Ok, I’m guilty. I’m a victim of the industry.

One thing that really disturbed me is that, in tourist areas, loads of trekking shops sell crap. North Fake jackets, bad “-30°” sleeping bags, walking poles (just find yourself a stick in the woods, goddammit), thermic underwear..etc.

All bogus, bad quality and a one way ticket to the trash. Stuff that we all have somewhere, or can loan somewhere without having to consume more, more, more.

There is a whole disposable consumption thing going on there, and it literally poked my eyes out. Also, on the road you will find trekking shops which sell the stuff even more expensive for those who underestimated the cold (like me).

Yep, they even got me, of course they did. I tried to fight the cold as long as possible, but in Manang I needed to cave in. Unfortunately, I had sent my Siberian survival gear home with my boyfriend after a couple of months of scorching India.
Little did I know that I would go on a hike, and that mountains have snow and all.

I ended up layering my clothes as much as possible, borrowed some clothes of fellow hikers and eventually needed to buy a coat and thermal underwear.

So let this be a warning for you, so it happens less 🙂

I had:

  • 4 pair of underwear
  • 2 pairs of trekking socks
  • 1 pair of warm socks
  • hiking boots
  • one fleece
  • one hoodie
  • one gilet
  • 1 fleece legging (bought)
  • leg warmers
  • wool hat
  • gloves
  • scarf
  • 1 summer dress
  • 2 tops
  • 1 long sleeved shirt
  • 1 chill pants
  • summer hat
  • sun glasses
  • North Fake Jacket (bought)
  • sleeping bag (rented)
  • iPod
  • camera
  • snacks
  • head torch
  • first aid kit
  • medical tape
  • book
  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • sunscreen
  • passport
  • trekking permit

and I survived.. 😮

The clothes for cold weather, you’ll only be needing for the evenings and the beginning of your walks. While you are walking, you’ll soon be stripping every meter.
In the evening you will want to layer up almost everything you have, and sleeping with a fleece and thermal underwear is a must at a certain altitude.