In this article we list what we wore and packed on our overnight winter trek to Triund. We trekked thrice to Triund and beyond in January 2015. On our treks, this gear provided us with adequate protection through a light snowfall and a night temperature that went as low as -5 degrees C. However, do keep in mind that this is only an indicative guide. Your final clothing and gear selection shall depend on what you already own and the weather. Therefore, research the weather for your trek days and dress accordingly.
What to wear?
Layering your clothing is the best way to maximize your comfort in the outdoors. Layering allows you to make quick adjustments based on weather and temperature. For winters the accepted way is to maintain 3 essential layers
- Base layer. This is the layer against your skin. The purpose of this layer is to wick sweat away from your body and to keep your skin dry.
- Insulating layer. This is the layer worn above the base layer. Its purpose is to retain warmth by trapping warm air close to your body.
- Outer layer. This is the outer layer. Its purpose is to protect you from elements like snow, rain and wind.
What to pack?
What you take in your pack depends on whether you are planning to use the guest house at Triund, camp under the stars or bivouac in a cave. For those planning to camp or bivouac, do keep in mind that temperatures in Triund may drop significantly at night, especially on a windy night. This list can be configured to your preferences, e.g. If you are planning to use existing shelter then lugging a tent is futile. Here are a few pointers for a comfortable winter night
- Remember the survival rule of 3's. You can survive 3 minutes without oxygen; You can survive 3 hours without shelter; You can survive 3 days without water; and, You can survive 3 weeks without food.
- Protect body extremities. Toes and fingertips are the most vulnerable to cold and oft forgotten. Use warm gloves and socks.
- Remember that we do lose heat through our heads therefore, a warm balaclava is recommended.
- Keep your water bottle in your sleeping bag to keep the water warm. However, make sure that the bottle is completely leak proof. Spending a night in a wet sleeping bag can be downright dangerous and may lead to hypothermia.