – also loves hiking. She has even made her own trekking songs that all of us hum while on a trail.
And whenever I shared our pictures on Social Media, a lot of you ask me about what trek gear we use. Until 2014, we did not buy our own trekking equipment and used to rely on the trekking companies we booked our treks through, to provide us with whatever might be needed. But when we started taking our daughter along, we deep dived into the subject and invested in a few things for our regular treks.
We realized how simple and reliable the process becomes when we had some of these trek essentials handy. And this is a post about 6 best trekking essentials for trekking in India, based on my learning and experience. Do check these out and if you trek or hike often, you might find at-least some of them worth investing in.
6 Trekking Essentials You Need When Trekking in India:
1.Water Purifying Water Bottle.
Since we travel and trek with our daughter, clean and hygienic drinking water becomes an absolute necessity. Get access to clean drinking water with a bottle that does the best job for you. It’s not even very expensive! You can fill water form local sources here and be assured of getting clean, drinkable water while you trek in India. I’ve tried four different types of purifying bottle till now and my personal favorite is this one: Lifestraw Go Personal Water Purifier Water Bottle, 650ml.
2. Waterproof Raincoat.
While the rainy season is not at all suitable for trekking, mountain rain can sometimes surprize us. Also, in the higher parts of the Himalayas, like the Khar Dung La pass trek, evenings can get a bit dewy, making the clothes feel full of moisture. I recommend carrying a raincoat in all seasons, because I’ve been on the other side and it’s not pleasant. I love this particular poncho i bought some time back, because it is super comfortable and oh my God the print is killer. My Army Wife prides kicks in when I see this, haha. Take a look at this cutie: Generic Waterproof Bionic Raincoat Poncho Hunting Camping Hiking Camouflage Yellow.
3. Anti Leech Socks.
Like I said, I’ve trekked the most in the Himalayas and in some regions, navigating through leech infested tree branches is a big issue. A trek instructor suggested these socks to me once, and I have liked them a lot ever since. This is a buy I made even before 2015, before we decided to invest in trekking gear – so you can imagine how important these are. I’m using this currently and pretty satisfied with it: Nature Lounge Anti Leech Socks.
4. Sleeping Bag.
This is not only a trekking essential, but also the kind of thing you should invest in for all sort of outdoor activities. I prefer something that is fluffy and warmer than the usual ones because it tends to get colder at night on mountains. I have tried a lot of sleeping bags and except for maybe one, I have not liked any – but we still use them because of the safety and the warmth. And oh, the ease! The one sleeping bag I liked but managed to misplace during a trek, is this: Wildcraft D Lite Campaign Sleeping Bag. I will buy it again.
5. A mini toolkit and a flashlight.
A tool kit id VERY important to carry with you while you trek in India. They come in handy at various occasions and a swizz knife is one of the first things I pack when going for a trek. And a flashlight is a no-brainer – you have to have one with you on all treks, with extra batteries. I’m putting these two very different thing together, because I recently found a two in one solution for these, haha. You can by them separately, but I like the idea of a multipurpose item so I’m keeping them together. I haven’t tried this yet, but planning on it pretty soon. Here it is: Mini Emergency Trekking ToolKit (10 Function With 5 Mode Torch & 2 ModeFlasher).
Now, I know that this one seems like a bit too much, and it is, I know it is definitely too much – but just hear me out – if you are a regular trekker, and even if you are passionate about outdoors, about spending your nights under the sky full of stars – I think a tent is a good buy. I gifted this to my husband last year, and although he stay in tents plenty because he’s an Army man, we enjoyed it as a family. I will be honest, it is not a necessity because in India we get tents etc all set up and provided for by the tour company we book our treks with and there is no point in spending money on your own tent that you might not use too often. But the Himalayas is full of possibilities when you have a tent with you, that’s all I’m saying. This is the one I bought: Saiyam 6 Pesron Portable Tent Anti UV Camping Tent.
Do let me know what are your trek essentials, I’d love to see them. And if you like any of these, do buy from my affiliate link – it will cost you nothing extra and will help in my earning as a blogger a little bit. Win win, right?