When working an outdoor leadership course I love taking this class: pack-packing! It can be quite picturesque with everyone’s gear and backpacks laid out to begin with, the subsequent packing in of all paraphernalia, eventually leading to a row of neat, well-balanced packs lining a wall ready to be loaded up on to a bus-top J

A neatly packed, well balanced backpack makes it a joy to walk up and down and around in the mountains. Plus, it prevents injuries that can cause pain or worse, a strained muscle in one’s back at the end of the day.

Before starting to pack stuff in my backpack, I like to lay out my gear in front of me. This ensures that I do not miss out packing anything that I will need out there (see suggested gear-list below).

I like to use a mnemonic that is well-established in the world of hiking, though it has doubled in size from its humble A-B-C beginning! But it certainly makes things simpler for me.

Suggested Gear List for Hiking in the Himalaya

Note: this list is to be modified according to specific requirements of a hike

  1. Sun hat
  2. Warm hat (e.g., woollen or fleece)
  3. Sun glasses (with UV protection)
  4. Bandana or scarf (recommended)
  5. Hiking T-shirt, preferably of quick dry material (2)
  6. Warm jacket (e.g., fleece or woollen)
  7. Wind shirt
  8. Warm gloves (e.g., fleece or woollen): 1 or 2 pairs
  9. Hiking pants (preferably of quick dry material)
  10. Wind pants (recommended)
  11. Hiking socks preferably of quick dry material (some prefer two pairs – one thin & one thick)
  12. “Sleeping socks”: these stay dry, carried along with sleeping bag
  13. Thermal inners (a.k.a. long johns)
  14. Undergarments as needed
  15. Water bottles (2-litre hydration pack or two 1 litre bottles)
  16. Backpack
  17. Liner plastic bag for backpack
  18. Ground mat
  19. Sleeping bag + stuff sack
  20. Hiking boots (ankle support preferred; AVOID stiff plastic soles)
  21. Camp foot wear (closed toe-heel type)
  22. Rain wear
  23. Lip balm
  24. Sun screen lotion
  25. Tooth brush + tooth paste + comb
  26. Head lamp or flashlight with fresh cells
  27. Nail clipper – one or two in the group should suffice
  28. Camera (optional) + rain protection for camera
  29. A few plastic bags – for books, used clothing, etc.
  30. Personal medication (i.e., prescribed meds)
  31. Note book + pen
  32. Walking Gaiters (recommended)

Gear common to group:

  1. Tent
  2. 1 or 2 water bags / jerry cans Dromedaries (10-litre water bags, for common use)
  3. “Diggers” – for digging cat-holes (number as per group size)
  4. First aid kit (for whole group – stays with group leader)
  5. Hiking-rope – for safety
  6. Soap, preferably ‘hand-wash variety’ which is to be kept alongside diggers & dromedaries
  7. Water purification
  8. Trash bags for trash on camps

Click here for my post on how to choose a backpack.

Click here for my post on how to comfortably carry a backpack.

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