Stocking a backpack appropriately is a critical component of any journey or expedition. A well-organised backpack provides maximum comfort and simple access to commonly used things. Treks in various sections of the Himalayas range from short to medium to long. Shorter route trekking is easier, but medium to long trek backpacking requires more planning. The longer the journey, the more planned packing it needs. The catch is that all of the necessary safety equipment must be packed with light to be carried comfortably.
In a perfect scenario, all of your equipment would be as portable as possible. However, even extremely portable stuff adds up, especially on long-distance hikes like the Kedarkantha trip.
You can also visit the Pangarchulla trek and it is another popular trekking route located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, India. It’s a challenging and rewarding trek that offers breathtaking views of some of the prominent peaks in the Indian Himalayas.
This guide contains a list of
– Everything you need for a hike
– Required documents
– Medicines for your medical kit
What to pack?
Every trekker should be aware of how crucial a daypack is; not only will it be helpful to you while on the trail, but you won’t have to carry it every day, so you can use it to carry your belongings on day trips, shorter hikes, and tourist excursions.
A 50-60 litre backpack is all you need for a week-long vertical climb. Check that your backpack has fast access compartments as well as appropriate hip and shoulder support. Ensure that it is waterproof.
Rain covers: Some little waterproof covers for your backpack, daypack and electronics.
Tees and slacks (4-5 warm and comfy): Extra T-shirts come in handy if everything gets wet while you’re out and about. On chilly days, a long-sleeved shirt can be utilised as a foundation layer.
Hiking/trekking jacket : Bring high-quality layer coats or jackets with you.
Hiking trousers : Warm outerwear, such as fleece-lined tracksuit trousers or ski pants. Look for long nylon mix trousers that are light and quick drying.
Socks : At least 4-5 pairs of warm and normal socks. Make sure you select a material that is quick drying, warm, and comfy.
Leggings : Can be worn in the morning and evening to keep your body warm.
Thermals : Get at least two pairs of thermals; this will be useful for keeping your body warmer.
Winter cap/Beanie Cap : A very useful item for chilly and windy days, and it can also be used for nights when it’s cold.
Gloves : A pair will suffice to keep your hands warm and comfortable.
Muffler : This is a must-have item to have on hand to cover your neck, and it is an excellent way to keep your neck warm.
Woollen shawl : You can also add a shawl to your list in case you feel comparatively colder than others.
Sun Cap : You may need a sun cap on a sunny day.
RainCoat : Bring a pair of rain coats and pants too with you to protect yourself from the rain OR Rain Poncho : During heavy rains, waterproof jackets begin to leak, but a poncho does an excellent job of keeping you dry, so pick wisely.
Plastic Covers for your used clothes.
Trekking shoes: preferably waterproof, with ankle support.
Charged Power Bank
Spare batteries for the Camera and flashlight
A little torch or headlight
Waterproof pouch made of plastic for Gadgets
Bluetooth music system
A map and guidebook of the area
Medical Kit should Include
– Some common medical kit items. But, it would be advised to consult your Doctor prior to the journey.
Medicine for Diarrhoea
ORS powder pouches
Band Aid (For small cuts) and Cotton and elastic bandages
Sterile gauze pad
Medicine for cold/ fever/ headache/ migraine
Quick relief pain sprays, Ointments
Medicines for altitude sickness
Personal medicines prescribed by doctor (if any)
Energy supplements, Snacks and Energy Bars
And, lastly, a Medical certificate signed by your Doctor.
Hygiene & toiletry kit
Sunscreen with UV protection
Small quick-drying towels
Shampoo / conditioner
Sanitary pads/ tampons/ Menstrual Cups (For female traveller)
Your other personal items
Documents to carry
All important Government Photo IDs and Documents are to be carried mandatorily with originals and one copy of each. Without these, you may face problems during your trek. For instance Adhaar Card, Voter Id card, Pan card, etc.
Packing all the necessary equipment is crucial for a walk that is both safe and fun. Hope you discovered everything you need to bring for the Kedarkantha Trek in the list above. When you embark on a trek or begin packing, you should remember the packing pattern, which is to start from head to foot or foot to head. This way, there is a low likelihood that you will forget what you need to pack, so move step by step.