Updated: 19 Sep 2016
What to bring for travel in
We will be arriving in India in winter. During the days, the
temperature is rather warm, however, at night it can get cold.
Therefore, both warm and cold weather clothing is required. This is
likewise for the Himalayas, even though it is very cold there, while
trekking you will get hot and sweaty. In Nepal some of the trekking
gear can be rented.
Suggested Requirements (adjust according your own
experience, I might
have left out something…) My personal list is here
- One warm, light
sleeping bag. (temperatures are a bit low during winter and could go
below 0C (32F) during the trek. Best to have one rated -20C.
If you just need a sleeping bag for this tour, it may be better to rent
one in Nepal and bring a slightly lighter one. Night time in India will
be 10 to 15C.
- Bedroll: foam or the
like. (In some places you may have to sleep on a concrete floor... you
really do want something between you and the floor!)
But, as in most places there are beds you could also just buy a blanket
for sleeping on when needed. Then after donate it to the local project.
In this way you can travel lighter and blanket donations are always
welcome. They only cost around $5 so this option is not bad either.
- Good walking shoes
with grip, and preferable ankle support. (for trekking). You can buy
slippers or sandals for daily use in India, for few dollars.
If you still
have to buy the shoes it will be cheaper to buy them in Nepal. Though
the quality may not be the same, they do have reasonable quality shoes
for around US$50 which need little or no walking-in. Personally I
use Teva's for the whole tour including the trek... Though it's
sometimes too cold on the trek and if it rains... But surely sandals
could be enough for everything but the trek.
- 3 pair of socks,
thick and thin ones.
- Towel and toiletries
- Sunglasses and sun
block can be needed at high altitude. I personally definitely need the
sunglasses. You can buy the sunblock in Nepal.
- Warm Jumper
- Wind breaker/ Jacket
- 2 Trousers
- 4 T-shirts
- 5 Underwear (during
trekking it can be difficult to dry things)
- Thermal underwear
can be a good idea, but can be bought cheap in Nepal
- Good flashlight and
spare batteries (in some places there may be no electricity)
- Water Purifier, if
you want to stay longer (can be bought from a chemist) We bring a
ceramic water filter so you can save the water expense if you are ready
to put a little pumping effort. Otherwise you can buy your own water in
most places for around EUR 0.20 per liter
- Pocket knife (very
- A number lock is
easy especially when sharing rooms and people need to be able to come
and go at different times.
- Mosquito repellent
Only needed in very few places, but maybe worth carrying a small
bottle. You know best if you are a popular snack for those guys.
- A strong and good
closing lunch box will be practical while trekking or on day tours. You
can easily buy in Delhi.
- First Aid Kit:
Organiser will only carry a simple one, so bring what you think you may
- You may want to
bring camera / smart phone, travel diary, etc.
- You may like to
bring some dry food, just some things you like (to share) and can't get
- Inoculations are not
compulsory, but you can check with your doctor. An injection against
Hepatitis can be considered. Some of the areas we go through have a low
malaria risk in the rainy season but as we are in the dry and cold
season, the risk is very very low. No one has gotten it in the last 30
years. Further Malaria tablets are not giving 100% protection either,
have to be taken regularly from a few weeks before, till a few weeks
after the trip, and can have very strong side effects...
- Participants from
Africa and South America need to bring proof that they have been
inoculated against Yellow fever. Without proof one has to spend 10 days
in quarantine! From other countries you do not require this, but if in
doubt check it out. You also need it if you travelled through those
continents just before India, again if in doubt check it out!
Note: It is best to
keep luggage to a minimum when traveling by train, you will really
regret too much of luggage. When going up and down hundreds of steps at
train platforms and squeezing onto crowded trains, carrying it to
flimsy rickshaws, you will understand the full reality of things... For
this reason, a backpack with internal frame is recommended. You can
manage with a trolley bag, but you do have to carry it up and down
stairs! Try to keep your luggage under 12Kg / 25lbs. Or less if that's
too much to carry for you.
You have to be ready to
carry everything you bring! Others have their own luggage already... And
as we share taking care of the kitchen and food bags it is best to
bring less than you can comfortably carry.
Also a small backpack
will be useful on shorter walks or shopping. During trekking you can
leave part of your things safely in the home base, so you don't have to
carry more than necessary. Even after so many trips myself I notice
there are always things at the end of the tour which I didn't use at