The winter is coming! And it is high time you start planning for some amazing Himalayan treks this season. The alpine forests, the migratory birds, the snowfields and the frosted landscape, turn the Himalayas into a magical land in winter. And while the summer offers green meadows and serpentine rivers, winters in the Himalayas has its own rustic charm.
But, winter trekking requires a certain endurance and preparation. Here are certain essentials that you must not skip while prepping for the winter trek.
Water Insulated Boots To Protect You From Frost Bites
These must go first on your check-list. Frostbite and cold feet can not only spoil your trek but leave you with serious injuries. So, this is an investment that you must make if you really plan to make the most of your trip. The snow can make the trail slippery, which is another reason to get a good pair of boots. Shoes and boots specifically designed for hiking ensure that the sole has a better grip on the ground and prevents you from slipping.
A Rainproof Jacket Against The Chill
This will be your first line of defense in moist and snowy climate. While you may need thicker insulation or woollens inside, a waterproof jacket ensures that the woolens do not soak through. This works as a windcheater as well on the windswept cold mountainsides.
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A Sunscreen With A Good Spectrum
While you may think that winter treks are not sunny affairs, whenever the sun peeps through the mountain clouds, it can be harsh enough to give you a bad tan. So, a sunscreen of SPF 30 or more is advisable whenever you are out trekking. The weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, and you have to arm yourself for any kind of weather.
A Good Sleeping Bag For Emergency Night Halts
While your troupe may promise decent arrangements, winter trekking should allow flexibility. You might have to take a night halt before the anticipated pit stop. For such eventualities, it is better to carry a waterproof sleeping bag. The two most important things while select from the broad range of sleeping bags is that it should be able to endure frost, and it should fit your height.
A Waterproof Backpack To Protect Other Essentials
All the other preparation will go for a toss if your bag is not able to resist water. Even if it may not rain, winter trekking means that snow and moisture will get through your bag. So, the backpack should be either covered in a plastic casing or should be made of water-resistant material. This is the only way to ensure that your spare clothes and other essentials remain dry on a winter trek.
These five essentials will help you ensure a safe and enjoyable trek in the Himalayas this winter.