Recommended Trekking Gear for India

Have you ever wanted to buy a hiking product and been stumped about which product is best? Or worse, bought a product only to learn later that you didn’t buy the right one for your needs?

This is inditramp's list of recommended trekking gear. We've used this trekking gear on our hiking trips across India and we've found it to be a cut above the competition. Our avid trekking team has put these products through a set of real world field tests to see how it holds up to its competition. Every piece of recommended gear comes with its rationale and a link to where you can buy it in India.

We update our recommended trekking gear digest five times a year. Once for each season (winter, spring, summer, monsoon and autumn).

Please note that we have an “honest review” policy. Unless stated otherwise, all products for review are bought anonymously by us. We only recommend products that we use ourselves or have received authoritative recommendations for. We do not accept payment for product reviews. More information on our review policy.

RECOMMENDED TREKKING GEAR - SUMMER 2018


RUGSACKS

Summers means less (bulky) gear to carry so a 50 - 60 litre rugsack suffices for most treks.

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Quechua Forclaz 60

Our budget pick for a summer backpack. We reviewed its 70 litre cousin here.  Good build, lots of pockets, adjustable suspension, and cheap! ₹ 3,499

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Lowe Alpine Cholatse 55

The airflow system the ventilates the back is outstanding, the fat bottom keeps the center of gravity low and the material used will outlast most avid treks.  ₹ 9,400

SHOES

Summers need a pair of shoes thats lightweight and breathe well. Boots can be counterproductive unless you're gonna be treading on snow for a long time.

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Salomon Speedcross 4

Lightweight, tough, mudpluggers par excellence. This is the benchmark for trail running and lightweight trekking shoes. ₹ 5,699

Adidas Outdoor Cape Rock

Rubber strip & suede leather for protection. Cradle design with an aggressive tread. Mesh inserts for good ventilation. ₹ 6,499

TENT

Remember shelter is more important than food or water in a survival situation. 

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Arpenaz 2 

A bit heavy but still the best value for money. Decent build quality for the price and will last you more than a trekking season. ₹ 1,999

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Hillegerg - Nammatj 2 GT

Hilleberg is a Swedish tent-making company founded in 1973 by a husband and wife team, Bo and Renate Hilleberg. They make the best expedition tents in the world. 'Nuff said. ₹ 60,000

MUST HAVE ESSENTIALS

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Morakniv Companion

It is a mora which means it is affordable and will outlast most users. Built in Sweden it comes with a 4.1" full tang carbon blade. Carbon blade means it will work with any Ferro Rod.

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Lifestraw Go

Costs around Rs 1 / liter of water. Allows you to drink from almost any source and keep the trails plastic free. Must have! ₹ 1,329

MUST HAVE ACCESSORIES

Lowe Alpine - Dryflo Tube

Use it around your head, neck or wrist. Very versatile, weighs next to nothing and keeps that sunburn away

 

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Quechua Hiking 300

Polarized, category 3 glasses with eyelets in the arms to attach a strap through. 

If you're looking for generic suggestions on what to wear in the Himalaya check out our 9 clothing essentials for three season trekking in the Indian Himalayas. This is a list of 9 essential clothing items distilled from our research and experience in the Indian Himalayas. You may supplement this list with warm and / or rain clothing where it is appropriate.