The Kedarkantha trek in India, will take you to the tallest mountain peak in the region with incredible views of the Himalayas and Manali valley below. It can be quite challenging at times, so there are several things you should carry with you to make your experience a little more comfortable (and fun!)
For those who have little trekking experience, the Kedarkantha Trek can seem like quite the overwhelming challenge. Sure, it’s only about three days, but this trek through the Kedarkantha ranges of the Himalayas takes you to altitudes where oxygen levels are significantly lower than what you’re used to.
For your trek to be as smooth as possible, it’s important that you have the right gear and supplies with you. While I can’t tell you exactly what all of these things should be, this list will give you an idea of what to bring on your next trek in Kedarkantha. Check out this list of 10 essential Things To Carry On Kedarkantha Trek.
1) A Good Backpack
A good backpack is one of the most essential things you can bring on a trek. Make sure your backpack is comfortable and large enough to fit all your belongings. Remember that you will be carrying it for hours at a time, so choose something lightweight but spacious enough for everything you need. You might also want to bring an extra day pack in case you end up with a lot more gear than anticipated.
2) Hiking Boots
Hiking boots will protect your feet from sharp rocks and keep you comfortable for long distances. The tread also helps with traction when the path is muddy or icy.
3) Water Bottle
A water bottle is a must-have for the trek. There are many places where you can refill your bottle, but it’s always best to come prepared with a backup just in case.
A hat and gloves are essentials for both warmth and protection. Sunglasses are a good idea too, as they help protect your eyes from the sun’s rays. Sunscreen is also essential, as the high altitude can cause you to burn more easily. A first aid kit should be packed with basic medicines and supplies in case of injury or illness. Finally, water bottles should be made available at every stop and I recommend carrying a minimum of two liters each day.
5) Extra Clothes
- 1. Extra clothes- the weather is unpredictable at times, and you never know when you might need a change of clothes. It’s also helpful to have some warm clothes in case it gets cold or wet.
- 2. A bandana or scarf- these can be used as makeshift mittens, arm warmers, or head coverings in the event that the temperature suddenly drops or rains.
- 3. A hat with a brim- this will protect your face from sunburn and can be used as an umbrella if it starts raining.
- 4. Lip balm- there are few things more uncomfortable than chapped lips!
- 5. Sunscreen and sunglasses- don’t forget these essentials!
6) Hat and Gloves
A good hat and gloves will keep your head and hands warm in the cold weather. Wool or fleece hats are great for staying warm but stay away from bulky knits that can get in your way when you’re navigating through tough terrain. If you plan on doing a lot of walking, these might be best left at home, as they can get heavy in your pack. Gloves should be waterproof with a snug fit around the wrist so that snow doesn’t seep inside during snowy weather. One more thing: don’t forget to bring an extra pair of gloves in case one gets wet!
7) First Aid Kit
It’s always a good idea to pack some kind of first-aid kit, especially when you’re headed off into the wilderness. Your first-aid kit should include bandages, antibiotic ointments, disinfectants, and antiseptic wipes. You’ll also want to pack antihistamine and decongestant tablets in case of an allergic reaction or bug bite. Always carry a simple painkiller like ibuprofen or acetaminophen too! And don’t forget insect repellent and sunscreen – they’re just as important as any other item in your first-aid kit.
This is the most important thing you will bring. It can get very cold at night and it’s important that you have a source of light for safety reasons. If you do not bring a torch, you will be in a lot of trouble as there are no lights on the trek and a lot of things can go wrong. Make sure your torch is fully charged before starting the trek.
- 1) Map of the trekking routes with sites marked.
- 2) Compass.
- 3) Headlamp with spare batteries and bulb.
- 4) Knife or multi-tool.
A camera can be a great way to capture your experience on the mountain. There are many different options for cameras that range from digital point-and-shoot cameras, smartphones, and DSLRs. It’s important to think about what type of pictures you want as well as how much you are willing to spend before purchasing a camera. I recommend either a DSLR or a point-and-shoot camera that takes high quality photos such as an iPhone 7 Plus or Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.