1 Thermals: Mandatory. To be used once you reach the campsite. Keep them clean & dry.
2 T-shirts: Carry 2 pairs of t-shirts (preferably collared), including the one you’re wearing. Carry light, full-sleeved, quick dry t-shirts that ensure that your arms are protected. Dry fit material will ensure that the t-shirt dries quickly in case of rainfall. Also, let’s bust one myth here- the human body sweats a lot, irrespective of the cold weather. One of the most common mistakes that trekkers make is not changing into clean, dry clothes every day. When you sweat, your clothes remain wet and you’re more likely to fall ill.
3 Fleece jacket: When it comes to keeping warm, layering is the key. Multiple layers will help to trap your body heat. That way, if you’re feeling too warm, you can take a layer off, and yet manage to stay comfortable, as opposed to wearing just one thick jacket. It is advisable to replace a woollen jacket with a fleece jacket, as it is more compact and lightweight.
4 Down feather jacket: Mandatory.
5 Poncho/windcheater: Absolutely essential for monsoon treks.
6 Trekking pants: Carry 2 pairs of trekking pants, including the one you’re wearing. Go for light and dry fit pants that dry quickly.
7 Socks: 4 pairs of cotton socks, 2-3 pairs of woolen socks. Wear cotton socks while trekking, and change into woolen socks at night, when it’s much colder. Avoid wearing woolen socks while trekking, as it may lead to chafing and rashes.
8 Waterproof pants: Mandatory when trekking in monsoons.