1. Backpack (55 – 65 L) with sturdy straps and supporting frame. Quechua Forclaz 60 is a good choice.
1a. Day pack (20L) is mandatory.

2. Trekking shoes – no sports shoes. You need traction on snow and sport shoes with their PVC soles are hardly the choice. Ensure the shoes are well broken in before the trek.  Forclaz 500 and  Woodland are good choices.
A guide on how to choose a trekking shoe is here
Note: You can buy Decathalon products from http://www.decathlon.in/

3. Ladies with smaller feet size find it a problem to get a similar shoe. Forclaz 500 has special trekking shoes for women. Power/Addidas/Reebok have sport shoes with deeper treads. Look for them in the bigger stores.

4. 3 pair of track/trek pants (quick-dry kinds). Or 3 pair of cotton pants with lots of pockets. Track/trek pants are light and we highly endorse them. Plus when things get cold you can wear one over the other.

5. 3 tees with collar. Preferably full sleeves.

6. 2 Full sleeves sweater (not too thick).

7. A full sleeves fleece jacket.

8. A full sleeve thick jacket or something similar.

9. 1 pair of thermal inners but optional.

10. 4-5 pair of usual sports socks.

11. Woolen monkey cap/balaclava that cover the ear. Special high altitude balaclava that also serves as neck warmers is available with Indiahikes. They cost Rs 150. To order mail us at support@indiahikes.in

12. Wind cheater (to escape a quick burst of rain). Or a light rain coat/poncho.

13. Woolen hand gloves + synthetic glove (water proof).

14. Sun glasses – curved ones will cover your eyes well. No blue coloured sunglass — they don’t block UV. Blacks, greens, browns are fine. Avoid multi tone sunglasses. Sunglasses prevent snow blindness. Sunglasses are mandatory for this trek.

15.People who wear spectacles, choose one of these:

16. Use contact lenses.

17. Photochromatic glasses

18. If either of the above is not possible, wear your spectacles and carry a big sunglass that can be worn over your spectacles.

19. Sun cap and/or head-scarf. Special hiking caps with sun flaps that protect from UV is available with Indiahikes. They cost Rs 220. To order mail us at  support@indiahikes.in

20. Light towel (should be thin, quick drying kind).

21. Chapstick or lip balm.

22. Cold cream & sun screen lotion (SPF 40+). While sun screen help prevent sun burns, a better option is to stay covered. Special hiking caps with sun flaps are available with Indiahikes. They cost Rs 220. To order mail us at  support@indiahikes.in

23. Carry a leak proof tiffin box, a plate, spoon and coffee mug.
Also carry 2 Water bottles (1 L each). Packaged drinking water bottles like Aquafina, Bisleri and others are not allowed.

24. Personal toilet kit (minimal) and toilet paper.

25. Personal medicine kit containing:

a. Crocin – 6 tablets

b. Avomine – 4 tablets

c. Avil 25mg – 4 tablets

d. Combiflam – 4 tablets

e. Disprin – 6 tablets

f. Norflox – 6 tablets

g. Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters

h. Band aid – 10 strips

i. Digene – 6 tablets

j. Gauze cloth – 1 small role

k. Leukoplast – 1 small roll

l. Cotton – 1 small roll

m. ORS – 5 packets

n. Betadine or any antiseptic cream

o. Moov spray

p. Nebasulf/ Soframycine powder

q. Water purifying tablets (small)

26. Small repair kit consisting of safety pins, needle, thread and string.

27. LED Torch with 2 extra set of cells.

28. Camera, memory-cards, batteries etc (carry enough spare batteries. Electricity is not available on the slopes or at the base camp)

29. While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalize things and carry few extra plastic bags.

30. Slippers/sports sandals (for walking around campsite).

31. Trekking pole is mandatory. You can buy a trekking pole online from Playgroundonline or Rediff.  Duralumin 4-step telescopic anti-shock trekking poles are available with Indiahikes at the cost of Rs 500. To order mail us at support@indiahikes.in

32. Some trekkers feel loss of energy more than others. While there is adequate food provided on the trek, carry lots of dry fruit combinations as snacks.

33. Hot water bottle/bag – available at any medical store.


  • Leave your denims behind – these are ill suited for treks.
  • Snacks, colas, alcohol and personal food – No need to overburden yourself with food. Do not carry any disposable plastic bottles like (Bisleri, Aquafina), plastic wrapped/packaged items. Do not bring any non bio degradable material.
  • Don’t get any sleeping bags. We are going to carry high altitude sleeping bags with us. We would also be carrying Alpine tents, ice-axes, and other equipment required for such treks.
  • After packing, weigh your gear. It should be in the range of 8-9 kg – preferably on the lighter side. Anything heavier, you will need to iterate and remove what is not essential.

And now some general advice about clothing…

Dressing in layers is the mantra. Two T-shirts worn one over the other is warmer than a T-shirt that is thick. This is just a guideline. Mileage vary based on your physical condition, threshold to cold etc. If you are prone to cold, carry an extra sweater. On the Kedarkantha trek temperatures will dip to minus 3-4 by 5 in the evening and lower in the higher camps. This is not something to worry about if you are well protected in layers.

Points to note:

Trekkers are expected to carry their backpacks on the trek. Should a trekker tire out, backpacks will be taken off them and carried by our team. This is an exception and not the rule.

There is a provision to store some bags at our base camp at Sankri. If you are carrying some travel clothes you could keep them at Sankri.

Along with the above list, please ensure you also carry the following documents

1. An identification card (like driving license, voters ID card etc)

2. A medical certificate specifying the following points (Download pdf here).

  • Any chronic disease
  • Overall physical fitness
  • Any drug allergies
  • Are you under medication of any kind
  • Blood pressure (and are there any issues in the past)
  • Blood group

3. Disclaimer certificate (Download pdf here).

The documents are mandatory. Without them you will not be allowed to trek.

Trekking Gears available with Indiahikes

It is often difficult for trekkers to find special trekking gears in India. Indiahikes has imported a few trekking gears that is available. These have to be ordered over email with support@indiahikes.in. On confirmation of availability, payment has to be made online and the gears will be sent to you by registered parcel. It usually takes 7-10 days for delivery. If you are close to the batch starting date email to support@indiahikes.in and check if gears can be sent to the base camp of your trek.

1. Special high altitude balaclava which works as neck warmers. Please don’t buy monkey cap or woolen cap if you buy this. Rs 150/-

2. Hiking cap with flaps (for face, neck and ears). These are meant specifically for hiking. Protects from UV. Rs 220/-

3. Trekking poles: Duralumin 4-step telescopic anti-shock with basket. Rs 500/

Note: Please add Rs 70 for all items or any one item as registered parcel charges.

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