6 things to make your Himalayan monsoon trek a lot more enjoyable

Himalayas are awesome. And during monsoons, they get even better. So, while you make a list of things to pack and carry, keep these 6 things in mind. It will help you take your eyes off yourself and soak in the picturesque views of the Himalayas better.

  1. Pick a poncho over a raincoat

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A poncho is a perfect choice for Himalayan Monsoon Treks. In 10 seconds it is over you and your backpack! Moreover, the loose fit helps prevent moisture build-up due to perspiration and humidity. The best part is that it packs small and can fit well within the hip belt of your backpack. Just ensure that ponchos have waterproof taping on stitches from the inside. 

  1. Pack non-cotton full pants and a non-cotton full-sleeved T-shirt

Cotton is great for summer. But when it comes to Monsoon Treks, we suggest you skip it. Cotton, or any fabric that holds water, gets very heavy with showers, failing as an insulator.

We recommend a synthetic, full-sleeved T-shirt and synthetic, full-length trekking pants. When in the wilderness, it’s better to be covered as much as possible to get better protection from stings and thorns. Cotton doesn’t dry easily while most synthetic fabrics dry with body heat. Pick a fairly thick material, as it is your first line of defense against weather, slips, and scrapes.

  1. Wear lugged shoes with good ventilation

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When one thinks of monsoon treks, one must be ready for a not-so-easy trail. With slippery rocks, mud slush, wet vegetation, and more, your only savior is a good grip on your shoes.

The deeper the lugs, the better the grip! Waterproof shoes with ample ventilation can help control blisters while on the trek. Also, ensure that your shoes have high ankle support; even when you pack floaters for a campsite. Flip-flops are best avoided.

  1. Mind your feet

Your feet are the first to take the brunt of monsoons while trekking. By being continuously wet due to rain, the skin of your feet might turn soft and wrinkly and can attract fungal infections. Use anti-fungal powder generously on your feet before you begin your trek. It’s advisable to wear thin socks and change them at least once while trekking. If you have the liberty, dry your feet and socks at rest stops. And when you hit the bed, moisturize your feet well.

  1. Pack smartly

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During monsoon treks, it is vital to pack your backpack smartly by keeping frequently used items outside the pack – in the pockets of your backpack. It is a no-brainer that when you open your pack in the rain, the water will get in your bag!

  1. Beware of leeches and avoid them

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  • Apply salt: If you see leeches crawling or sucking your blood already, apply salt onto the leech and it will drop off! Don’t even think of pulling the leech if it is already sucking your blood. Its bite is stronger than you can imagine. Also pulling will make you bleed even more.
  • Tuck in: Tuck your shirt into your pants and your pants into your socks. It will prevent leeches from entering into your unexposed body.
  • Keep walking: Walking does not give enough time for the leech to walk on your feet. If you have to halt for rest, find a dry spot under the sun and avoid cool and damp places. Not leaning on anything on the trail is also a good habit to stay away from leeches.

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