Winter Packing: This is where you need to do some ground work to get the best winter gear. I don’t trust my ability to even brave 5 degrees with wind so I went super safe in putting 4 layers at a time.
Base layer: thermals (both top and bottoms) from Decathlon
2nd layer: A loose-ish sweatshirt from GAP, Aero, Levis etc.
3rd layer: A down jacket (~Rs 6,000-7,000) from Decathlon. This is a quilted jacket with duck feathers which is an excellent insulator in sub-zero temperatures. On a few days I skipped the 4th layer and even went to the mountain top; I was fine. However, a down jacket is not completely waterproof, and in case of heavy rain or snowfall, you have to wear a waterproof layer over that.
Outer layer: This should be waterproof and windproof, and slightly longer. I used my parka jacket from Vero Moda quite extensively on this trip.
Large Wool scarf or a Neck Warmer: This will protect your neck from strong winds.
Polarised glasses: The snow creates strong glare under the sun hence polarised glasses are specifically important while on a mountain top.
Waterproof Hiking pants: I bought them one size loose since I was wearing thermals beneath them. I got 2 pairs of Quechua pants from Decathlon only for Rs 700 a pair.
Snow Gloves: These are waterproof gloves which should be well fitted to avoid any snow going inside. From Decathlon.
Waterproof Boots: The only pair of shoes I brought with me since you won’t need anything else in the cold, snow and lots of walking. I was clocking almost 20,000 steps everyday in this pair ..no surprises there..again from Decathlon :)
Wool Cap, Umbrella
Medium sized backpack to take along with you on your day trips
Water bottle to avoid buying more plastic bottles. Fill tap water on-the-go (which is potable and safe)
I packed 6 outfits (including the one on the flights) for a 10 day trip and washed my clothes twice. The thermals and sweatshirts can definitely be repeated and I literally wore just one combination of jackets all throughout. Unless you wish to create a style lookbook on the trip, I guess you’re fine.
Now let’s dive into the best part!
Medium-Paced 5 Day Itinerary: