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Our thoughts on two men in a tent vs three men in a tent.

Published On 21 May 2020 by Harshit Patel

If you are a first-time trekker, you must be certainly looking forward to your first exotic experience in the tent. It is of course dreamy and fantasizing to imagine staying over in a tent amidst the snow-capped mountains. Tents have their own chunks of joy; they definitely give you a couple of butterflies in your stomach and occasional goosebumps. It's enthralling. But besides the delightful and bewitching picture most people have of tents in the mountains you also need to remember that on certain days they can be a real pain, especially during heavy rain, the walls of the tents tend to become soggy and sticky which is a real mood spoiler during your treks. While the quality of a tent does strongly matter what also matters is the comfort one seeks during his/her stay in the tent and this calls for an interesting debatable topic that is bunking of two men in a tent vs bunking of three men in a tent.

If we were to ask amateurs or first-time trekkers, the answer is going to be in favor of three men in a tent, this is because of the theory "more the number of people more the fun". It's easy to find games and time killing practices for more number of people than just two individuals. You can also conspire against one of the three and enjoy a great time by pranking and scaring the other. In terms of the quantity and quality of fun, three men in a tent is surely a show-stealing deal. But on the other hand if we were to ask experienced or professional trekkers, they completely spin the debate and argue in the support of accommodating only two men in a tent. The thrill and excitement of staying in a tent usually fade in professional or occasional trekkers. They get used to it and begin to have a more practical outlook on situations and things. So when it comes to sharing a tent they support only two individuals to bunk in one tent, considering and valuing the idea of comfort. However if we are to suggest and make a call then allow us to disclose that we also support and recommend the latter, that is the accommodation of just two individuals in a tent and here is why.

  1. Quality sleep.

  2. While you are on your trek, you obviously are out of your comfort zone and you simply cannot expect your tent to be anything close to your bedroom. But that doesn't mean you should totally give up on your comfort. Quality sleep is absolutely necessary especially after a long and hectic day of trekking. Your body requires rest and in fact quality rest to be able to function adequately the next day. Imagine, you have returned to the campsite after a day full of activities and you sneak into your tent only to find two other individuals occupying most of the space. It is surely going to piss you off. Three people sleeping in a tent invites a lot of discomfort and reduces the quality of your sleep while allowing only two men in a tent provides sufficient space that makes the overall atmosphere within the tent more breathable and less suffocating. Additionally, it also allows you to be able to move and adjust your sleeping positions without hindering or disturbing the other fellow mate. If you think compromising your sleep for a few days through the trek is no big deal then we are here to bust this myth. Reduced amounts of sleep can really facilitate the acquisition of altitude sickness and that is definitely something you would want to avoid. So be wise and say no to more than two individuals per tent on your trek.

  3. Extra spacious.

  4. Yes tents with just two trekkers are spacious and allow you to sleep properly but besides this they also prove to be spacious enough to accommodate the materialistic things that the trekkers carry along with them. From backpacks, boots to trekking poles. They are all easily placed within a tent having two individuals while simultaneously space can be a huge issue when it comes to three individuals accommodating in a tent. It gets really difficult and consumes a large amount of energy to place and manage the goods. Also, in emergency situations just in case you end up encountering wild wind or harsh weather which may end up damaging a few tents here and there, an individual can be placed in each tent as an alternative while this option completely rules out in the case of three men bunking in a tent which can ultimately result in serious problems and you might even have to consider descending.

  5. Privacy.

  6. This is an important factor for couple trekkers. Calm mountains, cold weather, warm and cozy tent make for a great romantic atmosphere but all of this can be ruined in a split second by placing three individuals in a tent. Your private moments and cuddles can all be gone within moments. And you would certainly not want a stranger to do you this favor. This is also why two individuals in a tent are preferred over any other alternative. On the other hand non-couple trekkers can also face privacy issues in the case of triple sharing. Asking your fellow mates to leave so you can change your clothes or do any other private activity is easier than shoo-ing away two of them to do the same.

  7. Manageable during bad weather conditions.

  8. This is also one of the crucial points that support and advocate two men in a tent vs three men in a tent. During bad weather or rainy days the sides of your tent can become soggy and irritating. In that case, two men can easily roll to the center and can avoid contact with the walls but contrarily you are left with no option in the case of triple-sharing and will have to go through the havoc in misery.

These were the supporting points that make our recommendation valid. Some people argue that tents with triple sharing remain warmer when compared to tents with double-sharing but this is not true. It is the quality of the tents that determine or enhance the warmth inside a tent. The number of individuals resting inside has no impact on this scenario. Now, you need to keep in mind that it is usually only professional companies that provide double-sharing services unlike a ton of local companies that have triple sharing services only. Also since two individuals share a tent, professional companies hence pitch relatively more number of tents when compared to other local companies that carry a lesser number of tents for obvious reasons. Additionally, the quality of the tents of professional companies is reasonably better with stiff and rigid walls unlike the tents of local companies that fail to withstand fierce or wild natural occurrences.

You may be tempted by the cheaper rates of local trekking companies but if you look closer professional companies really just charge you for their services which are on any day unavoidable. So practically it is ideal to choose a professional company for your trek to improve your trekking experiences and to less likely come across troubles.

  1. Harshit Patel : Co-Founder at Trekmunk. A certified Mountaineer, Skiier, has led more than 50 high altitude treks in the Indian Himalayas. He is an Engineer by profession but a traveler by passion. He has led treks in Kashmir, Ladakh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Sikkim and Nepal. He is a NOLS certified First Aid Responder and has covered 185,000+ km on Motorcycle. A Poet, Drone Pilot and Videographer at Insane Traveller Productions.

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